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Cars > TomHughes’s Garage > Blog > 1961 Chevrolet Corvair (Ringo)

 

Bad Bearing in the '61

By TomHughes

Filed under: 1961 Chevrolet Corvair (Ringo)

Before Ariel left for college, she told me that he '61 was making a rumbling sound and vibrating. The other day, I drove it to work and confirmed something was amiss. With a little diagnosis, I was confident it was a wheel bearing. Starting at the front, I found that the right front wheel had some play. Cleaning off the grease and metal powder from the outer bearing exposed one of the bearing’s cylinder had pitted. All the other parts got thoroughly cleaned and the assembly was put back together with a spare bearing. All’s quiet and smooth now. I dearly love easy fixes.

Attacking the Gas Tank

By TomHughes

Filed under: 1961 Chevrolet Corvair (Ringo)

It's really past time for me to replace the leaking gas tank in the '61 Corvair. Every time my 18 year-old fills the tank she gets a heavy smell of gas. Fortunately, she never has enough money anymore to actually fill the tank so it hasn't been a problem. She'd already prepped a used tank by cleaning the inside and coating the outside with POR-15. A couple days ago, I got out the can of tank sealer and coated the inside surfaces thoroughly Got a bit of a buzz from breathing the fumes even though I had two fans going and the doors and windows opened.

After letting it cure for a couple of days, I installed it. Not a fun job – lying on my back, crap falling into my face, cramped quarters, hoses and fitting needing to be put on in a specific order and at a specific time (and I don’t do it often enough to remember what that sequence is). The tank I pulled out had a couple of pin-holes in the top, which is why you’d only smell gas when the tank was filled.

This Car's Journal Is A Blog

By TomHughes

Filed under: 1961 Chevrolet Corvair (Ringo)

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