<VV> Space Saver Spare for Early Model
RoboMan91324 at aol.com
RoboMan91324 at aol.com
Sun Oct 5 14:15:22 EDT 2014
>From your original post, I assumed you were looking for a spare that
closely approximated our stock wheel's diameter. I agree that the intent of
"space-savers" is to save space and weight and if you have even less space in
your trunk than a normal Corvair, a space-saver can have value if you can
live with a smaller diameter. My assumption that you were looking for a
wheel of similar diameter must have been incorrect. This is why I asked if I
was missing something.
Bill pointed out that the Econo-Run folks have a use for these. Most
standard tires have a flattened road/tire surface for maximum contact and
friction. The over-inflated round profile of the space-savers would minimize
contact and save some small amount of fuel in that application. However, in
that event, the cars move at a snail's pace which minimizes the danger of
I have always considered the space-saver tires to be a dangerous solution
to minor issues on modern cars. I have seen people driving with these
things on their cars at highway speeds. As I do not want to be involved in a
multi car pile-up, I avoid them on the highway. On this venue, I think it
should be stressed that as dangerous as these tires are on the cars for which
they were designed, the danger is multiplied on our Corvairs. If we know
nothing else about the handling of our cars, we know that they are very
sensitive to tire issues in a very bad way. With these wheels, never, never,
never drive at high speeds even if you are going to miss that job
interview. Taking a corner at anything higher than Granny speeds is just begging
to reinforce the bad reputation Ralphie sought to give us.
Keep the shiny side up,
PS: To you and all who share their Corvair related investigations and
experiences, thanks. As you imply, not everyone will have an interest in a
particular post but some may.
In a message dated 10/5/2014 9:00:09 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
virtualvairs-request at corvair.org writes:
Date: Sun, 5 Oct 2014 10:15:35 -0500
From: "Mike McGowan" <mcvair at sbcglobal.net>
To: <RoboMan91324 at aol.com>, <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Subject: Re: <VV> Space Saver Spare for Early Model
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Doc, I did this for myself and thought I would share my findings with the
community. If no one else is interested then you can disregard it. I am
using it for a Devin-Corvair which weighs 1400 pounds and has very limited
carrying space. So both the weight and size are important to me. I am
adapting an aluminum jack for the same reason.
As for the unsafety at speed, these spares are meant to go slowly and
carefully to a place of repair. You are not supposed to commute on the freeway
while waiting for tires to go on sale. Modern tires seldom go flat, so a
spare is unlikely to be used but reassuring to have.
When I last drove my air conditioned 1966 Monza 4-door, I tried both
styles of spares, the collapse/reflate and the skinny donut. The luggage
compartment as you know is irregularly shaped, and the stock spare is large and
mounts at an angle which wastes a lot of that space. Especially if you do
not have Positraction and can use a smaller than stock diameter, you may
find that a space-saver fits in to allow a lot more usable space.
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