<VV> smokey heat

Ray Rodriguez reray at echoes.net
Thu Nov 8 18:56:40 EST 2007

I would have to say its oil burning off.... but how the heck could I tell if 
there was exhaust mixed in (besides feeling very sleepy).  Valve covers 
sound like a very good possibility, I'll clean the shrouds and re-gasket the 
valve covers.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "J R Read_HML" <hmlinc at sbcglobal.net>
To: "Ray Rodriguez" <reray at echoes.net>; <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2007 6:35 PM
Subject: Re: <VV> smokey heat

> Smokey Heat...  oil burning off from a leak someplace or exhaust fumes? 
> Tell us which and we can tell you the likely sources.  The O rings are 
> likely fine.
> TorConv....   Common for the torque converter to leak down during a 
> non-use period.  The tranny gets full to the top and the leak is usually 
> from the (split/damaged) rubber cover on the shift cable just before the 
> entry point to the tranny (which is near the top).  Clean and inspect.  If 
> there is a split, you can "fix" it with a length of hose, lots of RTV and 
> 3 or 4 hose clamps.  The more modern version is shrink rap tape.  If it is 
> really driven daily, you may not experience the leak even without the fix 
> until it gets parked again for a few days.
> Later, JR
> '61 Rampside Standard 4/110
> '65 Monza Convertible 4/140
> '66 beater 500 Coupe "icemobile" 4/140 (50%)
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Ray Rodriguez" <reray at echoes.net>
> I replaced the rotted heater hoses and now things are nice and toasty but 
> very smokey!  After driving the car for 15 minutes then parking and 
> letting it idle for a minute I opened the door and it was like something 
> out of a cheech and chong movie!!! <ggg>
> My first step will be to remove and clean the lower shrouds.  This car 
> already has viton o-rings but they are old....
>     Lastly, I read a while back something about Powerglides losing 
> fluid... something about the torque converter leaking down etc..... what 
> was that? This powerglide leaked out a lot of its fluid while it was 
> unused.
> Ray Rodriguez III
> CORSA member
> 65' Corsa 140/4 coupe undergoing restification
> 65' Monza 110/PG coupe daily driver
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