Welcome to the Ultra Van Tech Tips page!

What are the Ultra Van Tech Tips?
The Ultra Van Tech Tips is a computer file document containing over 25 years of tech tips specific to the Ultra Van vehicle. These tips have been compiled over the years by the Ultra Van Club and span 1966 through 1990. Norm Helmkay from the Ultra Van Club and Cris Estanislao (a "plain" Corvair owner) decided to experiment with an electronic reference of these tips in a common computer platform format. The result is a 2.3 MB file that represents 25 years of Ultra Van tech tips in an easily viewable Portable Document File (PDF) format. The file contains 22 chapters of organized, searchable topics in 505 pages. Since its original release in 1997, this file has been downloaded by hundreds of people from Cris' website, but now this file has "graduated" to the CORSA website for even greater exposure. This file is provided free to the Ultra Van and Corvair communities, and the contents are under copyright by the Ultra Van Motor Coach Club Incorporated. Other restrictions from CORSA may also apply.

What do I need to use this file?
The Ultra Van Tech Tips file is in Adobe's Acrobat PDF format. You must have Adobe's Acrobat Reader application (version 3.0 or later) installed on your computer to use this PDF file. Acrobat Reader is available free for nearly any computer operating system, including, but not limited to, Windows, Macintosh, Unix, and Linux. Once you have the proper Acrobat Reader program, you may download the file to your computer and view/navigate/print the file as you wish.

I'm ready to download the file now!
The Ultra Van Tech Tips file (currently at version 1.1) is downloadable in three formats: 1) uncompressed PDF format in order to be accessible to the widest audience of operating systems, 2) Windows-only compressed, self-unzipping format, 3) Macintosh-only compressed, self-extracting format. If you are a Windows or Macintosh user, please choose the appropriate compressed file for faster download times. If you use an alternative operating system, or if you are having trouble unzipping the compressed file, please choose the uncompressed file.

  1. Download the uncompressed file "ultravan_11.pdf" (2.3 MB)
  2. Download the Windows-only file "ultravan_11.exe" (1.2 MB)
  3. Download the Macintosh-only file "ultravan_11.sea" (1.2 MB) (Save As Source, then use Stuffit Expander (version 5 or higher) to open)

I'm having trouble downloading or using the file...
This section is not finished yet, so please check back for updates. However, one common problem with using this file is that early versions of Acrobat Reader will not let you open the file. You must have version 3.0 or later to open the file (go to the menu pick "Help", then "About Acrobat Reader..." to see the version number).

Where can I find more Ultra Van information?
Check out The official Ultra Van page. It contains lots of information, pictures, and links to other Ultra Van-related web sites.

If you have questions...

These tech tips are under copyright by Ultra Van Motor Coach Club Incorporated. Any and all comments are welcome.

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This page is maintained by Cris Estanislao; last updated on 26 March 2000.