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oldcarfan

Member Since 26 Jun 2010
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In Topic: 58 Apache diecast

Yesterday, 01:56 PM

I just bought one of these. Didn't need it at the moment, but it was just so cool.


In Topic: Lindberg 1/25 Dodge 330 4-Door !

17 December 2014 - 05:32 PM

Amazing!


In Topic: fifth wheel trailer and hitch for pickup?

11 December 2014 - 04:09 PM

For 1/25 I used a fifth wheel from a 1/32 semi snap kit.


In Topic: Ford F350 NTSB Aviation investigation unit

11 December 2014 - 04:00 PM

Ok, I have to ask, where did the cargo boxes on the roof come from?


In Topic: The Corvair Topic

25 October 2014 - 07:05 AM

Ralph Nader saw an opportunity for publicity and rode it into a career, for better or worse. Bad press aside, if any one thing can be said to have killed the Corvair, I think it would be the difference in platforms. The Chevy II, Falcon and Dart among others made the Corvair redundant. At the time GM, Ford and the others basically built front engine rwd cars. Compact or full size, the general layouts were basically the same which meant shared parts across several product lines, which in turn meant greater profits. The Corvair was essentially a standalone product requiring many unique parts which economy of scale couldn't justify.

The Corvair was an attempt to copy VW, down to its suspension. Regarding its handling, in one of my dad's old Road and Track magazines of the time, I remember reading that a swaybar that would have cost very little at the time would have stopped the dreaded "tuck-under" which caused many accidents in Corvairs, VW's, Porsches and Triumph Spitfires.