<VV> Hard Luck

norman.witte at comcast.net norman.witte at comcast.net
Thu Jul 20 22:17:40 EDT 2006

Smitty, I am sorry to hear about your problems.  I guess you really took the whole rear engine to the extreme.  

Too bad about the car but I am looking forward to seeing you in NY.  

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From: Smitty Smith <vairologist at verizon.net> 

> Smitty Says: Sometimes there is hard luck and sometimes there is the other 
> kind. Worse luck!! Took off for Nelson Ledges this morning with Spike on the 
> tow bar. Got 250 miles down the road, crusing along about 65 and heard this 
> whap whap sound. Nothing I had ever heard before. I backed off the throttle a 
> bit to see if it made a difference and the engine went from 3000 RPM to zero RPM 
> in about a quarter of a second. This was accompanyed by a big bang noise and 
> then a whole lot of silence. I looked and didn't see any rods sticking out of 
> the top of the fan housing so I assume it was the Pertronix going bad or the 
> electric fuel pump. I know it wasn't the valves because I adjusted them cold. 
> Anyway the answer seemed to be to get it back home. I climbed into Spike and 
> fired him up. Helen steered the wagon while I provided the motive power. We 
> are back home. This will be the first convention since 1980 that I didn't drive 
> a Corvair but I will see you there. 
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