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Thread #118826   Message #2572824
Posted By: Bobert
21-Feb-09 - 09:22 PM
Thread Name: BS: Bye, bye, Pontiac...
Subject: RE: BS: Bye, bye, Pontiac...
Well, I loved all the Corvairs... In '60 when Cheny came out with the Corvair and Ford came out with the Falcon, I was downright depressed... All the kids knew I was a Ford man and so I had to take up for the Fords but that Corvair was so cool... Then when they went to the body change in, what, '65 I thought that car was the coolest car I'd ever seen...

Fast forward to about 20 years ago and I was at the Fall Carlisle (Carlisle, Pa) car show I had a few bucks and ran into a cherry 66 Corsa with a nice 140 hp and 4 speed so I bought it and rove it up until about 7 years... Loved it...

Ralph Nadar should have picked on an unsafe car... Those cars handled like no tomorrow... Bad analogy...

True Corvair story... It was like about, geeze, 3o years ago and I bought a basket case '68 Volkswagen with a Corvair engine... Okay, the Corvair engine wasn't excatly in the VW... So I towed the VW to my house and then went back for all the conversion stuff and the Corvair engine...

So I diddled around with it for a couple weeks at night after work and finally had the engine in the car and running so I invited a bunch of my friends to come over for the maiden voyage... I packed 'um all up in the VW and started the engine, put it in first and it went backwards???

Hmmmmmmmm????

So I tried 2nd and more backwards...

By them my friends were piling out and saying stuff like "you idiot" and things not that nice...

Seems that the Corvair engine runs counterclockwise lookin' at the crankshaft pulley and the VW runs clockwise...

Hmmmmmmmm???

So for the next onth I had to pull the negine back out and the VW transaxale and pull the transaxale's axles down and shift the carrier to the other side and put it all back together... I real pain in the butt and by then I was burned out but at least it did what it was supposed to do... I drove it around the block, put it in the "Trading Post", made maybe 50 cents an hour for my time and went on...

Won't do that again...

Now back to Pontiacs...

Like I said earlier my 2nd car was a '51... It was a complete piece of junk... I was like 14, didn't have a license, but had this car that I bought for $20, which back then was real money... I understood engines back then but not brakes... I got it running but it didn't have any brakes so I used it as a storage facility for selling illegal cherry bombs and M-80s... Yep, it just sat in my parents driveway with a trunk full of the good stuff... Guess it paid for itself... I donno...

B~