Markle wrote:TEOTWAWKI wrote:Markle wrote:TEOTWAWKI wrote:The corvair was the only car that I ever slid backwards across railroad tracks trying to stop on icy snow for a fast approaching train....it did it backwards because the front was very light and the rear engine just naturally made it spin around...corvairs sucked but it was cheap. A few less seconds and I wouldn't have been here typing...incidentally...if the rear tire had caught on the track it would have sheared the rear axle and catapulted me into rolling uncontrollably...I fixed it with sandbags in the front trunk..
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Had the rear tire of any other model car of similar weight caught on the track, it too would have flipped as well. That has been shown in testing. The Corvair was no more dangerous or safer than any other similar car at the time.
Putting sand bags in the front trunk may have made you THINK you had improved something but all it did was negatively alter the engineering of the suspension system and lowered your gas mileage.
I won't call you names but it DID fix the imbalance and the tendency to spin around...also the front tires would actually bite into the snow and allow me to turn it in rather than slide by the driveway...I owned one and it sucked, go get you one if they are so damned good....you are as much of a know it all as Word....
Of course, your cure was perfect and solved all its non-existent problems. I'm not a "know it all". I simply do research. Goes back so far that I once used a card catalog. Do you know what they are?
I posted facts and government Highway Transportation Studies and you post your cute little possible anecdote. You see the difference?
By the way, I did own a convertible Corvair and loved the car. I only sold it because I had the chance to buy an '49, XK-120 Jaguar. It had a wood frame and aluminum body. At the time it was the fastest car in production and won many races. The first one of that year was sold to Clark Gable. I had no idea how rare a car it was at the time. I paid $600.00 for it in 1964.
Can I have your autograph I will frame it and put it behind my toilet next to seaoats....