<VV> FC Engines - Harmonic Balancer or not?
Chris & Bill Strickland
lechevrier at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 18 14:48:32 EDT 2006
Although some will say this is heresy, maybe they are all off to
I prefer the solid cast pulleys on a Corvair engine -- the design of the
balancers is faulty and the stamped steel pulleys are not much better.
On the balancer the pulley groove is in the rubber mounted part, and
even when it is frequently inspected, the Lord only knows when it is
going to fail, and with the a/c you are going to be increasing the load
from the alternator.
Now the harmonic balancer IS a good idea, and they work -- it is just
that on a Corvair, which has a much higher likelihood of balancer
failure than say a 350 V-8 due to the poor design, when that balancer
fails, it takes out the oil filter, and then also very likely, you are
looking a broken crank. When this happens away from home with a family
driver, it becomes rather inconvenient. Them racer boys have a trailer
and other transportation, so when it breaks, they aren't stranded, so
don't listen to them. Many of the show car guys don't drive in places
where cell phones don't work. But if this happens say out near
Wagontire, Oregon, on your way from Klamath Falls to Boise, whatcha
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