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6 months ago
Pickle
Have had my car towed once by Hagerty. The phone contact was excellent and the truck arrived in about 45 minutes. The delivery was to my choice of destination and the driver was expert and courteous. All in all, a very good outcome. Gets my vote! John
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7 months ago
Pickle
With the above info I ran out to the garage and lifted the lid, and lo and behold, there is the little pipe. Tomorrow I'll get out my airbrush compressor and make a little suck and blow to see if the gauge moves. Thanks guys, you're the best. John
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7 months ago
Pickle
The gauge is not working, needle doesn't move. I wanted to start troubleshooting this by checking the hose connecting the gauge to the engine. This is a 1965 180 HP turbo engine, that is running very well. Car is a '64 Monza Spider. I have the '61 shop manual and the '64 supplement, but haven't found any reference to this piping or instrument. So, can someone give me
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8 months ago
Pickle
Here is the URL for the vendor. Wheel data is on the web site. Real Minilites are cool!
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8 months ago
Pickle
The thread engagement is about one full diameter (7/6 inch) and nuts torqued to 60 ft-lbs with no issues. This was a concern and I checked the engagement with a depth gauge beforehand. Thanks for the reminder. The nuts supplied are nice quality. John
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8 months ago
Pickle
Have the wheels and tires on the car now. Everything fits very well, no tire rubbing anywhere. The steering and ride are just fine, though all we have done is a trip around the neighborhood--rainy weather has set in for a few days. This project has taken an extra month as wife and I were on an extended vacation trip and just got back a few days ago. The tire vendor was able to supply 7/16-
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10 months ago
Pickle
Wheels ordered today and will be in hand in about a week. The vendor was able to get the correct lug nuts for the wheels in 7/16-20 thread, so hopefully that issue is resolved. I'll test fit a bare rim to make sure. I plan on getting Michelin Defender series tires so should have a quiet, smooth ride. No plans for autocross or racing. Thanks for the comments, folks. JW
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10 months ago
Pickle
I've located a set of 14 x 6 inch Panasport wheels so now I need to solve the lug nut problem and the tire problem. I'd like to end up with a somewhat taller tire than the 185-70 13 tires that are on the car right now (stock rims). The dealer is offering a 195-70 r14 tire, don't know the rolling radius yet, but I think that should be a bit larger than the existing tires. Anyone
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11 months ago
Pickle
The new ignition switch arrived from Clarks, just a couple of business days for the shipment. The pigtail consists of 3 correctly color coded wires with appropriate gender connectors on the end. The connectors are heavy enough to have decent engagement force required to plug them in, so I have some confidence that they will stay in place. The female connector plugs onto the ignition switch and
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11 months ago
Pickle
Pulled the switch out of the dash this AM and found the plastic connector shell partially melted and all the terminals in kind of rough shape. I called Clarks and they had a replacement switch that has a pigtail on it, so that is what I ordered. Should be here late next week. My plan is to chop out the old connector and splice in the new pigtail, then reload the new switch. With nice fresh
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11 months ago
Pickle
By the way, that car is a mean coaster wagon. Engine died at about 40 mph and we coasted up and down some shallow hills until about halfway to my home. About a mile total with no power and two 90 degree turns -- lucky on the traffic. We found a shady spot to stop just before two uphills that would have finished us off. JW
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11 months ago
Pickle
Wiggling the ignition switch produced a shutdown and no spark from the coil. Next step, I guess is to pull the ign switch and check it out and/or replace it. Not looking forward to anything under the dash, but oh well. Will probably try in the AM when it's cooler out in the garage. Thanks to all, John
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11 months ago
Pickle
Will do the wiggle connections trick after lunch. The alternator light did come on when the engine shut down (That's the only warning light that works). Electric fuel pump was(is) still running. This MSD unit does not have the blink code LED. Still has the 6000 rpm limiter plug-in. John
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11 months ago
Pickle
Driving our '64 turbo back from lunch yesterday, I pulled away from a stop light and accelerated , up shifted to 2nd and shortly after the engine stopped running. It just ceased to run, no sputtering or other preliminaries. I managed to coast to my residential street and found a nice spot under a shade tree. After some dithering, my brother came with my Honda Odyssey and we towed it back hom
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1 year ago
Pickle
OK, Looks like I'm not alone with this one, thanks guys. Tom, you really have it nailed. BTW, where did you get those pretty wheels?
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1 year ago
Pickle
My 64 has two coil springs in the center of the glove box door on the hinge line. It looks to me like these are intended to cause the door to pop out when the latch is depressed. This would make the door a lot easier to open. On my car there appears to be a piece missing as the springs are just floating and do not have any tension on them. Am I wrong about this? Does anyone know how this i
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1 year ago
Pickle
They were on the car when I bought it, origin unknown to me. John
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1 year ago
Pickle
Thanks folks. My problem with the pix was too many pixels. After cutting down the size it all worked. My bad!!
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1 year ago
Pickle
Couldn't get this to work the first time, so here we go again.
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1 year ago
Pickle
Thanks, Joel Good suggestions. I have some scrap 2x6 I can make pads out of. John
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1 year ago
Pickle
Have a set of four 13 inch wire wheel hubcaps with three ear knock-offs. Very nice condition, no noticeable dents or scratches. Set of four for $400 with shipping at cost. In Atlanta. jwitt at macwitt dot com text to 206 915-8557
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1 year ago
Pickle
Are there preferred ways to use a floor jack on a Corvair? I'd like to be able to jack up one end at a time using a floor jack. For instance at the rear, placing the jack pad under the diff case and raising the two rear wheels at once. In the front, perhaps on the crossmember to raise the two fronts together. Any suggestions or advice are appreciated. Further, is it ok to put jackstands
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1 year ago
Pickle
Thanks for the suggestions. I have a 18" prybar that ended up doing the trick. As mentioned, prying in toward the center flexs the cover just enough to start slipping out of the rim. The first one took a few minutes of fiddling, then the others took about 2 minutes apiece, with no dents or dangers. You guys are great, thanks for taking the time to offer advice. John
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1 year ago
Pickle
I have yet another question about taking things apart. My car came with the nice wire wheel covers with three ear knockoff hubs. I cannot get these covers to budge. I've put enough pressure on a pry bar to feel that I am on the point of denting the rim edge of the wheel cover. This makes me feel as though I am missing something. The knock offs spin in the rim, but don't appear to
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1 year ago
Pickle
Thanks folks, I've now tried some of these suggestions with no luck, so next will hit the local auto store for the special tool. I appreciate the response. John
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1 year ago
Pickle
Anyone have a tip for removing the wiper arms. I can see the little spring tab, but can't seem to get the arm to lift without endangering the body paint around the shaft opening. Is there a special tool for that, known only to the guys in the auto supply? I want to take mine off and paint the chrome flat black. There's a dazzling reflection at the right angle. Thanks, John
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1 year ago
Pickle
OT My wife sent me a link to a Time magazine article about this organization, the Human Driving Association. I found the article and the website interesting and thought that many Corvair enthusiasts might also. Hope no one is offended by my submission of this: Regards to all, John
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1 year ago
Pickle
Wow, thanks folks. I'll start looking for some of these ASAP. Just heard from the transport company that she'll be here Saturday. Gonna be a fun day, my wife is really excited over it. She was a pit steward for Charlie Hayes at one of the Marlboro 12 Hours races back in the day. He was co-driving one of the factory entered Corvairs. Don't remember which year off the top of
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1 year ago
Pickle
Acquiring a '64 Spyder this coming week. Any recommendations for shop manuals and/or other literature? I'm a reasonably competent mechanic, but still like to have the specs and instructions. This car has '64 chassis and '65 turbo engine. Thanks to all
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