2,700 cc / 100 hp Zenith engine of Jim BarberĀ 

Builders,

Another running Corvair, test run outside the SPA/ Panther factory. Jim came down for Finishing School #2, but his progress was halted buy the failure of Chinese head studs, which were installed in his case by another Corvair shop, when he was torquing his heads.

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Above, Jim’s engine running today on my stand in Florida.

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The shop that installed the Chinese head studs didn’t test them, because they would have known they were less than 50% of required strength. I have been called everything from xenophobic to racist for speaking out against Chinese products, but the material doesn’t lie, these studs were expensive garbage without heat treatment.

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The manufacturer didn’t replace them for Jim, The importer didn’t, and neither did the person who installed them. They just made their buck and washed their hands. Who fixed this? Dan and I did, and it required a lot of work, but we happen to be in the business of solving problems, not creating them.

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We asked Jim to leave the engine and pick it up when he came back to Florida on vacation, next week. One more engine done right. If you are getting started on Corvairs this year, learn two lessons; pick the right people to work with the first time, and if the right people don’t use parts from Chairman Mao’s workers paradise, it isn’t because their racist, it just because your engine has to work.

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-WW.

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Short video of the engine running.