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« on: May 10, 2011, 11:54:44 AM »

Anyone know if the static collector asm. was used on both LH and RH hubs, or only on the LH spindle?
Refer to 67 AIM U63 A1.
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2011, 11:57:15 AM »

One on each side Bob.

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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2011, 12:52:16 PM »

Thanks ED,
Makes sense!
Thanks for the reply.
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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2011, 01:35:40 PM »

Were the static collectors an RPO or were they part of the dealer installed static straps package?

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2011, 02:10:51 PM »

Any pics of one?

Never heard of these before.. Did they work as they were discontinued for 69?
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2011, 03:09:52 PM »

They were included when you purchased a radio (and sometimes even if you DIDN'T purchase a radio!!)

The original concept of these was to dissipate static. As the car's wheels rotated, static charges would build up because the hub and wheel bearings were insulated from each other by grease. Iintermittant contact between the hub and the wheel bearings would cause the static to be discharged. This in turn would produce interference (snap, crackle, pop!) on the car's radio. The static collector "springs" were placed inside the two front dust caps to create a constant electrical path between the axle and the bearing, thus eliminating the static discharges. GM finally figured out that they really weren't necessary and discontinued them in the late 60's. As a matter of fact, they're not even shown in the 69 AIM. The 68 AIM is the last time they're shown, so I believe 69's didn't come with them. John can verify that.

Here's what they look like:

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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2011, 03:13:21 PM »

Were the static collectors an RPO or were they part of the dealer installed static straps package?

-Mark.

Yup, every GM car got them in those days - they were installed on the Chassis Line. They were only supposed to go on cars with radios, but there were so few without radios they just put them on all cars. Any car that's had a brake job in its life probably has at least one missing. Corvairs used a special one on the left front that had a square hole in the steel "button" to drive the speedo cable.

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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2011, 03:15:14 PM »

Any pics of one?

See photo below...

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« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2011, 05:03:16 AM »

Great! Thank you for the info and pictures guys.
I'm still surprised they had any effect with the rubber tires providing insulation to the road also.
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