JohnD1956

The 2018 - 2500 Challenge

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On 16/04/2018 at 12:42 AM, Pilgrim65 said:

Big ask for me  John , living on a small island, a long trip is 60 miles. 

Also when you have been coming to same place for 14 years there are very few places you haven’t been.

You guys in States have no excuses , good luck will watch with interest 

 

Here is the thing about that, sure it may be somewhat old for you after all this time but for us that have never been... It's all new!

Don't stop posting pictures. I personally love the scenery and the fantasy of what my car would look like there... B)

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Wondering if I should look into snow tires for the Special looking at my backyard this morning to continue the Challenge here???

Have to take the good WITH the bad I guess.:P

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Happy to finally get back in the game!  128 miles into the goal, with a little help from my friend!  But no pictures.  This area looks so barren right now! 

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Didn't take note of the miles driven Sunday (it will just be added in the total next fill up) but since it was 62 out just had to feel the road again! Can't wait for the top to go down.

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Kept her home while BBQing and watched through the front room windows people slowing down to ponder what it is I guess. Then it was time to take her back. 

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Took the long way making it last as long as I could!

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On 21/04/2018 at 7:20 PM, JohnD1956 said:

with a little help from my friend!

 

That's a future BCA Member right! :)

Way to start them early!

 

My guy here is 32 now but wasn't really helping this day.

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29 minutes ago, dei said:

That's a future BCA Member right! :)

 

When he and his brother are here, I always take em to the garage by saying, "Lets go see the Super?"

Then when they get through the doors I ask them to count the portholes, which they accommodate , I,2,3,4, sticking a finger into each one!  Then I ask "wheres the Super" for which they both touch the side script, and the hubcaps, and other parts as look inviting. 

Then I ask ," Where's the GS?"  To which they respond by tracing the trunk emblem letters, and rear script letters.   But they are really fascinated by turning on the parking lights... Oh to be 2 or 3 again!  ^_^

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6 hours ago, dei said:

Didn't take note of the miles driven Sunday (it will just be added in the total next fill up) but since it was 62 out just had to feel the road again! Can't wait for the top to go down.

 

The middle "child" (he's 20) was hinting yesterday that we should get the 1962 Special convertible back on the road (transmission issue) after seeing a friend's stepfather's BMW convertible. He offered to help so I should get on that. 

 

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On 4/15/2018 at 9:42 PM, Pilgrim65 said:

Big ask for me  John , living on a small island, a long trip is 60 miles  .Have added only 3000 miles on Ruby’s mileometer since I bought her 2 years ago and that’s with quite frequent trips. I am only here 8 months of year and would need to nearly double my driving activity to reach 2500 per annum. Also when you have been coming to same place for 14 years there are very few places you haven’t been.

You guys in States have no excuses , good luck will watch with interest 

 

Pilgrim, you could always take a boat to the mainland and drive the desert roads! :P I know your neighbors are a little unstable at the moment, but shouldn't be too bad..

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Had the Electra out on Saturday, touring a fellow Buick owner from Brisbane Australia who was in town for a few days.  Felt like more miles, but totalled 38 miles of around town driving.  Car behaved well, but I fear it's time for some transmission work as the 1-2 shift is quite late and hard.  At any rate, up to 41 miles so far only.   Odometer reading at the start of this challenge is 77,435 (just so I don't forget!).   One of the best parts of the day was watching people walk right by a brand new Bentley to look over and get photographed with the Big Buick while I watched from a distance!

 

Edit:  in the spirit of sharing Odometer pictures, here’s a failed shot of mine, Clearly taken from a bad angle!

 

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6 hours ago, Beemon said:

 

Pilgrim, you could always take a boat to the mainland and drive the desert roads! :P I know your neighbors are a little unstable at the moment, but shouldn't be too bad..

Yes , some good roads , drove my explorer through them years back when we first came here , currently though I’d want that 1950s safarie Buick I’ve seen on here kitted out with spare fuel, tyres and a  sub machine gun rack! And instead of my usual Buick tee shirt a Kevlar vest! 😁

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OK -- Game ON!

 

Odometer just shy of 1,000 miles from last May till now.  Took Goldie out for a spin on Sunday.  Finally some signs of Spring!

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Not racking up big miles towards the challenge recently but desperately taking any excuse I can get and the day isn't over just yet!

I knew I put that trailer hitch on for a reason. :lol:

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gas up day.  Added 109 miles and now at 237 miles towards the goal. It might have been a good variation if we were counting thumbs up.  0501181518a.jpg.7db35435f1605fab551de460e475209a.jpg

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IMG_0890.JPG.4f063c2d4931c6a50d9f5702495ecfca.JPGIn the 80s today, 4736 miles after getting home.  Think it's 100 miles into the challenge or sumthin like that.  Diamondbacks and the new seats made for a relaxing ride.

 

Rebuilt reverse light switch so that works again. Ran the AC (built it - might as well use it).  New fuel pump plus  electric pump couldn't keep the winter gas from vapor locking up a long hill at 70 but fresh gas did the trick.

 

Speedometer holding accuracy.  It used to read 10 high.  Used a piece of 22 ga wire insulation over the end of the radial spring end tang on the drum followed by thicknesses of masking tape that increased spring tension sufficiently to get it within dead on to 2 mph (checked w Waze) at highway speeds between 50-75.  Within 2-5 at lower speeds.  Close enough.

 

4 Brake shoes to fit the drums and a master cylinder kit, next fix.  Keeping eye on trans fluid.

 

Bodywork correct windshield and paint to go.  Eventually.  But thats gettin off topic :) 

 

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Not racking up big miles lately but using any excuse to drive.

First time this year with the top down since it was 80 degrees.

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Gas up Monday. 

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Adding 188 miles bringing me to 425 so far. Haven't got tired of it yet either. 😃

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5 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

Gas up Monday. 

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Adding 188 miles bringing me to 425 so far. Haven't got tired of it yet either. 😃

 

I'm presuming you mean the miles and not the gassing up John. :lol:

 

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I have been a little lax in posting my miles lately since they are mostly local in-town but have recorded the mileage on my gas receipts every fill up so will have total miles accomplished later on.

Meantime, drove out to the first official weekly Cruise-In for this year.

(wished I had taken the time to washer her up...)

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Needed to go out to the suburbs this evening so jumped in the Electra so I could try and keep up with you guys. Round trip of 70 miles exactly bringing my total to 111 miles so far. 

 

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Tried to get the wagon out over the weekend to contribute to the total but the battery is DOA. It’s 9 years old so time to replace it. 

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LOVE THOSE BIG QUARTER ELECTRA'S!

 

They just speak to me "Move over, I'm here".

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Ok, I'm in with my 68.  67,000 miles last night driving home from garage band practice.  Oil changed and engine cleaned up Sunday, so it is looking and running well.

Also testing the Motor Wheel Spyders that will eventually be on a 69.

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3 hours ago, dei said:

LOVE THOSE BIG QUARTER ELECTRA'S!

 

They just speak to me "Move over, I'm here".

They're great until you have to wax them!

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Ted, you would have liked my late grandfather, he loved photographing his thumb, too! :P

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