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4 months ago
Patrick Croan
4 months ago
Patrick Croan
Going through items I found in my car and in boxes that came with it when I purchased it in 2003. I have several old Communique magazines (Volume 1) and other books including a likely rare pamphlet titled “Corvair Carburetors” written by Red Jackson that mentions Seth Emerson as a “shining star”. There are 40-year old receipts and order forms from Corvair vendors of the era including pages and p
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10 months ago
Patrick Croan
Thank you all for the kind words regarding the install. I failed to provide much detail about the engine before I simply bolted on the parts . When the motor was built it was fitted with polished and balanced crankshaft, balanced ARP rods, Federal Mogul forged molly rings, custom ground camshaft, a custom billet cam gear, and heads have been ported, polished and have stainless valves. The tu
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10 months ago
Patrick Croan
Part 9 Linkage and connections to carb is not changed so installation of the Sedman modified YH/TPS is easy. I opted to install Roger Parent’s most excellent turbo linkage kit at the same time. Ref. Picture 1 I finished making the remaining wiring connections to the injectors, sensors, and TPS which I had roughed-in during Phase 1 and the remaining vacuum reference lines. And again, a
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10 months ago
Patrick Croan
Part 8 Phase 2 You’ll need fuel rails. I bought 12” extrusions, made a drawing and had a shop cut to length, drill and tap for fittings, and weld on the stand-offs and had them polished. Ref. Picture 1 I fabricated and installed 3/8” SS lines inside the engine compartment. After installation of the flexible fuel lines from the fuel rail to the injectors I was not able to reinstall the
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10 months ago
Patrick Croan
Part 7 New vacuum lines must be installed to the MAP sensor, wastegate, and fuel regulator. I simply used splitters to accomplish this. So, with all that done, using the existing YH carb, and after having completed the pre-flight plan Ray put together, the car started right up with its new brain. Without any tuning, right out of the box I could feel a noticeable difference particularly in t
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10 months ago
Patrick Croan
Part 6 Because wiring is involved (and for other reasons) I decided to install but not connect the O2 sensor in Phase 1. Ref. Picture 1 When completed, the engine will be capable of more boost than is healthy so a wastegate was recommended. Lots of ways to do this but I placed mine outside the engine compartment. This was in my critical path and needed to be completed in Phase 1. I mocke
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10 months ago
Patrick Croan
Part 5 Although simple and straight forward, there is no shortage of wiring needed to make it all work. Planning is everything, and you should have a good understanding of your existing wiring and how it is identified before delving in. For me, this was a good time to add and relocate relays to the rear deck as well as the new fuse blocks you’ll need to power the new devices the system require
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10 months ago
Patrick Croan
Part 4 A template is provided to locate magnets which are installed into the engine side of the harmonic balancer. You need to be precise and It’s hard to transfer from a template to the balancer so I had a machine shop do it. I believe they used some sort of laser. I glued the magnets in with epoxy. Ref. Picture 1 Coil pack is pretty heavy and is not supposed to be installed onto the mo
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10 months ago
Patrick Croan
Part 3 I had my existing manifold stripped for Ray to weld on the 6 new FI stands, an AT bung, and a bung for my water injection system. Bungs are installed to the underside of the manifold so they are fairly concealed. I had the modified manifold re-chromed before reinstalling. Ref. Picture 1 The system uses a Hall sensor and magnets to trigger ignition. Ray makes an aluminum bracket wh
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10 months ago
Patrick Croan
Part 2 I sent Ray a new gas tank from Clarks. He cuts, welds and installs the fitting to receive a new in-tank pump and digital sending unit. He’s also developed a door for access to the new fuel pump that he can provide. It requires cutting the trunk to install so I opted out, but after experiencing how much work it takes to remove/install the gas tank I would install the door. Ref. Pictur
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10 months ago
Patrick Croan
I don't know how to insert a picture in a certain place and order within my post so I'll write where the picture belongs. And due to the 3 picture rule this will be in 9 parts. Hopefully it makes sense and sorry. Part 1 I recently installed and tuned this system and wanted to provide a little feedback (and encouragement) for anyone interested. I am not qualified, so not intended
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6 years ago
Patrick Croan
Thanks, it was a good day. The interior on the Delahaye is ostrich and everything from luggage to tool kits are beautiful on these cars. I hear you Steve, I've noticed it's sometimes a rough crowd here. I did try to spell everything correctly this year though. Hope everyone has a good day.
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6 years ago
Patrick Croan
Last one and here's the link to the interview. I hope it works. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/video/show-us-your-car-1962-chevrolet-covair/3357991481001
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6 years ago
Patrick Croan
6 years ago
Patrick Croan
6 years ago
Patrick Croan
More Pics
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6 years ago
Patrick Croan
Greetings everyone. Well they let me in again. This year I was parked next to a really cool 1959 Alfa Romeo Zagato and USA Today came by and did an interview. Best part of the day....twice a year my car will start with a bump of the starter and this was one of those days.
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7 years ago
Patrick Croan
This is not Corvair related so feel free to delete if not permitted on this Forum. I am posting this for a friend/neighbor so please contact him directly at the email address in the description. 1992 3.8L EFI V6 Thunderbird LX – Rust free for the Enthusiast/Hobbyist $1,200.00 Everything works! Complete – spare, jack, floor mats, manuals….Roadworthy/safe – all maintenance up to date
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7 years ago
Patrick Croan
I will post more later. From the Concours d’Elegance in Palm Springs yesterday. They put me between a Tucker and Packard Caribbean. This is probably the only photograph of a Corvair parked next to a Tucker in the history of mankind.
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7 years ago
Patrick Croan
Thank you for the compliments on the car and Matt thanks for posting the pics. I could use a little help though. I need to submit some information about the production and some innovations of the car. Anything you guys could offer would be much appreciated. See below and thanks in advance. We want our spectators to learn about the history and significance of the invited cars. Please provid
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7 years ago
Patrick Croan
Hello everyone, I hope all is well. I was at a car show this past Saturday in Indian Wells, CA. Near the end of the day I was approached by two gentlemen dressed in matching shirts who said how much they loved my ’62 Spyder and are a part of the group that puts on the Desert Concourse D’Elegance event held the weekend of 2/24. They said it is same type of event as the Pebble Beach version;
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10 years ago
Patrick Croan
Thanks 64turbo, one of many here. Found out it takes lot's of $$ to control predetination and went back to a modified 180 carb. Labonte water injection system ordered and should be here any day.
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10 years ago
Patrick Croan
Shortly after the motor was installed.
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9 years ago
Patrick Croan
I'm hoping to be there.
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9 years ago
Patrick Croan
Looks great. Any issues with the front tires rubbing now? Still love the wheels.
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9 years ago
Patrick Croan
Dan: I got it from O'Reilly Auto Parts and asked for one from a '76 Nova with MANUAL brakes. Using thier tool loaner program, I borrowed a double flare tool and bent my own lines.
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9 years ago
Patrick Croan
Poof again that this forum works great as a how-to tool. Years ago I converted to a dual master and purchased a kit from one of the vendors. I won’t name them but I went to their webpage yesterday and they still sell what looks like the same kit. I remember complaining to them about the supplied brake lines not fitting (not even close) so I made my own. I’ve always had to push harder on t
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9 years ago
Patrick Croan
Thanks to Dean and Damien for sharing this wheel. I hope you don't mind that I copied. After trying a few different sizes I ended up with Dunlop Direnza 195/55/R15 tires. I had already removed a coil from the front and put on HD springs on the rear a while ago. Very little room between the front outer fender lip when fully turned but no rubbing.
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9 years ago
Patrick Croan
Looks easy enough. I've emailed the vender to see if they could be will called to save me the shipping charges. Thanks.
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