<VV> FC van choke and Greenbrier weatherstrips.

Hugo Miller hugo at aruncoaches.co.uk
Mon Nov 4 11:08:01 EST 2019

Ok, I tried it upside down and sideways ;) But mine has the word CHOKE 
engraved at the TOP of the instrument panel, but no hole underneath it. 
It does have a small seperate panel underneath the (Spyder) dash, 
containing the wiper switch and a push button that I assume is the 
washer switch. Which is odd because it has no washers!
I will wager a large amount of money that nobody has gone to the 
trouble of hiding any holes that might have been on the front wall of 
the engine bay - I am confident they were never there in the first 
So, assuming the 'spare' dash I have is the one that went with the van, 
it has never had a choke cable or any of the associated linkage. And it 
is a 1961. But I have four carbs with manual chokes!
Clearly it is going to be a lot more trouble to rig up a choke linkage 
than it is to fit carbs with automatic chokes, but I am intrigued to 
know how this state of affairs has arisen in the first place?

On 2019-11-04 17:00, Jim Becker wrote:
> Reread what I just told you.  Then stand on your head and look again.
> -----Original Message----- From: Hugo Miller Sent: Monday, November
> 04, 2019 9:51 AM To: Jim Becker Cc: virtualvairs at corvair.org Subject:
> Re:  FC van choke and Greenbrier weatherstrips.
> The plot thickens! My original dash has the following markings
> engraved; LIGHTS, WIPER, CHOKE, ENGINE (above the warning lamps), 
> then
> the mileometer window,
> LIGHTER, and finally the ignition switch. The odd thing is that there
> is no hole under where it says CHOKE. It is a van dash (I assume) as
> it has an 80mph speedo - the cars would have been higher I presume?
> So of this is the original dash for this van, it has NEVER had a
> manual choke. The absence of any witnes marks from cable fittings in
> the engine bay would seem to bear this out. I bought this as an
> unfinished restoration,so it wasn't running like this. It came with a
> spare pair of carbs, but all four have manual chokes.
> On 2019-11-04 16:13, Jim Becker wrote:
>> The front cable has a bracket that screws to the bottom of the
>> dashboard. The original instrument panel had the word "CHOKE" at the
>> bottom edge above where the knob belongs.  Once the two choke cable
>> sections are removed, very little evidence would remain on the
>> vehicle.  There should still be some holes in the front of the 
>> engine
>> compartment.  But somebody that went to the trouble of installing a
>> Spyder dash may have had the ability to apply some minor body work 
>> to
>> the holes.
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