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    We Thought and We Bought-Corvair Engine It Is!

    Going to put the engine only up front. Figure out the rest later. That's in a tube chassis.

    It's light and being a flat 6 has a low center of gravity.

    An 80 hp one will be fine. Don't want to hurt ourselves.

    Will post something about it as it happens.

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    And have one foward gear and four for reverse?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rapid transit View Post
    Going to put the engine only up front. Figure out the rest later. That's in a tube chassis.

    It's light and being a flat 6 has a low center of gravity.

    An 80 hp one will be fine. Don't want to hurt ourselves.

    Will post something about it as it happens.
    I don't think I understand your post...I've worked on a number of Corvairs in our restoration shop. You do realize that thing turns backwords? So your tranny selection is....well....limited at best. I'm not a corvair hater, I like them. But they have some quirks, like the engine rotation and it takes some real ingenuity if you want to add A/C, the engine not only turns backwards but the belt route changes from vertical to horizontal. That's why the alt seems to be mounted backwards so they could get the rotation in the designed direction for the alt. I had a 66 spyder turbo, loved it, wish I still had it. But, quirky. Me no understand your post....

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    Well. Let's say it's direct drive. Just turn the rearend upside down.

    Like the engine. We will figure out way to make it work.

    They have parts to make a Corvair engine run rotating the other way.

    Will just mount it there and see what comes to mind.

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    If I was going to build something now and had the confidence to figure out a way to make it work later, I would not start with a Corvair. I would start with a Space Shuttle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 76mx View Post
    ...I would start with a Space Shuttle.
    Thanks for making me choke on my coffee. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloozberry View Post
    Thanks for making me choke on my coffee. LOL
    X's 2!🤣

    I drove a Corvair (borrowed) waaaay back in the 60's....interesting if nothing else. Sort of a neat car...but one day was tooling down the road, minding my own business...went for third gear and the entire shifter pulled out of the floor in my hand!LOL Then there was my one buddy who put a 327 in his Corvair, and built a fiberglass "luggage assembly" to replace the back seat, thereby hiding the upgrade.

    Will be interesting to see how this develops.

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    Quite welcome both of you. It was intended to make a point, but to be more humorous than critical while making it.

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    There was a slightly modified one down here in the 70s



    Research - Gardner + Corvair
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    Thank you!

    THAT is a very nice piece!

    That is good argument for leaving drivetrain the way it is.

    Then just use Buick V6 for front engine car.

    The body on that car is just our speed too.

    Thanks again!

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