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i was at the gas station today saw a purple corvair pull up didnt have my camera young girl driving said it was a 1964 first one i seen in years had a porche engine in it she said it was factory engine i wish i.da had my camera it looked good i know a lotta corvairs were not that great
 

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Bet it looked pretty slick in Purple! I helped a friend restore a 67 coupe years ago, not my cup of joe but in the end it was a really nice car to cruise around in. They were different with their dual carbed, air cooled, Flat 6cyl Boxer engines. They were similar to the Porche Boxer engine but I doubt Chevy ever sourced engines from Porche.
 

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My 1st car was a 66 Corvair. It was the plain model w/a 4 speed and an AM radio. Cost $100 and that was in 1970. Man, I really liked that car. It was extremely fun to drive but I had to be carefu not to speed shift it as it would blow the fan belt off. Once it did it would start getting hot as the fan wouldn't turn and soon the whole cabin would fill up with smoke from the defroster vents.
It had 2 carbs and a generator instead of an alternator.
I ended up blowing it up in bumper to bumper traffic. It would go through 3 qts of oil in 1000 miles and I forgot to check it that day...
That opposed 6 would run tho, it liked to eat those VM bgs for lunch :D

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Bet it looked pretty slick in Purple! I helped a friend restore a 67 coupe years ago, not my cup of joe but in the end it was a really nice car to cruise around in. They were different with their dual carbed, air cooled, Flat 6cyl Boxer engines. They were similar to the Porche Boxer engine but I doubt Chevy ever sourced engines from Porche.
thats what i was thinking i agree iseriously doubt chevrolet put porche engines in there cars
 

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I had a 1964 Light Blue Corvair 2dr. with a Spider Engine in it. Spider engine was stock but not stock to the car. 4 speed. I could raise the front wheels off the ground enought to clear a 2X4 in first and almost in second. Had a top speed back then of over a 100mph. I bought it from my brother who needed a bigger car for a family. Swapped it for a 1965 Chevy Pkup.. Had great gas mileage in it as long as I stayed out of the throttle. Kinda looked like this one.
 

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this one looked like the one in hammans link but it was purple i don.t know if they were passingn tru or it belongs to someone in town i.m gonna put camera in the truck if i see it again i.ll get a pic it sounded good when she fired it up
 

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My dad has a 1965 corvair corsa convertible. Its been sitting in his shop since the mid to late 70's. It has so much stuff piled on it you don't even know its there.
 

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One of my room -mates when I was down in Pensacola, back in 1968-69, had one --a red Spyder conv. and he claimed to have five more at home in La. for parts.

......and once a month--faithfully--he whipped off a nasty letter to Ralph Nader, who was instrumental in getting GM to stop making it....haveing the Govt. claim it was un-safe....
what a character---wonder what ever happend to Rufus???

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I had a '63 for a while but it was a beater by then. The girl had no idea what she had in it if she thought she had a factory Porsche engine, I wouldn't argue with her though. You can't push logic on those types.
I had a guy tell me that Dodge only made A-100 pickups in 1967 because VW sued them over the design. (Never mind they made them 1964-70) Yeah, right..and they let Corvair and Econoline PU's continue?
Well, we can't all be rocket surgeons.
Still, any early style corvair is a blast from the past.
 

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I had a '63 for a while but it was a beater by then. The girl had no idea what she had in it if she thought she had a factory Porsche engine, I wouldn't argue with her though. You can't push logic on those types.
I had a guy tell me that Dodge only made A-100 pickups in 1967 because VW sued them over the design. (Never mind they made them 1964-70) Yeah, right..and they let Corvair and Econoline PU's continue?
Well, we can't all be rocket surgeons.
Still, any early style corvair is a blast from the past.
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Econoline pick ups had the engine sitting up between the front seats--

Boy--hot in the summer and eventually everything in the cab smelled like cooked oil....'cuz they started to use oil and most people never checked them out.
The garage I worked for when I was young, towed a bunch of them, not only for the Ford dealers, but the local newspaper company bought about a dozen to deliver papers with....

back to subject at hand--

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Here's a few pics of dad's corvair. Even has a new top hanging from the Rafter's. As you can see we all have our PHD's here, Piled higher and deeper.:sidelaugh:sidelaugh:sidelaugh
 

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I am not trying to hijack your post but I have a funny story about a Corvair. In 1966 and 67 I worked for a HVAC company in the summer between school years. They had a 1964 corvair pickup. Now this company was owned by a family that lived down the road from us. My father worked there as their Service Tech and Installation Forman. These were great people and good to work for. The corvair pickup was a bright yellow / orange. Not yellow nor orange. It had a lot of miles on it and it was the all around truck to use. I was told to take it to a job about 20 miles away and pickup a bunch of cast iron radiators we were taking out of a house and installing a more modern boiler system in. I liked loading furnaces and boilers in this truck because it had the side loading ramp on the passenger side due to the engine being in the back. It did have a little tailgate over the engine but it was small. We loaded all the radiators on this truck. Not sure how many but it was a lot, a lot more than the truck was supposed to hold. We had a bunch of old pipe to take back to the shop also and we loaded them on a regular 56 GMC pickup and started back to town with me in the lead. Now it was known that the corvair pickup was good to drive as long as you didn't have a big load in the back. I was over loaded. It was like driving a clown car that had a weight in the rear and almost no steering due to the wheels on the front being almost off the ground. The guy following me said it looked like a bobber in the water as I drove down the road with it bobbing all over. He also said that he was sure the rear wheels were going to break off due to their being bent out at the bottom and in at the top. We stopped and transfered several of the radiators to the other truck and continued on our way. As I approached a 4 way stop, with a little more control over the truck and the steering, I applied the brakes and ...NOTHING...I mean , NOTHING. I hit them again and again no brakes. Now I had to make a right turn at the stop sign, I was down shifting as quick as I could and got down to 2nd and it would not go into 1st. As I approached the intersection I swung left across the centerline, no traffic comming, and then swung to the right. I would of made it had it not been for the Sherrifs car sitting to my left watching this whole thing transpire at about 25mph. As soon as I saw him I turned extra tight to the right and hit the dirt shoulder which had a few big holes in it and I hit them, and that darn ramp let go and spilled some of the radiators on the side of the road and I ran over a couple, which really helped to stop me. I got out after trying to compose myself just as the Deputy pulled up and got out, adjusted his Smokey Bear Hat and stood next to his car stareing at me and clapping. The first words out of his mouth was ..."Now that was pretty...why was that so pretty.."? After explaining the reason why I did not get a ticket but we did have to call a tow truck to pick the truck up. It did damage the ramp and the rear wheel. I never got to drive the truck again because they got rid of it shortly after fixing it. The guy follwing me was the owners grown son and he said that it was like watching something in slowmotion and that it was as graceful as a "pig dancing with a duck"! I remember it as one of theose times that I first experienced the "pucker factor. "
 

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This made me think of the Corvair pick up my dad had in the 60's.It was kinda wild had a tail gate on the back and a ramp that dropped to the ground on the right side.I have not thought of that thing in years ,I do remember it started to smoke really bad from bad valve seals and the old man was not gonna fix it.A few months later he got a letter from Chevy and they would have paid something towards fixing it .By that time he had sold it off,just his luck lol.

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Porsche engines were never used in Corvairs. Even the most potent Porsche engine of the mid sixties wasn't 100 HP. The Carrera 4-cam and the subsequent 911 6 cylinder engines probably cost more than a whole Corvair of that era.

Corvair engines were popular as a repower option for VW buses, however.
 

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Corvairs- **Ralph Nader put the kabosh to 'em!!**

I grew up next door to a guy that had like 30+ of them all over his yard..
He was always having the local chater of CORSA meetings and swap meets in his big yard and some pretty nice ones showed up.. I wish I had taken some pictures but hey- I was just a dumb kid..:banghead3

He gave a spider to his kid for his 16th birthday and we drove that thing all over the place! He drove the thing like a nut and we'd be driving along then he'd steer the wheel hard over and next thing you know weed be sliding down the road backwards! :Stop: :Stop: :Stop:

He'd laugh his butt off at us because our eyes were as big as beach balls whenever he did that!:banghead3:duh:

His dad had some rarities too.. A couple of nice station wagons and a few convertibles as well.. He had to sell them all off after his wife died of cancer in the early eighties.. :praying:
 
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