<VV> Some early questions about an early

Chris & Bill Strickland lechevrier at earthlink.net
Sat May 2 03:32:01 EDT 2009

> you don't want any leakage inside your garage as a spark could cause a disaster.

Meaning automatic electrical equipment, like air compressors. Or a pilot 
light, like a gas water heater or furnace. Or lighting up a smoke. Or 
dropping a "drop" light, duh.

Stillwell gave you good info.  Always check the floor under both ends of 
a Corvair for excessive fuel leaks.  Sixty models do not have much 
evaporative emissions controls on them, so even when they aren't leaky, 
they will give off odors -- I suppose it just depends on whether one 
likes those smells or not -- some folks like to park the car outside 
attached garages until it cools down, and then move it in quickly while 
still cold.  Also, one can put one of those timered bathroom exhaust 
fans, or similar but bigger, in the garage, and turn it on when you 
bring the car in, as long as it is just normal odors and not leakage -- 
gas leaks gotta be found and fixed!  Those old hoses at the top of the 
tank are suspect if it only happens when the tank is full, and the tanks 
themselves can develop little rustout pinholes from inside the tank, 
even when the outside looks good (too many years of condensation inside 
the tank, combined with not being driven is hard on old gas tanks).  Any 
hoses on the fuel system that are not obviously new replacements are 
good candidates to be replaced now -- they "may" be fifty years old.  
And a Sixty doesn't have just the line back to the engine, it has the 
return line to feed the gas heater, unless you have a heater delete car 
from Arid-zona or such.

If your household heating system is in the garage, maybe you need to 
consult with your HVAC guy to make sure it isn't bringing garage odors 
into the house.


Bill Strickland

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