This Corvair Wagon Is Now A Two-Door For The Dragstrip

This Corvair Wagon Is Now A Two-Door For The Dragstrip

Rick and Clay Tyler are father and son racers who share a piece of drag racing machinery that makes any Chevy person that knows the details of the Corvair wagon do a double-take.

Rick Tyler originally constructed the wagon in the early 1990s from a four-door 1961 Corvair because Chevrolet only manufactured four-door wagons, never a two-door.

Clay, Rick’s son, was there as a young buck when they began fabricating a pair of two-door coupe doors onto the wagon shell. Matching these doors is a relocated coupe latch post, moved just a few inches back. “Surprisingly, we only needed to modify the excess steel from that wagon’s rear doors and then to section the roof line,” says Clay.

Following years of Rick competing in NHRA Super Gas competition and bracket events within his St. Louis region, Clay took the reins of the Corvair and started going after hardcore bracket events.

The Tyler’s completely constructed the tube chassis with a tubular A-arm front end and four-link rear suspension. Aldan American shocks control all suspension points. Along with the highly modified steel shell, the front hood and doghouse are fiberglass.

The wagon rolls on a combination of Hoosier racing tires and Monocoque wheels and is stopped by Wilwood brakes, front and rear.

A 496 cubic-inch big-block Chevy is set up by Mike Tyler. It was built with Dart Machinery aluminum heads and Dart single-plane intake, and an Erson cam and valvetrain. An MSD Performance 7AL ignition box, crankshaft trigger, and distributor control the big-block’s Optima Batteries-powered ignition. The remaining drivetrain consists of an FTI Performance Powerglide and torque converter, a self-fabricated driveshaft, and a braced 9-inch Ford rearend.

Tyler’s engine combination is topped off with a reworked Holley Dominator for pro-tree racing by Ken Jones Carburetors. The carb uses alcohol fuel fed by a Jones belt drive mechanical fuel pump.

Rick began campaigning the wagon in 1993, where he won many best-appearing awards and did well in bracket racing.

“A true NHRA Wally always eluded my dad,” said Clay. “The very first bracket race we attended, he won. I thought, ‘Wow, this is cool,’ but as I grew up helping dad over the years, I soon learned it is more challenging than I first thought. Dad got his share of wins, including some NHRA National Dragster Challenge ‘little’ Wallys, but never the big one.”

The doors and door latch posts from a coupe were used to convert the Corvair to a…

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