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2007 Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: Ray W ()
Date: May 16, 2007 10:35PM

Last night we made it 1300 miles back to Minneapolis from Albuquerque in one piece and just a little worse for wear. Friday my son Jesse and I flew into Albuquerque and were met at the airport with by the seller with e-bay purchased late model coupe on a trailer behind his pickup. He took us to a near by Fudruckers where we had lunch, took possesion of the car and gave it a quick once over and hit the road. Well, sort of. We got half a block to a stop light, stalled the car and had trouble getting it started again. Finally, after pumping the peddle a goodly amount, it fired up. We pulled into a gas station just around the corner to fill up. It turns out that the guy that sold the car to the guy we bought it from saw us stall and pulled into the station to chat. He warned us that the engine used a lot of oil and suggested that we buy a case of it for our trip. Man, he wasn't kiddin. Fortunately, we took his advice and stocked up on oil. We made it to Santa Fe for the night as planned. Along the way, we quickly learned that we could get about 40 miles before the low oil pressure light would come on. The drill then, became drive 30 miles, stop, add a quart and a half, repeat. Not being familiar with the car, I wasn't comfortable with driving over 60-65 mph. Looked like it was going to be a really long trip. The car did, however, start, though with a little extra effort,go straight, and stop predictably though with a slight pull to the left.

Jesse was ill that night. Must have been something from Fudruckers. The next morning Jess felt better and we spent a little time walking around the plaza in Santa Fe. Very picturesque. Then on to Pueblo. Talk about slow going. At least the weather was perfect. As the miles went by we did start getting more and more missing and were down on power. Made it to Pueblo Sat. night. Having spent more than a few minutes looking at the engine while pouring oil into it during the day, I noticed something amiss with the PCV system. How would I know? Why, I been educated ON THIS HERE FORUM! Thats how! A PO had ditched the original air cleaner for the upside down little chrome mixing bowls on each carb. They had cut off the orifice on the ballance tube and ran it right to the engine vent. So, that evening I went to an auto parts place just a few blocks from our motel. Picked up, besides the new case of oil, some rubber tubing and fittings. I ran tubing between the carbs for ballance, and ran tube from the vent out the little hole under the coil and out the air vent door for a road draft tube. Also, I changed out the spark plugs. One plug on the right side was completely fouled and another partialy. This all in the parts store parking lot. When I was done, I went to drive back to the motel. No starter. Nothing. Battery was good as the headlights were bright. Figured it was the starter switch or stuck solenoid. The store was closing and it was getting dark, so I walked back the the motel for the night. The parts store would open at 9 next morning, Sunday. What luck!

Care to hear the rest? Let me know if so. I have to hit the sack now. I'll be off the air for a couple days as my boys and I scramble to get our superheavyweight combat robot ready for a tournament on Sat. I can post some trip pictures when I find my camera.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/19/2021 11:42AM by MattNall.

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: marv ()
Date: May 16, 2007 10:47PM

don't stop in the middle darn wanna hear more

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: SLINKY ()
Date: May 17, 2007 03:04AM

what a teaser


yeah give us the rest.

Michael Slotwinski
President
First State Corvair Club

1961 Corvair Lakewood

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: 4carbcorvair ()
Date: May 17, 2007 03:58AM

More!! More!!! smiling smiley

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Ronnie
Southern Maine.
www.dirigocorvairs.net
66 Corsa Convertible, 140, 4sp.
65 Monza Convertible, 110, PG.




It doesn't leak, it's marking it's territory.

A mirror is a reflection of the miles travelled.

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: ScottS ()
Date: May 17, 2007 05:11AM

yes more !

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1966 Nader Invader !
1966 Monza Coupe
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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: tboltkc ()
Date: May 17, 2007 07:05AM

Ray W Wrote:
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> Jesse was ill that night. Must have been
> something from Fudruckers.

Undoubtedly that's the case...

-Travis


'65 Corsa; '63 Convertible; '62 Wagon; '65 4 Door
Heart of America Corvair Owners Assocation (Kansas City, MO)
[www.hacoa.org]

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 17, 2007 07:25AM

Finish it! and Make sure to send this to CORSA for the Communique!

I love road trips with oil leaks!! gg

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: RthrDent ()
Date: May 17, 2007 10:31AM

Mas por favor.

Allen and Stacy, Golden Valley,AZ
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'64 Spyder convertible (former)






"I love the smell of oil smoke in the morning."

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: Setterz54 ()
Date: May 17, 2007 11:01AM

Yeah!!Please finish the story,I want to hear the rest of the story! Steve.

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: SLINKY ()
Date: May 17, 2007 12:26PM

(Jesse was ill that night. Must have been something from Fudruckers}

or a oil leak burning coming thru the heater ducts.

Michael Slotwinski
President
First State Corvair Club

1961 Corvair Lakewood

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: Ray W ()
Date: May 17, 2007 10:12PM

So, next morning, it was up and over to the parts store to work on the car. The guys at the store were really accomodating. Offered to let us barrow jack stands, tools, whatever. We jacked the car up with a really rinkydink scissor jack that was in the trunk, removed the left rear tire and chucked the tire under the rocker panel for a safeguard. By the way, we did not have a spare, but the rubber we were rolling on looked very good. With the left rear tire off, I could just reach the starter. Turning the ignition turned on, I took the feeler guage set I had, and shorted its case across the starter terminals. Started right up. Using wire from the store, I ran a some 12 gauge from the starter switch terminal into the engine compartment and by the battery for future starting. Turns out that we never needed it. The engine always fired right up after that!

Onward we went. It was up I-25 to Colorado Springs, cut across on Hwy 24 to pick up I-70 going east. It was apparent as soon as we took off that the engine ran better with the new vent setup. I suppose that it had been running pretty lean before. It also started easier. I would guess that the chokes had more effect now. One major drawback was apparent, though, when we stopped for the first oil fill up. Without the carbs really suckin hard on the crankcase, the blowby was spewing oil out the dipstick hole all over the engine compartment. We tried tying rags around the dipstick and tying the dipstick down, with little effect. What really took the cake, though, was when I inevitably forgot the put the oil fill cap back on once after topping off. The engine compartment will never be the same. It must have been just gushing out. Only did that once, you betchcha.

We were really hoping that the radio and/or tape deck worked. We brought books on tape to listen to for the long hours. Didn't work. It was OK, however, because I was always listening intently for the slightest new noise or change in tones. Fortunately, Jesse is an avid reader and had brought a few books. Funny, but when you stop, get out, and run around to top off the oil every 30 minutes, your butt doesn't get sore and you don't get drowsey even after hours and hours.

We stopped for the night in WaKeeney, Kansas. About halfway home.

First thing Monday morning I decided that we had had enough with the pools of oil in the engine compartment and switched the vent system back to the way it was. I would sacrifice a little performance for less mess. We changed out several plugs again. I was a little discouraged at this point and called my wife to have her see how much it would cost to rent a U-Haul truck and trailer in Kansas City, about six hours away, to transport the Vair from there to Minneapolis. We would start driving, see how the day went, and decide by the time we got to Kansas City what to do.

Well, as the day went on, I was really feeling considerably more confident in the car. It was apparent that the oil consumption rate was actually improving a bit to where were going 45 miles before adding 1 and a half quarts of oil rather than 30. Also, I felt more assured with the way the Vair handled and less fearful of something blowing up or a wheel falling off. It wasn't too long before were blasting along at SEVENTY MILES PER HOUR! Feelin good now, buddy! Forget the U-Haul.

We lost a couple of hours driving around in Kansas City rush hour traffic trying to find more spark plugs and a book store. Stopped for the night just north of Kansas City on I-35 headed for Minneapolis.

The rest of the way home we made good time as we were now up to 55 miles between oil fillups. It was pretty uneventful untill we were about 40 miles from home when all of a sudden we started getting KACHUNK KACHUNK KACHUNK from what we thought was the front right wheel. It was loud and could be felt in time to wheel rotation. A rest area was 2 miles ahead, so we limped into the parking lot there. Thinking part of the brake was getting caught or maybe a wheel bearing was going out, we jacked up the front right wheel, pulled the tire, drum and inspected the brakes and bearings. Didn't find a thing wrong. The brakes looked in very good condition and the bearings turned smooth as could be. We were hustling now, as the sun was going to be setting in about 20-30 minutes. Put everything back together. Spun the wheel. Smooth and quiet! Well, maybe it was the left front wheel. Jacked up the other side, took everything apart. It all looked and felt just fine! Put it all back together. Seemed good. OK. We scratched our heads. What to do but get in and drive around the parking lot. Who knows what it was, but it was gone now. It wasn't too far to home now, so we just went for it! With all our senses on edge.

Made it! Even had two quarts of oil left over. One trip to remember.

Thanks again to everyone who offered to give support along the way. It was reassureing. Fortunately we had no major misshaps.

Pictures coming.

Ray W

'66 white coupe, 110 4 spd (in the garage...at last)

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: freeulster ()
Date: May 17, 2007 10:39PM

You got to submit you story to the Communique. Great Stuff. I wish I had written mine down. I went with my then 9 year old to get my vair.

Kent Donnelly
Living in sunny Brigantine Beach NJ
64 Vert
Philadelphia Corvair Assoc and CORSA
"EM's are faster than LM's because we don't have all those extra lug nuts weighting us down"

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: marv ()
Date: May 17, 2007 11:31PM

LUV it great story and a road trip to remember

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: May 17, 2007 11:34PM

Sooo..after the weekend..we need to figure out why all the blowby!!

Great job by both of you!

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: Brett Wall ()
Date: May 18, 2007 04:35AM

A "modern American adventure", for sure!

Love it!!! grinning smiley

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Brett Wall
Nashville TN

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: GJ1963 ()
Date: May 18, 2007 06:23AM

Crazy story!!!! Glad to see the white coupe I have driven by many times found a good home.

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: RthrDent ()
Date: May 18, 2007 07:24AM

It's sad to think of all the "responsible" people in the world who would never THINK of doing something like this and missing out so completely on such a great adventure. Congrats on carpe-ing the heck out of that diem!

Allen and Stacy, Golden Valley,AZ
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'61 Lakewood
'65 Corsa turbo convertible (former)
'64 Spyder convertible (former)






"I love the smell of oil smoke in the morning."

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: vaporloc ()
Date: May 18, 2007 08:34PM

Just wondering, what type and viscosity oil did you use? Did you try any oil additives such as STP or any thing?

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: Hank Wangle ()
Date: May 18, 2007 10:04PM

Definitely write it up for the Corsa Magazine. I miss some of the great stories from the past and recently have been a few but not nearly enough. Grease spots and lace curtains was very good reading. Plus the Dare to corvair trip was really good too. It takes guts to undertake these trips and really exhibits the can do spirit as well as the corvair dedication which is an admirable quality.

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Re: Road Trip Update..... We Did It!!
Posted by: Ray W ()
Date: May 21, 2007 07:25AM

I was using the cheapest 10w-30 or 10w-40 that the place that I was at had. I have never used any additives before, but on the last leg of the trip thought I would try it. None of the stations that I stopped at had any though. I will probably try Seafoam and also the drizzling water into the carb trick. I'm guessing that the rings are carboned up as the oil usage did improve over the trip.

Ray W

'66 coupe 110 4spd

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