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« Reply #45 on: December 31, 2013, 11:04:42 AM »

And if you actually read to the end of the "bad press" the corvair got, I think it was in the last paragraph or so of the corvair segment of Unsafe At Any Speed by Ralph Nader, he concluded that with the improvements made during production the corvair at that was the best handling, performing car in it's class or price range anywhere. Some of the turbo versions were incredible.
Yep! But Nader, et. al., went after the Vega in the 70s, as well...  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #46 on: January 01, 2014, 04:55:26 AM »

sure did, and in the states that salt in winter, the vega didn't last long. Most I remember were rusted through the front fenders within a few years off the lot.
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« Reply #47 on: January 01, 2014, 09:22:45 AM »

.. and in the HOT states, as soon as the engine overheated one time, the engine *warped*.....
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« Reply #48 on: January 01, 2014, 11:58:12 AM »

.. and in the HOT states, as soon as the engine overheated one time, the engine *warped*.....

Actually, it didn't "warp" - what happened was that due to the difference in thermal expansion coefficient between the iron cylinder head and the aluminum block, when it overheated, it micro-sheared the head gasket seal between the block and head. That made it more likely to overheat the next time, and it went downhill from there, with coolant dribbling out of the overflow hose on the ground. A larger radiator and a coolant recovery system cured that problem in 1973, but by that time the engine's reputation was toast. Had Ed Cole allowed Chevrolet to proceed with their own design "L-10" aluminum cylinder head, this problem would never have occurred.
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« Reply #49 on: January 01, 2014, 04:16:36 PM »

John,
Interesting to hear you say that about the Chevy L-10 design, since you were there.
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« Reply #50 on: January 01, 2014, 09:20:30 PM »

Thanks for clarifying the issue with the Vega engine heating issue, JohnZ...  I *may* have heard that before in the latter days, but I heard so many others who owned those cars say the 'block warped'...  I never owned one or worked on one myself.  (My memory is OLD too) *G*
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