<VV> Drip Drip on our feet

Ron ronh at owt.com
Thu Jun 3 02:00:33 EDT 2010

Corvairs came from the factory with up to half an inch of lead on the body, 
at least according to a local body shop.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tony Underwood" <tony.underwood at cox.net>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 02, 2010 10:48 PM
Subject: Re: <VV> Drip Drip on our feet

> At 02:05 AM 6/2/2010, J R Read_HML wrote:
>>That is a reminder of the free LM Corvair I went to get.  The weeds
>>were over a foot tall and it was sunk so deep into the soft field
>>soil (former farm land) that pretty much everything below the body
>>crease was gone - including the engine.  There was no way to jack it
>>up since there was nothing to support a jack.  I saved a few pieces
>>of trim, the wiper arms, and the windshield.  Did I mention it was a
>>convert - and in that field for MANY years?
> A club member about 50 miles from here had a 'Vair junkyard... some
> not junk, some barely parts cars.
> One early that had been sitting there a LONG time was so rusted out
> underneath that when he tried to pull it out of the muck with a
> tractor the car broke in half, with only the roof holding the
> remnants of the front half to the back half.  .
>>The upper windshield trim had slid down to the wiper arms and after
>>picking those parts off (absolutely no tools involved), I simply
>>picked up the windshield.  This was after chasing away several
>>snakes which had claimed residence.  There were two Vairs in that
>>field.  I never went back!
>>Regarding the drip - drip:  Do you see Bondo at the corner (maybe
>>both) of the windshield base?
> I always cut any bondo out.    Likewise ANY lead.   Then I make
> repair patches that eliminate that joint and its issues once and for all.
>>If so, the only REAL way to fix the problem is with a patch panel
>>from one of our major vendors.
> ...or from my templates that I keep in the shed.    ;)
>>You will need to know or have a friend who knows how to do the
>>appropriate body work.
> I've done about a dozen or so.   None leak... (last ones I did were
> on David's race car)
>>Oh - the original note did not specify body style.  I'm assuming - not a 
> The preacher's car rustbucket was a '65 Monza sedan.   That's the one
> that leaked from the roof as well as everywhere else, lifted the
> windshield out without any prep at all.
>>Second Oh - Water resistant foam will not stop rust (which never
>>sleeps). That "fix" is not permanent.
> As I said before in the first post, rustproofing is done first.  In
> this instance, big time cleanup then two heavy coats of Rustoleum on
> anything that looks like it needs it.   Then, to block any potential
> water entry opportunities, comes the foam which is also painted
> afterwards.    Under the dash and between the air intake channel and
> that windshield panel, where that gap-seam lives, there's not a lot
> you can do otherwise...
> This, after replacing that trouble-maker lower windshield panel which
> is NOT an easy repair no matter how good you are, especially if
> Nature had already been there before you.   Done it twice, once on
> the '65 Corsa ragtop and once on another guy's 'Vair.   I had to do
> some hammer/dolly and selective shrinking work to warp the panel into
> correctly fitting the car.
> I'm not complaining now, about the panel not fitting exactly right
> thus needing corrections... I'm thankful the aftermarket replacement
> exists at all.
> tony..
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