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Jul 31, 2018 21:11:19   #
safeman
 
Not a supercharger a turbocharger! It took the 110 HP engine to 150 HP and the 140 HP engine to 180 HP.

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Jul 31, 2018 21:50:39   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
safeman wrote:
Not a supercharger a turbocharger! It took the 110 HP engine to 150 HP and the 140 HP engine to 180 HP.


Can’t tell who you’re responding to, but if it was my question, I know it was a turbocharger on the 150/180 BHP engine. I was asking about the post before mine that discussed adding 2 superchargers, six single throat Webers and producing 400 (rear wheel) BHP (?).

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Jul 31, 2018 22:22:16   #
safeman
 
Sorry missunderstood

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Jul 31, 2018 22:45:28   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
safeman wrote:
Sorry missunderstood


No problem 😎.

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Jul 31, 2018 23:15:01   #
pendennis (a regular here)
 
dmc wrote:
I too had a 66 Corsa. I raced it in local Gymkhanas (Class LS) and was able to beat most of the competition because of the handling
and those 140 horses. I remember that I would remove fan belt before each race and you could really feel the increase in power !!
The courses took approx. one minute to run so the engine never overheated.

Like most of everybody else that had one....wish I had it back.


I saw, in one of the auto mags, and this was around 1970, that someone took a stock 66, and put a small block, aluminum, Buick V-8 in it. It was mid-ship mounted, and had a radiator mounted in front with some creative "grill work", and used an electrically driven fan to cool it.

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Jul 31, 2018 23:25:41   #
safeman
 
They did that with VWs too. Handled like a pig but was fast in a straight line. Waste of a perfectly good Corvair.

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Jul 31, 2018 23:50:54   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
safeman wrote:
They did that with VWs too. Handled like a pig but was fast in a straight line. Waste of a perfectly good Corvair.


I agree. There are V8 engine swaps into small European cars that create fast balanced cars (289 Cobra, 260/289 Sunbeam Tiger, etc.), but there are others that ruin the utility of the car and are just plain silly like the Corvair / 215 Buick V8 that was just mentioned. I remember looking at an Austin Healy Le Mans with a 289 Ford for sale that I passed on. It would have been OK except that the torque of the 289 literally twisted (and destroyed) the wire wheels of the Healy (they should have changed the wheels to Minilites), but more importantly, there were not that many Healy Le Mans made, and it would have been a valuable collectible car if it hadn’t been buggered up.

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Aug 2, 2018 16:57:35   #
Paladin48
 
Kuzano wrote:
We called them "roadoilers", my friend "Tonto Jablonski" owned one. He could track them by the single oil track they left on the highway. He filled up the radiator on one that came in the Arco service station he worked in. This was before he bought one himself. After gassing it, he opened the hood and found the radiator cap. The owner had gone in the rest room. Lawrence (Tonto) had the water hose in the radiator cap, when the owner observed this activity. OOOOPS! What- No Radiator? They rolled the corvair in into the service bay... remember this was when gas stations had a back room and did major service repairs, and then sold your old parts as new to the next customer. Yes, cynthia, scamming did exist long before the internet. In gas stations it was mostly on women customers.

Two full oil changes before the customer drove, befuddled but happy, out the door.

I loved corvairs. I had a 1955 Chevy Bel Air and they were almost the only car I could beat at the Midnight Drags, out on an old section of closed highway near Lava Butte South of Band Oregon. I had a six cylinder 235 Cu inch three speed with overdrive. The early corvairs were just not that fast, but I began losing to Monza's and Corsa's.

Interestingly the military bought a few million dollars worth of Ford jeep replacements, while I was a motor sargeant. They came with a film tape of how easy they were to turn over due to the swing axle rear suspension. In service they were killing more soldiers than the enemy was. I know that when they arrived in Germany, we pulled the tires off and stacked them in cyclone fenced enclosures and continued to use the Willy jeeps - M38-A1.

The new Ford jeeps were the M151 "death by sharp turn" model. The MFD by Ford model had an aluminum body shell. Turnover was a slow roll to the inside of a tight circle at any speed 35mph AND UP.

Where was Ralph when taxpayer money was being used to kill US Solders and Ford was the beneficiary.
We called them "roadoilers", my friend &... (show quote)


If you were really in the Military you would know how to spell "Sergeant" ... Just Sayin'

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Aug 2, 2018 17:38:08   #
TriX (a regular here)
 
Paladin48 wrote:
If you were really in the Military you would know how to spell "Sergeant" ... Just Sayin'


Easy mistake to make (especially with the ubiquitous spell checker), and since military people often referred to sergeants as “sarge”, certainly understandable. I held the rank of Sergeant, E5, in the Army, and one night sitting in a multi-hole latrine in VietNam about 2AM (and being very “short”), I stupidly responded to a Sergeant Major about two holes down, who was giving me some grief about my uniform, with: “hey sarge, don’t you have something better to do...?”. Big mistake. I was assigned to burning s**t (half 55 gal drums filled with diesel fuel) for a week.

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Aug 3, 2018 22:36:18   #
Paladin48
 
TriX wrote:
Easy mistake to make (especially with the ubiquitous spell checker), and since military people often referred to sergeants as “sarge”, certainly understandable. I held the rank of Sergeant, E5, in the Army, and one night sitting in a multi-hole latrine in VietNam about 2AM (and being very “short”), I stupidly responded to a Sergeant Major about two holes down, who was giving me some grief about my uniform, with: “hey sarge, don’t you have something better to do...?”. Big mistake. I was assigned to burning s**t (half 55 gal drums filled with diesel fuel) for a week.
Easy mistake to make (especially with the ubiquito... (show quote)


Been there, done that, got the crappy T-Shirt to prove it! Nowadays my wife is the only one who can wear my jungle fatigues

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Aug 7, 2018 04:32:29   #
Kuzano
 
Paladin48 wrote:
If you were really in the Military you would know how to spell "Sergeant" ... Just Sayin'


Yeah, it's and e and a thing with me. I have a lot of trouble with "Restaurant" also. Hope I got it right.

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Aug 7, 2018 04:33:51   #
Kuzano
 
Kuzano wrote:
Yeah, it's and e and a thing with me. I have a lot of trouble with "Restaurant" also. Hope I got it right.


Wanna see my DD201? Oh, your a "birther", too?

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Aug 9, 2018 11:13:24   #
DickC (a regular here)
 
Really nice!!

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