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7 months ago
RJM3
Well... he didn't. Sadly the old girl is just sitting, waiting for me to hire someone who really knows something about the engine. And, now that it is getting cold in the greater northeast, she will be waiting for spring. Yet another piece of driveway art cluttering up my life...
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11 months ago
RJM3
Thanks, tried scratching and apparently the teflon is still there, so this is a dead end. Back to the drawing board. :(
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11 months ago
RJM3
If you know, take a peek at this and confirm that it is gone. I have been hunting down a mysterious engine noise and rough running issue with no luck-remember that this is an estate car with no history. A friend suggested that it could be fuel pump related, so I pulled the pump today. The pump appears to be newish. I pulled it apart and everything looks fresh inside. I checked the diaphragm a
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1 year ago
RJM3
OK, as a break from the poor running diagnosing, I decided to do a "fun" project, and that was to "hack" the AM radio. First problem, the speaker was blown so a replacement was needed. A trip to Pep Boys sourced a nice 6X9 with a plastic cone and a much bigger magnet. With a little ingenuity and a piece of flat aluminum bar stock I was able to fashion a mounting bar to replace the stock see-saw/s
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1 year ago
RJM3
Richard, they really don't want you buying cars outside of Bolivia...
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1 year ago
RJM3
My favorite wagon, our 1956 Ford Country Sedan. My dad and I picked it up from the Ford dealer in anticipation of taking it with us as we were heading overseas. I remember that it had the optional T-Bird engine and the "cowhide brand" upholstery. Lat year while visiting my sister in San Antonio, I found "our" car in a museum. It was the correct color, had the correct upholstery and it even had th
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1 year ago
RJM3
Beautiful! Dayton did a great job! Nothing says the sixties like a nice set of wires and white wall tires!
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1 year ago
RJM3
Music. I am an old rock and roll'er! Like my cars, I collect guitars. Partial list: Rickenbacker 360-6 ('71) Rickenbacker 360-12 ('97) Framus Strato Super 6 ('65) Hagstrom F200 ('10) Danelectro/Coral Longhorn custom baritone (mixed years-body '68, neck, etc.'10) Framus Strato Star Bass ('65) Fender P-Bass ('06)
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1 year ago
RJM3
So my question is: If you own a pre-64 'Vair, what-if any- modifications have you made to the suspension? Do you simply drive your cars as built? If so, do you use radial tires/larger rims or stick with the bias-ply 13 inchers? Given that today's tire technology is light-years ahead of 1960 and has been called the "single most important improvement in handling", what is your experienc
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1 year ago
RJM3
Ok my bad....
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1 year ago
RJM3
A recent, rather extended conversation about Nadir and his seminal book and its effect caused me to pop down to my local library and check it out. It, along with "Silent Spring" and "The American Way of Death" were the must-reads of my late teens along with my other friends. It's safe to say that so much time has lapsed that I only have vague memories of these books. I was actually rather surpris
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1 year ago
RJM3
Thanks for the video, Dave. I will go back and double-check the valve adjustments this week once I get the time. I hope that you are right and that I am just misunderstanding something here.
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1 year ago
RJM3
Matt, you're right, I need better eyes/ears on this. I had someone not familiar with Corvairs look at it and he just scratched his head...
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1 year ago
RJM3
Yes, Dave, I did look at the lifters and the cam lobes. To my eye, the look fine. The lifters show wear, but when I showed some to the mechanic who works on our company's trucks and he thought that they look normal for 90k miles. I've just re adjusted the lifters again with no change in noise level. One of the things that I noticed was that after I adjusted each side as per the manual and started
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1 year ago
RJM3
Ok, so I've uploaded a video of the latest "running" of the Corsa. I started the video just after I got the car started. I videoed the tach so that you can see/hear it surge/drop/surge, etc., on its own before going to the engine bay. Yes, I know the glass packs don't help hear it, but can hear how noisy the engine is and see how rough (shaking) it runs...until it finally dies on its own. Oh, I a
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1 year ago
RJM3
Thanks. I used the distributor info when I pulled the dist. to check it out. Carbs, well, can't get it to idle below 800 so fine-tuning them is a no-go right now. I did spend yesterday setting the carbs up statically up using the factory manual. I have a few more things to go over/try before I call it quits for this weekend.
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1 year ago
RJM3
I've looked at your page but I am unsure which Tech tips you are referring to.
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1 year ago
RJM3
My sentiments are that the market didn't catch up to the LM Corvair's light-years-ahead thinking until... the Honda Civic Si. The concept of the hot hatchback, i.e. quick, great handling, passenger-friendly and reasonably priced was pioneered by the Corvair. It's great to see a then-contemporary magazine's review point out all of the positives. We tend to forget that the 70-80's were pretty much
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1 year ago
RJM3
Well, getting it to idle any length of time is not possible, but for the moments that I can get it to idle at around 800 rpm I get 30 lbs/psi.
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1 year ago
RJM3
The top conversion looks great, it has the lines of a factory job. I would be interested to see just how well the top was engineered. Fortunately the no-post door design lends itself readily to this. As far as the rest of the stuff goes, it would have to be de-uglyfied. But, I could see it as a worthy project to take on. What's the asking price?
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1 year ago
RJM3
Ohhh... I'll take the Impala drop top! Unfortunately my parents opted for the dark grey Brookwood that year :(
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1 year ago
RJM3
Ok, so today it was back to the Corvair after a trip to Harbor Freight for an oil pressure tester kit. Installed the same and I am coming up with oil pressure readings that vary between 40-50 lbs/psi, depending on engine speed from about 2k up. The manual says that the pressure switch should regulate the oil pressure at 35 lbs/psi. How does this stack up? Too high?
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1 year ago
RJM3
Nice car! Love that it is rust-free, too bad it isn't on the east coast... You didn't say what you wanted for it.
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1 year ago
RJM3
And no, Bob C, I am not being pigheaded about this. Checking the oil pressure is on the list, but given that I've spent Friday night, most of Saturday and Sunday doing the lifter change out, I've not gotten around to that yet and no, I was not going to stop in the middle of this job to start a new one. Removing the lifters, which look like the original ones, turned out to be a long process of
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1 year ago
RJM3
Thanks for the suggestions. Yes, I've checked the harmonic balancer and the marks line up like they are supposed to do. When I first got the car, the first thing that I did was drop the pan. There was lead in the bottom (from leaded gas) but nothing else. No broken bits and overall the oil wasn't in bad shape. It was old but not burnt-smelling. It was fairly thick so one of the first things that
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1 year ago
RJM3
It was a rant... maybe I'll feel better about this tomorrow. Today, not so. As far as paperwork goes, I don't know anything of the car's engine history. Was it ever out? Innards fooled with? Yo no se. The engine is an unknown, but given that the rest of the car was fooled with, I have no guidelines here. Yes, I know about overlooking the dumb, stupid things, but for as many times that I have puzz
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1 year ago
RJM3
Ohhhhh! That one has the optional bullet fender turn signal indicators! Nice find!
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1 year ago
RJM3
Rant on: Ok, this car is officially whipping my butt. After a loong and frustrating weekend it runs exactly the same. I temporarily changed out all of the lifters just to make sure that they are not the issue. And while they show wear, none were really bad-just the sort of wear you would expect from a 90k engine. I check, double checked and then checked my work again. She starts, she runs roug
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1 year ago
RJM3
OK, my goal this weekend is to pull and inspect all of the lifters. I've started on the 1-3-5 side and so far have pulled, inspected and re-inserted the #1 lifters. One thing that I am noticing is that in comparison to the new lifters which I bought but have not used-except briefly in the #6 cylinder where I had a bent push rod-is that the lifters cannot be compressed. As suggested I tried to pus
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1 year ago
RJM3
OK, as my last ditch attempt to solve the noisy lifter/poor running problem before yanking the engine, I've decided to pull each of the lifters out and examine the entire valve train-or what of it I can from here. Starting on the #1 cyl, I've pulled the lifters and examine them for unusual wear, etc. The surface of the lifters look just fine, with no appreciable wear, as you can see in the pic. W
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