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Corvair Lakewood 61 - NL

Unread post by TikiRalf » Wed May 25, 2011 4:08 am

The corvair Lakewood 1961

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It is a long story because i've to put last 6 months in one time, so when thats done i've keep it up to date !

sorry for my poor englisch but i do my best :doh:


Lets start by the begin,

I found the car in the netherlands where it was standing for to years and nobady took care of it. There for the car was in England for a couple of years and drove there about 600 miles. Original the car come from california so it had a bit of a journey to come to my workshop.

We (we is all my all my friends who helped) found it covered with snow outside.

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The engine doesn't run so we came back a couple of weeks later when the snow was gone to check out the car and take it for a test run. test run was great execpt the brakes (there were no brakes !! )

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the entire car was covered in surface rust but looks oke most of the technical thinks work what we could see so i take the car. The car first needs to be legal to drive around in the netherlands so its need to go to different gouverments that the car isn't stolen - tax - pinkslips and the 2 year safety controle (they check everything and we fix the brakes before we go to the inspection)

After al "the trouble" with was going very well we picked up the car and drive it home. We had some problems on our way home, a loose dynamo and a broken fuel gaugle makes me run out of fuel en electrick, but after some repairs we drive safe home.

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@ home i have to small workplaces / shops both seize are 5,5 meters by 2,5 meter (16.4 Feet by 6.56 Feet) one is for the car and the other is storage and my workshop.

I drove the car for the summer last year and had a lot of fun ::-): my friends all drive classic usa cars from a 56 bel air - 60 ford fairlane - 67 Rambler 550 - chevroelt malibu so we did several roadtrips in the Netherlands - Belgium and Deutschland.

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When the season was over september 2010 i have to think what i'm gonna do with the corvair to get it good on the road and look nice. the suspension was worn out so thats need to be replaced. there started the complete restoration, because we removed one thing and came allong to some other problems and thinks that i want to do better.

so we starten at the end of december 2010 to strip the complete car. I can tell by every picture what i have done, but just look at the pictures and you understand.

thats my workshop ::-):

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thats one of the bad suspension parts :doh: (and i meen the spring not Hugo :evil: )
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Need a new floor
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when everything of the car was gone we check the body for more holes - dents - bondo - and other repair spots, so everything needs to be clear metal for the big parts

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Front was verry bad
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thats not the way we repair cars in the netherlands :nono: , so the whole front will be done all out of metal

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after the winter we are talking now April and the wheater was great, so we roll the car outside:

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Upgrade storage-workshop - spare engine
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the old Lakewood storage and the new fresh one (from pink carpet to red carpet ::-): )
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So thats for now you're up to date on the project :tongue:

when there are new developments on the projects i'll post it

Thanks greetings Ralf
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Unread post by Motornoggin » Wed May 25, 2011 6:53 am

THat's great! I don't feel so bad about my garage now, I can't believe you do all that work in such a small area. Congrats to you! Please keep us all updated as you go.

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Unread post by magnumsi » Wed May 25, 2011 9:24 am

Very cool. I bet it gets a lot of looks and thumbs up! :tu:

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Unread post by cad-kid » Wed May 25, 2011 9:44 am

:coolphotos:

Thanks for sharing, great stuff!

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Unread post by TikiRalf » Wed May 25, 2011 10:44 pm

Thanks for the support everybody !!!!

I've just read a email that says that all my parts i collect in the usa are ready to ship to the netherlands, happy me

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Unread post by 65Ragtop » Sun May 29, 2011 8:39 pm

That's a great project. Looks like you are doing it right! Keep us posted. :chevy:
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Unread post by TikiRalf » Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:39 pm

little progres,

i had wheels with 5 holes and want to go to the original wheels witch are 4 holes, so i need to change the wheel studs,

so we did one to find out if it works well, we can finish the studs when the wheels arrived in holland.

I think it looks nice and strong,

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Unread post by cvair4life » Fri Jun 03, 2011 6:09 pm

Very cool man. You are really doing it up good and original!
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Unread post by TikiRalf » Fri Jun 24, 2011 10:33 pm

I'm ready to pick up the parts at the harbour, 1,5 our drive to get there (and in 1,5 drive i drove half the country :tongue: )

i'm exciting how the parts look like and if transport has gone well. in a couple of ours we now.

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Unread post by TikiRalf » Sat Jun 25, 2011 2:43 pm

Today i'll pick up my parts that i collected in de usa and were shiped to the netherlands. the wheater was bad but it was like christmas with bad wheater. (a lot of presents 11 boxes feeling like a 10 year old kid again ::-): )

Fully loaded (almost hahaha)
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mmmmh need more storage
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hupcaps
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wheels (thanks Rafee they look great)
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New floorpanels & trunk
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and NOS front (is better than the front on the lakewood, so i think i can fix it now)
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So we are ready to go on with the project, but first i go on holiday ( goning to norway and sweden) to visisting Vasteras Big Meet one of europes biggest usa events :tu:


Thanks for watching !! See ya Ralf
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Unread post by Scott Howey » Mon Jul 25, 2011 2:55 pm

How was your Holiday Ralf?
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Unread post by flat6_musik » Mon Jul 25, 2011 4:19 pm

Oh my gosh, that's just amazing! I LOVE to see people jump with both feet. Bravo!!

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Unread post by TikiRalf » Fri Jul 29, 2011 3:51 am

Thanks everyone, soon more updates

@ Scott my holiday was great, i'll post a small story of the road trip (sorry i've seen 1 corvair, it is on a movie, sow i think i can take a picure of a screenshot of it)

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we drove about 4400 kM (2500 Miles) from the netherlands to Germany all the way up to Denmark, we took the ferry to cross to Norway and drive te way up close to Trondheim. From there we went to Swede to visiting the Big Meet and from Swede all the way home (again to denmark - germany netherlands) home.

We drove a "renault" Rambler classic 550 From a friend of mine

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On the road

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The ferry to Norway
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Hello NORWAY
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check up the rambler @ the work of my uncle in norway
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this is the ford of my uncle and aunt
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Norway
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off to swede
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reindeers on the road
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Swede
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More problems :td:
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local HOT ROD SHOP swede
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on the way to Big Meet Vasteras
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some big meet pictures (more on my facebook)
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cruisin night :tu:
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and driving back home
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short version of the holiday !!!!

So now back on topic hahaha, back to the project not that mutch to say need to do some paperwork first for the ensurance before we can do metal working, so it will cost a couple of weeks more to get the car to the metal man.

So soon more pictures of that and other small progress

:ty: and enjoy Summer (3 day more to go before i'm back to work again)

Ralf

The rambler was driving fine, but the roadtrip was hard for the car,
We broke - loose - almost broke or missed :sad5:
The steering connection was loose,
battery was broken
dynamo was broken
the hydrolic lifters of the car were leak
the electric (lights) were broken
we hit a big rock on the side (so the rear side was a big dent and scrats :banghead: )
the interior light is broken
the thing for the cooling if the car (i dont now what you call it) Thermostate (it opens when the engine needs to cool down so the water is flowing tot he radiator) was broken so we keep it out, now it is cooling all the time (liek corvair with aircooling, mmmmh i dont have that problem)
and las tbut not least we drove 750 miles with a gearbox problem, gearbox was working fine but the brackets ware worn down, so the gearbox was loose

But for that we had a great vacation :tongue: it was fun and we learned a lot to do sutch a roadtrip with a old car !!

Thanks
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Unread post by robertto » Fri Jul 29, 2011 6:51 am

I like the "Corona"-pic. :coolphotos:

If you ever want to try a "good" beer on your trip, visit me in Munich. :wave: :welcome2:

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Unread post by mart » Fri Jul 29, 2011 8:38 am

robertto wrote:I like the "Corona"-pic. :coolphotos:

If you ever want to try a "good" beer on your trip, visit me in Munich. :wave: :welcome2:

Or visit me in north Yorkshire....Theakstons Old Peculiar is the mutts nuts :puke:
Great pictures by the way

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Re: Corvair Lakewood - NL - Europe

Unread post by rustbucket » Fri Jul 29, 2011 2:15 pm

I love your Lakewood Ralf, keep the resto pics coming.
I remember seeing your car at a show when it was in UK

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