Club Meeting on March 21st, 2009
As part of our monthly club meeting, we met up with the Greenville, SC Corvair club to visit the Bill Mullis farm and Corvette collection. He owns pretty much one of every black Corvette from 1954 to the late 1960 models. It was truly amazing, and I know everyone had a lot of fun!
The Fuel-Injected Corvair Engine
These are pictures from the latest Myrtle Beach Car Show on March 14th, 2009. This is the Rochester Fuel-Injected engine. It is either one of 2 to 4 engines made by Chevrolet and is extremely rare. Here is some background history of the engine from Dave Newell, a CORSA Historian.
The FI engine has had a long history with us. The FI unit itself, of course, was made by Rochester Products for Chevrolet and was part of an experimental program for the Corvair, as a possible option for 1965. It was in competition with the 140 four-carb engine and both setups were taken on development road tests together, The liaison engineer from Rochester Products for the project (and Corvette FI) was Dick Rutherford, who moonlighted as the "R" of RST engineering. RST was hired by Don Yenko to develop the first Stinger. The "T" of RST was Jerry Thompson, who was then a development engineer at Chevy. He was allowed to "borrow" one of the FI units over a weekend and raced it on his Stinger at Mosport. Later Jerry took the SCCA D production championship in his Stinger in 1967, but not with FI. The CORSA Museum Fund (predecessor of the CPF) bought our FI unit from Jerry at the 1974 Chicago convention ($250 as I recall). I remember it vividly, sitting in grubby cardboard boxes on the pavement of the parking lot in the swap meet area. Jerry says that it's not the unit he ran at Mosport. Along with the unit was a book full of dyno reports (Jerry was a lab tech) and some engineering drawings which are present and accounted for. The unit sat around for several years and was eventually mounted on an engine (Pete K says he donated the engine) and displayed at the "Corvair Mania" show that the Detroit Club put on at the Sloan Museum. Then the whole thing found its way to Larry Claypool's in Chicago, where the CCE worked over the engine and FI unit as a club project. I'm not sure it was ever on display in Richmond.