<VV> Corvair engine

PETER INMAN monza1965 at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 12 14:24:00 EDT 2009

Way back when I was in High School, late 60`s my Dad had a Benson Gyrocopter with a 72 HP Mc Cullic powering it. His friend who also sold the Bensons put a Corvair engin on his. I dont recall what HP it was but I remember them fabing up the alunium shrouding and takeing it to be welded. The point is the 15 or 20 extra HP made that Bad Boy really zip. He really was proud of his Corvair powered version and everyone had to hear all about it.
Myself in the 80`s I chose to prove my insanity by flying a Ralley Ultralite.
                    Pete Inman
                    65 Evening Orchid

--- On Mon, 10/12/09, Secular <rusecular at yahoo.com> wrote:

From: Secular <rusecular at yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: <VV> Corvair engine
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Date: Monday, October 12, 2009, 11:17 AM

  clever way to boast about your lawn mower Smitty :))


  Tony I.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Smitty Smith" <vairologist at verizon.net>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Monday, October 12, 2009 10:23 AM
Subject: <VV> Corvair engine

Smitty Says;  HA Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha gggggggg   (smile)   The way I heard it was Harley Davidson was considering building a high performance lawn mower to put Brigs and Stratton out of business but the engine was too heavy for their use and they dropped the project.  So GM bought the design.
> Few people know it, but the GM Corvair engine was
> developed for GM  by a company called Eastern Aviation. GM was after a
> Light Helicopter contract from the government, and had Eastern
> Aviation develop this engine as a power plant for this Helicopter. 
The Engine was actually developed as an Aviation
> Engine. That is a Direct drive and Air Cooled. GM never got that
> contract and in an attempt to compete with the European sport/touring
> car manufacturers, General Motors decided to use the
> engine and launched a small sport car to be powered by an 
> air cooled engine similar to the popular VW Beetle.
> The all new car was called the "Corvair"...
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