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Lowcountry Corvair Association CORSA Chapter 294
Charleston, South Carolina
So, who has the new car?
Board of Directors
Lisa M. Wood
Inside this issue:
Club Members Cars
Fun Stuff and Events
More Fun Stuff
Frank & Arlene’s care at the Gailliard
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Secrataries Report——Meeting Minutes—-January 2010
Lowcountry Corvair Association Meeting Minutes from January 14, 2010 meeting.
President Joel Swaney brought the meeting to order at 7:30 pm on January 14, 2010, at Perkins.
MINUTES: There were no minutes for December. November’s minutes were printed in December’s Newsletter and
accepted as printed in the Newsletter.
TREASURER’S REPORT: Report was made by the Treasurer, Paul Broyles, and was approved as presented. Paul
suggested it was time for the Board of Directors to do an audit of the Association’s records.
MEMBERSHIP REPORT: Delivered by Donn Pittman on behalf of Fran Pittman. There are four unpaid membership
renewals. Second notices have been mailed. If you have not sent in your dues, please do so now. Donn spoke to new
potential member that lives in Moncks Corner and has a 65’ Corvair.
CORRESPONDENCE: Frank Lux put all of the correspondence on the silent auction table to be read and perused by
the club. Frank also has applications for the Spring Warm Up in Myrtle Beach and show in Helen, GA.
UPCOMING CAR SHOWS: (1) Spring Warm-Up in Myrtle Beach sponsored by the Central Carolina Corsa March
12-14. Jerry Brown reported that if you have a 60’ Corvair, your registration will be free. He also advised that if you
were going to go, please make reservations as soon as possible. (2) Helen, GA April 23-24. Frank Lux has applications
should you need one. (3) Winter Warm-Up at the Gaillard in Charleston February 6. Motion was made by Raymond
Pease to sponsor two cars for the show. Joel seconded and all were in favor. Frank Lux and Rick Wood will put their
cars in the show. Jim Cleese and Paul Broyles are also putting their cars in the show.
OLD BUSINESS: (1) Paul Broyles received a questionnaire from the Grande Shores in Myrtle Beach regarding
whether the Club had any complaints during their stay at Christmas. There were no complaints from the Club.
NEW BUSINESS: (1) Discussion regarding Corsa’s emails proposing that every member of a club be required to be a
member of Corsa or whether it should be optional. It was the consensus of the Club that each member should be encouraged to join Corsa, but it should not be made mandatory. (2) Jim is trying to put together an outing for the Club that
does not interfere with any upcoming car shows. It was decided that we would try again in May for our trip to Blackville. (3) Much discussion regarding the Club’s website and its cost. Motion was made, seconded and passed that the
Club pay for the existing website through March and then cancel. Rick Wood will take over the website and the cost
should be about $56 per year.
TECHNICAL SESSION: No tech session scheduled for January.
GOOD OF THE CLUB: (1) Lisa Wood is doing an excellent job on the Newsletter. If you have anything you would
like included in the Newsletter, please send to Lisa by the 25 th of the month at [email protected] (2) There is an
autocross January 31 at Summerville High School. (3) Jerry Brown wrote a great article that was published in the Corsa
Communiqué. (4) When we get Charlie’s new address in Afghanistan we will publish it. (5) Delores Pease won the
Don Pittman adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m.
Tenna Goodyear, Secretary
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FEBRUARY 2010 MEETING
The next meeting of the Lowcountry Corvair Association (LCA) will be held at the Perkins Restaurant located
at 7451 Rivers Avenue in North Charleston on Thursday, February 11th at 7:30pm. Please bring your items
for the silent auction. Any submissions for the newsletter is appreciated.
Corvair Society of America (CORSA)
Corvair Ranch, Inc.
Larry’s Corvair Parts
Rafee Corvair Specialist
Clark’s Corvair Parts
Corvair Underground, Inc.
The Vair Shop
A nice 1965 Corvair Convertible
located in Lexington, SC, 140 hp
engine 4 speed. No rust, good
rubber and about 87,000 miles. If
interested, call Tom Comerford at
(803) 892-3936 or E-mail him at:
[email protected]net for
1965 Corsa. 2-door coupe Mist
Blue, white interior, 140hp will
trade for automatic with air of
equal value or $6,500.00 OBO
Call: 843-200-7444 or 843-5711626
1964 Corvair Monza Red convertible -Monza on side emblem
110 on rear deck,
Automatic $3,000.00 OBO New top
put on about 6 years ago and keep a
cover on it.
Call: Arlene 423-213-5025
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LCA members show how it is done at the Gillard!
18th-20th Run to the Sun, Myrtle Beach, Car and Truck Show. (www.streetrodders.com)
27th ECCI: East Cooper Cruise-In, Andolini’s Mount Pleasant, 5pm-7pm
10th SCCA: Autocross, North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, registration 7:30am,
24th ECCI: East Cooper Cruise-In, Andolini’s Mount Pleasant, 5pm-7pm
Central Carolina CORSA
March 12, 13 & 14th, 2010
If you haven’t made plans to attend this event on March 12, 13, 14th sponsored by Central Carolina CORSA,
think seriously about doing it now. Fran and I always look forward to this event and are so appreciative of the hard work
that CCC does to put it together. It is important that Lowcountry Corvair members participate and we certainly have a
lot of good looking Corvairs add to the field.
If you are like ourselves, we really don’t need a lot of stuff. So we are considering the weekend at Myrtle Beach
as one of the Christmas presents.
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Tech Tip of the Month
Synthetic Oil vs. Petroleum Oil
From Boise Basin Corvair Club
March 2009 Newsletter
There has been a lot of controversy of synthetic vs. petroleum oils. Let’s look at some of the advantages vs.
disadvantages. Synthetic oil has a higher boiling point over petroleum-based oils. Synthetic oil has better suspending agents than
petroleum. Synthetic oil is quicker to release heat than petroleum. Synthetic oil will not break down under severe heat like petroleum will. The viscosity will remain the same over a longer period. Petroleum based oil will loose this package and turn real thin and
loose it’s lubricating properties. Synthetic oil will not sludge up your engine like petroleum will. Synthetic oil sticks to sliding metal
parts better than petroleum. Synthetic oil has a lower dew point than petroleum. This means that synthetic oil will not foam up in the
winter like petroleum will. It will help keep water from compensating inside the crankcase when the engine is shut down and it starts
to cool off. Synthetic oil will have a longer service life than petroleum will. Means fewer oil changes over a years
period. Synthetic oil has a higher flash point over petroleum oil. This means that it will not catch fire as easily as petroleum based
oil. The down side to this is that if you do have an oil leak you know about it real quick. As it stinks when it starts to burn.
About the only disadvantage synthetic has is it’s cost over petroleum oils, and it seeds out over time. When synthetic oil sits in your
crankcase for a long period of time it tends to drop all the metal and dirt to the bottom of the pan. As the engine is restarted these
contaminates tend to stay at the bottom of the pan and are not picked back up and recycled back into the engine. This helps keep the
oil cleaner and further reduces the oil change interval. Another disadvantage of synthetic is that it will leak when petroleum will not.
This is because of the finer molecular structure of the synthetic oils. So you need to keep all your seals in good condition. If you
notice any leaks starting after you put the synthetic oil in, a good idea will be to get them fixed. For my money I will keep using the
synthetic oil in all my engines. I like the Mobil 1 15w-50 the best. As it will give you a larger temperature range over other grades.
And I get to change my oil only once or twice a year. It is still your choice of what you use in your engines.
Alternator or Battery?
Rocky Mountain Corsa
January 2010 Newsletter
If your car needs a ‘jump’ to get the starter going the question becomes is the battery bad or is the charging system
bad or is there a battery drain (short circuit). First let’s assemble a couple of handy tools to help with basic automotive electrical problems. A digital VOM (volt/ohm meter) will show DC voltage as well as resistance and continuity
readings. Also a 12V test light, a tool resembling an ice pick with a ground wire attached and a bulb inside will find
much use checking to see if a certain wire has voltage. Also a couple of jumper wires 3’ or so long with alligator
clips on the ends are handy. Now let’s get started. First thing to check is the actual voltage in the battery using the
VOM. Look at last month’s installment to get ideas of correct voltage readings. If voltage is low it must be determined if the charging system is failing or if there is a battery drain. The easiest way to check battery drain
(although you need a charged battery) goes like this: Unhook the ground cable from the battery. Next, make sure
that everything is turned off in the car including things like the memory in the radio. Now place the test light between the ground cable and the ground side battery terminal. The indication of a voltage drain is the glowing light.
The brightness of the bulb indicates how big the drain is. For instance, if the memory of a radio is left on, the glow
will be dim but if the headlights were left on then the bulb would be very bright. Unplug various accessories or
remove fuses to isolate voltage drain. To check alternator quality do this: With the engine shut off check voltage at
the battery. Next start the engine and again check voltage. If the alternator is working, the voltage while running
will be in the 13-plus volt range but typically the battery alone will only indicate around 12.6 or so volts.
The most common problem encountered with hard start/no start/dead battery issues is poor connections. These
range from dirty battery cable clamps/poor grounds between battery to engine to frame and deteriorated cable wire
hidden inside the insulation. Next month I will try to provide a list of common sources for battery drain and failed