65 Corvair (Corvate)
65 Convair with lots of customizing done. Friends car and i am unsure of
all the specs but still wanted to post video. enjoy. thehawkmann74
CORVAIR: UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED?
A couple of interviews with Corvair owners at the South 71 Cruiser's Cruise
Night event this month. Lots of other cars there, but the Corvairs seemed
like an interesting topic to record.
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1965 Corvair Corsa with a Crown Engineering V8 conversion
I have owned this car since the early 1980's. It was a lifetime dream to
own and build this car. This car is beautiful. From a distance it appears
as a stock Corvair with a few modifications. However, it is far from stock.
This car is also not a luxury car. It is more in the lines of a race car
for the street. The car has been driven less than 200 miles during my
ownership. The body was completely restored about 10 years ago. The body
panels were replaced with fiberglass panels. The only steel that remains on
the car is the doors, rear cove, and roof. The wheel wells, trunk area and
floors have all been done in aluminum. The engine is a small block Chevy
from a 1966 Chevy II factory rated at 275 hp. The car has been sitting for
a few years and does have a few small leaks. I did just replace the
carburetors with new Holley 600 with vacuum secondaries. It has a Saginaw
4 speed. One last thing, It's FAST!
Adjusting Corvair valves is a snap!
An easy way to adjust Chevy Corvair valves without making a big mess: split
a stock valve cover in half, that will catch the oil ( if you need a used
valve cover, check our website www.rafeecorvair.com under used parts, we
have them in stock, as well as many other gaskets to finish the job) ....If
you are doing a maintenance valve adjustment, install your oil catchers
on both sides, let the engine warm up, and starting at either end, loosen
the nut until the rocker arm starts clattering/ knocking/ ticking (LOL),
let it do its thing for several seconds, then re-tighten til the noise
quiets down, stop and then go 1/4 turn more. Some even go 1/2 turn to 3/4
turn. Myself, I do 1/4 turn to 1/2 turn and it works. If the engine is new,
you can do this 2 different ways: cold, as outlined in the shop manual, or
with the engine running, as I prefer. Make sure all the rocker arms are
tightened, but leave some small amount of play between the valve stems and
the rocker arm tips, so the lifters can pump up. I want to explain this
the easiest way that I can, not too technical, so everybody can follow. If
the engine is new, I normally let it run for 20 to 30 mn, I want this baby
to be hot, so the lifters can pump up ./ fill with oil. Then I start
tightening 1 rocker arm at a time, starting at either end. Just take the
clatter/ knocking away, and no more. When you are done doing all that to
the 12 rocker arms, now you are gonna adjust one at a time, by loosening
each one, let the clatter/ knocking come back for several seconds, and
tighten til it quiets down. Then go 1/4 turn more. Repeat the process til
all are done, and VOILA! I told you it was easy.....If you run into any
problems, don't hesitate to call Rafman at 918-753-2486. Happy to be at
Mid Engine V8 Swap Corvair
When this thing pulled in I saw the 350 on the side but it was so quiet.
Then some guy called me over to see the captains chairs that had to be used
so you could swing in as the SBC is really far forward on this thing.