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Corvair Engine

Unread post by stefan » Thu Jul 29, 2010 7:12 pm

Anybody got some experience with this engine? Anybody know of a old 164 cub in engine 1966-1969 lying arround? Any help will be appreciated
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by ZuluBen » Sun Aug 01, 2010 3:52 pm

I stand corrected, but I think that "oldtimer" here on Avcom, with some others, are at present converting some for their Pietenpol's.

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Unread post by stefan » Sun Aug 01, 2010 6:54 pm

I followed their thread but it seemed to die a silent death so I was wondering if someone else had knowledge or an engine lying arround. I am not to keen on any of the volla types but am not totally against them. I have looked at the aerovee and revmaster but am still not too convinced yet. I am also looking at between 100 and 130hp for my Safari.
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by cap232 » Tue Aug 03, 2010 5:25 pm

Hi Stefan probeer, James Bentley op microlighters, hy het n hele kar van die regte jaar model en die kar ry. Hy wil die hele kar verkoop vir +/- K30. Andre
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Unread post by stefan » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:08 pm

Thanks, will do
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by flysouth » Wed Aug 04, 2010 5:07 pm

I am wondering what happened to the Pietenpol with Corvair motor, built by the EAA Queenstown chapter some years ago - those guys would probably be able to tell you everything you need to know.
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Unread post by stefan » Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:19 am

Thanks for all the help. I had a chat with James, I just have to convince the local government now :twisted: :wink:
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by oldtimer » Tue Aug 10, 2010 8:18 am

Stephan,
it seemed to die a silent death
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Yup, the Pietenpol project was swopped for a KR2, which was sold to Rudix and am in the process of buying an Aviatika 890U alias "Baby Mig".

I know of a Corvair in Cape town for which the owner wants R7000-00, that is for the complete car. I must just find out the engine number from him to confirm whether it is the type suitable for conversion to flying status or not.

I will still convert a Corvair as I believe that it is one of the best Automotive engines for use in an aeroplane, even if it takes me another two years.

Air cooled, six cylinder, direct drive!!!

You can buy a converted Corvair from the USA for approximately R45K - R48K and pay for shipping to the RSA as an alternative option!
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by stefan » Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:19 pm

Thanks for all the info. I have decided to go for the BMW 1200 engine in this project. I have the engine and it will be the cheapest option for me. I will make my next Safari a corvair project.
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by GooneyBird » Mon Oct 04, 2010 6:47 pm

Oldtimer, Stefan - there is a young fella with a green '65 Corvair living not far from the DFC in the Valhalla, perhaps he can help? Beautiful engine that flat 6 - pity they're so difficult to get oil tight. Have you ever driven a Corvair? They're pretty good once you get the hang of them, but requiring more driving skill than the average 55mph Yank had in 60's....That car changed car design completely after Ralph Nader released "Unsafe at any speed" - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unsafe_at_Any_Speed
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by oldtimer » Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:02 pm

There's a Corvair engine for sale in JHB for R3500-00, just don't know if it carries the right serial numbers.

According to William Wynne from Flycorvair in the US there are a certain range of serial numbers / cylinder types that is no good for conversion to flight. I'll do some research and see which types it is.

Oh, the Cape town Corvair's price dropped to R5000-00 for the whole car!
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by Ugly Duckling » Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:43 pm

There is a 6 cyl Corvair in a whit & red Zenair at Springs. It flies most Saturday afternoons from about 4pm. Sounds great. =D>
Will try get the contact details this week.
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by oldtimer » Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:18 pm

Please see if you can get the owner to come and discuss some details wrt the conversion from Auto to Aviation on this forum.
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by MARTIENS » Tue Oct 12, 2010 10:22 pm

Ricardo Di Bono from FAKR wants to seel his Piet en Paul project plus a Corvair engine. Any one interested, PM me and I will send his tel no.Otherwise, come visit FAKR this Saturday at the Spot Landing Competition and view the project.
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Re: Corvair Engine

Unread post by oldtimer » Mon Oct 25, 2010 10:19 am

After nearly two years of searching I have found and bought a Chevvy Corvair engine. I'll be collecting it during this week and start with the stripping and converting during the next couple of weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D

I have also collected the Flycorvair manuals from Phillip of Bundu Aviation which gives a world of information on the conversion process.

It will eventually feature in the Aviatika 890-u ZU-BDL.

I'll start another thread keeping all updated on the conversion progress.
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