Nice Corvair on BAT

We owned two, my brother and sister each had one. Lots of power! But too light up front, we kept two bags of cement up there. 

My brother and I blew an engine in Death Valley: we had an oil rag in the engine compartment that got sucked into the fan.

We rebuilt the engine but had low compression in one cylinder. My brother and I hooked up an air compressor to the spark plug hole and sure enough we heard a leak from the bottom of the piston.

So my brother reaches into the crankcase and puts his hand under the leaking cylinder just as the compressed air turns the engine over and he gets his hand caught by the crank.  And the air pressure kept the pressure on his hand  

It was pretty scary for two teens! He ended getting stitches, no bones broken  

And yes, those engines ALWAYS leaked oil. 

My Dad bought a used Corvair for Mom when I was a kid. I don't recall the year, but it was the '65-up body style. Mom kept a spare set of nylons in the glove box to use in case the belt was damaged when thrown. We lived in the suburbs, and a stocking would work long enough to get her home. They sold the Corvair after front end slid into a tall curb on a snowy curve, damaging the undercarriage to the point where it was cheaper to buy another used car.

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