Setting the idle in a Corvair!
setting the idle in this engine, a 110 HP with a 270 Isky cam...normally, I
set the idle at around 6 to 700 RPM; when the chokes kick in, I set it to
around 1100 RPM. It might vary depending on the size of the cam you are
using, and personal preference. With this engine, I am running a dual Exhaust system, the RPM is a little
lower so I can hear the rumble. For more info, don' t forget to refer to
your shop manual, or give me a holler, I will be glad to help you out to
get your ride going.
Birth of a 140 HP: first click , ROAR........
Recently got done upgrading this engine from a 110 to a 140 HP for kick ass
performance, and some bling .....damn, she's hot.....Yeah! If you need some
help with your project, don't hesitate to contact me at
Corvair Cold Start
Haven't made a video in a while, nothing really to make a video about I
guess. Anyway, I start my 1960 Corvair up in the cold.. It's been sitting a
while due to transmission issues.
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
Corvair Cylinder Head Thermal Cleaning
Here's another look at the thermal cleaning system at Costa Mesa R&D
Automotive Machine Shop being used to clean a pair of grungy/filthy Corvair
cylinder heads. (949) 631-6376 Don't forget to 'Click' and SUBSCRIBE.
Chevrolet Corvair mystery, guess it!
There it is, for those experts: see if you can figure out the problem: what
is the cause of the sound you hear in this engine??? To be honest, it took
me a little while to find the problem, that was tough.....but it is now
fixed. Whooo-hoooo!!! If you are experiencing any mechanical problems with
your Corvair, don't hesitate to Rafee a holler at 918-753-2486. Keep them
rolling, peace out! www.rafeecorvair.com