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In Topic: Had to share CARpet

15 July 2014 - 05:52 PM

My grandson has a similar one at home.

He would go nuts if my car had that for its carpet. We have a hard enough time getting him to stay in his car seat!

In Topic: amt Corvair drag car

15 July 2014 - 05:02 PM

I'm really looking forward to this reissue.

The last time that I came across an original for sale, the guy wanted $200! That's more than most of my 1:1 Corvairs cost me in years past. ;-)

Scott's (unclescott) comments are pretty well on the money regarding the Corvair's demise. The Mustang did it. For about the same $$$ as the Corvair, a red-blooded American kid could get a Mustang with a V-8. Most would choose the V-8 vs the pancake six; it's a no-brainer. Otherwise, both had a pleasant body style and bucket seats, etc. Ironically, the Mustang was Ford's knee-jerk reaction to the sporty Corvair "Monza", and the Camaro was GM's reaction to Iaccoca's Mustang V-8.

I've been fortunate to have owned nearly 40 different Corvairs since I was 15 years old (and have driven many, many more). Had at least one (1) of every model year and body style - even a '66 coupe with an SBC mounted midship! Drove them all the time, in all sorts of weather, and even raced a few. Never had a single one exhibit a tendency to flip over, although the pre-1964 units without rear sway bars could get a little "loose". I feel sorry for any of the families that might have had loved ones injured or killed in a Corvair back in the day, but I think these drivers really had to be hanging it out there on the edge. My experience with the Corvair is such that I found it to be as safe-handling and predictable as any other car of that era which I've driven.

I lump all of this anti-Corvair hysteria in the same category as the hoopla that we experienced a few years ago with the Ford Bronco/Explorer trucks and their tire "situation", and the similar thing with the Suzuki "Samarai" SUV. ANY car/truck which is driven in a stupid manner and beyond its design limitations can get the driver into trouble...

You want to know the design flaws in a Corvair that really will kill you?
1) the heat system which draws hot air off of the exhaust manifolds (like old VWs). The manifold "donut" gaskets had a tendency to go bad and allow CO2 into the car (as well as oil fumes from leaky pushrod tube O-Rings);
2)rear axle bearings on the pre-1965 units. The bearing could experience a catastrophic failure, and the axle would pull right out of transaxle on the highway. As the wheel/axle exited out the side of the car, it usually destroyed the rear brakes in the process. Since these early Corvairs all had a single master cylinder brake system, this would cause the loss of ALL of the brake fluid in the system, meaning No Brakes!

Oh well, 40 years later I'm still driving Corvairs, and still alive to tell about it!

In Topic: What did you see on the road today?

10 July 2014 - 04:24 PM

Followed this one to the local cruise-in.

Nice looking paint job on this '55 Chevy.

However, there's something a bit "off" about it....

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In Topic: What did you see on the road today?

06 July 2014 - 11:58 AM

That's cool. I wish you could have snapped a photo of the Corvair's . I had a 67 Monza several years ago and it was a pretty cool little car.


Modelhaus is now offering a resin kit of a '67 Corvair 4-door. I bought one; it's really nice.

In Topic: Why are there so many iconic cars that have never been kitted ?

06 July 2014 - 11:45 AM

Did some one say racing heritage ?  ;)  Tony%20%20Nancy%20%20%20%20%20Sept.%2019 AMT/ RC2 ya still got the molds ?  :huh:

Say, is that a '59 Pontiac wagon in the background of the photo? ;-)