LESSONS LEARNED IN 2009
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Corvair electrical problems, more often than not, are related toground. The relationship is direct. It is usually one of the necessaryelectrical ground being absent!Basic Law of Physics: It does not take application of a whole lot of force to put 2 tons in motion.
The Gray Lady
weighs in at well over 4,000 lbs. When installing the quarter window seals, she was parkedin the garage, in neutral. [N]eutral ain’t [P]ark, let me tell you! As Ibegan to slide the new seal (the
coated one) into the track, thecar began rolling backwards. I was not able to stop it. Believe me, Idid try. I ran to the rear of the car and put my back into it, gripping therear bumper. This did succeed in slowing the rate of vehicle exitsomewhat. However, she came to a halt only after the open door gently leaned up against a floor cabinet. Luckily, no damage wasdone and a neighbor came running, on hearing my screams. He wasable to stabilize the situation by applying the emergency brake.
My latest ‘55 Cadillac accessory is a brand new fire engine wheel chock!
FLAPS: FLAPS is an acronym I picked up on the Corvair Center Fo-rum —www.http://corvaircenter.com/. It is short for “From Local Auto
Parts Supplier.” I am fortunate to have a number of FLAPS nearby.Less than a mile from the Yaros Car Barn is the SE WisconsinNAPA
distribution warehouse. That is a real luxury. I remember theexcitement of coming upon it when scouting out the neighborhoodwhen house shopping. You know you are afflicted with a serious caseof collector car-itis when the nearness of a NAPA
distribution ware-house is a positive in determining whether or not to buy a home!There also was a Checker Auto Parts
store very close by. It is nowan O’Reilly Auto Parts
. The three times I have been there since thechangeover, the staff have proven themselves to be totally ignorantwhen it comes to pre-1985 motor vehicles. Moreover, they exhibit nointerest in trying to be of help. Consequently, the only business theyshall be getting from me from now on is when I drop off my used mo-tor oil for recycling!My question is, are all O’Reilly Auto Parts
stores similarly ineptwhen it comes to serving the classic car trade, or is it just my localproblem? What say you? I invite you to share with our readers your experiences with this derivative of a FLAP.