My next build thread "the mutt" (63 Corvair Spyder)

Discussion in 'All Non-Euro Cars' started by vw to bimmer, Apr 27, 2017.

  1. Dos Jotas

    Dos Jotas It used to say Admin here

    It looks really good so far Tom! I’m really curious to see what you wind up doing engine management wise.
     
  2. vw to bimmer

    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    I think I am going to use a megajolt to run the spark/timing. And I am going to try blow through carbs with the turbo. (already have the carbs that have been modified). Not sure which turbo I am going to use. I have a rebuilt stock / hybrid (early model hot side, late model compressor), and also have a newer turbonetics turbo that is sized for the engine.
     
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  3. vw to bimmer

    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    All right for you young guys, some cars back in the day had gas heaters (had a chamber that atomized the fuel and a spark plug that ignited it to product instant heat).
    The corvair in 60 only came with this style heater and was an option thru 63. 61 on cars had the heated air from the engine heaters. This car obviously is good weather only, however, I might need to use the defroster on a cooler damp evening and nothing would be more convenient than to it the switch and in 20 seconds have a clear windshield instead of waiting for the engine to heat up enough to get it through the other system. So enough with the background:

    Got the exhaust for the heater in along with the fuel line. Needed to get this done before installing the gas tank.

    The heater that I had did not have the factory exhaust fitting, I had to fab up one and I put on a vband fitting to get a good seal.

    I had to open the hole in the trunk a bit larger to get the v band in and made a custom pipe surround that is covered in a high temp "spark plug sock" to seal the underside from inside the trunk.

    The entire exhaust is 304 stainless so hopefully I will not have to worry about it.

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    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    Well got a lot done today, even special because the suspension went in!

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    Had to do this!

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  5. lorge1989

    lorge1989 Posting- God

    Looking good. That gas heater seems sketchy. lol
     
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  6. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    If the fumes from the heat exchanges off the engine don't kill you, the blow torch heater will.
     
  7. vw to bimmer

    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    Don't forget about the car rolling over also! :p
     
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    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    Tore apart the steering box, all the grease was like jello.

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    Replaced all bearings and bushings and races.

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    All adjusted and ready to install.

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  9. vw to bimmer

    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    Installed new rear Bearings .

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    All installed:

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    Also front steering components and box installed:

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  10. vw to bimmer

    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    It has been a bit since the last update:

    I decided to go with finned rear drums, had a nice set that I powder coated:

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    Gas heater wiring redone and all set to go except control cables:

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    Finally took it off the body dolly !!!!!

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  11. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    Yes!!! And to think only 2 years ago this thing was on the rotisserie.
     
  12. vw to bimmer

    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    1 year ago! I was contemplating getting rid of it, gave my self an ultimatum to shit or get off the pot!
     
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  13. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    I stand corrected.
     
  14. vw to bimmer

    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    I made a 29/32" spacer to lift up the 4 speed housing.

    Here is the result, after cleaning up and power coating.

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    Also, got my full interior delivered today. This should keep be plenty busy!

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  15. rabbit20v

    rabbit20v BRIDGE!

    So is this going be on the road this spring?
     
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    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    I am starting to get the rear seats ready for upholstery. Unfortunately, rodents had built nests under the rear seats sometime between 1974 and 2006 [​IMG].

    Because of the urine, nesting it rotted part of the frames of the rear seat. Fortunately, I had an extra lower seat from a coupe that I could use sections from and weld the frame together as one.

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    I took all the springs out and harvested some from the other frame and blasted everything, painted and reassembled with new Baker clips.

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    Put on the first layer of burlap and started recreating the fine spring wire line in the original set to more evenly distribute the forces on the spings below.

    Here is the original springs, that were all rusted away and a plastic type sheet that was glued to the fine springs and the first layer of burlap:

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    I ran the wires with a slight "stitching" to keep them in place, next I will use contact cement to place Cushion Wrap Silk Film, that seems very close, if not the same material like the original over the springs and then another layer of burlap before the foam and covers.

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    I decided to use foam instead of the original cotton, I think it will work fine, we shall see.
     
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  18. vw to bimmer

    vw to bimmer The Krazy Professor

    Rear Frame taken apart and reassembled and painted with new parts welded in:

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    2 layers of burlap with small springs interwoven, 2" high density foam hogringed with about 3" excess all the way around to "fill in the corners", and Cushion Wrap Silk Film on top to allow the vinyl to slip on the foam. Otherwise the foam is very grabby and would make the stretching process quite a wrestling match.

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    After stretching and attaching from the middle out (top middle, bottom middle, side middle etc.) it went quite well and was relatively easy. It would have been even better if this was the middle of summer and I could have put the covers out in the sun to warm up.

    Ended up with a few puckers:

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    Used a steam machine to soften up these areas and massage into shape and let cool.

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    Turned out quite nice:

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  19. lorge1989

    lorge1989 Posting- God

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