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4 weeks ago
Kent Sullivan
Greetings, The follow letter to the editor is in the newest CORSA Communique. I am reposting it here to ensure a broad audience sees it and has a chance to respond. The Stock Corvair Group officers who are also Corvair Center members will follow any discussion here but also feel free to send email directly to us using the email address below. The SCG needs a significant increase in people d
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6 months ago
Kent Sullivan
John, yes, thank you!
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6 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Thanks, all. This is good advice. I am working with a fuel gauge for an FC dash. I am going to try this paint, that Alan Dahl pointed me to: https://www.amazon.com/ORANGE-Needle-instrument-cluster-gauges/dp/B0031VVID8
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6 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Does anyone have a **specific source** for orange paint to restore dash gauge needles? Looking for specific paint brands and part numbers. Hoping to buy a small quantity, so a model paint would be ideal... Thanks!
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6 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Chris, it's one of Ray Sedman's full hydraulic roller setups. Specs are described here: http://www.corvairkid.com/kentcam.htm and more info about the project is here: http://www.corvairkid.com/190cid_02.htm --Kent
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7 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Replacement video URL: https://youtu.be/GCFQbTMPJnQ
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7 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Rod, 3.55:1. I should have included that in the video, duh! I'll add it soon and re-upload.
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7 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Greetings, all. Here's a short video showing the effect that 5th gear overdrive has in my '66 500 coupe: https://youtu.be/jXsTvLBgL_c.
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7 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Steve, the first and second pictures are of different clips, from different people, IIRC -- one from Craig, the other from Duane. The first and second pictures both show factory-crimped clips rather than a modified clip. I did not originally include a picture of my modified clip. I'll upload one as part of this reply. The slot we cut in mine is considerably narrower than the factory slot but
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7 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Oops, something went wrong when I posted the photos. The clip that I started with is the third photo, not the first photo.
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7 months ago
Kent Sullivan
When the steering wheel is centered and the wheels are pointing straight ahead, what orientation does the flat spot have on the input shaft for your steering box? (The input shaft on the '67 - '69 boxes is essentially keyed or indexed.) Thanks.
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8 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Hi Eric, No, that switch unfortunately will not work. The Borg Warner T5 backup light switch and harness plug are totally different than the stock Corvair setup.
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8 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Tim, my older son and I are starting to drive my car more now. We can definitely here rotational noise when stopped in neutral with the clutch disengaged. Less of that with clutch in. When underway, only really hear gear whine, which I expected, because each of these units are rebuilt and the gears from the donor units were mixed and matched, so they were not worn together. Quite a bit quieter no
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8 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Hello all, Mark, upholstery for your car would have been all one color. (All of the vinyl bits.) James, did you notice that the vehicle reports are not being done by GM now? It's contracted out to a third party. I don't know the story--maybe it was cheaper to not have George et al. on their payroll? --Kent
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8 months ago
Kent Sullivan
Wow--talk about a (pleasant) blast from the past! By the way, Lance's show has ended and he has retired from TV hosting. (He's doing great with semi-professional storytelling as live performance though. And his books are really fun reads.) In any case, Lance is looking for a nice EM convertible to buy. In his words, from a recent note to Corvairs Northwest: "I am a former mem
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1 year ago
Kent Sullivan
I discovered that there are at least two styles of the clip that retains the front end of a FC manual transmission clutch cable. The one on the cable in my truck didn't last that many clutch actuations before slipping. Fortunately, Dean Richardson helped me modify my clip to match the other style, which seems to work much better. The first photo shows the design of the clip I started with. Y
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1 year ago
Kent Sullivan
Does anyone know if he is connected to local CORSA chapter and / or the national club? I hope so!
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1 year ago
Kent Sullivan
Hey everyone--I will be attending (part of) the 2018 convention starting tomorrow (Monday). It's my first Eastern Division convention since Detroit in 2008. Hope to see several of you whom I have not seen in quite some time. I'm leaving late Wednesday.
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1 year ago
Kent Sullivan
Hello to The Stig... I sure wish I knew. Perhaps we'll get some clarity from Chevy docs at some point. By the way, is your '64 Rampside registered with me? --Kent
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1 year ago
Kent Sullivan
Hi Phil--not many. 20 (5% of production or so). --Kent
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1 year ago
Kent Sullivan
From: Jim Becker <mr.jebecker@gmail.com> on Virtual Vairs Here is what I picked out of some parts catalogs. A computer guy can walk you through use of GMPartsWiki to see a lot of this yourself. As of 2/61 the FC used wheel 3758150. This same wheel was used on full sized cars back to '57, at least as the replacement. The 6/62 catalog still lists 3758150 for '61 FCs but 379
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1 year ago
Kent Sullivan
Thanks, Dan!
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1 year ago
Kent Sullivan
Actually, Phil, it's not a bad idea to notify me too, if the FC is a '62 Loadside, '64 Rampside, or '65 Greenbrier. I maintain registries on those specific year/model combos. --Kent P.S. Steve is nice to let me know when one of these finds its way to him.
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1 year ago
Kent Sullivan
Let's try a "wisdom of the crowds exercise": I'm trying to pinpoint when stock FC steel wheel rims had the safety bead added. The bead is visible and "feel able" as a narrow, shallow trough that goes around the entire rim about one inch in from the edge, on the front face. If you have access to a stock-appearing FC for which the modification history is known way back
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2 years ago
Kent Sullivan
1966-Corsa-GT-180 Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > More photos have been posted on the Corvairs > Northwest Facebook page as well. And also in the Corvair Owners Group on FB.
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2 years ago
Kent Sullivan
Great pictures, Bill! As others have said, we had great weather and a great turnout, and several new members! So cool to meet these new folks and to see cars I hadn't seen before. We had an abundance of expertise on-hand so many problems were diagnosed and fixed, and more than a few parts lists made! The lift came in handy for list-making since it's hard to see what's going on u
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2 years ago
Kent Sullivan
We also had to relieve a bit of one of the "ears" of the cradle. We also had to cut the pigtail down, so we used large heat-shrink tubing to make it water-tight again after the mods were done.
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2 years ago
Kent Sullivan
Here's some info on the T5 backup light switch, adapted for the Corvair installation, showing NAPA part numbers. My T5 had a switch in it but it turned out to be shorted. Hard to believe, but the pigtail was actually more expensive than the switch. The left side of the cradle is very close to the switch and pigtail so we had to start by cutting the hood off the switch.
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2 years ago
Kent Sullivan
Here's a photo comparing the size of the old and new knobs. I like the slightly-larger size a lot. Kent Sullivan Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Oh, and, for the other 15 or so people who are > working (or will be working) on their installs, I > found a near-stock-looking shift knob with the > correct pattern and correct hole diameter: &g
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2 years ago
Kent Sullivan
Oh, and, for the other 15 or so people who are working (or will be working) on their installs, I found a near-stock-looking shift knob with the correct pattern and correct hole diameter: Speed Dawg has a large variety of knobs and all of them appear to be available in the not-so-common size Corvairs need (5/16" - 18). --Kent
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