Shoulda Had a V8: 1965 Chevrolet Corvair
The second generation Chevrolet Corvair (1965-1969) is one of the cheaper ways to get into a rear-engine aircooled classic with a flat-6 out back…but when people see them on the road they probably assume it is another V8 powered American car. So why not conform to their delusions with a little custom beast like this next car. Find this 1965 Chevrolet Corvair offered for $16,000 in Gloucester, MA via craigslist. Tip from Rock On!
From the seller:
1965 chevy corvair
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: grey
title status: clean
1965 Chevy Corvair Monza
Converted to front engine
350 v8 with 30k miles
Corvette rear end
S10 brakes and rotors
Electric exhaust cut out
Tons of work done to make this one of a kind
Pics do not do it justice, come see it in person
Hot rod, resto mod, muscle car
16k OBO or trade
See a better way drive with the engine in the wrong spot? email@example.com
So…my question is how exactly does a vehicle-with a chassis developed for a rear engine layout-respond to a front engine swap? Is this swap a transaxle type of situation where the gearbox is in the way back or is it bolted behind the motor?
Seems like a weird swap considering the rear/mid engine V8 swaps available for the corvair.
I agree the Crown mid engine Kit would be more fun have seen a few front engine conversions but mid engine way to go or get’s my vote.
Could have had a V-12. https://www.corvaircorsa.com/V-12-01.html
And the most amazing thing about Jay Eitel’s V-12 Jaguar Corvair was the rest of the driveline. From front to back it’s V12 engine, driveshaft, “automatic” transmission, differential, manual transmission, clutch, and starter.
Oh, and the driveshaft bends.