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Sweating the Small Stuff - Pt. I


"Spectacular" Ryan's '65 Corvair Corsa


I had someone mention that maybe I should do a write up of a bunch of the things I have done to my car. Mostly the small stuff, but I'll include every possible thing I can think of....and I have pictures of all of the small stuff that I could think of too. Done in the style of Mr. Norm Witte, whom I jointly blame with my dad for Corvairing me.

Here is my shroud. I cleaned, degreased and pressure washed this and then hit it with about 5 or so coats of High temp black engine paint. As you may notice, I have done other things since then, and made it look like it's been used again...It was the 50 weight oil that I put into the cylinders before closing up the decklid for the winter. I'm not worried about it. Little bit of cleaner and a shop towel, and I'm sure it'll be golden.

That fan was brought down to where I was living/working in the twin cities for cleaning. I worked at a machine shop that had a BBBBIIIIIIIGGGG parts cleaner/deburring machine. I asked my boss if I could throw it in there, and he said sure. I left it in there for about 5 hours, and it cmae out just about completely clean and shiny. Didn't crack or anything like that. I brought it back to my apartment, and spent about an hour hand sanding and wire-brushing the hell out of the corners of the vanes, then I cleaned it in the sink with some soap and warm water. Rinsed in burning hot water, and painted it with about 5 coats of High-Temp paint.

Also, two other things I'll mention that you can almost see here, is the distributor, which I cleaned, and installed new points, rotor, condensor, and cap on....and the spanky clean Bellhousing that I spent the better part of an afternoon taking turns with my tools of attack on...including but not limited to: A screwdriver, the local car washes pressure hose, engine degreaser, a bigger screwdriver, and a wire brush.



Here you see two pictures of tmy Corsa panel...masking tape, and High temp crinkle-finish paint. for this, I used a HIGH-temp heat gun over it, and did what I remember to be two coats of paint on.

Yes, I will admit to your eyes seeing where I did touchups, but you know, I'm still very happy with the finished product. I used like...Airplane Paint remover. I think that maybe *actually* be what it's called too. I also used some fine steel wool to make the surface a bit more apt to adherance of the paint. After using that I cleaned it with water, then alcohol, dried it with a hair dryer, then went to paint.


Some things I will note is that when you are doing this there are a couple of things to remember that will make the job easy, and done right the first time....and I put these in no particular real order. 1. Use gloves when you're putting on the paint remover. The last thing you need is to be allergic to something, or for that matter, burn your skin. The stuff that I used is STRONG. 2. Do the two coats of paint before you begin the heat gun process...because you can't crinkle over just doesn't work. The paint needs a surface that it can slide on while it's crinkling up. I did like, 5-10 mins between coats. 3. Don't put heat to one place for more than a few seconds at best. I learned the hard way that the paint boils when you leave heat on it, and you don't want to have to do the whole thing over again. The tape that I used to go around the silver rings where the gauges are was not a quick task. After you start heating the paint, leave the spot for a second, and go somewhere else, then come back. The paint won't crinkle when you still have the heat on it....I actually found that blowing on the paint (by mouth) helped it to have a nice uniform crinkle. Finally, let the thing dry for a couple of days, and it will be hard as rock and ready for re-assembly.


Be careful, be safe, and follow those precautions, and you should be well on the road to a b-e-a-yooteeful panel.



There's a picture of the original. mostly just textured and not so much crinkled. I think I performed this task very well...especially with all of the stupid mistakes that I probably made. are the things I polished.

Looking very shiny, eh?

A car that has been stored and not driven for a long time tends to have good chrome inside. out of the elements, out of the sun. That center piece actually looks 100% new in real life. I polished the horn ring...I used Mothers. Mothers is my weapon of choice against the evil corrosion beasts.

It's scratched up, but it's clean and shiny. I have done a lot of work since I shined this this summer. That's a POR-15'd floor under there. 3 coats with a paintbrush. And I'll stand by this really *IS* HARD



I recieved these Carburetors from Terry Kalp as sort of a welcoming gift, I think. I was in need, and din't really have money, so he VERY graciously sent me a pair, plus a good cross-shaft to use. I ordered the rebuild kits from my local FLAPS after spending 40 mins trying to figure out what part number to use for the kits. It is insane the ammount of carburetor part numbers and changes there are for Corvairs alone...

Needless to say the carbs came apart well, and were fairly clean on the inside. I used lacquer thinner and carb cleaner in them, and what was left in there was cleaned right out. I also made use of our C&H electric tire pumper compressor with the basketball needle attatchment to blow out the various orifices(the attatchment fit into almost all of them perfectly). Everything went in well as far as installation went, and I am happy with how they turned out. I obviously don't know how they will hold up under use (leeks and such) but I suppose we'll see when the day comes where I'm actually starting this beast.


UPDATE: The last couple days I have thrown caution to the snow, and worked on my car outside in the 30 dgrees we've had. just warm enough to not completely freeze while working on my car. and it's nice to have a day like that when the wind isn't blowing like mad. I went and bought a 63 amp alternator for a 69 Camaro, and installed the new bearing in the Corvair alts front housing, used the Corvair fan, and slapped er together. I had to move the housing a couple of times to get it in the right spot for mounting, but finally got it right.

I do have an order going out in the next couple days to Clarks for a whole bunch of parts that I need. 150 bucks worth of nuts, retainers, hoses...etc...

Then comes the order from Lon, that will be one of the most important yet. The Superkit D brake kit, plus dual master cylinder conversion kit. After installed along with the last order, I will have everything, and if nothing else comes up, should have a running car.

Also installed: Starter, side shrouds, engine compartment wiring harness, coil..not much to say about any of this...pretty much went in like they should.



Here's a list of what I can think of that I've done since I started this project.


Here is a list of what I have, but have not installed yet.


And then of course, are the odds and ends that I still need before my car runs and some extra stuff that I'm going to need,

(i.e. a tunnel cover..) List:



That's about all I can think of. It is amazing to me how much like a hunk of junk my car looks after all of the things I've done to it since November of 2004 when I bought it from Mr. Dale Dewald. (BTW, sorry if you saw your name before and it was spelled wrong, Dale.)




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