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Calendar of Events

13 Jan

January 21, 2012. CCC outing and tech session at Mike Thomas’ Corvair Ranch in beautiful Atascadero, CA. Meet at 10AM at Mike’s house in A-Town for a caravan ride to the site. If it is required to have several “ran when parked” cars in your driveway in Atascadero come to this event at an abandoned chicken farm to peruse through the gems Mike has squirreled away. Bring cash or check as there is sure to be some part you must have and Mike might be willing to sell. Lunch will be taken at Colby Jack’s new restaurant at the Carlton Hotel in Atascadero after we crawl around the ranch. For more info call Bob O at 460-9651 or Mike at 549-8050. This is our first event of the New Year. We will talk about the upcoming VairFest in Arroyo Grande, June 23, 2012 and set the rest of our calendar for upcoming events!

VairFest 2012. CCC’s VairFest has tentatively been scheduled for June 23, 2012 at Heritage Park in Arroyo Grande, CA. Once again we will host what is to become an annual event for the club. Car show, BBQ, Awards and tech sessions will be on the slate. Discuss………


Is There a Corvair In Your Future?

13 Dec


Discussions with club members at a recent tech session produced a litany of ideas pertaining to the direction of our club, Central Coast Corsa.  The question was posed.  What kind of club do we want in 2011 and beyond?  The bantering pertained to thoughts of a more social club with monthly meetings potluck, raffle and discussions much like the model we have currently to expanding the scope of our interests to mirror the desires of some club members. There are club members more interested in working on cars and there are some more interested in driving our cars in club outings in addition to enjoying the social graces of one of our potluck meetings.   One suggestion posed involved rotating events by having a more social meeting one month followed by a tech session meeting the next and a club outing the next month and so on.   This varied format can combine the interests of all club members and each member may participate to his or her level of interest.

So the question remains.  What kind of club do YOU want to have in the future?  Ponder this thought and get back to me via email to let me know your suggestions on how to make the club more dynamic for the varied interests of our members.  Make this your first New Year’s Resolution and we will discuss this topic as well as VairFest at our next meeting Jan. 6, 2011.  See you then!

Lakewood Tech Session

30 Nov

Several club members got together at President Jim Pennel’s hacienda on Sunday November 28 for a wrenching session on club VP Bob O’s Lakewood.  Present and accounted for were Jim, Bob, Zack, Bill and newest club member Jason.  Since installing a refurbished 102hp engine that replaced a very tired 110 the car has not run consistently well.

Checking the Specs

While it starts and idles the major problem is an engine stall when the transmission is put into drive or reverse. You can imagine the frustration while approaching a red light or having to creep along in traffic and having the engine want to stall.  Switching into neutral or engaging the gas pedal while applying the brake gets very old very fast as you can expect.   Using a pair of matched Rochester Carbs that came off of Jim Pennel’s Greenbrier the pit crew went through a whole battery of tests and retests.

Fact Finding Diagnosis

The crew checked for vacuum leaks, balanced the carbs, timed the engine, replaced worn points, got the dwell to come in at 29 degrees, and idled the engine at 1200 rpm. A check of the vacuum modulator indicated that it is still working properly.  While getting the engine to perform much better that when it arrived the problem still persisted.  However, a call to Ray Sedman, a Corvair Specialist who worked wonders on Jim’s fuel injected van gave the group another avenue to explore.  He suspected that the torgue converter may be defective as the symptoms indicate that there is a load on the engine while in drive with the brake on.  The torque converter locks out at 1700 rpm and puts the wheels into spinning thus moving the car.

On the Horn to Ray Sedman

He indicated that the torque converter is responding at lower rpm’s and thus stalling the car.  A plausible explanation as any and carries great weight coming from such a distinguished Corvair engine performance expert.   Running out of time tinkering with this and that what remains is a check of the spark plug wires, a compression check, valve adjustment and replacement of the torque converter.  While it is well known that the 102 and powerglide combination is the worst of all engine/ transmission combinations the darn thing should still work properly.  Which is the motivation to continue to tinker and experiment until it is running great!

Stay tuned to more Tech sessions………

No Stone Unturned

Minutes of November Meeting

17 Nov


BUSINESS MEETING November 4, 2010

The potluck dinner meeting was held at the home of Don & Bev Weaver and led by President, Jim Pennell. Also in attendance were Jackie Chess, Ron Curtis (local visitor), Bob Galli, Bill Marks, Zac Mathis, Ed & Charlotte Roberts and returning member Larry Bouchard.

Treasurers Report: Jackie Chess

Beginning balance: checking account – $6,391.48

Income: raffle $27.00   Expenses: none

Ending balance: checking account –  $6,418.48

We must maintain a $1,500.00 balance to not be charged a monthly service charge.

Our Tax Identification Number is registered as an incorporated association which is the same as a non-profit. The difference in non profits seems to be tax exempt (difference types) or not.

Corsa National has been no assistance in determining our correct designation.

It was decided to stop perusing the record verification and be satisfied solely with Bank of America for our future banking business.


Fan Belt Toss, Palm Springs, was attended by Bill Marks, Mike Thomas and Bob O’Brien. Bill Marks had a winning raffle ticket and is now the owner of a 1964 Monza convertible, 4 speed, 110 hp which is white with red interior. This Corvair was purchased, restored and raffled off by San Diego Corsa.

Bob Galli’s is selling his 1969 Ultra Van (504) for $4,000.00.

A Tech Session is planned for whatever folks needs might be Sunday November 28th, 9:00am at Jim Pennell’s. So far 7 people have express interest in attending this session.


Jim Pennell reported information he and Bob O’Brien have gathered:

Option I –   Lake Atascadero Park and the AARP Building Friday evening & Saturday– total $1,000.00

Option II – Masonic Hall, Arroyo Grande for Friday evening registration & dinner, $200

Heritage Park with Gazebo, Arroyo Grande for Saturday car show & BBG, $75

Rental of table’s & chair’s for 60, $223 –—-subtotal $498.00

Rental of a Port-a-potty is required. Larry Bouchard has a resource he’ll check & report to Jim.

Other venues were discussed but many felt the best exposure to the public would be Heritage Park. Plus the fact that ‘The Village’ is so nearby for visitors to explore. A motion was made by Charlotte and seconded by Larry to secure the Option II which passed.

Zac suggested a theme of ‘Vairs in the Village’ with Gazebo, Swinging Bridge and a Corvair as artwork. A motion was made by Jackie, seconded by Jim and passed.

According to Jim Pennell, Mike Thomas will prepare line ads and distribute flyers. Larry also offered to distribute flyers. Jim will contact Jim Corey about preparing artwork for advertising.

List of VairFest events and task:

Artwork – Jim Corey



Line Ads – Mike Thomas

Flyer Distribution – Mike Thomas, Larry Bouchard

Barbecue – Don Hemwall & Chuck Smith

Car Show, ballots

Hospitality Center/refreshments

Photographs – Sara Galli


Clark’s donations – Don Weaver

Registration – Bob Galli

Spaghetti Dinner, Friday – Bob O’Brien

Swap Meet

A Tech Session by Bob Galli took place regarding clutch replacement. Many modifications of parts were made between the early & late models making it very difficult to swap individual parts.

Next meeting: Date and location to be determined for our Christmas Dinner

This gathering will include election of Officers for 2011. Annual dues of $12 are due by January 2011.

I announced my retirement as Secretary/Treasurer.

Respectfully submitted, Jackie Chess, Secretary/Treasurer

September 2010 Minutes

24 Sep


BUSINESS MEETING September 3, 2010

The potluck dinner meeting was held at the home of and led by President, Jim Pennell.

In attendance were Jackie Chess, Bob Galli, Don Hemwall, Bill Marks, Zac Mathis, Ed & Charlotte Roberts, Mike Thomas and new members Eric McDaniel and Jason Thompson. We welcome Eric of Nipomo who owns a 1961 Lakewood that is soon to be a daily driver. Also Jason of Arroyo Grande who owns a 1963 convertible that needs fixing.

Treasurers Report: Jackie Chess

Beginning balance as of June 9th: checking account – $1,303.57, CD – $5,048.83

Income: none    Expenses: none

Ending balance (8/10 statement): checking account – $1,303.57

(8/13 statement): CD – $5,060.80 matures 9/8/10 will be closed out for Vairfest 2011.


9/5 – Pinedorado Car Show, sponsored by the Loins Club of Cambria (e-mail dated 8/28)

9/19 – Los Angeles All Chevy Car Show, Encino, CA. $25 pre-register at www.AllChevyCarShow.com

10/2 – Corvair Heritage Day a new worldwide Corvair event

10/3 – Concours d’Elegance, Mission Hills, CA. $20 pre-register at www.corsawest.com

10/ 29-31st – Fan Belt Toss, Palm Springs, sponsored by the San Diego Corvair Club.


The July 8th meeting at the Roberts ended up being just a social with no business transacted. Although

a drawing for door prizes took place yielding $13 of which $5 went to the attendance pot of $55

since Greg Vargas was not there.

The August meeting was cancelled due to the lack of attendance.

Newsletter committee, Corey, Hemwall, O’Brien, Thomas has not met.

All were reminded that Jim Pennell is willing to have a Tech Session when ever folks are ready to set

a weekend date. Zac suggested a Tech Session on carburetor synchronization.


Per Jim Pennell Bob O’Brien has an application for Lake Atascadero Park and has confirmed the AARP

Building is available April 29, 30, May 1st 2011. We need confirmation to post on the website.

Consider a theme for 2010. 2009 was ‘Always a Great Vintage’ and was 2006 ‘Get Your Kicks in 2006’

Bob Galli has agreed to handle registration. Don Hemwall will head the BBQ committee.

We need to create a list of events and tasks to be included. Bring your ideas to the next meeting.

The raffle raised $20 of which $5 went into the attendance pot of $60 won by Alma Quesnel.

Next meeting:

October 7th, 6 pm potluck dinner at the Hemwall’s 8850 Pino Solo Ave., Atascadero

Don will provide Beer Butt Chicken so bring fixings to go with.

Respectfully submitted, Jackie Chess, Secretary/Treasurer

cc: Updated Roster

June 2010 Minutes

20 Sep



The potluck dinner meeting was held at the home of Mike Thomas and lead by President, Jim Pennell.

In attendance were Dave & Jackie Chess, Jim Corey, Bob Galli, Don Hemwall, Bill Marks, Jim Pennell, Ed & Charlotte Roberts, and Mike Thomas.

Treasurers Report: Jackie Chess

Beginning balance, 4/10: checking account – $1,246.57, CD – $5,032.62

Income: $23, 4/19 raffle. Expenses none

Ending balance, 5/7 bank statement: checking account – $1,269.57, CD – $5,312.87

May raffle will be deposited with June’s. CD @ 1.29%, due 9/8/10.


Vintage Corsa of Orange County announces Corvair Heritage Day a new worldwide Corvair event.

To be held October 2, 2010 coinciding with the Corvair’s official birthday. Local chapters are free to coordinate any organized event of their choice to mark the occasion. Registration of $20 provides an event t-shirt and magnetic dash plaque and all proceeds will benefit the Corvair Society of America.

Registration deadline is August 1st. Event flyer, registration form and procedures were included.

Please peruse additional information at www.VintageCorsa.com for a future club decision.


Correction to the minutes of May 8th: The gold/black license plates were received by Jim Pennell.

Newsletter committee, Corey, Hemwall, O’Brien, Thomas:

Mike reported they will attempt a conference call meeting June 23rd.

Vairfest: Jim Corey will ask Bob O’Brien to check availability of Lake Atascadero and the AARP Building for May 2011.

For sale: ’65 Monza Coup, 110 horsepower, power glide, new interior, good paint and aluminum wheels. Asking price is $6,500. If interested call 805-215-4490 (information from Bill Marks).

A Tech Session was presented by Bob Galli discussing modification of the engine top cover,

the steel baffle plates and elimination of one of two gaskets.

Future Dates:

August 20-21st – Mid-State Cruisers car show, Atascadero

October 3rd – Concours d’Elegance, Mission Hills

October 29-31st – Fan Belt Toss

The raffle raised $26 of which $5 went into the attendance pot that is now $50 since Alma Quesnel was not in attendance.

Next meeting:

July 10th, 6 pm potluck dinner at the Roberts, 8350 Santa Rosa Road, Atascadero.

Meeting date moved back 1 week due to the 4th of July holiday.

Respectfully submitted, Jackie Chess, Secretary/Treasure

April 2010 Meeting Minutes

11 Apr



The meeting was held at the Gwynne’s and opened by President, Jim Pennell at 7:00 pm following a Potluck Dinner. In attendance were Jackie Chess, Bob Galli, Jeff/Betty Gwynne, Don Hemwall, Bill Marks, Jim Pennell, Ed & Charlotte Roberts, Chuck & Mary Kay Smith and Mike Thomas.

Treasurers Report: Jackie Chess

Beginning Balance: Checking account – $1,222.57, CD – $5,026.57

Income: $24.00 = $10 dues for Carroll + $14 raffle

Expenses none

Ending balance: checking – $1,246.57, CD – $5,032.62

Reviewed current CD @ 1.29%, due 9/8/10.


A Corvair Spyder Convertible owner trying to determine if there are any surviving such vehicles produced after his 1964 that may also be roadworthy. We have no knowledge of any.

Old Business:

Newsletter committee: Corey, Hemwall, O’Brien, Thomas – Mike reported they have not yet set a meeting date (due to illness) but hope to soon.

The Wildflower Corvair Run  March 21st was attended by Mike Thomas-’60, The Chess’s-’62, Don Hemwall-’63, Bill Marks-’64 plus Jim Pennell & Bob Galli. The group headed east on 58, to Shell Creek Road where many flowers were found & enjoyed. Different back roads were then traveled circling back to El Camino Real. Lunch was provided by Jim & Jean Corey at their home.

New Business:

The Spring Fling in Sacramento April 30-May 2nd will be attended by Don Hemwall, Bill Marks, Jim Pennell and Mike Thomas.

Vairfest is expected to take place April-May 2011 in Atascadero. Don Hemwall will look at local events & holidays in that time frame to assist setting a firm date. Activities of previous Vairfest‘s were reviewed for the benefit of our new members. Chuck Smith has experience barbecuing for large groups.

A Tech Session was presented by Bob Galli featuring Bob Ballew’s book ‘Powerglide Transmissions’.

Specifically discussed was Governors with copies of that chapter offered to all. This book was written in 2000 with great detail of how to do specific technical tasks. The book was never professional published but is offered for purchase. Jim Pennell will forward, via e-mail, where this can be purchased.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm. The raffle raised $28 of which $5 went into the attendance pot that is now $40 since Kristen Spencer was not in attendance.

Next meetings:

May 8th, 6:00 PM dinner potluck at Jim Pennell’s, 544 Stanton Road, Arroyo Grande

June 5th, 6:00 PM dinner potluck at Mike Thomas’s, 7475 Valle Ave., Atascadero

Respectfully submitted, Jackie Chess, Secretary/Treasurer