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5 months ago
Melb-Mike
Wow, what a deal ! I think you need to get in touch with the American Pickers producers, tell them you got a “hot” one, a gem in the rough, an American classic. I can’t believe the asking price, only $2500 for a car virtually ready to take to Pebble Beach. It sure looks like it’s got a brand new rust job, premium one too. I’m sure there’s going to be a fight over this car.
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2 months ago
Melb-Mike
Auctions are a funny place. Although trends are established if certain cars consistently bring highe or lower sums, those trends can change. Example would be Corvettes from 58 to 69. They were rising yearly, the 63 split rear window first reaching stratospheric levels then surpassed by 67’s with BB power. Of course the market became flooded with matching number fakes, prices have dropped for
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2 months ago
Melb-Mike
FYI, last year at this auction a Yenko hit $200,000. When I first saw the car, Mecum posted an estimate of $65,000 to $85,000. A few days later it was revised to $75,000 to $100,000. Usually their bid estimates are a bit optimistic. In the case, it was way under. I checked out YS-043 today. It’s a good race worthy Yenko but maybe not quite as clean as last year’s Yenko. We’ll see. Price
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4 months ago
Melb-Mike
Timothy Shortle Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Good deal for the original A6 A/C people here. Of course special tools are needed to install these parts. I wonder if it can be done with the system charged up? Nope, the seals on the shaft is what keeps the Freon inside. I have the special GM A6 compressor tools. I saw them on eBay a few years ago and ju
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4 months ago
Melb-Mike
I had no idea you crazy guys drive your Corvairs in the snow. Somehow that seems criminal , however I have to admire your conviction. When it comes to racing, I agree with the posi. I didn't think there were that many out there that race. I raced for 10 years in SCCA and secured 3 SEDIV Timed Trials championships so I'm quite involved with performance. I raced my Lotus Super 7 an
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4 months ago
Melb-Mike
Just wondering why anyone entertains a posi diff in a Corvair. Unless you drive in the snow, why ? These cars struggle to break one rear wheel loose in wet grass. The posi causes more wear & tear and adds what ? My 480 HP 67 GTO....maybe, my 650 HP Z06, definitely. Corvair ? Ok, if installed in a dune buggy and driven over sand, yes, good idea. Snow ? I live in Florida so it’s not a re
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4 months ago
Melb-Mike
Westwood ? I’m not familiar with Westwood. Maybe you meant Eastwood....not sure. I use the Eastwood bronze & Silver carb paints and they’ excellent. Personally I like the looks of the carbs painted assuming they’re stripped down completely and linkages, shafts and other hardware are removed prior to painting. The paint is very durable and definitely resistant to gasoline degradation. I
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5 months ago
Melb-Mike
My thought on this is the O-ring causes some of these issues. Having been in the hydraulics business for about 40 years, I got used to replacing problematic O-rings with quad rings....same size o.d. And I.d. But the square design prevents the rolling around and subsequent distortion of the typical O-ring. O-rings are great sealing devices but were never meant to be rolled along a surface like w
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5 months ago
Melb-Mike
I use Seth Emerson’s distributor, one with the MSD-6 ignition controller & one without. Fantastic results, very reliable and better engine performance. Overkill ? Maybe, but impressive results.
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6 months ago
Melb-Mike
Very interesting. This is the first 8 door Corvan I have see. It looks pretty clean. I hope someone who values this vehicle buys it.
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6 months ago
Melb-Mike
My 2 cents worth, get Seth's electronic distributor and the MSD-6 unit for a bullet proof and best ignition you can put on a Corvair. Seth has two different distributors, one for MSD and one without. Make sure you specify which you plan on using if you go this route.
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7 months ago
Melb-Mike
I'm not sure if this is any help but on my 64 Greenbrier are sway bars for the front and back. On the sway bar is a sticker that says "The Source" with a California area code. I tried calling that number and got a recording telling me I was dialing an incorrect number. I googled the name and got nothing but bad leads. The front sway bar is 1" and stiff as hell. It was rub
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7 months ago
Melb-Mike
It's an adjustment issue. The door latch rods that go up to the top striker are set too low. Remove the side access plate and thread out the adjuster until you finally get it to lock. The problem occurs with wear on the original latch allowing it to rotate just enough to release the rod from the upper striker. The adjustment will correct it. Don’t go too far or the door will be lock
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9 months ago
Melb-Mike
I don't see where Moxy says it's a California Corvairs product but if it is, it isn't the Walker muffler he says it is. The size of the Walker is different than what is described. And usually mufflers aren't reversible since you're likely to blow out the wool/fiberglass from the chambers when the flow goes the other way. Ask me how I know. In any case, he is entitled
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9 months ago
Melb-Mike
Barrier hose works well. If I were you, I would replace every hose before charging the system. Some are a PIA to do but if you don’t, you could lose some expensive R12. Replace the drier as well. You’re correct on the hose sizes. Suction hose going to the compressor is a #12 hose. I would also recommend brazing aluminum fittings to your condenser to allow the use of modern swivel fittin
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10 months ago
Melb-Mike
I have the scales that Phil indicated from Summit Racing. They really do work well. However, I was using them to corner weight the Lotus Super 7 that I was racing and its suspension was with coil overs and torsional rear DeDion rear end. I used the scales on my Z06 Corvettes and Porsche 911 too when I was racing them as well. As was stated, you drive onto the scales rather than lower the
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11 months ago
Melb-Mike
I think one of their editors owns a Corvair. They have been doing more and more on collecting these little gems. The price is definitely going up as seen in recent sales. That's good for those who own one, bad for someone trying to acquire one.. I'm not sure if one of the Hagerty guys was taking the pictures at Springfest or if he got them from someone who was there. In any case,
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11 months ago
Melb-Mike
Congratulations Nick on the sale. I was watching it and hoping it would fetch a price worthy of the work you put into the restoration. Although it's short of what you likely spent on the car, it is a very respectable sale amount. Good luck on your next project with your son. I know it will again be an outstanding product. Mike
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11 months ago
Melb-Mike
Mojan_n Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > What you think about this one: > > > SIMNWU8O3&colid=3B0RXVE0ICPU4&psc=0&ref_=lv_ov_lig > _dp_it The Longacre tools are good. I’m not familiar with these but they may also be good. Castor angle isn’t important like toe and camber in terms of tire wear. Castor angle is what esta
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11 months ago
Melb-Mike
If you have only one or two cars to get aligned, you’re better off getting a shop to do it. It just isn’t cost effective to get tools for just that. Greased tiles, greased garbage bags, greased who-knows-what, all will work. String also works to measure the toe deflection. I’ve seen many expensive Porsches get the string alignment for track duty. Doing an alignment is basic geometr
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11 months ago
Melb-Mike
I have done my own alignment on my cars now for the last ten years. I recommend turn plates but they’re not absolutely necessary. I made steel tube frames to go over my wheels so I could attach my home made laser devices to shoot lines front and back to set centering and toe-in. I use an electronic camber/caster gauge to attach to the frames for setting caster and camber first, toe-in last.
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11 months ago
Melb-Mike
I agree with vaporloc. The problem is that the ethanol in gasoline leaves a coating or plaque on everything in the carb. The inlet jet to the carb bowl is the one that keeps fuel from coming in, no matter how much you choke the air with your hand. Years ago I ran into this same issue with every small engine....blower, generator, weed eater, you name it, after sitting a while they wouldn’
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11 months ago
Melb-Mike
Mine used an aluminum strap holding it down. It’s a gel battery so the position of the battery isn’t important. Mine laid down on its side. For SCCA racing, I needed to cover both terminals with a small piece of duct tape.
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11 months ago
Melb-Mike
BobV66Vair Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Bob Slusher suggested this one. it looks perfect. > Light and has enough power to start the engine. > > Odyssey Battery I agree with Odyssey batteries. I had one in my race car, Lotus Super 7, running a 13:1 compression ratio 2.0 L. It was 14 years old when I sold the car last year, and still cran
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11 months ago
Melb-Mike
Here in Florida we have WaWa stations that sell “boat” gas which is ethanol free. Lately their pumps just say “Ethanol Free”. In North Carolina a lot of gas stations have ethanol free gas, some with 87 and 92 octane. It seems to be more common now. I’ve never seen “Buc-ees” before
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12 months ago
Melb-Mike
66 turbo heads ? I’ll be at Helen for the Springfest. Will you have a vendor table outside in the parking lot. If so let me know so I can find you. Mike
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12 months ago
Melb-Mike
Absolutely fantastic parts, prices & service. They set the bar for excellence. Mike
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1 year ago
Melb-Mike
On my 64 I put 17 X7 with 4.5” back spacing all around with 205-50 R17 radial tires. Outside diameter is very close to stock. I looked at 15” wheels. To be perfectly honest, I prefer the look of the 15” wheels. I would go with 15 X 7 wheels, again with 4.5” backspacing and either 205 or 215 width tires. I’ve seen some actually use 15 X 8 wheels with 225 tires in the rear and not ha
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1 year ago
Melb-Mike
Congratulations on a great car. I thought about these incredible cars for a while but never found a nice one for sale. It has to be one of the very best designed station wagons of all time. Enjoy it.
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1 year ago
Melb-Mike
Everyone freaks out today over the smallest little thing. We have the media to thank for that, the masters of phobia hype. We put our 18 month old son in a small fold away play pen in the back of our 64 Monza when traveling. Guess what ? He’s now 49 years old.....yep he survived. We put our three kids in the back of our 83 Chevy Jayco van to play while traveling and they’re grown, marrie
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