<VV> Mower Problem

roboman91324 at aol.com roboman91324 at aol.com
Sat Feb 15 12:38:32 EST 2020


I don't know the size and shape of an Avenger fuel tank but whatever the configuration, even a minor vacuum level can exert a tremendous force.  Just one square foot of flat surface has 144 square inches.  If you have a mere 1 pound per square Inch of vacuum in the tank, you have an effective 144 pounds pushing in on that flat surface.  It is like having a man standing on the tank.  If the flat area is larger and/or there is more vacuum, the forces add up quickly.  A perfectly round sphere would hold up to pressure or vacuum much better but that configuration would be difficult to fit in a nook inside the car.
In a message dated 2/15/2020 9:00:19 AM Pacific Standard Time, virtualvairs-request at corvair.org writes:

Message: 1Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:09:32 +0000From: David Neale <david.neale3 at ntlworld.com>To: virtualvairs <virtualvairs at corvair.org>Subject: <VV> Mower problemMessage-ID: <wrku8yy22jiq6my9bnn9u5s7.1581707372386 at email.android.com>Content-Type: text/plain; charset=utf-8
A friend, years ago, had a Hillman Avenger, ( sold, I think, in small numbers! in the US as the Sunbeam Avenger ). He had the same problem with that car, resulting in the total collapse of the fuel tank. Incredible that the fuel pump could develop enough vacuum to do that.
David B. Neale  Leicestershire, England.

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