<VV> Hard Luck

Dave Keillor dkeillor at tconcepts.com
Thu Jul 20 22:29:39 EDT 2006

>From the symptoms I'd say it's definitely your harmonic balancer!  You
do have one, don't you?  Otherwise, it's certainly the crank --
crankshaft, that is.  :-) 

Dave Keillor

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org] On Behalf Of Smitty Smith
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 8:20 PM
To: virtualvairs at corvair.org
Subject: <VV> Hard Luck

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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