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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: American Mel ()
Date: September 09, 2019 11:31AM

dolomitefan Wrote:
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> American Mel Wrote:
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> > Uhaul will not allow their trailers to be used to tow Corvairs.
> > They are afraid of the rear weight bias.
> > Many people just do not make it clear that they are towing a Corvair.
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>
> Really? That's crazy. Simple answer, reverse it on the trailer, all the weight will be at the opposite end!


Yeah, that is what I thought too.
The first time I tried to rent a Uhaul trailer for a Corvair, the told me NO, because of the "dangerous" rear weight bias.
I said, "Well, that's no problem, I can just back it on!"
Their reply?
"OH NO! That is not allowed! You can't back onto our trailers! It is TOO DANGEROUS!"
HA.
So then I asked him, . . .
"So, what if I "rented" it for a different car?"
He said,"What would you like?"
I said, How about an '82 Chevy Citation?"
He looks at his computer for a second, and says, "That will work. You wanna do that?"
I said "SURE!"
And promptly went home and BACKED my CORVAIR onto the trailer and towed it 300+ miles. grinning smiley

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'66 Monza Coupe - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 Monza Vert. - 140, 4-spd. Daily driver beater
'67 A/C Moredoor Monza - Sale pending
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'04 Dodge Cummins Quad Dualy, approaching 400K
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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: isucorvair ()
Date: September 09, 2019 12:21PM

I regularly drive my Autocross car to events 30 miles from my house (then race all day) with only the top shroud (no side shrouds, or bottom shrouds.

Zero issues with the engine getting hot. Yes it has a 'Yenko' lid - but I drive flaps down to the event.

Your mileage may vary of course (95hp, Powerglide, probably not deflashed)


Eric P.
DeWitt, IA

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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 09, 2019 12:23PM

But this is an FC.... Anyone with FC experience?

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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: September 09, 2019 03:43PM

Yes I do Matt. This will not be an issue to drive it that way for awhile.
Reminds me of how I used to drive my Rampside 35 years ago. Didn't have time
to install all the shrouds. Now I do have the time.

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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: idiyaught ()
Date: September 09, 2019 05:23PM

Mine is a 63 rampy, I have gone long distance 500 miles doing about 75mph
just missing the rear seal.

John Oostdyk
Thornhill, Ont
63 Rampy
65 Greenbrier
64 Convertible

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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: September 09, 2019 05:36PM

You can look at my past discussion when I got the Greenbrier. It had no rubber seals or retainers on sides or rear panels/retainers. I drove it home about 30 miles with no issues, but max speed was 55 with lots of stop and gos at stop signs. Also poor performance as wrong plugs installed and were Champions (1" threads but only screwed 1/2 way in). No air cleaners and no PCV system. Lots of reijestion if it was going to happen.

Al Lane
Ellabell, GA 31308

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1966 Monza More Door 110 hp, PG
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ hp PG
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: krankypants ()
Date: September 11, 2019 04:25PM

I ended up towing it home. The weight distribution seemed fine. The front wheels are so far back on the FC's that I think the center of gravity ended up right over the trailer axles. I am glad I didn't try driving it home though. Has a pretty good oil leak that appears to be between the engine and the differential and the ignition switch wasn't working (turned out to be a wire came of the back of the switch). Worst of all was the amount of fumes in the van. This thing needs new seals everywhere. Should keep me busy for a while as I attempt to restore it.

Greg
Puyallup WA
63 Greenbrier

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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: chrisverble ()
Date: September 11, 2019 05:02PM

I will post my experience with my Rampside.

I had no side or front shields and it contributed to it overheating along with exhaust leaks. I wouldn’t do it especially if it’s 90 degrees.

Nashville, TN
1961 Rampside

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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: Timothy Shortle ()
Date: September 11, 2019 05:14PM

Glad you got it home easily. I was under the impression it was a "running" vehicle and your only concern was the missing shrouds. Enjoy the journey.

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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: jjohnsonjo ()
Date: September 11, 2019 05:15PM

Glad its home, keep up progress reports

J.O.

65 Corsa Turbo Vert
79 Honda XL 500S
69 Honda CL 160 D
2010 BMW F 650 GS
2003 Bounder 36D
2013 KIA Optima SX turbo-AKA ZIPPY (wife,s car)
69 Newport Holiday Sailboat
Baja 150 dune buggy cart
Coleman HS 500 UTV
2016 KIA Sorento SXL Turbo

Bethlehem,Pa


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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: September 11, 2019 05:33PM

Life is good!

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Re: Is it safe to drive it home like this?
Posted by: krankypants ()
Date: September 11, 2019 07:08PM

Timothy Shortle Wrote:
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> Glad you got it home easily. I was under the impression it was a "running" vehicle and your only concern was the missing shrouds. Enjoy the journey.


Well, it is running, just not running very well it turns out. I was looking for one that needed work. I found it I guess smiling smiley

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