[V8Vairs] Mechanics and Corvair popularity

Craig Nicol nicolcs at aol.com
Wed Sep 4 20:32:32 EDT 2013

The issue is no longer limited to Corvairs. Anything having points, 
carburetor, and no diagnostic port is tough these days. Yeah, cars with 
this technology are simple if you're schooled-up but this older stuff is 
Greek to modern mechanics.  Remember, points went away 40 years ago and 
they haven't made a car with a carburetor in 25 years.

I write mechanic's training courses and my motto is: I teach new guys 
old stuff and old guys new stuff.  My old car skills are in constant 
demand.  I watched a "Chasing Classic Cars" episode where Wayne visited 
McPherson College of auto restoration; looking for possible recruits.  
One of Wayne's interview questions was to identify a set of points. Most 
of the kids were unable to identify the parts.  You just have to seek 
out the right kind of shop. Making a points and carburetor car run is 
dead simple so if it's Greek to the guy with the screwdriver you're in 
the wrong shop.
Craig Nicol

On 9/4/2013 3:07 PM, moonpie8n at comcast.net wrote:
> 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

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