Trading for my 1st Corvair (now with car porn) shame!

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Trading for my 1st Corvair (now with car porn) shame!

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I have a daily driven '65 thunderbird that's in pretty good shape. There is a guy locally who will trade me for his 67 Corvair convertible, and I have a few questions.

The only real problems I saw on the Corvair were as follows:

The blinkers weren't functioning

One brake light was constantly on

The wipers only worked when you held the knob in

The powerglide transmission slipped in low speed cornering.

Aside from that, it was ship shape.

My question, then, is: are these problems easy to fix? And, is it a decent trade? I would estimate my car's worth around 6-7k, and I'm located in Fort Smith, AR.

Thanks,
Josh
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Blinker problem is probably the switch in the steering column and that is probably the same for the brake light as they all split off from that switch. The wipers may be just a bad ground or replace the switch. The tranny may need rebuilding. It depends on how bad you want the convertible. Check craigslist and ebay to see what similar Corvairs are going for.

I'd say the vert is probably worth 4-5 grand given the problems it has. Pictures would be helpful though as I am only guessing here.
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pic of corvair

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pic of thunderbird

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Trans slip while cornering is usually low fluid. Look for leaks.

Wiper only work while holding wash button is a bad switch.
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Cool, I think I can handle all that. I thought it was probably low fluid, but I don't like to make a habit of banking on assumption.

Thanks!

-josh

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What's the history on the Corvair engine? I would never buy a Corvair that didn't have at least the heads rebuilt by a competent Corvair mechanic first. A previously overheated 390 in your Thunderbird wouldn't even skip a beat and would likely outlast the car if cared for. An overheated Corvair engine is a crap shoot.
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Guy has receipts saying that it was rebuilt about 6 months ago. I'll take a very close look at it before I commit. Thanks for the heads up.

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As much as I love my Corvair.... That bird is SWEEEET! I love me some Thunderbirds. My advice... Save up and buy a Vair, and keep the Bird, you will be mad at yourself later.
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I would keep the bird, but my wife limits me to only 2 cars. The bird is my daily driver, and I wanted something a bit more economical and a little less of a constant electrical/vacuum headache. My other car is a 64 lincoln continental...and I plan on being buried in that one, so to speak.

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AND, since I'm sharing, here is her daily driver:

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yup...our "newest" car is 34 years old. Heck, that's practically brand new amirite, guys! Guys?

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