<VV> Re: Battery area question

airvair airvair at richnet.net
Sun Mar 27 12:00:13 EST 2005

I confess that I'm not into early ones. I was only 14 when they went out 
of production, and wasn't into such detail at that age. But it doesn't 
surprise me.

And no, I've never owned a Cadillac. My car ownership has been limited 
to Chevy, Pontiac, Buick, and VW.


NOSVAIR at aol.com wrote:

>In a message dated 3/27/2005 7:27:27 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
>virtualvairs-request at corvair.org writes:
>>The vented battery caps were STANDARD on ALL '65-9 Corvairs, and meant 
>>to vent battery vapors out of the air stream of the heater. The Corvair, 
>>by virtue of its design, was the only car to use them, and has been 
>>forgotten by every battery maker since. So really, when we don't have 
>>the batteries vented per factory design, we are risking whatever made 
>>the engineers design the venting system in the first place. Oddly 
>>enough, early Corvairs don't use a venting system, so my guess is that 
>>the system was just overkill. Particularly since few of us anymore make 
>>much use of the heater anyway.
>  Mark,
>  Battery venting was first introduced on Corvairs in '64...or maybe '63.  
>Shown in the '64 assembly manual and using the same 3 gang vent caps, 2 hoses 
>ran rearward and exited the engine compartment through a hole in the rear panel 
>of the battery box.  They are rarely are seen on Corvairs these days because 
>the vent cap configuration doesn't fit on many non-Delco type 53 batteries 
>(different spacing).
>  As for the venting practice being forgotten, I thought you owned a Cadillac 
>Alante?  Delco made (and still makes) their maintenance free design batteries 
>with small rectangular vent tubes so outside venting hoses could be attached. 
> In the case of the Alante, it's battery location inside the passenger 
>compartment made venting rather important.
>Bruce Webster 
>'60 569
>'61 727
>'64 927

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