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by erco
Thu Oct 29, 2020 9:27 am
Forum: Ask your Mechanical Questions here
Topic: Windshield washers
Replies: 5
Views: 622

Re: Windshield washers

OMG that washer pump mechanism is such a gorgeous caliope. Quite the Rube Goldberg design. Mine isn't working, I was about to slap on an aftermarket pump (probably the smartest move overall) but when I saw how it works, this engineer fell in love with that fabulous mechanism. Of course the half-cent...
by erco
Wed Oct 28, 2020 9:47 am
Forum: Corvair Talk
Topic: Hemmings on Jacked Up Snow Vairs
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Re: Hemmings on Jacked Up Snow Vairs

The pic from that article was stretched vertically, the car looks pudgy.

Looks more authentic squished down 15%.

1961-Corvair-in-snow-B.jpg
by erco
Wed Oct 28, 2020 8:53 am
Forum: Corvair Talk
Topic: Hemmings on Jacked Up Snow Vairs
Replies: 3
Views: 134

Hemmings on Jacked Up Snow Vairs

https://www.hemmings.com/stories/2020/1 ... net-can-be

What an amazing B/W photo of this 61.
1961-Corvair-in-snow-lg.jpg
by erco
Wed Oct 28, 2020 7:02 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: First time here and just bought my 1st 1964 Corvair...
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: First time here and just bought my 1st 1964 Corvair...

My wild guess is fuel supply if it ran but suddenly won't. Dirt/rust in gas tank, lines, filter or carbs? Fuel pump?
by erco
Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Ask your Mechanical Questions here
Topic: Clutch Starting to Slip...?
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Re: Clutch Starting to Slip...?

He said both 3/4" and "my clutch peddle (sic) comes up pretty far with nothing happening", which are not consistent.
by erco
Tue Oct 27, 2020 3:25 pm
Forum: Ask your Mechanical Questions here
Topic: Clutch Starting to Slip...?
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Re: Clutch Starting to Slip...?

Clear as the water in Boston harbor. Do you mean 3/4 inch or 3/4 travel? Big difference.

If you meant 3/4 travel before engagement, you need to take out the slack. You have no free play. Bad for the clutch disk, pressure plate, and especially your throwout bearing, which is constantly spinning.
by erco
Mon Oct 26, 2020 3:12 pm
Forum: Ask your Mechanical Questions here
Topic: Duz My Steering Linkage Look OK?
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Re: Duz My Steering Linkage Look OK?

Thanks Boss! Nothing is tightened or finalized yet but I will watch out for potential interference there when I snug things down. Guess I'll use the string trick to roughly adjust the toe in and make a beeline for the nearest alignment shop on my old tires. :chevy:
by erco
Mon Oct 26, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Ask your Mechanical Questions here
Topic: Clutch Starting to Slip...?
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Re: Clutch Starting to Slip...?

That's sad & scary. Think I've only ever used rebuilt PPs, but that was 25 years ago last I was driving this car, when I recall reasonable parts prices & availability from my LAPS. Now I see fantastic prices ($200-250 after core swap) for "rebuilt" PPs, which is simply ridiculous if the diaphragms a...
by erco
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:43 pm
Forum: Ask your Mechanical Questions here
Topic: Clutch Starting to Slip...?
Replies: 13
Views: 338

Re: Clutch Starting to Slip...?

Any oil leaking on the clutch/PP? Could be engine or tranny oil.

As long as your clutch is adjusted properly (cable not too short/some slack when released) then it's all up to your pressure plate springs and clutch material to grab sufficiently. Was the PP replaced along with the disk 10K miles ago?
by erco
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:23 pm
Forum: Ask your Mechanical Questions here
Topic: Solved: Adjustable Lower Ball Joint
Replies: 20
Views: 1776

Re: Solved: Adjustable Lower Ball Joint

Oh come on, JC Whitney wouldn't still be in business if they sold me bad parts... :doh: Wait, they're out of business...? (they survive in name only: https://www.carparts.com/jcwhitney/) I'm not alone in loving their old B/W catalogs, like the old Johnson-Smith novelty catalogs. They were like Harbo...
by erco
Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:06 pm
Forum: Ask your Mechanical Questions here
Topic: Duz My Steering Linkage Look OK?
Replies: 3
Views: 182

Duz My Steering Linkage Look OK?

I'm reassembling my front end and the tie rod angles look funny to me. Probably because it's been a while, I didn't take "before" pics, and the suspension is hanging down. It seems to only go together one way but I'd rather ask a dumb question before tightening everything down. TIA.
by erco
Mon Oct 26, 2020 10:42 am
Forum: Ask your Mechanical Questions here
Topic: Wild Goosechase: Control Rod Nuts
Replies: 16
Views: 590

Re: Wild Goosechase: Control Rod Nuts

Good call. In fact, buy a tap and die loaner kit for the forum. Someone who anticipates the need for it pays $50 to have it sent to them, they get $40 back when they mail it to the next person on the list. Traveling toolkit.
by erco
Mon Oct 26, 2020 7:56 am
Forum: Member's Rides, Projects, and Builds
Topic: 1960 Monza Coupe
Replies: 23
Views: 777

Re: 1960 Monza Coupe

Good times ahead! I actually love engine/diff/tranny work. Very straightforward. Patience, planning and parts required. Biggest problems are prior half-assed repairs or swaps by careless people.
by erco
Sun Oct 25, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Trying to get it rolling.
Replies: 3
Views: 142

Re: Trying to get it rolling.

Welcome Shadow! Certainly a worthy project. A wee bit rough underneath, what's she like topside? Great personality? :chevy:
by erco
Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Ask your Mechanical Questions here
Topic: Wild Goosechase: Control Rod Nuts
Replies: 16
Views: 590

Re: Wild Goosechase: Control Rod Nuts

I tipped the crossmember up and 53 years of internal rust fell out, DOH! :chevy: Heading for the sandblaster. Here's one crossmember worse than mine (which turned out beautiful after sandblast & paint). For your consideration, straight from the rust belt: hole throughs in the coil tower. :td: https...
by erco
Sun Oct 25, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: DIY - Explanations and Demonstrations
Topic: Electric Corvair
Replies: 26
Views: 3822

Re: Electric Corvair

EV's have a long way to go before I would consider one. I need something that I can drive coast to coast with stops for only fuel and a night in a hotel. I daily drive my V8 Silverado 1500 and won't buy a new gas car without a V8. I am a little disappointed in the towing characteristics of the 2014...

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