<VV> Corvair for the not-so-mechanically inclined?

karlhaakonsen at comcast.net karlhaakonsen at comcast.net
Wed Oct 30 12:24:39 EDT 2013

I have bookmarked Steven's web page and consulted it on occasion.

I'll add to the must have list Bob Helt's Classic Corvair. I have 2 copies of the shop manual... One I keep in my shop that's got all manner of grease and grime on it, and a clean one I can read in the rest of the world. I will soon need another copy of the Classic Corvair since the one I have is rapidly becoming a "shop only" copy due to how much I refer to it in the shop.
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From: corvair at serenska.com
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Cc: corvairgrymm at gmail.com
Sent: 2013-10-30 11:17:06 GMT
Subject: Re: <VV> Corvair for the not-so-mechanically inclined?

> I'm considering ordering this book as a gift for my buddy I got into
> Corvairs.  He meets the description in the title so I thought it might be
> good for him.
For anyone who's not familiar with this book (I wasn't), you can see it 
and some reviews here:


When I got back into the Corvair hobby in the 1990's, I read all of the 
books I could find.  I decided to note the results of my research here:


Due to a flaw in my genetic makeup, this website contains a listing of 
EVERY friggin' Corvair-related book ever published and it's a bit of 
overkill.  However, I can say that, as someone who is considerably less 
mechanically inclined that 98% of the folks on this list, I found the 
"Corvair Basics" and "How to Keep Your Corvair Alive" books to be the 
best.  "Corvair Basics" is excellent.

There's even this specialty page for beginners on the website that, 
frankly, I had forgotten about:


Of all the suggestions I've heard on VV over the years, these ring 
truest to me:

1) Buy (or receive free with an order) the Clarks catalog.  This book 
contains a wealth of Corvair info.

2) Buy the Shop Manual for your year, plus the supplement.  This boils 
down most tasks to easy-to-follow steps.

3) Buy Corvair Basics.

4) Join VV or some other forum for the BTDT-style of advice from real 

That's my $0.02.  Hope it helps.

Steven J. Serenska
'65 Monza Convertible, 110/4
'66 Corsa Coupe, 140/4

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