July 7, 2016 6 Comments
I got an email from a guy today saying he knew “all” of the testing I had done, a bit of a conclusion to jump to for a guy who has never met me, nor owns a copy of my manual.
The guy had a statement about cam gears, a subject I know pretty well, that was made as if I had never looked at them in the last 27 years. In reality, we do all kinds of testing, and a lot of it never reaches the point of being an interesting story. Less than a third of the testing we do becomes a story, but all of the data is integrated into the products and processes we promote. On any subject on the Corvair engine, it is a good bet to say “ww probably looked at that, you could write him about it rather than jumping to a conclusion.” But people who jump to conclusions just want their opinion validated, and writing me isn’t guaranteed to do that.
Above, the underside of the 3,000 cc Corvair that has been flying on the Panther prototype for several years. Look closely at the front of the oil pan, in the cam gear section. The silver part is a removable cover plate. It allows the cam gear to be inspected on an assembled engine while it is still in the airframe. We made several of these oil pans during a period where we were evaluating different cam gears. Not all tests have been written about.