END OF AN ERA - Dale Flywheels

Closeup of new GoVair Bolted flywheel

For the past 30 years we've been proud to sell Dale Brand bolted flywheels. But Dale Manufacturing has discontinued this quality product as of March 2010.

Flywheels have been a critical component in all manual transmission Corvairs since day one. The original flywheels are of a 3 part riveted design. These soft rivets start to fail very early on. As the rivets fail you will get rattling and vibration from the clutch. If left to deteriorate you can end up with broken starter noses, wiped out input shaft seals and pilot bushings.

If left to get even worse you can destroy the front pinion bearing in your differential, which will destroy the differential and then contaminate the transmission with metal particles. Let it go long enough and you can even crack and break your crankshaft.

We believe that, had the Corvair come with a better flywheel, over 75% of all big ticket repairs in Corvairs could have been eliminated.  That would have made the Corvair a nearly perfect machine.  

So what do we do now? As Dale Manufacturing's longest running retailer we got to know the flywheels pretty well. We have done our best to recreate the classic design, using many of the same materials and techniques that made the Dale flywheel so popular.

Please understand, unlike other some other vendors, we will not try and claim that ours are Dale flywheels, when we're actually doing them ourselves. Every Dale flywheel was personally rebuilt by Dave Langsather himself - And his perfect workmanship and almost super-human attention to detail is not likely to be duplicated - ever. (Even by us!)

But we're going to try and do our best.


Pictured above is a 1964-69 ("Late" style) GoVair stepped flywheel.

All our flywheels have cap grade tapered bolts with lock washers and self locking nuts. All are resurfaced and we check face and edge runout to specs far better than new stock flywheels. We finish up by balancing them to within a gram.

Checking end run out on a special fixture.


Checking face run out on same fixture.

Doing a great job on a flywheel is a lot more complicated than just knocking the rivets out and bolting it together.

If you're doing a clutch job look over your flywheel - If it's an original riveted one then REPLACE IT, with one of our GoVair bolted flywheels! Avoid multiple costly problems down the road!

GoVair Flywheels

1960-63 (Flat face)   

1964-69 (Stepped face)  



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