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whubbell
And, the Corvair Gods smiled upon me once again, allowing me a few hours at the end of the day to install the cylinder assemblies. Moving right along!
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Yesterday
whubbell
Trunk Lid Skin repaired 3rd photo is "before" for comparison. There were rust-throughs around the letters slots. The second photo shows some letters sitting in the slots so you can get an idea how much nicer it looks We've decided to reinstall the foam piece - now that the rust has been removed and the inside areas treated with POR-15 and painted it is not likely to ever rust again. In a
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2 days ago
whubbell
Trunk lid frame - completed metal work, then coated inside with POR 15 Corvair Gods were good to me today - I got all rings installed on pistons and all pistons inserted into cylinders without incident. Hopefully tomorrow I can start installing them onto crank. I remember the time when I could do all of this in just one weekend. Sigh - I am not so fast anymore.
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2 days ago
whubbell
Here are photos of the foam insert - bottom and top views
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3 days ago
whubbell
Here is another advantage of putting it one the stand - I can cover it with a plastic bag when I am not working on it - protects it from dust and other crap. For the moment, I have drilled holes into the side of my work bench for the rear housing studs to enter. As I get further along and add the rear motor hanger I will make a different arrangement to rest the rear of the engine on when I am
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3 days ago
whubbell
We have a successful launch! It was not without some drama, however. I had the case almost bolted together - 7 of the 8 bolts, but then I could not find the nut for the 8th bolt! I looked EVERYWHERE!! It was not to be found! The Corvair Gods are still apparently messing with me. Fortunately I was able to run over to another club member's house an pick up an extra nut. That only set me ba
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3 days ago
whubbell
Engine rebuilding - Take Two New set of bearings arrived today. This time I was careful to check them very carefully before I assembled the case.
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3 days ago
whubbell
Yup! There was a large piece of foam in there all right. It will not be replaced when the hood is put back together. In fact, I’ll probably just install the letters with silicone or some other sealant, rather than push them into clips. However, due to the historic nature of this car, I could not simply “upgrade” it to the latter style. As for the difficulty of removing and repairing
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4 days ago
whubbell
Yes, I know, but the suspension will initially be installed in the car temporarily without the drivetrain once the car is painted to facilitate bringing it home. Then I’ll put the car up on the lift, remove the suspension to install everything on the underbody, then reinstall suspension and drivetrain. All part of a master plan.
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4 days ago
whubbell
Rear Suspension is fully assembled. Sorry for the poor photo - I'll try to take some better ones later. The cardboard tubes are protecting the painted axles. My research and inspection of the Lambrecht Corvair lead me to conclude that the axle shafts were left in bare steel, hence the use of Eastwood Detail Grey paint (bare steel color) In the meantime, the last bit of metal work is bei
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5 days ago
whubbell
+20 bearings
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6 days ago
whubbell
To answer Dave's earlier response, No, I did NOT put the puller ring on backwards - that is one dumb mistake I did NOT make. After talking with Russ, we think that the puller ring (supplied by Clark's) may have an improper clearance such that the outer rim was hitting against Russ's puller plate. It's either that or the puller plate is flattened slightly. But the truth is, we don't know wh
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6 days ago
whubbell
Yes, Matt. Looking up at the photo now, it is easy to see that the #2 main bearing shell had slipped down - probably happened when I was adjusting the crank to set the timing gear, but I had not noticed it, and it was preventing the crankcases from mating. By the time the red fog had cleared from my brain and I had finally pulled it back apart, I had destroyed the #2 bearing, and had actual
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6 days ago
whubbell
So after confirming the timing marks were properly aligned and the lube was properly applied, I carefully brought the other half of the crankcase over, lined it up and installed it. Except... it wouldn't quite come together. Something was hanging up. Something near the rear of the engine. But! But! It went together perfectly only a couple of days ago! It HAS to go together now! Now
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6 days ago
whubbell
Two days earlier I had installed the main bearings and test-fitted the crank and cam, including plasti-guaging the crank and cam journals and was pleased to find everything fitting together well and in specs, so I was not expecting any problems. I laid out the crankcase and carefully inserted the cam and crank, applying lube to the bearing surfaces and cam lobes. I took great care to set the
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6 days ago
whubbell
It isn't often I get a complete weekend off work at home. Typically I am either working some part of the weekend or we are going out of town to visit grandchildren, etc. This weekend was one of those rare "at home, not working" weekends and I'd hope to start assembling the engine for the 1964 John Glenn convertible. Well, it didn't get off to a good start and it went downhill from there.
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9 days ago
whubbell
I've been working on the rear axles - rebuilt two rear wheel bearings, cleaned and stripped the shafts. While I am waiting for the paint to dry I got started on the engine rebuild. Today I forced myself to Plastiguage the main bearings and the camshaft journals. I was pleased with the results - have slightly less than .002" clearance on all main bearings and about .003" on the cam journals.
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9 days ago
whubbell
Body work is getting close to being done. They are finishing up the doors this week and after that there are just a few small floor dents and the trunk lid. We are starting to discuss paint! First photo - driver's door has been removed for repair - look how strong those rocker panels are!!!(:D Second photo - passenger door has been repaired and reinstalled - lines up perfectly - no latch
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15 days ago
whubbell
I just used an 18” long open-end 1-1/4” wrench. It takes a lot of muscle.
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15 days ago
whubbell
Beg pardon, but the instructions included with the bearing (pictured in my first post, above) are NOT good as they fail to tell you where to measure the clearance or even to describe what is meant by that term. Fortunately, Larry Claypool’s article in the May 2008 Communique (referenced above) DO clarify this question.
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15 days ago
whubbell
Frank, I AM using the bearing puller tool made by Russ Davis! However, the 2nd bearing I tried to remove was NOT budging and I was running out of arm power to crank the nuts down any harder. I called Smitty and he mentioned the hammer tap trick, I tried it, and had immediate success! Incidentally, both stock bearing puller rings survived the process intact - no breakage or bending. Russ
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16 days ago
whubbell
But while I am on this subject, here is a tip I just learned from Smitty that helps in the removal of these bearings: after the axle is in the press, tap the center of the axle hub and the side of the axle shaft with a ballpeen hammer - it really works to get the bearing moving and reduces the force required by the press.
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16 days ago
whubbell
OK, Never mind - I found the article in the May 2008 Communique. Man, I've lost a lot of years! It seemed to me that this part came out much more recently than 2008.
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16 days ago
whubbell
So I am rebuilding my 1964 rear wheel bearings using Clark's new replacement bearings and I am stuck on the instruction to shim the bearing (see photos). The instructions state to use shims to obtain "at least .002" - .003" clearance", but they don't state or show where or how to measure this clearance. ??? Has anybody done this before? Can you please explain where and how to measure the c
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18 days ago
whubbell
Rear Suspension is mostly done. Thanks to "Rusty" Rose for selling me the correct shocks! Thanks to Nickshu for the tip about using tie straps to hold the control arm after compressing the spring with a threaded rod - it worked great. Far from seeming unsafe, I found that just one tie strap was more than strong enough to not only hold the spring compressed, but actually was able to compr
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18 days ago
whubbell
Rear Suspension is mostly done. Thanks to "Rusty" Rose for selling me the correct shocks! Thanks to Nickshu for the tip about using tie straps to hold the control arm after compressing the spring with a threaded rod - it worked great. Far from seeming unsafe, I found that just one tie strap was more than strong enough to not only hold the spring compressed, but actually was able to compr
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27 days ago
whubbell
The annual meeting of the Stock Corvair Group will be held from 7-8 pm this Wednesday, July 25th, in the PPG Room at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Pittsburgh, 500 Mansfield Avenue Pittsburgh, PA 15205 Be there or be modified!
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4 weeks ago
whubbell
needpart I am still looking for a pair of 1964 Delco Rear spiral shocks for the Glenn Convertible. These are stamped 3178179. I would prefer NOS, but I will take any in good, rebuildable condition if NOS are not available. I do NOT want other shocks!! I will be attending the CORSA convention in Pittsburgh next week, if anybody has a pair they wish to bring there. I am also s
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4 weeks ago
whubbell
Work on the rear crossmember is stalled for the moment - I am missing a few parts (still at the powder coaters) and I need to purchase two new transmission mounts - will do that next week at the CORSA National. Also, I am still looking to purchase two correct original 1964 grey spiral rear shock absorbers - stamped 3178179
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4 weeks ago
whubbell
New U-joints attached to refurbished axle yokes and hardware (nuts and LW are new)
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