[V8Vairs] <VV> NOT ME!!!! Bruce needs help in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. area

moonpie8n at comcast.net moonpie8n at comcast.net
Wed Sep 4 18:07:53 EDT 2013

  SO  TRUE !  Mike  in  Michigan.......  My  DAD  was  the  Corvair  repair  specialist  at  Anderson  Chevy  in  Baltimore  , MD.  I  am  a  pretty  far  hand  at  repairing  and  fabricating  parts  as  needed, but , my  DAD  was  such  a  wealth  of  knowledge........ I  think  of  him  many  times  I  am  working  on  the "Vairs"  [He  passed  away  in  2000].  The  little  things  he  looked  for  to  indicate  an  oncoming  problem, and  the "Tricks"  he  knew  to  make  them  run  better . Many  could  have  benefited  from  what  he  knew [not  computer  literate  in  time]. 

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Jacobi" <mvjacobi at comcast.net> 
To: "Matt Nall" <patiomatt at aol.com>, "virtual Vairs" <virtualvairs at corvair.org>, fastvair at yahoogroups.com, v8vairs at corvair.org 
Sent: Wednesday, September 4, 2013 10:08:45 AM 
Subject: Re: [V8Vairs] <VV> NOT ME!!!! Bruce needs help in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl. area 

This illustrates why our hobby with our favorite car will always be limited 
to those who can reliably repair them themselves.   Even if one is enough of 
a mechanic to address minor issues, he still needs access to a hands on 
garage based master who can diagnose problems and provide a cure. 

Many who would love to own one of these cars are forced to back away and opt 
for a water pumper simply because there is no master Corvair mechanic 
available near where they live.  And the ones that are out there are less 
and less able to take on additional work. 

What is the answer?  I don't think its to sneer at such would be owners and 
tell them that they should go away until they can properly turn a wrench. 
I've heard that from folks right here on the net.  Perhaps not in so many 
words but that is the impression many have taken away.  The video tapes that 
have in the past been made available on topics like tuneups and carb 
rebuilding I think, are the best way to address this.  Between videos and 
easily available tech manuals, the would be owner might gain enough 
knowledge to muddle through.  I wonder if the videos are still being made 
available.  If so, GREAT!  If not, maybe a few of us could work on 
reproducing and perhaps making them on any missing subjects.  Maybe an 
inexpensive package of dvds could be sold to new owners, perhaps through one 
of our terrific vendors.  The manuals are of course readily available. 

But until the average guy with a problem he can't solve, can take his car to 
a good garage at least in the same state, the Corvair will continue to be 
undervalued and will eventually be even further marginalized. 

Just sayin' 

Mike in Michigan 

On 9/3/13 4:25 PM, "Matt Nall" <patiomatt at aol.com> wrote: 

> My name is Bruce Ullmer, I have a 1964 Corvair Monza and I'm n need of a 
> mechanic. I had the engine rebuilt and the mechanic that put the engine back 
> cannot get it running. . I cant find a mechanic who can work on the 60's 
> engines. Please Help!!!!! 


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