Corvair story for erco...

http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2016/06/22/tony-dow-reunited-with-his-162-chevrolet-corvair-after-51-years/

Tony Dow reunited with his 1962 Chevrolet Corvair after 51 years
Actor Tony Dow has been reunited with an old friend that he never expected to see again.

Not Jerry Mathers -- the two “Leave it to Beaver” stars are still in touch -- but the 1962 Chevrolet Corvair Spyder he bought as his first car when he was on the show at age 16.

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  • Another happy ending.
    Infernal Machine
  • Publison wrote: »
    Another happy ending.

    Awesome! There are many Corvair stories, not all end happily!

    Reminds me a bit of "Papa John" (of Pizza fame) and his wild ride with his 1971 Camaro. Sold & lost & found & lost & found...

    http://www.maxim.com/rides/papa-johns-golden-camaro-lost-found-then-lost-again

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/officials-papa-johns-camaro-stolen-detroit-area-show-025600338.html?ref=gs

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • "The married Dow jokingly told KFMB TV he’ll take it to Bob’s Big Boy and try to pick up girls like he used to. Not that he was ever successful."

    Well, if he's in San Diego as the news suggests, he'll have a double-hard time, as there are no longer any Bob's Big Boys in this town.

    Wonder if you can pick up chicks at an Olive Garden?
  • I remember seeing a corvair drop its engine right in the road, in front of the house I lived in as a kid in Akron, OH. Winter salt applications take their tole on vehicles here, should have seen the dumbfounded look on the occupants, guess its not uncommon for certain model's.
  • erco wrote: »
    Awesome! There are many Corvair stories, not all end happily!
    MikeDYur wrote: »
    I remember seeing a corvair drop its engine right in the road, in front of the house I lived in as a kid in Akron, OH. Winter salt applications take their tole on vehicles here, should have seen the dumbfounded look on the occupants, guess its not uncommon for certain model's.

    Just the kind of unhappy ending I'm talking about: dropped engine mounts, dropped valve seats, oil leaks, overheating, oversteering, thrown fan belts, unique-unavailable-discontinued parts, Corvair has got it all! It's an adventure just going somewhere!



    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • erco wrote: »
    erco wrote: »
    Awesome! There are many Corvair stories, not all end happily!
    Just the kind of unhappy ending I'm talking about: dropped engine mounts, dropped valve seats, oil leaks, overheating, oversteering, thrown fan belts, unique-unavailable-discontinued parts, Corvair has got it all! It's an adventure just going somewhere!




    Sorry erco, But I remember seeing another one on the side of the highway in Akron, the engine was about ten feet behind the car, they must have dragged the engine out of the road, that is why I thought it wasn't an uncommon event.
  • GordonMcCombGordonMcComb Posts: 2,995
    edited June 2016 Vote Up0Vote Down
    erco wrote: »
    ... oil leaks, overheating, oversteering, thrown fan belts...

    Yep. It was the oversteering that wrote the obit page for Ernie Kovacs. That and probably driving too fast for that particular intersection, and not wearing a seatbelt.

    Mind you, I love old cars, but as vehicles for the family, they're not as safe as the mod'ren jalopy. Put one of my grandkids in the car, and it better have airbags and crumble zones. Even with the growing use of yakking/texting while driving, we're still seeing a net decrease in fatalities per miles driven since the bad old days of the 60s and 70s. Back then, with fewer cars, fewer drivers, and fewer miles, you could still count on about 50,000 traffic deaths per year. Last few years it's been in the 32K range. There's less than a quarter the fatalities per driven mile from 50 years ago. A lot of this is due to safer cars.

    So, park that Corvair in the garage, drain the gas, and let it be the conversation piece it was meant to be!

  • Definitely agree with Gordon, safety first and always.

    But there is option #3: Beef it up, do the drag circuit, maybe you can visit Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, OH.
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  • ercoerco Posts: 18,063
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    My heart is nearly as broken as these poor 'Vairs.

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • I liked the road hog song..
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,063
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    Jump to 4:15, where this 850-HP Mustang does the world's slowest burnout (is that front brakes only, Jim?) and generates about the same amount of smoke as a rear-engined, oil-burning Corvair does on a typical day.

    @NikosG: This might be a winning smoke generator for your ELEV-8.

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • PublisonPublison Posts: 9,498
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    erco wrote: »
    Jump to 4:15, where this 850-HP Mustang does the world's slowest burnout (is that front brakes only, Jim?)

    Power Braking is when you use the brakes with an automatic car to build engine rpm before launching. Basically the car is in gear and you have a foot on the brake and the other on the gas. The brakes hold the car in place so you can launch at a higher rpm than idle. Mostly this is done in automatic RWD cars to do a burnout without the car moving much. Used to impress the guys and girls at the beach in a 1978 Cutlass.

    Tires were cheaper back then. :)


    Infernal Machine
  • Wonder if you can pick up chicks at an Olive Garden?
    Sure, as long as they're our age! :)

    -Phil
    “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • @Publison,

    An Oldsmobile man, the 442s were something to be reckoned with. My first car was a third hand 1965 Cutlass F85, 330ci V8 4 berral. No tire smoker, but a classic now. Still own a Bravada today, miss the days of simple HP. To bad Old's is history.
  • MikeDYur wrote: »
    @Publison,

    An Oldsmobile man, the 442s were something to be reckoned with. My first car was a third hand 1965 Cutlass F85, 330ci V8 4 berral. No tire smoker, but a classic now. Still own a Bravada today, miss the days of simple HP. To bad Old's is history.

    Had a 442 for a year also. Doubled my money.


    Infernal Machine
  • Publison wrote: »
    Power Braking is when you use the brakes with an automatic car to build engine rpm before launching.

    Looking forward to a world with all electric cars. Stuff like this won't be needed, and you get 0-60 in 3.2 seconds (given the right motor, of course).

  • Looking forward to a world with all electric cars. Stuff like this won't be needed, and you get 0-60 in 3.2 seconds (given the right motor, of course).
    Or 1.5 seconds - that may not be entirely comfortable though.
    But probably not for streets. Car's almost as lightweight as the driver..

  • ercoerco Posts: 18,063
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    Early model Corvairs have been vindicated! German engineering at its wurst. :) This 1951 Hoffman has one rear wheel drives and steers, like one of my tricycle bots in reverse. Fun video, just watch out for some language at the end. The guy has other notable cars on his channel.

    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • If it is an engine you need for your Corvair erco, why not try an aircraft engine transplant. Carefull of those CA emission standards, this guy has some clean-up to do. You may want to drive to NYC.
  • ercoerco Posts: 18,063
    Nice, but that might not sneak through a smog check.
    "When you make a thing, a thing that is new, it is so complicated making it that it is bound to be ugly. But those that make it after you, they don’t have to worry about making it. And they can make it pretty, and so everybody can like it when others make it after you."

    - Pablo Picasso
  • I was in a friends corvair and as he pulled away from a stop sign my knees suddenly rose above my head, as the passenger seat fell through the floor.
  • MrBi11 wrote: »
    I was in a friends corvair and as he pulled away from a stop sign my knees suddenly rose above my head, as the passenger seat fell through the floor.

    LOL, reminds me of a Pinto I drove for a while. Always expected it to fall through the floor when I went over a good bump or the dipsy-doodle on the QEW/Gardiner Expressway. I could feel the floor flexing up and down a few inches while I had a death grip on the steering wheel waiting for the inevitable. Breathed a sigh of relief when I finally took it to the scrap yard.
    In science there is no authority. There is only experiment.
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