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Feb 11, 2009 (1:46 pm)
Not really. The turbocharger design was rather self-defeating, very crude actually, and hardly gave any boost at all until the engine was revving very high--the exact opposite of what you want. Nobody really got turbos right in passenger cars until Saab in the late 1970s. The problem was that the carburetor was AHEAD of the turbocharger, so you had a "draw-through" turbo instead of a "blow-through" turbo.
Some people actually modify them to blow-throughs---way better.
#15 of 43 1962 corvair
Feb 11, 2009 (9:05 pm)
Well now that I am back in the game as they say I did a little research on her. I have got a good start it is a 37,000 mile buggy ( my term for a car ) I have talked with the second owner and the odometer is true so I have a good Ideal where and what she has been up to for the 47 plus years. I think I shall name her Christine. After 30 plus years a small carburetor problem has been fixed a leaking choke pull off.
#16 of 43 Re: 1962 corvair [m564ag]
Feb 12, 2009 (8:30 am)
Yeah, the 65 and forward Corvairs are the ones you want. Safer and look loads better.
#17 of 43 The FAA approved
Feb 12, 2009 (10:14 am)
Moulton Taylor's Aerocar powered by a Corvair engine back in the 60's.
#18 of 43 corvair accident reports
Apr 10, 2009 (2:53 pm)
a distant relative recently told me that they heard I was in a terrible corvair accident as a toddler...I know I was supposed to have been at Pittsburgh children's hospital for a grave illness around that time, but i was always told it was viral... I do know my mother was in a corvair accident and had to wear a neck brace for some time....unfortnately I cannot ask her about it, and by the sounds of it it was extremely serious and life threatening (i'd like to know the medical history involved etc)...does anyone know where I might find reports of these late sixties corvair accidents in which these cars were known to flip? thanks for your help.
Apr 10, 2009 (3:52 pm)
This is quite interesting, about 6:30 minutes.
The car rolls over at 5:25, but it was intentionally done. I'm sure they wouldn't have included that in the 1960 film if the Nader business had already come out.
Makes me want to go out and buy one--LOL!
#20 of 43 Re: corvair accident reports [starjania]
Apr 10, 2009 (8:01 pm)
Sounds as though we are in about the same age group. Back in those days cars were like little tanks and did not bend up like the ones today do. So it was you the passengers that were moved much harder about in the car. I was in a wreck with my dad in the Winter of 1966. My Dad had just bought a 66 Bellaire I think it had a few goodies like power steering, power brakes , a/c and no more. That car had a ton of power plus the car was painted a metal flake gray WW2 battleship color. I liked the color and still do--Back to the wreck I was looking out the passenger side back side window and flew all the way over to the drivers side and hit it like a rock. I recall seeing the car a day or two later and it was just a mild hit to the drivers side between the door and quarter panel I think the rim was bent too. Now take in mind there were no real seat belt laws nor belts for kids back then. Since then I have had a few wrecks of mine own and never felt that kind pain from what would seem a small wreck.
#21 of 43 Re: promotional film [Mr_Shiftright]
May 09, 2009 (2:47 pm)
I actually owned a '64! You had to 'toss it and catch it' which meant cut the wheel hard, get the rear end hung out, reverse the wheel to straighten out after the turn.
I watched a guy do this to go round a farmer who turned out of his driveway right in front of the Corvair. He cut the wheel left, Corvair starts to spin, as the driver cuts right to 'catch' it, he moves to the passing lane, and reverses the 'toss & catch' as he goes past the truck. It was beautiful! A big car would have rearended the truck.
Mine rusted. After my kids threw their toys out a hole in the back seat floor, I sold it. Loved to drive it, though!
#22 of 43 Re: promotional film [Mr_Shiftright]
May 11, 2009 (3:40 pm)
Well That was cool --- I was a prototype auto safety mechanic for 18 years And the corvair was not anywhere near the unsafe car --- even for its time. We tested 1000s of cars over the years and as strange as it sounds the safest car for the due 2000 model year --- was the last car you will ever be in a Lincoln continental hearse !!!!
#23 of 43 Back after illness
Oct 02, 2009 (6:25 am)
Well the corvair has been to our local elkfest here in atlanta mi. It is real nice to see all the people looking at her in the shape she is in. I did drive her in the parade and got a lot of hoops and howlers. But the most fun was the ones that had something bad to say -- my reply was where's your car lol. well at least I got a trophy the earl Scheib award. I was first at something