The Audacious V8 Corvair

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The Audacious V8 Corvair

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I have committed to the Audacious Plan for the 67 Mid Engine V8 Corvair:

1999 Audi 4.2 V8 (all aluminum DOHC fuel injected engine)
1987 Porsche 944S 5 speed (098 transaxle, same as 944 Turbo, used with many LS V8 conversions)
1987 Porsche 944S front suspension (disk brakes, rack-n-pinion, coil-over struts, aluminum cross member, aluminum a-arms)
1987 Porsche 944S rear suspension (disk brakes, aluminum swing arms, torsion bar springs)

So it will be basically a Porsche/Audi car with a Corvair Body, an Audacious plan I think.

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All very dirty right now.
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Blasphemy! Lol

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Here is the stance with the 'phone dial' porsche wheels, I like it. I think the 928 has wider rear phone dials, so I might try to scout out a pair of those.
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Ooh, I likey. I am thinking of the opposite: rear engine Buick 215 aluminum V8 with VW bus transaxle. I have seen a few sand rails with this setup. Also somewhat naughty, but still rear engine and totally retro.
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nimblemotorsports wrote:
Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:36 pm
I have committed to the Audacious Plan for the 67 Mid Engine V8 Corvair:

1999 Audi 4.2 V8 (all aluminum DOHC fuel injected engine)
1987 Porsche 944S 5 speed (098 transaxle, same as 944 Turbo, used with many LS V8 conversions)
1987 Porsche 944S front suspension (disk brakes, rack-n-pinion, coil-over struts, aluminum cross member, aluminum a-arms)
1987 Porsche 944S rear suspension (disk brakes, aluminum swing arms, torsion bar springs)

So it will be basically a Porsche/Audi car with a Corvair Body, an Audacious plan I think.
Ambitious build! I like it! :tu: :burnout:
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Where do you stand on your Audi powered, Porsche suspension rocket build? We all would like engineering details....


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sailadams wrote:
Sat Apr 29, 2017 9:19 pm
Ooh, I likey. I am thinking of the opposite: rear engine Buick 215 aluminum V8 with VW bus transaxle. I have seen a few sand rails with this setup. Also somewhat naughty, but still rear engine and totally retro.
A few folks have bolted the Buick 215 engine up to the standard Corvair transaxle. The 215 weighs almost the same as the Corvair engine. With the VW transaxle you problably would not have to reverse the 215 rotation. cnicol on the other forum has a Corvair rear engine 125 and knows all about the parts.

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I've had to divert attention to a house I am flipping to get it finished before the summer ends and this housing boom goes bust...
But just to give something to look at engineering wise, I built a second cement mixer, this one will mix a half-yard of concrete. Used some 55 gallon barrels, toyota transmission, old fork lift frame, trailer axles, ford contour fwd spindles and wheels, winch motor, and the most expensive part I had to actually pay for was a 50:1 gear reduction unit bought from a closed farm operation.
Pics shows first version without the gear reduction unit that blew up in the first test run. The winch motor spins 3600 rpm, the mixer needs to spin 10rpm, so I need 360:1 gear reduction, this is not easy. Just poured a 12x10 pad for a neighbor's shed for the new transmission test run, now I have 5 yards of foundation to pour for the house addition.
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Here is a pic of the current with the industrial gear reduction, and the smaller one I made (used to pour the extended driveway, the rolling gate tracks for the alley, so I can get all my cars in the backyard... have 5 in the backyard.

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I am not able to do much work on this car, but I am still "working" on it in my mind. And while I'm still go back and forth on the manual vs automatic trans, one thing that needs some ideas is how to cover the headlights. In road racing the headlights need to be covered (not sure really why I assume the broken glass gets on the track? but today we don't have glass headlights, however stock corvair headlights are still glass)
For example, the Ralley Sport (RS) Camaro headlights have covers. What can be done with the Corvair headlights?
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Something that doesn't look tack'd on.
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They do make plastic 7" round H4 style head lamp assemblies. They used to be all over the place on Ebay.
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notched wrote:
Mon Jun 12, 2017 10:54 am
They do make plastic 7" round H4 style head lamp assemblies. They used to be all over the place on Ebay.
Yeah, that would do it, although it wouldn't give a 'ralley sport' look. See if I can find some..that don't cost $100 each..
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https://www.carid.com/1967-chevy-camaro ... 63734.html

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You might try "stone guards" over your lights. Although they were available for Earlies, not sure about LMs


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Well I ordered a pair of Anzo 841002 headlights that were supposed to be polycarbonate face, and they are glass. MF
Looks like they USED to have polycarbonate lens, but now are made with glass.

I found one reference that USA dot rules require glass lens, that "Euro" headlights can be 'plastic', so one must buy from Europe or Japan to get them. Anyone get some plastic lens headlights anytime recent?

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I have been able to put a little time into this project. Working on getting the front suspension installed.
I am wondering what is the best way to remove all the 'goop' from the front frame rails and firewall?
Is that buytl rubber? Will dry ice work like it does for sound deadening in newer cars?

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Dry ice is a bit scarce, read expensive, here. However, a heat gun and a putty knife works. Just takes some time. I think you will also find the some of the goop has dried out and thus it will easily flake off in places!
Good hunting. As some say, “Your mileage may very”.


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