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Custom Corvair - Finished!


Sixties Sam

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I found photos of a customized Corvair that I liked and decided to make something like it, but keeping the rear engine. The real one has a front-mounted V8. I got a Corvair kit from eBay and modified the body by enlarging the wheel openings and making fender flares from styrene sheet. I painted it orange, but the spray can nozzle kept clogging up and the paint came out looking more like orange snot than paint! After a day in the purple pond, it's ready to try again with different orange paint. I lowered the suspension a little and replaced those 13" wheels with some larger ones from my parts boxes, and added a nose from an old Corvair kit. Comments and ideas are welcome!

 

Here's my inspiration.

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Body before painting.

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This looks like a really great build. A real shame about the first paint job. You mentioned that you changed the front end and in one picture you can see just the edge of the front, so what have you done there ?

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This looks like a really great build. A real shame about the first paint job. You mentioned that you changed the front end and in one picture you can see just the edge of the front, so what have you done there ?

I used this custom nose piece I had from an old Corvair kit from the 1960's.

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David and Jay, I'm using the stock Corvair engine with 4 carbs in its stock position (not mid-engine). I added plug wires. Carl, - stock taillights, too, but I might paint the rear panel where the lights and license plate are black or silver. Paint update: I just sprayed on a coat of Krylon pumpkin orange. Looks good so far, although it's a lighter shade than I used before. Thanks for your interest guys!

Sam

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For me the front is questionable but that is just me. Overall I like the car very much.

Actually, Ray, I had second thoughts about that nose piece, but I didn't want to take it off and have to repair the glue marks it would leave!

Sam

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