Yenko "Super Stinger" Corvair
Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:01 PM
My "Super Stinger" phantom is my take on what I think Don Yenko would have done had he decided to go road racing in a major way instead of concentrating his efforts on the dragstrip starting in 1967. (He did produce a further 10 Stingers in 1967, and a single example for Goodyear for tire testing purposes in 1969). I built it to conform, as closely as possible, to the F.I.A. rules for Endurance racing as they were in 1967. The tires fit entirely inside the fenders. There is a 5-point rollbar that comes up to at least the height of the top of the driver's seat, and there is a passenger seat. There is a fire extinguisher within reach of the driver. I modified the AMT 1969 Corvair Monza coupe kit by cutting the chassis plate to accept the flat-12 engine I built for it by mating a pair of kit Corvair sixes. The cooling fans, one over each bank of six cylinders, are driven by a shaft on a spur gear at the center of the crankcase. It gets it's fuel from a set of 12 single-barrel Weber carbs. Thak a look at the wheels and tires on the model: They're the stock pieces from the Monogram 1:24 "High Performance Series" 1987 Pontiac Trans Am GTA kit! (If you happen to have any of those tires and wheels just sitting around, let me know - I WANT MORE OF THEM!) I shaved the lips from the wheel wells for aerodynamic purposes. I made the front air dam by cutting down the custom nosepiece from the Corvair kit, but the rear wing was scratchbuilt, as is the fire extinguisher. The shifter is a straight pin. The seats are the rqacing buckets from the Corvair kit, but the passenger-side seat is cut down some to keep the backrest down out of the air stream as much as possible.
That very yelloewd "white" paint gives you an idea just how old this model is! I love the look of those wheels on this model!
White with blue stripes were the official American racing colors, as dictated by the FIA. When sponsorship became such a huge deal right around that time, the traditional national colors went by the boards.
I kept as much of the Corvair's character alive in the Sports Prototype version as I could, keeping the standard taillight area intact, for instance, and running the lower body character line back through where the original rear wheelwells were.
Sorry it's so dusty in there! It's hard to keep an open-bodied model clean on an open shelf! Anyhow, the fire extinguisher is entirely scratchbuilt, and I added several gauges to the instrument panel.
A flat-12, several years before Porsche had one!
Underneath, I probably should have done more with the exhaust headers than just letting them dump the spent gases under the car!
Posted 20 June 2012 - 06:54 PM
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 01:45 AM
I think Don would approve !
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Posted 21 June 2012 - 05:02 PM
It's really great to see this model, and thanks for putting it up.
Posted 21 June 2012 - 08:27 PM
And William, I have a mid-engine, Corvette Z06-powered Corvair model in the works for the "Gumball Rally" CBP. If anything, the bodywork will be even wilder than it is on this one. I've already widened the fenders about 4" scale in back and 3" in front, and the front trunk lid has a big hole in it (Ford GT40 style) to let out the cooling air from the front-mounted radiator.
Posted 22 June 2012 - 07:59 AM
Posted 22 June 2012 - 02:00 PM
I have a mid-engine, Corvette Z06-powered Corvair model in the works for the "Gumball Rally" CBP.
Really looking forward to seeing that. ZO6 and Corvair probably have never even been in the same sentence before. I'll be watching for it.
Posted 24 June 2012 - 08:24 PM
William, there are still plenty of Corvairs out there if you ever want to get back into the hobby.
Mike, I always do my best to inform other hobbyists about the background of my builds. If I inspired you to look further into the Yenko Stingers, I feel I've done my job. If I've inspired you to build a model of a Corvair, I'll be thrilled. And if I've inspired you to actually consider getting a 1:1 Corvair of your own, well, I will feel satisfied down to the soles of my feet! They're great little cars, even in stock form. They adapt well to modification and parts are readily available from a number of sources. Maybe not as plentiful as Camaro or Mustang parts, but easy enough to find. And due to their undeserved bad reputation, they're among the least expensive collector cars out there... but they're getting more expensive every day! From what I've seen, they seem to be appreciating at a faster rate than many seemingly more popular cars. Those cars already had their appreciation phase; Now it's the Corvair's turn.
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Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:05 PM
Another popuilar conversion was made by Kelmark, more famous for their VW parts and "Kit Cars". Theirs was called a "Corv-8" (which has come to be used in the Corvair club as a generic term for ANY mid-engine V-8 conversion). It differed from the Crown kit in that the transaxle was turned around and the engine bolted up to the "engine end". That moved the engine much further back in the body. I understand balance is slightly better in the Crown cars than in the Kelmark for handling purposes due to weight distribution, but the Kelmark is better for straight-line work.
As far as I know, neither company is still around, but I could be wrong on this. Clark's Corvair Parts in Massachusetts offers many of the parts from the Crown conversion in their catalog, including the subframe. If you still have that Crown kit and it's getting in your way, you could give it to me... I know I could put it to good use some time in the future, even if it meant modifying the interior so that I could sit farther forward...