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Old 08-12-2017, 12:03 PM   #1
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Chevy Corvair Engine Swapping

So I want to put a 5.0L 435hp Ford Coyote engine (Mustang GT engine) into a corvair but since it is rear/mid-engined, could this pose any problems? For instance, how would I install a cold air intake? Is there a step-by-step guide I could follow?
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Re: Chevy Corvair Engine Swapping

Will this be into a Corvair coupe, convertible, or truck?

The cooling system will have to be modeled after a Pontiac Fiero system. The floor pan design will make this a challenge.

Cold air intake is not a problem since the Corvair deck lid is louvered. Many of the Monza and Spyder models had a factory cold air intake.

The original transaxle will not be suitable for the Ford.

The fuel system will have to be modified for higher pressure service with a return line.

This is the kind of project you are facing:

http://bringatrailer.com/2013/10/07/...corvair-corsa/
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Re: Chevy Corvair Engine Swapping

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Will this be into a Corvair coupe, convertible, or truck?

The cooling system will have to be modeled after a Pontiac Fiero system. The floor pan design will make this a challenge.

Cold air intake is not a problem since the Corvair deck lid is louvered. Many of the Monza and Spyder models had a factory cold air intake.

The original transaxle will not be suitable for the Ford.

The fuel system will have to be modified for higher pressure service with a return line.

This is the kind of project you are facing:

http://bringatrailer.com/2013/10/07/...corvair-corsa/
It will be a convertible. Can you link a suitable cooling system? And I can't seem to find any good replacement transaxles.

Also, are there cars that would be easier to use with this engine? They need to be small and lightweight.

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Re: Chevy Corvair Engine Swapping

Any cooling system will have to be engineered for the vehicle, since there was NO liquid cooling system in it originally. Again, a Pontiac Fiero system could be installed into the Corvair, along with all the pipes, wires, fans, radiator, transmission cooler, hoses, and other supporting parts.

A 1979-85 Olds Toronado of Cadillac El Dorado might be a better engine/transmission choice for a Corvair, but there will be no rear seat when finished.
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Re: Chevy Corvair Engine Swapping

A Ford Falcon is a very small, very light vehicle which was originally rear wheel drive. It would be an easier project. They were about 2,400 lb. (1100 kg) and mechanically very similar to the early Mustangs.
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Re: Chevy Corvair Engine Swapping

The Corvair would need a legitimate chassis built under to do a conversion of this sort, there are far better options out there.
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