Building a Corvair GT

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MonzaDave
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Building a Corvair GT

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I just finished a synopsis of my recently completed Corvair restomod project and the document is attached. I plan to fully document the project someday, but have other projects that currently have higher priority.
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Dave Keillor
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Re: Building a Corvair GT

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VERY nice ! This is what a 65 Corvair would like as a 2014 model. Nice detail and good planning. Great car.

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Re: Building a Corvair GT

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Great planning and execution. How did the sound system work out? I'm planning a Kenwood single-DIN head unit in a similar installation in my 1966 Corsa convertible. Did you run into any problems or do you have any recommendations regarding the radio trim bezel modification and securing a modern DIN head unit in a Corvair dash? I'm also wondering if the sound deadening material would be a worthwhile exercise in a convertible?

Because it is a convertible, rear speaker options are more limited. I am tentatively planning two downward firing 10" subwoofers in low-profile sealed boxes, on the floor behind each front seat. Twin Kenwood amps in the trunk on the package shelf will handle power for front and rear speakers and the two subwoofers. I'm also tentatively looking at a pair of Bose cube module rear surface mount speakers for rear fill in, and a pair of Polk Audio 6½ component front speakers with separate tweeters on each side in the front.

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Re: Building a Corvair GT

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The sound system worked out fine, but if I had it to do over again, I'd leave the original AM/FM radio that was in the car. We've driven the car 6K miles and listened to the radio a total of about 10 minutes. Between the engine, exhaust, and wind noise, the radio is just one more noise source -- and one too many. The engine and exhaust sound so great, that drowning them out with the radio seems criminal (and annoying).

The sound control materials helped a lot -- I think. I didn't drive the car after buying it back from my brother, so I have no basis for comparison. However the engine is much more noisy (it was built loose and has forged pistons) than my 110hp '66 convert, and so is the exhaust. However, my wife and I have no problem holding a normal conversation when going down the highway at 65 -- as long as the radio is off.

The bezel is the one down by BucketBoss several years ago (and no longer available).
Dave Keillor
Rochester, MN

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Re: Building a Corvair GT

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Great job. super nice bet it rides and drives like a dream.
Don Howard
Lake City Fl.

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