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Thread #118826   Message #2572995
Posted By: Bobert
22-Feb-09 - 10:31 AM
Thread Name: BS: Bye, bye, Pontiac...
Subject: RE: BS: Bye, bye, Pontiac...
Exactly right, Capy'n... The Corvair did have a 180 hp model but it was not dependable because it was turbocharges and the heat of the exhaust which ran the turbo was too hoy for the metal that was used in the vains (impeller) of the turbo and so the turbo unit had to be replaced evry 40K miles, or less if you were a hard driver...

The nice thing about the Corvair, however, was that it had a low center and independant rear suspension with some serious trailing arms for the transaxle so you didn't get rear wheel tuck during hard cornering... The only problem it had handling wish was with front end push (under-steer) where if you went into a turn too hard you had to fight to keep it from wanted to go straight... I autocrossed mine a few times and added 300 pounds of sand bags up front in the trunk which helped alot...

B~