Alamo City Corvair College II
Out at Lew's hangar...
created January 22, 2003
This had to be the youngest College attendee... James Boyd's son. They are from Converse, TX and probably had as many jacket patches between the two of them as everyone else combined (except Don Sprague).
On the left is Dan Benson from Tomball, TX, creator of the awesome CAD 3-views of the Corvair that came out in the most recent issue of William's "Corvair Flyer". Dan arrived early Friday morning and had copies of the CAD 3-view that he was handing out at the College. On the right is Paul Zimmerman, alumnus of a former Corvair College and one of the few Texas Aggies that's worth a hill of beans. Paul, a Dragonfly builder from Garland, TX, brought his completed engine to the College to show (photos on another page).
A gathering of Cajuns. EAA 35 membership chairman John LaTour, in the red shirt, talks crawfish and jambalaya with Tom Cummings (gray coveralls) and his mechanic buddy Leland Mitchell (plaid shirt)... all from Louisiana. William listens in the background, trying to understand Cajun talk.
William's infamous distributor curving machine. It has some very mysterious knobs on it. And pay no attention to the obsolete, antique 4-cylinder airplane engine standing in the corner of the hangar. We had to tolerate it since it's Lew's.
See what I mean about the whiz-bang knobs?
William's engine test stand, which tracked straight and true behind Gus' pickup all the way from Florida to Texas with almost no weight on it. On the right side of the trailer frame are two cut-down valve covers that are used for adjusting the valves while the engine is running.
A couple of the local CORSA guys brought their cars out for us to see.
This super-sanitary engine is owned by one of the perfectionist "Pat Panzeras" of the Corvair car world: Norval Meurin. It's a '64 Corvair Monza convertible 110HP engine with 4 speed. Too bad it won't ever fly ;o)
Another shot of the ground-bound beauty powering Norval's black Corvair.
In the black pull-over is Charles Navarro, the "Nickies guy". Very polite, patient, and a straight shooter. Everyone was amazed at the feather weight and flawless machine work of his products. Ted Forringer on the left, now fully awake.
The famous Nickies. If you have to ask how much they are, you probably can't afford them ;o) William's machined puck and prop hub behind them.
Another shot of the Nickies.
So... shall we look at engines and parts? Click on Engines to go there... or return to Oscar Zuniga's M-19 Project