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JimBrandberg
What do people do for original looking rivets?
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JimBrandberg
I could not determine if any of their T-shirts are 100% Cotton and my "Contact Us" inquiry has gone unanswered.
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JimBrandberg
Since the engine is not in the center of the chassis you have to angle the oval mufflers differently to have them exit the fender in the same place. The original u-pipes had a different radius left or right but as far as I know no one is making them anymore.
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JimBrandberg
I rebuild engines but I'm very far behind with more Corvair work than I can do. My Machine Shop guy is the same way. I usually Magnaflux and balance rods, sandblast cylinders, buy pistons and then wait for him while everything else gets done. I use him when doing normal head work but send them out of state for deep seats. It adds a lot to the price.
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2 days ago
JimBrandberg
It's different with a Corsa with the overheat buzzer under the dash but on most Corvairs the head temperature sender and the oil pressure sender tee together to run the Tem-Pres light. If either one trips to provide a ground the light comes on. I can't tell what's going on in your photo but that's the basic premise. I see that you have a LM there so perhaps you have the more c
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3 days ago
JimBrandberg
Interesting points on the pump up. I love the new information I get here all the time.
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3 days ago
JimBrandberg
I find that my collection of parts ebbs and flows. I had to get some upper choke rods from my buddy one time, now I've got a lot. I was low on valve cover retainers now my coffee can runneth over. I've had to go looking for 140 and 63 PCV tubes. I never seem to have enough LM Manual bellhousings. I've got a few now and hopefully they can grow. I've tapped o
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4 days ago
JimBrandberg
No news for a while. How's the project coming along?
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4 days ago
JimBrandberg
Maxxis is the only one with white wall tires. There might be some other options in black wall. Something like 205/70/13 might be a little more performance oriented for your Spyder than 185/80/13. I'm not usually a wider is better sort of a guy but you do have a turbo there. How about speakers in the rear window area? It's been several years since I did any.
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4 days ago
JimBrandberg
I thought the consensus was that we wanted the cheap shoes because the longer wearing harder ones don't stop very good.
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5 days ago
JimBrandberg
I'm doing 2 stock LM turbo engines and I got cams from Ray Sedman. They're a bit much for stock springs but so is an Isky 280. I haven't checked the Specs yet but trust that Ray knows what he's doing. I'd be interested in what C/R you are proposing and how you get there with 140 heads and 3.1 cylinders. Will you almost be open chamber by the time you get there? 4 th
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6 days ago
JimBrandberg
So much Corvair stuff but it seems like I can't ever find anything. I've made large organizational strides in the last year but need another year. I've made friends with the local scrapper guy. My garbage cart makes a lot of noise when they dump it compared to my neighbors. It's the plastic tubs full of miscellaneous small parts haphazardly unscrewed from Corvai
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7 days ago
JimBrandberg
You'd think I've been living under a rock somewhere since I've never heard of Smithy's but now I'm intrigued. I wonder if they have a different sound than Thrush. Maybe less of a blaaat. I can see my cartoon bubble saying "I'm running Smithy's". I'm a lot thinner in my cartoon and my hair's not so gray. I do worry sometimes that I look lik
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7 days ago
JimBrandberg
With a rubber or cork/rubber gasket I could only tighten the bolts until the gasket started to squeeze out. Even with blue Loctite I wasn't happy with that situation. With the Sweet gasket I can actually tighten the bolts as much as I like since the gasket doesn't squeeze out. I've been installing them with Syl-Glyde grease and used one more than once when testing old engines.
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9 days ago
JimBrandberg
I got 4 free Corvairs for parts from a guy about 4 miles away. I got air in the tires or changed them so they would roll. I enlisted the help of my 15 year old son and dragged them home with an old Suburban and a chain. I told him if he couldn't stop to just run into the Suburban. With a white 64 coupe I rolled the window down and cleared a small spot on the windshield through a mossy gre
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9 days ago
JimBrandberg
I bought HD springs for the rear of a Corsa convertible. The springs I got had a different wire thickness, different number of turns and different free length than the originals. I measured the ride height at the wheel well before and after and it was exactly the same. This was a little disappointing because I had hoped to cure rear coil sag. I got into spring research when doing the racecar a
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9 days ago
JimBrandberg
I worked on call weekends for a towing company. I absolutely hated it but that's another topic. They said I absolutely always had to tow an automatic transmission car with the drive wheels off the ground. If AWD then you needed to get the dollies out. There was the danger of having to compensate people for transmission damage. My understanding has always been that you don't tow a
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10 days ago
JimBrandberg
I'll say it one more time. I towed a Corvair backwards on a tow dolly from New York to Minnesota and it was fine. I tied the steering wheel with rope. I would not take a chance of towing a Powerglide with the rear wheels turning. Even if someone else has done it. Period. I'm not telling someone else what to do, I'm sure towing forward is safer.
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11 days ago
JimBrandberg
I usually have a somewhat crappy tire for a spare. I suppose it would be different if going on a long trip. A good spare is a good idea I suppose. I've got about 20 tires to choose from so that might be a factor.
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11 days ago
JimBrandberg
I'm surprised no one asked if it's a Powerglide. I don't think you should tow a PG with the rear wheels on the ground and turning. I towed a car from Queens, NY to MN backwards on a tow dolly and it was fine. I didn't have any problems with the undercarriage and it was racecar so it sat fairly low, although not as low as it was once I got done with it.
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11 days ago
JimBrandberg
To answer my own question, no the stock retainers do not fit the Isky 4005 springs. Isky retainers are expensive. I should have compared Crower springs and retainers to Isky springs and retainers, I just looked at springs.
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12 days ago
JimBrandberg
With the pedal travel on a Corvair it's pretty close to the floor in the event of a failure on one side of a dual master cylinder conversion. It's better than nothing but not good to be too brazen. I don't know if they changed the pedal travel on Corvairs originally equipped with a dual MC...?
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13 days ago
JimBrandberg
Do stock retainers work okay with Isky 4005 springs?
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13 days ago
JimBrandberg
I usually go behind that little bulkhead in front. It gets a little busy especially if adding a second filter. When it's not my car I can't always replace a gas tank that may be a little iffy so installing a clear plastic filter to monitor comes into play. LM and EM are a little different routing into the tunnel. I keep some cast iron 1/8 NPT 90 degree "street elbow" fi
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15 days ago
JimBrandberg
"Rattle before engaging clutch, goes away as son as clutch is depressed." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "That is classic loose flywheel rivets." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I was thinking flywheel rivets too. I couldn't tell in the video but the word de
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16 days ago
JimBrandberg
When I saw shudder before I thought the clutch was grabbing irregularly when getting underway. That's why I answered with the slipping it until it smoked and then letting it cool technique. I'm not very good at identifying problems with video and audio. Do I hear a rattle?
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17 days ago
JimBrandberg
"A musical instrument fitted with steam whistles, played from a keyboard?" ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reminded me of Warren LeVeque. He would need a large chorus singing along to be heard above steam whistles, perhaps a heavenly host.
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18 days ago
JimBrandberg
I tend to lump IROC and Z-28 into the same "Camaros and stuff" category. My 2 sets of 15" must be Z-28. I like the criss-cross Firebird 15 x 7 wheels better anyway, they're 4 or 5#s lighter. I don't know what to call them, they're not really honeycomb.
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18 days ago
JimBrandberg
So the yellow one that is now reddish and stored in Ohio AND the silver one that sold on Ebay 2-3 years ago BOTH have the "Special" emblems. That would make sense since they were built in the same place by the same people at around the same time as I understand it. I would consider them the original two. I believe they are Flatbed Frank and Flatbed Fred. It's too bad they als
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19 days ago
JimBrandberg
So there's 3 sorta red ones. The one that was built in Minnesota and is now in California. The one with the tow truck boom. The one in Ohio with the sunroof. The yellow one pictured above has a sunroof and an Ohio license plate. Could it have been repainted reddish, had the bed updated and stored in a pole barn? That would get us to 4. Maroon Minnesota now in California
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