Corvair1 in the Heartland of the USA ; tel: 918-413-1548
At Corvair1 , we take pride in quality workmanship. Rafee brings two decades of experience, his love of the Corvair Automobile, his dedication & Personal Touch to every endeavor, with customer satisfaction always a priority.
Don't sweat it, Rafee got you covered!
New porch recently added to the shop to protect your Vair from the elements
So don't sweat it, I will treat your ride as I treat mine... and that's a lot of love!
We specialize in complete restorations, repairs & installations of all levels: here is an example of a complete restoration in progress...many times, you don't need to get so involved to restore your ride; in this case, it was necessary due to many layers of paint , and many body flaws needing correction.This baby is gonna look sick when I get done with it! I love my job!!!
1960-69 Carburetor rebuilding service by Rafman:
If you are looking to have your carburetors professionally rebuilt, primaries and secondaries, you came to the right place, the Rafman is the ultimate Carburetor Man! I have rebuilt so many, I lost count, all years, all models. The work is pretty detailed and involves: taking them apart, ultrasonic cleaning and media blasting if necessary, inspecting them to make sure they are complete and all parts are correct for that specific year. If any parts are missing or broken, don't worry, we can supply some new or good used ones. We will then re-assemble with a new throttle shaft, new choke pull-off, vacuum hose and rubber cap for the driver side carb., new stone filter and a complete new carburetor kit, new viton needle and seat assembly, new jet, upgrade to a size 51 for better performance. Other sizes available upon request.Then, we will test them in an engine at the shop to make sure everything is working properly, and semi-synchronize them. The only way to synchronize the carbs is by putting them in an engine, it is not possible to do it otherwise (like others claim). I am the only one in the Corvair Universe, LOL!, doing this. The reason we started taking this extra step a while back is that we were running into some problems with carburetors that had been rebuilt, the job was done right, but when installed, they would not perform properly. It's easy to forget that these carburetors are 50 some years old, sometimes, even if the unit looks fine, and after rebuilding and cleaning, the carburetor can just be worn-out and still not work right. So that is why we are taking this extra step at Rafee Corvair,that no other shop does. It will make it a snap for you to install them in your ride, confident that they are ready to work. Sometimes, you might need to re-synchronize to your liking, as each engine is slightly different. I highly recommend owning a synchronizer tool, affordable and east to use, available in the tool or fuel system section. So don't hesitate to call us at 918-413-1548 for cost and time estimate. For those of you on a budget, Rafman got a "Saver" plan, I know it can be hard sometimes to get your ride going, so talk to me, we will do our best to hook you up with a good deal! Most of the time, I prefer to rebuild your own carburetors. If I have to supply them, I can supply them too. Here are some pix of carburetor work.
Per customer request...dang! they look good!
As you can see in this carburetor, fuel turned gunky and sticky after a while, sitting for several years! it is not a good idea to let your car sit for a long time... So, crank your ride once in a while, and don't forget to put some stabilizer additive in your fuel, that will eliminate problems.
Here is an example of the condition of the carburetors I often get for rebuild... Com'on, Peeps, Vairs don't run on water, LOL!
This is basic rebuilding, if you want something fancier, we can do it for you.
When Rafee works on an engine, it is not merely to make it run, Rafee takes it a step beyond to what could be called an art form. A totally involving process that is very labor intensive, assembling and detailing an engine is one of Rafee's favorite moments and highest level of skill. Many work on engines, but a select few can do it right. Rafee stands behind his work not 100%, but 200 %. If you would like to discuss what Rafee can do for your Corvair,you can call direct at 918-413-1548.
Here is a list of what is included in the engine rebuild, from 80 HP, 95 HP, 110 HP, 140 HP, 150 HP Turbo to 180 HP Turbo, can be stock or upgraded; specifics and upgrades to be discussed with each client.
- dis-assemble engine completely, inspect, clean all parts; if it is a 1960-64 engine, after cleaning sheet metal/ shrouds, straightening etc, will spray all sheet metal in black satin paint and install new engine to body seals. If it is a 1965 to 69 engine, will only spray paint shrouds, seals not included.
- a pair of rebuilt heads, completely cleaned, inspected, media blasted, de-flashed for better cooling; new seats, deeper and wider for better performance; new stainless steel exhaust valves, new steel 1 intake valves and teflon seals; new bronze guides; re-surface and valve job; new heavy duty valve springs.
- re-bored cylinders; rebuilt connecting rods; new pistons, premium cast, in a variety of sizes, from standard to .070; upgrade to forged pistons available.
- new cam, for stock engines, I use a 260 cam, an upgrade from the stock one, nice and smooth; bigger sizes available upon request, 270 or 280; new cam gear, stock; upgrade to high performance cam gear available at an extra charge; Woodruff key and cam washer.
- rebuilt crank, polished, ground if needed, chamfer, with new gear.
- new main and rod bearings, can be size standard or .010.
- new set of piston rings, Hastings, in cast iron.; upgrade to Molly or chrome available at an extra charge.
- new heavy duty push rods with hardened tip, rocker arm nuts and grooved rocker arm balls for better lubrication, new heavy duty deep dimple lifters for better performance;
- new oil pump with a new heavy duty oil pressure spring.
- rebuilt harmonic balancer, for later engines.
- rebuilt top blower housing with a new bearing.
- rebuilt idle pulley with a new bearing.
- new fan belt, spark plugs, spark plug wires in 7 mm, black, blue or red; upgrade to 8 mm wires in avariety of colors available.
- rebuilt distributor and new vacuum advance; if it is a Turbo, I will re-use the existing vacuum advance if still good, as Turbo vacuum advance is really hard to come by.
- rebuilt point plate, high performance; points and condenser, rotor, lead wire and grommet, distributor cap, all new parts.
- complete engine gasket set with copper gaskets and viton o rings and seals.
- new oil filter and oil, new oil pressure switch, new bypass valve, grommets, and mini-harness; new head temperature sensor;
- new stock coil; upgrade to MSD available.
Don't hesitate to give me a call at 918-413-1548 to discuss what you would like to have done to your engine. Engine balancing and nitrated crank are available upon request.
140 HP slightly modified, daily driver
65 with a 140 HP PG modified, with a kick & some single chrome top air cleaners
63 Ragtop with a 180 HP Turbo upgraded, dang!
My pal Napash keeping your engine safe, LOL!
In this case, the stud snapped right above the block surface, making it impossible to extract it. For some reason, this broken stud was real hard to drill, even with high quality drill bits. I was not about to replace the whole block, as the engine was already mostly put together, so what to do? At the shop, I am able to use a torch and gently, I heated up the broken stud and melted most of it, keeping it red hot, I was able to punch out what was left with a chisel and a hammer. From there, I used a special tapping kit, that is available for rental on the "tool rental" page, and was able to drill, flare, re-tap, put a new insert, and install a good used stud: problem fixed, time and money saved. I can do this for your engine when there is a similar issue with broken studs, stripped holes, worn-out threads, etc... or you might be able to do-it-yourself, taking your time, and using the right tools... I know some of you will say it is easier to just replace the block; in this situation, I didn't have a spare block and was on a tight schedule; waiting for a block to arrive would take too long, I was able to do this in a couple of hours. Dang, having the right tools sure makes things easy! Check pix for work being done, easy fix.
broken piece has been hammered away.
drilled and cleaned, ready for flaring.
flared and ready for tapping.
tapping in session.
Insert successfully installed.
It is a good idea to add some lock-tie to the insert.
Job done... damn, I'm good
I know you can do it too, with patience and common sense, don't let anybody tell you otherwise.
The right kit for the right job, you can rent it and do it yourself
available on the "tool rental" page of the shopping cart.
Don't hesitate to call me at 918-413-1548 with any questions you might have.
Fix it and put it back on the road, where it belongs!
Other services offered at Corvair1 :
Custom Exhaust - Stock Exhaust - Engine degreasing
Differentials - Transmissions - Carburetors/turbo carbs.
Suspensions - Steering Boxes - Aftermarket seats
Interior - Convertible top installation - Powder coating
Lightened Flywheels - Crankshaft -Turbo charge
cam gear installation:
Rafee takes the guess work out by doing it right the first time. Whether you are replacing a worn-out gear by a new stock one or upgrading to a high performance cam gear, we can do it. For a low cost, with the purchase of a new or reground camshaft and a stock cam gear, Rafee will install it, see REN188. The process for the failsafe cam gear is more labor intensive and the charge for that is a little higher, see REN189. We also remove and re-install pistons and rods, call for pricing.
Failsafe cam gear installation, see REN189 in "engine parts".
Stock cam gear installation, see REN188 in 'engine parts".
Rafee Corvair is committed to providing the highest level of service for the best value.
60-64 Rebuilt Rear Axle Bearings, cars & F/C.
The process involves several steps: dis-assembly, thorough cleaning, inspecting all parts, selecting the best ones, re-assembly using the proper shims to specifications. All work done & tested by Rafee in the shop & up and down the roads in his own cars. Rafee puts everything to the test behind the wheel, so you can rest assured that the products do work.