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#1 jcbigpaw

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 09:01 AM

I know there's a bunch of these scattered all over the forum so let's get em all together for a look. Whether your in progress or gotta blow the dust off the pics because it's been done so long. Show me what you've got.



I'll start with one I just finished. This was built using a Herbie snap kit from Polar Lights.

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#2 Dr. Cranky

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 09:08 AM

I've always like these, and yes, I'd love to see some more too.

#3 Chuck Most

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 09:17 AM

Sweet!

I've finished a few, and have a few more planned.
First one... Revell Beetle Convertible with a Corvair engine.
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Then came the Pink Panzer, again a Revell body with a Corvair engine.
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;56 Beetle with '27 T fenders
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The Kubelrodd, which has been damaged and is due for a rebuild. The body is Plastruct sheet and powered with a Corvair engine.
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And the most recent one, a '63, based on a Polar Lights Herbie body on a '66 Tamiya chassis.
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#4 rmvw guy

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 11:39 AM

Cool! Mine are all stock so far, I've got to do one of these.

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Posted 27 May 2012 - 11:53 AM

Revell kit....mold is worn OUT!!!
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Posted 27 May 2012 - 07:14 PM

Chuck,do you have a thing for Corvair engines?Lol.

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Posted 28 May 2012 - 12:43 AM

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#8 Lunajammer

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 03:54 PM

Well if ya gotta ask... who am I to be asked twice? Like the others, Revell body. Chassis from Round 2 Pinto Modified and lots of parts box stuff.

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Posted 29 May 2012 - 04:44 PM

Here's Das Bug. Mr. Hobby kit. Chopped 4", lowered 4", rotated front axle, custom exhaust.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 05:25 PM

Hey Chuck, if you want to fix those two with the original 4-cylinder corn poppers out back, I can set you up with a couple of proper Corvair engines to go in them too... :P

#11 Chuck Most

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 07:08 PM

Hey Chuck, if you want to fix those two with the original 4-cylinder corn poppers out back, I can set you up with a couple of proper Corvair engines to go in them too... :P

Oh, I've got another Corvair powered Volksrod in the works... do NOT worry about that. B)

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:57 AM

Hey Chuck, if you want to fix those two with the original 4-cylinder corn poppers out back, I can set you up with a couple of proper Corvair engines to go in them too... :P


Oh, come on, get with the theme. I've got a V12 in mine..... :lol:

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Posted 02 June 2012 - 05:07 PM

Oh, come on, get with the theme. I've got a V12 in mine..... :lol:


Here's a plan: Ferrari is famous for their "180-degree V-12s", right? How about a PAIR of Corvair flat-6's, one in back where it belongs and the other up front in the trunk? :P

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 02:12 AM

Here's a plan: Ferrari is famous for their "180-degree V-12s", right? How about a PAIR of Corvair flat-6's, one in back where it belongs and the other up front in the trunk? :P

And then someone will stick an Allison in one and outdo all of us!

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Posted 06 June 2012 - 07:33 AM

Heck, then I'd just go him one (or two, or three... ) better: How about quad turbos on the Allison and a couple of J.A.T.O.s on the roof? Probably have to stretch the wheelbase a bit to make that work... :) :lol: :D :P

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Posted 07 June 2012 - 04:55 PM

If you check the web you'll turn these up with big block V8s and full tube steel frames. I've even seen one with a late model Cadillac Northstar. One show I went to a guy had one with a dual turbo V8 mounted in the rear under a cover. No back seat but full deck lid. Took a little time to figure out how he did that.

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Posted 09 June 2012 - 03:26 PM

Here is my VW, it has the 350 from the USA-1 and the suspension from the old 1/32 Bigfoot.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 06:11 PM

If you check the web you'll turn these up with big block V8s and full tube steel frames. I've even seen one with a late model Cadillac Northstar. One show I went to a guy had one with a dual turbo V8 mounted in the rear under a cover. No back seat but full deck lid. Took a little time to figure out how he did that.


Mid-engine, V-8 powered Corvairs (popularly known as "Corv-8's" in the Corvair hobby) are a fairly common conversion, generally using a small block Chevy hooked up to the standard 1966-69 Corvair 4-speed transaxle. Conversion kits were available from both Crown Engineering and an outfit you VW fans have probably heard of: Kelmark. That gearbox was basically just a Borg-Warner T-10 in a different case so it was plenty strong enough to handle a V-8 that was anything even close to streetable. I've seen V-8's mounted in custom frames in the front of other Corvairs too, as well as aluminum Buick 215's (which are actually LIGHTER than the Corvair flat-6!) mounted out back. The most outrageous ones I've seen were Toronado-based conversions, with Olds 455's and the Toro automatic transaxle used as a unit with shorter-than-stock jalfshafts. A few years ago at a Corvair Society of America National Convention, a former Cadillac engineer showed up with his latest build: A Corvair with a full-on Cadillac Northstar drivetrain/front subframe mounted where the back seat used to be. Instead of shortening the halfshafts and screwing with the drivetrain's suspension geometry, he just widened the quarter panels about 8" per side! Not only did that car perform, but it looked downright awesome doing it! I used that car's modified bodywork as the inspiration for a model I'm building for the "Gumball Rally" CBP.