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Username Post: Engine ID in a Corsa        (Topic#327039)
OL55 
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07-28-15 03:23 PM - Post#2564802    

Looking at a '65 Corsa convertible. The body tag confirms it as a Corsa. The engine in it currently is a 110 with two carbs (RA code). The deck lid also has a 110 emblem. Is there a way to tell what engine came with the car?

Thanks,
Larry



 




Richard Martin 
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08-02-15 11:48 AM - Post#2565839    
    In response to OL55

  • OL55 Said:
Looking at a '65 Corsa convertible. The body tag confirms it as a Corsa. The engine in it currently is a 110 with two carbs (RA code). The deck lid also has a 110 emblem. Is there a way to tell what engine came with the car?

Thanks,
Larry



The 1965 Corvair Corsa was only available with two engines. The standard 1965 Corsa engine was the 4-carb 140 horsepower 164 and the RPO L87 180 horsepower 164 Turbo-Charged engine was optional.

GM/Chevy Corvair info website....scroll down for info after website loads:

http://www.gmheritagecenter.com/docs/gm-heritage-a...

Richard




 
OL55 
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08-03-15 05:08 PM - Post#2566139    
    In response to Richard Martin

Thanks for the info. Going one step further, I am looking for any equipment (sway bar size, wider brakes, etc.) or body/vin ( 3rd letter "Q" or code "xyz")indicators that would tell me what engine was or should be in this Corsa (07)Convertible.

Larry



 
Richard Martin 
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08-04-15 09:29 AM - Post#2566334    
    In response to OL55

  • OL55 Said:
Thanks for the info. Going one step further, I am looking for any equipment (sway bar size, wider brakes, etc.) or body/vin ( 3rd letter "Q" or code "xyz")indicators that would tell me what engine was or should be in this Corsa (07)Convertible.

Larry



I am not a Corvair fan so I know little about them. You need to find an expert on these cars.

Unlike other car manufacturers such as Ford, Chevrolet did not have an engine code in the VIN until the 1972 model year. Looking at the website I posted I didn't see any difference in brake size or any other difference in the Corsa with the Turbo or 4-carb engine. Maybe I missed something. I did find a difference by looking at the photos of each car. The turbo engine Corsa had a large single chrome 2 1/2 " exhaust/tail pipe exiting under the passenger side rear bumper and the painted sheet metal under the bumper had a cut-out for the pipe clearance. The 4-carb engine Corsa had smaller dual pipes (one on each side) exiting under the rear bumper and no modification to the body color sheet metal for pipe clearance.

If you go to google images of both cars you can see the difference.

Richard




 
62sedan 
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08-05-15 03:46 AM - Post#2566519    
    In response to Richard Martin

Larry,

Have you visited this Corvair forum?

http://www.corvairforum.com/forum/index.php

There's quite a bit of information available from its members. Good luck in your quest.

Chuck






 
1969ElCaminoSS350 
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12-30-15 05:37 PM - Post#2598816    
    In response to Richard Martin

Actually a response to OL55:
I've had several Corvair s thru the years - both Turbo and normally aspirated. I've currently got a 1966 Corsa Turbo Coupe.

On the late model (LM) Corvairs the Corsa (10767 for a convertible body) the standard engine was the 4 carburetor 140 HP.
The RPO L87 Turbo-Charged 180 HP engine has a few clues that will identify this as original.
First - if the Fisher Body ID plate is original it will indicate the Turbo option on the last ACC line with " O " in the 4th group eg: ACC W2L3C 4O -
All the options that required action on the part of Fisher Body are coded there and the Turbo bodies required a lower rear valence with the cut-out for the single chrome exhaust tip on the right side.
The Turbo cars also received an overheat warning buzzer installed under the instrument panel above the dimmer switch. It is a zinc plated box that looks much like the original horn relay with two wires plugged in to it.
The original Turbo cars also had a fuel return line from the YH sidedraft carb that ran back to the tank on the same side as the fuel feed line.
If all this adds up - You've got an original 1965 Turbo Corsa Convertible.
I had one a few years ago and sold in in SoCal area.
It was Danube Blue with med. blue interior and white top. Drove it down from Seattle area by way of Yosemite park then on down 395 to Palm Springs. A Road Trip to remember!

Dan Davis - Graham, WA
The 1960s - Chevrolet's Decade


Edited by 1969ElCaminoSS350 on 12-30-15 05:40 PM. Reason for edit: Repair Reply

 
OL55 
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01-18-16 05:27 PM - Post#2603121    
    In response to 1969ElCaminoSS350

Thanks for all the info. Does not look like a Turbo, but it is a Corsa.

Thanks again,
Larry



 




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