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09 Jan 2007 21:53 #6151 by Hal Klassen
Hal Klassen replied the topic: New Glenn Pray 8/10
Hi, Not to worry, that bearing was fine on my car. It's the inside one as I recall and gets plenty of grease. I replaced the outer one while I had it apart and it was an "off the shelf item" I took my C-Vs to a local rebuilder and they were back the next day, and very reasonable.
There are a few minor items on these cars which, if Glenn had been given the 6 Mo. he needed, would have been corrected.
I think we are very fotunate to have Felix interested in forming the group and if he gets the paperwork done, I'd love a copy.
The only real problem I have had is with the engine----they weren't that great in the 60s and they have not gotten better with time [grin]
Hal

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09 Jan 2007 22:06 #6152 by kennonb
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Hal: I had a '66 'vair in the late 60's and it got me all over the country - all I had to do was feed it a lot of oil. But one of my first moves when I knew I was finally going to get an 8/10 was to contact my local Corvair Club and sign up with CORSA. They are all very interested in seeing the car and helping keep it going, so should the engine become a challenge, I at least know who to call locally. Someday I may have the engine removed (heard that is not at all easy) and enhanced, but hope I will be able to put many miles on it before then. One fellow I met in OK said the earlier 'vair engines were better; as time went by they got sloppy and a lot of the cast passages can be found with flashing and junk in them - gotta rod em out, etc. So there's lots of knowledge out there; just need to find it when I need it.

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09 Jan 2007 22:30 #6153 by Hal Klassen
Hal Klassen replied the topic: New Glenn Pray 8/10
Ken, I think I just had bad luck with mine. My car was in Alaska for most of it's life and came with a thrashed Station Wagon-Van engine. I put in a supposedly "good" engine [you're right it's a pile of work] Next I bought a 63 Coupe with a 140 HP rebuilt by a helicopter mechanic and I can't get the rings to seat [smokes up hill or down]
I'm getting too old and grumpy to take it apart again, so it gets very little use now---just short trips with the top down.
Of interest to 8/10 owners Clark's Corvair parts had some NOS steering boxes left over from the Cord Factory--get one as internal parts are not available.
Hal. My 1936 Cord [owned for 35 years] is being restored by the new owner Ace Collins [on the 810-812 forum]

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10 Jan 2007 02:45 #6157 by AceCollins
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Hal is very generous with his words. He had the mechanics on the 810 I bought from him in great shape, all I am doing is a bit freshening -- paint and interior. Mr. Klassen is a class act and I am fortunate to have bought my 36 from this fine man. You all with 8/10s are lucky to have him with your group!

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10 Jan 2007 04:37 #6159 by Hal Klassen
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I'm blushing, Ace, thanks for the kind words. After all those years of ownership it's a pleasure to find an enthusiast willing to keep an old Cord and pour the love and $$$ into it . Ace has a web site well worth visiting, with pictures of his Art Deco cars and more. [acecollins.com].
My interest in the Cord goes back to the 40s when I saw my first one up close. Made everything else look dated. My first collector car was a 1941 Graham Hollywood, which I restored and sold to finance the 1936.
I guess I've now owned 3 eras of Cords [only 2 FWD]
Hal

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20 Jan 2007 23:52 #6254 by Greg Riley
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Glenn had promised me access to all of his blueprints and literature. I simply haven't had the time to travel to Tulsa. I'm going to make getting this book done a priority this spring.

I would love picture of any 8/10's or even the later V-8 powered cars. If you are interested in seeing your car in print contact me with any information you are willing to share.

I made this same offer on my Corv-8 book (mid-engine V-8 powered Corvair) and got a great response.

I'm working on a major update to my web site and plan to feature several 8/10's.
Greg

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