<VV> Any thing else I should check?

Cepak, Tom A tom.a.cepak at lmco.com
Tue Oct 11 11:13:37 EDT 2005


To be honest with you, I'm not sure of anything.  With the new
distributor parts I also purchased Clark's "BEST" TUNE-UP KIT-62-69
mismatched cap and rotor were the problem, it shouldn't be anymore.


-----Original Message-----
From: Harry Yarnell [mailto:hyarnell1 at earthlink.net] 
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 9:53 AM
To: Cepak, Tom A
Subject: Re: <VV> Any thing else I should check?

It's my understanding, NONE of the corvair distributors had lower
The idea was the oil pump would hold the lower end of the shaft, and the
dist. housing bush would hold the upper end.
Since then, someone decided it would be a good idea to install a lower
housing (dist.) bushing. Not sure if that's really necessary.
Not sure why you're having so much trouble with dist failures. Are you
sure the rotor and cap arn't mismatched?
Harry Yarnell
Perryman Garage and Orphanage
hyarnell1 at earthlink.net
----- Original Message -----
From: "Cepak, Tom A" <tom.a.cepak at lmco.com>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 10:12 AM
Subject: <VV> Any thing else I should check?

> First, a lengthy history:
> I drive a '63 Monza convert., 102hp 4-speed.  3 months ago the first 
> distributor on my Corvair self destructed.  The weights came off and 
> everything jammed, shearing the pin that holds the distributor shaft 
> gear. Once removed, I looked down the distributor hole in the case but

> I didn't notice anything wrong, but apparently the brass distributor 
> gear on the crankshaft was damaged.
> I replaced the first distributor with one I bought from a club member 
> (the numbers matched on the housing and the numbers on the weights 
> matched).  The Corvair seemed to be idling well, it ran well, and I 
> didn't notice any unusual vibrations.  I drove it to and from work for

> about 2 months, then the second distributor self-destructed while I 
> was on the highway doing 65 mph.  I found out that day that my Corvair

> really coasts well.  I was able to coast for about 3/4ths of a mile on

> the highway to the next exit, and about another 1/3rd of a mile to get

> into a parking lot.
> On the second distributor, the pin that holds the thrust washer in 
> place sheered, the distributor innards pushed up and jammed under the 
> points plate, and the upwards movement broke the cap.  Once I removed 
> this distributor, I noticed a lot of brass shavings down the hole of 
> the block.  The brass crankshaft gear was pretty chewed up.
> I got a 110hp distributor from a club member, and I noticed something.
> 2 of the 3 distributors have no lower bushing.
> I bought a replacement brass crankshaft gear, a engine gasket set, new

> plugs, ignition wires, a lot of new distributor parts, an oilite 
> bushing, and once I decided it would be very difficult to force the 
> oilite bushing in the housing, I purchased a rebuilt housing with the 
> bushings installed.  Since I was told the 110hp distributor has 
> approximately the same advance curve as the 102hp, I'm using 110hp 
> distributor weights and new springs.
> Hopefully I've made all the needed repairs, and I'm about to install 
> the 3rd distributor.
> Now for the questions:
> Is there ANYTHING else I need to check before I fire this puppy up 
> again?  After it is running, is there anything else I need to watch
> I really appreciate any advice that will keep me from replacing the 
> 3rd distributor.
> Thanks,
> Tom Cepak
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