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Car Collector Chronicles 11-09

Car Collector Chronicles 11-09

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Published by Dave Yaros
Nov. edition (11/2009, 5 pps.) of Car Collector Chronicles; a free, monthly, online, ad free newsletter for the classic/collector car enthusiast.

ARTICLES: Winter Storage, Lessons Learned, Year 1 in Review.

PHOTOS: Cadillac, Corvair
Nov. edition (11/2009, 5 pps.) of Car Collector Chronicles; a free, monthly, online, ad free newsletter for the classic/collector car enthusiast.

ARTICLES: Winter Storage, Lessons Learned, Year 1 in Review.

PHOTOS: Cadillac, Corvair

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Volume II, Issue 11
To keep unwanted beasties frominvading, place a plastic drinking cupover each tailpipe. Placing mothballsin/around the car cannot hurt either.Cover the car. You use a blanketin winter, don’t you? Your preciousride should have one too. Before
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 By now you have retired, orcertainly are getting ready tobed down, your classic ride fora long winter nap. What stepsyou should take are dependenton where the ride is stored. Isit in a heated garage? Is it on oroff-site? Do you have access toyour car 24/7, limited access byspecial arrangement, or only torevive and retrieve her? I storecars both on and off-site., with24/7 access to all. My scenariois the same in both situations.Change the oil and filter be-fore putting her away. Thatway, when she fires up again sheis pumping fresh, clean oil.Check all fluid levels beforeputting the ride to bed; espe-cially the anti-freeze and w/shield washer fluid. You wanther to be ready to go comespring, not exhibiting problemscaused by freezing fluids. Do fillthe tank and Stabil™ize the gas.Now, be sure the car is clean,inside and out. Give it a finalwash and wax.Also make sure your storagearea is clean. If need be, sweepor vacuum it out! Before park-ing the car, tape/secure a sheetof plastic film on the garagefloor/ground, to form a vaporbarrier between the ground andthe undercarriage.Air the tires and, if possible,get the wheels off the groundvia jack stands.If your ride is a convertible,put the top up and latch it. Theworst thing you could do isleave it compressed all winter! Irecommend cracking the win-dows just a hair on every car, torelax the weather stripping.The same principle applieswith regard to the brakes.Leave the emergency brake off.Place the car in gear, or [P]ark,and chock a wheel if the car isnot elevated.
 A Long Winter Nap
GDYNets
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on the Web
WHERE YOU WILL FINDGDYNets (me) on the WWW:Dave’s Den - http://GDYNets.WEBNG.comSaved 62 - http://www.freewebs.com/ jeandaveyarosThe Gray Lady-55 Cad de VilleCar Collector Chronicles-scribd
 
DAVE’S DEN:
A websitedevoted to a myriad of inter-ests. Foremost is extensiveinformation on the “Steel City”of Gary, IN. There are alsoofferings on steel making, U.S.Steel-Gary Works, U.S. MarineCorps, M14 assault rifle, of course Oldsmobile, and thetragic story of the murder of Gary, IN Police Lt. Geo. Yaros.
SAVED 62:
A website de-voted to our 1962 OldsmobileDynamic 88 convertible. Thesite also has a lot of informationon Oldsmobiles and its founder,Ransom Eli Olds.
THE GRAY LADY:
Thiswebsite features our 1955Cadillac Coupé de Ville andCaddy information.
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 PUBLICATION© 2009, G. DAVIDYAROS. ALLRIGHTS RESERVED.
November 2009Car Collector Chronicles
Car Collector Chronicles 
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Exploring:
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Car collecting today
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Classic rides
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Reports from the field
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Oldsmobile
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Cadillac
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Corvair
IN THIS ISSUE:
A Long WinterNap
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GDYNets
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 On the Web
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Classic Car Pics
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Coming NextIssue
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covering the car, take out the battery and bring it home. You do havea trickle charger you can use to keep the battery fully charged over winter, ready to go, right?Sharing storage space? Lock the car. Run a cable through thecover grommets, and lock it on. Return home and rest easy, knowingall is well with your pride and joy.
 LESSONS LEARNED IN 2009
Like you I am sure, I find every day/month/year of owning, maintain-ing and operating a classic ride is a learning experience from which Icontinue to be educated. Here are a few of the lessons I was taughtin 2009.Inch Pounds of Torque: 100 inch pounds of torque is equal to8.333333333 ft. lbs. Conversely, 1 foot pound of torque equals 12 in.lbs. How/why do I now know that? 100 inch lbs. is the torque spec for tightening the front wheel bearings on a 1963 Corvair. While I dohave an inch pound torque wrench, it only goes up to 80. Conse-quently, I had to resort to the foot pound torque wrench. Doing so re-quired the conversion to get it close to spec.Corvair Brake Drums: So why was I fooling around with the frontwheel bearing at all? Only because removal of the front brake drumson a Corvair also requires taking off the spindle (castle) nut. Another Corvair quirk is that to manually adjust the brakes, the wheels must beremoved. This is because the brake adjustment access hole is on thefront side of the drum itself, instead of on the drum backing plate, asfound on 99.4% of all cars.
STP 
®
makes a great lubricant when installing window quarter seals.This summer I had the occasion to replace the quarter window sealson
The Gray Lady
. With the first, I greased the seal and track liberallyprior to installation. Literally over an hour later, the seal was finally inplace. It moved all of .0625 inches (do the math!) at a time, evenwhen pushed with all the physical effort I could muster. That con-vinced me there had to be a better way, which led to the use of 
STP 
®
.When I did so, I was able to install the seal in less than a minute withminimum effort! Live and learn.Corvair Electrical Problems: This is one you can take to the bank. If you own a Corvair, you are going to encounter electrical problems.
 
A Long Winter Nap —Continued
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“I find every day/month/year of owning,maintaining and operating aclassic ride is alearning experience … .” 
 
 LESSONS LEARNED IN 2009
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Continued from p. 2
 
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
STP 
®
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.
 
“[N]eutral ain’t[P]ark, let metell you!” 
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