<VV> resurrecting the 102: first run

James Dallas BEC176 at msn.com
Fri Nov 16 22:04:52 EST 2007

Blaine,  I basically did the same thing after I got my Rampside as it sat in a barn for 27 years.  The difference was I filled the cylinders and let them sit while I replaced all the brake components, cleaned the fuel system, and rebuilt the carbs.  When I fired her up I didn't think it would ever quit smoking, it takes awhile for things to get hot enough all through the exhaust to burn everything out and that ATF will migrate a long way. 

Jim Dallas
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Blaine Sanders<mailto:utvairs at yahoo.com> 
  To: virtualvairs at corvair.org<mailto:virtualvairs at corvair.org> 
  Sent: Friday, November 16, 2007 7:56 PM
  Subject: <VV> resurrecting the 102: first run

  I finally got my fuel lines unplugged today and was able to keep the 102 in my convertible running.  If you recall, this engine sat for 17+ years in dry storage.  I followed the advice that several listers suggested and poured ATF down the plug holes.  I left the plugs out and turned the engine several times by hand.  ATF squirted all over the place, and I'm sure a good deal of it made it into the exhaust.  I only used a 1/2 quart total, but it seemed to be plenty.  

  I installed new plugs and left it alone for a week or so.  I installed my rebuilt carbs and fired it up today.  It runs quite rough (the carbs are not synced at all, and I'm sure that has something to do with it).  Of course it belched out copious amounts of smoke at first.  I let it run for a good 5 or 10 minutes to see if the smoke would clear up, and it never did -- although it did lighten just a bit.  I also thought at first that I had an exhaust leak, but then realized the smoke was coming from the road-draft tube (is that what it's called?).  I also have noisy lifters on both banks.

  1) Should the smoke from the ATF have cleared up after 5 - 10 minutes?
  2) What does smoke from the crankcase indicate?
  3) What's the procedure for quieting the lifters (assuming they're not ruined)? (somebody told me a few weeks ago, but my daughter got on here and somehow permanently deleted most of my inbox).

  Sorry for all the newbie questions... I've been vairless for too many years, and I'm out of tune. :P


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