<VV> Corvair engine perimeter seal installation?

J R Read hmlinc at sbcglobal.net
Mon Nov 15 22:13:50 EST 2010

I assume this is a Late Model since you used the singular - seal.

I attach to the body first.  Straight(ish) metal retainer pieces to hold it 
go in first and the corner pieces last.  Note that no two corner pieces are 
the same.  The side with the wire spring inside goes downward and later 
attaches (slips on - with some help) to the upward facing lip on the engine 
shrouding.  The "seam" should be at the back of the car - roughly in line 
with the oil filter.

Later, JR

'61 Rampside Standard 4/110
'65 Monza Convertible 4/140
"Keep the Love Alive"

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Arlette Pat" <arlettecarl at hotmail.com>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Monday, November 15, 2010 9:04 PM
Subject: <VV> Corvair engine perimeter seal installation?

Hi everyone,

As part of the continuing reassembly of our Corvair I recently reinstalled 
the new engine perimeter seal. Before commencing this installation, I looked 
for photos  and or information in the Corsa Tech manuals, Service manuals 
that might show me how this seal is correctly installed.

After having had no luck finding any photos or information, I took the new 
perimeter seal and held it up in the engine bay opening,  in every possible 
direction. I then proceeded to install it in what appeared to me to be the 
most logical fashion. The end result looks great and even correct, however I 
am beginning to believe that I may have installed it incorrectly!

Also it appears that I should have fitted the seal to the engine first (the 
engine has not yet been reinstalled) so to determine the correct length 
before installing it in the car.

Is it possible that that there are two (2) methods of installing this engine 
perimeter seal?

It looks to me like I might have to now purchase another new replace engine 
perimeter seal and then have another go at this task. But before I do I 
wondered if someone could show me in a photo how this engine perimeter seal 
is correctly installed.

I guess it’s possible that my existing installation might be OK anyway. I 
don’t have another Corvair within 500 miles of me that I can look at to 

Also I wondered if there are any accessories or parts that if left off the 
engine would make installing the engine easier?

Would appreciate any advice from the Corvair Experts out there.


Carl L. Kelsen
RHD 1965 Corvair Monza convertible
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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