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  1. Come on out to the 39th Antique Auto Parts Flea Market at the Howard County Fairgrounds on Saturday March 10- 7AM to 3PM. Weather forecast still looks good. The Car Corral has some open spots, vendor spaces are close to sold out. Vendor setup at 6AM. Check the flyer in the first post above. Don't miss this great flea market! :cool:
  2. Only 7 days to the 39th Annual Antique Auto Parts Flea Market & Car Corral on March 10 - West Friendship, Maryland. The weather forecast for Saturday looks good! Take a look at the flyer attachment in the first post above. For vendros, there's still time to register for undercover and outdoor spaces. And the car corral has room. If you just want to come out to look for parts, etc. acres or free parking are available. See y'all there!
  3. Bringing this notice to the top again. The Flea Market at Howard County Maryland Fairgrounds Saturday, March 10th is coming up next weekend. Don't miss it!
  4. March 10 – West Friendship, Maryland AACA Chesapeake Region’s 39<SUP>th</SUP> Annual Antique Auto Parts Flea Market & Car Corral. Howard County Fairgrounds just south of I-70 at Rt. 32. Indoor, Under Cover and Outdoor vendor spaces; large Car Corral; and easy in-out free parking. Hours 7AM to 3PM – vendor setup Fri. PM and early Sat. AM. To buy vendor space or for info: Tom Young, 443-744-6338 or email tbirdtoms60@verizon.net Vendor Registration: VendorFlyerFleaMktWeb2012.pdf
  5. I've had a '23 Dodge for 20 years. I used to take it out to ten events each year in a congested urban area (metro Washington, DC). To drive this car in today's traffic requires a combination of guts, excellent defensive driving skills, and a determination to show-off a piece of automotive history. Most drivers on the road appreciate seeing a vintage car, but there are an increasing number of younger drivers who will not give a vintage car any slack. It can be downright dangerous out there. Even back-country roads have become populated by this same driving mentality. Since I have more modern antique cars that can compete with power, manuverability, and safety devices in traffic, I always use them. The 1923 Dodge is a nice garage decoration now. However, it probably will get out to the 2011 Glidden Tour.
  6. Lots of info available about the Sears Motor Buggy - Sears Motor Buggy Homepage plus several on google
  7. Some of the things suggested may or may not have happened on a Mobil Economy Run. I believe that the participants' route each day was given to them when they got into their car. And the comment on gas in the AM is just not true. The cars were fueled under strict conditions by USAC all from the same pumps at planned stops along the route. At the end of each day all the cars were impounded and were under USAC control until the next day's start.
  8. Toros are definitely becoming more collectible, especially in the 80s where there isn't a lot out there that's interesting. I recently acquired an '83 southern car with under 70K miles. It was a smoker's car, but that was easy to fix. Also the road feel problem is an easy fix by adding elements of the factory handling package until it thightens up and feels right. The 80s Eldo & Riviera are basically the same car and all three are collectible. It's interesting that there were five 80s Toros at the Cumberland spring meet. Mine with a 307 V-8 gets 22/23 MPG on the road at 70 MPH. Wish my other antique cars could do that! One big downside - finding parts is a challenge.
  9. LaVale is approximately 10 miles west of Rocky Gap - and both are right off of I-68. The Comfort Inn is part of the Choice Hotel chain and should be OK.
  10. According to the QC Region info, the Rocky Gap trailer parking is $10 for all show participants and covers the time period Wednesday thorugh the show. The security will probably be better than anything you can get in the back lot of any motel.
  11. There are several lodging options besides Rocky Gap Resort and the Holiday Inn. Go to the host region's webpage http://local.aaca.org/queencity/2008_Show/index.htm for infor about the meet including a list of motels - Choice, Best Western, and Super 8, which are in LaVale right off of I-68. Be aware that none of these motels will likely let you park a trailer. Queen City Region has made arrangements for trailer parking at Rocky Gap for $10.
  12. I remember some of the home delivery services in Southern California in the early 1940s - Helms' Bakeries Olympic Bread - Union Ice in the midnight blue trucks - and Adhor Milk ("for those adorable babies" - no fooling). The Helms truck that's been at Hershey the past two years is a dead on restoration. Adhor's trucks were Divcos. The Union Ice trucks were more heavy duty.
  13. The exit on I-68 to Rocky Gap State Park is about 9 miles east of Cumberland and 3 miles west of Flintstone. You can see the Lodge from I-68. Besides the host hotel, there are about 10 motels and B&Bs around Cumberland - a few on the east end of town and several chain motels on the west end in LaPlata. Almost all have easy on/off access to I-68. There's also a Holiday Inn in downtown Cumberland. When calling Rocky Gap, be sure to mention the AACA for the special rate. Also, check out the Queen City Region website at http://local.aaca.org/queencity. There's extensive info about the meet on the website.
  14. Check your owner's manual, if you have one. I presume that you also have four new tubes, valve stems, and tube guards. Early DB tires are high pressure - check the max rating on the 33x4 tires you mounted. I run my 32x4 tires at 55 PSI. I know some folks who use 60 PSI. Low tire pressure - under 30 PSI - will effect handling and tire wear. Those narrow tread tires don't have much contact with the road and you need all the control you can get.
  15. You can turn the engine over with the hand crank until the pin is in a more accessable spot in the opening under that cover. As I remember it, the Owner's Manual instructs to puill the pin and prop the timning chain up with a stick. You could loosen up that big wrought iron washer that's on the adjustment and loosen those spacing blocks on the engine block to release the chain enough to wiggle it off. But, given the weight of the unit, I would opt to take the chain apart. When I took my DB timing chain apart, I took the pan off so that I could get an accurate view of the chain alignment and the tension measurement. I know this is a lot of extra work, but the accurate alognment of the NE unit and the chain make for a smoother running engine. And make sure that those spacer blocks that level the NE unit are correctly adjusted.
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