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Dave Gray

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  1. This show was one of the best that I have been to. The weather played a huge part in the success,  but the hard work and organization of the AACA members was amazing. We have used this venue before and the Wyndham

    management continues to go out of its was to accommodate all of the needs of the show organizers.

    I agree that the military collection of the Buck family was a great addition the the show. It always seemed

    to have crowds surrounding the collection.  Thanks again to all that contributed.

    Dave Gray

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  2. I have had a rather unusual (to me) pin in my toolbox for many years. I can't remember where I got it, but I do recall being told that it was to identify

    a REO plant worker assigned to the duty of standing on the roof of the

    factory in Lansing Michigan and watch for signs of an air attack during the

    war. REO was heavily into military truck production, so I guess that they

    feared an attack on the plant.

    Has anyone seen these pins?



  3. 18 hours ago, 28 Chrysler said:

    They are shutting Nevada Highway 160 down by me today for a attempt to brake a speed record. I will post a photo of the roadway later to show why this location was chosen.



    Good luck with your attempt at a landspeed record. I have raced my Corvette
    at Bonneville, so I share your excitement and enthusiasm.
    We are anxious to hear your results.


  4. Thank you for the responses. I removed the top cover from the engine

    this afternoon and it is pretty much as you described.

    I could see how the oil dripped on the camshaft and then on to the lower bearings. Quite a unique lube system.

    My only question is, what becomes of

    the oil that accumulates in the lower part of the block?

    There doesn’t seem to be much. maybe 1/2 inch.

  5. On 7/10/2020 at 10:56 PM, Dandy Dave said:

    Came across this picture while digging though some of my better other half's old family albums and boxes of photos. A fleet of Chevys. Late 1940's and into the 1950's. She said her Grandad on her mothers side of the family owned the Finton fleet. They were located in the Salamanca, NY area. 



    I had to smile when I looked at the tractor trailer on the left. It has been a long time since I saw sanders on the rear axle

    of a truck.


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  6. You don't ever want to work on the engine of that truck. one head under the hood, one head under the firewall and

    one head inside the cab. All that and the engine sits at a 14 degree tilt, making it even more fun if you have to

    remove or install the engine. Not the most user friendly truck ever built.


    Assuming it is an in line 855 CI cummins. if not, it may even be harder.

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  7. 7 hours ago, capngrog said:

    Clutch repair/change in a '63 'Vette is not overly complicated as I recall.  Drop the drive shaft (easy-breezy), disconnect the shift linkage and clutch linkage, brace the engine (the rear motor mounts are on the transmission)' unbolt the transmission from the bell housing, unbolt the bell housing and voila, there you are.  Unbolt the pressure plate assembly from the flywheel and if the flywheel face is O.K., install a new clutch disc and pressure plate.  If the flywheel face is scored or glazed, remove the flywheel and have it re-surfaced or acquire a new one.


    That is the process as I remember it, but it has been a long time ago since I wrenched on my '64 'Vette.  I raced it (time trials mostly) which afforded me ample opportunity for correcting "problems" (usually caused by me).


    It isn't that big of a deal.




    This is about right.  Not a very tough job. If the car is still equipped with an underneath exhaust system, this can be as time consuming to remove than the actual clutch job.  Small block and big blocks are no different in difficulty.

    I have done many of these jobs on midyears and it is not that complicated,


  8. 13 hours ago, John348 said:


    Hello Dave,

    Same for me, first time but I will be back for sure! Unfortunately we were not able to make it to the Saturday show. Did you bring a vehicle?

    I am running out of photos that I took so if have some please post them. The last one I posted of the Buick I posted was a 'teaser' 


    I came with several others from the AACA museum in Hershey.  We brought the 1928 Sprint car and the Datsun 280Z

    from our collection. Sorry, I did not get any photos.  I was too busy looking at the beautiful cars and visiting with other

    participants and spectators.

    Great show.

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