<VV> What the Heck are Those Things?

Rich Elwell richelwell at gmail.com
Mon Jul 3 21:47:06 EDT 2006

So how important are they?  I missing the rear ones from the convertible
that I will someday  fix up.  Are they must haves, or nice to haves?  Are
they rare, or pretty easy to come by.


On 7/3/06, Sethracer at aol.com <Sethracer at aol.com> wrote:
> In a message dated 7/3/2006 5:12:29 PM Pacific Standard Time,
> nealj at twcny.rr.com writes:
> After a  short 26-year break in Corvair ownership, I'm back in the game
> with
> a 66  Monza 110 Convertible.  While evicting the squirrels and their  nuts
> from the engine compartment and trunk, I discovered some large  cannisters
> in
> each fender corner, front and back, bolted right in there  like they
> belong.
> Sturdy as they are, they do not seem to actually connect  to anything or
> serve any obvious purpose.  I don't remember these on  my last Corvair - a
> beloved 65 Monza - and could not find them in the shop  manual or parts
> catalog.  Does anybody know what the heck those things  are?
> Thanks,
> John Neal
> They are fluid-filled vibration dampeners. Only Late converts have them,
> along with a few other GM converts. They have a pair of springs locating a
> weight/piston  in the middle with holes through it. When the late model
> Convertible hits a bump, or railroad track or almost any other shock,
> the  dampeners
> help to "dampen out" the motions of both the front and rear of the  car.
> The
> weight tries to stay static and the springs, being connected to the  body
> by
> virtue of being contained in the cannister, try to push the weight up  and
> down,
> the fluid (Not sure what it is but probably ATF) extrudes through
> the  holes in
> the weight, which slows the motion and dampens the movement of the  front
> and
> rear ends. If you ever take them out, grab a hold of one of the  attaching
> brackets and gently bounce the cannister on the concrete. If
> the  vibration
> doesn't cause you to giggle, you're officially old! - Seth  Emerson
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