1965 Corvair Saab 9000 Aero Swap?

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Snacks
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1965 Corvair Saab 9000 Aero Swap?

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Hello everyone,
I just bought my first corvair - a 65 monza 110. Im really excited to drive it all original, but I have been thinking about motor swaps. I'll be getting a free Saab 9000 aero motor+tranny soon and i was wondering if it would at all be possible to swap it into the 'vair. Any comments, thoughts, and ideas are all appreciated!

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Good question. never heard of anyone doing that odd combination, but, most anything is possible enough time and money oh yeah and more money.
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If you are going to do that why not buy a shell and sell the complete car to someone else?
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I've always like the Saab cars, but good grief there are other powertrains with far more support you could use. Better yet, go electric if you want to change the Corvair powertrain.

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I like that idea! Heck, if someone successfully installed a Honda motor in a vair, why not a Saab drivetrain? I'm assuming it's a 5-speed stick?

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I've had six Vairs with engine swaps. All were bought as partially completed projects from someone else. That may give you an idea of how often these swaps actually get completed. If you have a good running Corvair, think carefully before you start down a path that few people finish. Getting the engine and tranny for free should not be a reason in itself.
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