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Chris, re the C&C at Kati's Coffee. I have been told that you have to get there NLT 5:30 AM to get a spot in the parking lot. Otherwise you are on the street with all the modern cars. That is way too early for me. We would have to leave here about 4 AM. It is suppose to be a great car show with lots of exotics.

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Ha! The 8 AM call for the Warrenton show was my limit! Speaking of - was Greg under the impression that the show was from 10 to 8 instead of 8 to 10? :rolleyes:

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The story is that it was purchased in 02, used one winter, and then it would not start and the wheels went flat.

Sounds similar to the old story "It ran when it was parked X number of years ago".

Glad you persevered and got it running.

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Bill, it was even worse today. Another farm tale. The same neighbor also has a Honda GX620 2 cylinder 20 HP generator. I got it running after several years of sitting a few months back. It was easy, put in new fuel, changed the oil, filter, new battery, and put in new plugs. Well not that easy, ended up putting in a new carb. Then she ran great. Until last month. Seems now it will not run. So being a good neighbor and helping out freaked out folks thinking about loosing power in the winter storms, Alice and I headed back over.

I looked it over, drained and put new fuel in it, and hit the starter. Nothing. Pulled a plug and looked for spark. Nothing. After looking at the wiring diagram it has a low oil level sensor. On a whim I disconnected it. I hit the starter and she fired right up. So it was the oil sensor giving a bad reading. Oh, the generator and engine are twenty years old. Cannot find the part on the WWW. So right now she will have to run without it. We tested it and now provides emergency power to the house and well. She is happy. Just will have to check the oil every day if running. I don't think that it will use much oil as it only has 110 hours on it.

And here is a pic of the cleaned up snow blower with new valve stems in the tires. Hope they hold air now. I put it in the back of the white car trailer where the 23 McLaughlin Buick resides. Just fits, sideways. So both are sleeping, waiting for the first winter snow.

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It is Wednesdday, November 5th, early PM. All is quiet on the old car front. Been spending lots of time on farm stuff getting ready for winter. Got 250 gallons of propane yesterday so I think that we are all set with a total of about 400 gallons.

I received my detailed scoring from the Jaguar concours event. I received very minor deductions for fit and finish, but lost a total of 3 points (major deductions) for three things. First, an alternator versus a generator; second, an exposed to the eye plastic fuel filter; and three an incorrect oil line, which was braided versus a hard line. I should have known to fix the fuel filter and the oil line.

We were told that we came in third, but evidently we came in second. Here are the results.

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It is Thursday, November 5th, AM. For your morning coffee, we have a Greg report.

"I know, I'm way behind in progress reports. Trying to adjust to the change in weather , time and projects. The Avanti 5054 is dormant for the winter.

Resuming the Matheson engine project, I've begun swapping out temporary hardware for some freshly nickel plated. Of course this disturbs the ignition adjustments previously done, so it will be good to remind myself how I did it last time. And then I can try out that coil that Rob found for me.

I'm also trying to move the '10 Overland along. Three tires mounted and the fourth held up by repair to the remaining wheel. The rust damage has been sandblasted, primed and filled.

Touching up the rim itself has been hampered by not having a wet sample of the custom mixed Overland Blue Dark or the formula so I've sent the wheel to Rob's painter who is aces in matching color and texture of paint. I also like the fact that he deals with the firm who mixed this color for me back in the day. I hope he'll go ahead and blow the color on the rim and it will be ready for me to mount the tire.

And in order to move along, I've devoted some of my lunch time to prep of small parts on hand. The steering box a good candidate to get underway. Rusty gears and bearing races have been sent out for an estimate for duplication. Scaring up any good used parts has yet to be successful. Meanwhile the housing and related parts are getting prepped by glass bead blasting, some round parts get a cleanup cut in the lathe and all stabilized by brushing on some epoxy primer.

One photo shows a typical component after blasting which details the damage inflicted by time and man with a pipe wrench. I could duplicate this part easily enough, but I'm dedicated to restoring the car, not replacing it.

Also included a couple shots taken at a local car show. Barb is having a hard time trying to decide between the Agnes Moorehead T-bird and the undertaker's Corvette."

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It is Saturday, November 8th, PM. Wayne just called, and he wants to have Cars and Coffee tomorrow/Sunday in Warrenton, VA at the Safeway. Same place as last week. We will take the Jaguar. Going to meet at 9 AM.

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It is Wednesdday, November 5th, early PM. All is quiet on the old car front. Been spending lots of time on farm stuff getting ready for winter. Got 250 gallons of propane yesterday so I think that we are all set with a total of about 400 gallons.

I received my detailed scoring from the Jaguar concours event. I received very minor deductions for fit and finish, but lost a total of 3 points (major deductions) for three things. First, an alternator versus a generator; second, an exposed to the eye plastic fuel filter; and three an incorrect oil line, which was braided versus a hard line. I should have known to fix the fuel filter and the oil line.

We were told that we came in third, but evidently we came in second. Here are the results.

Of you were dinged for having an alternator rather than a generator, why not put a generator back on and be original?

Here is a company that makes alternators that look just like a generator. Then you get the best of both worlds..

http://www.qualitypowerauto.com/item_543/6-Volt-GM-Positive-Ground.htm

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Donn, thanks, will check them out. I know that they are available from XKS unlimited, a Jaguar vendor. The cost is about $700 for a 35 amp unit.

It is Sunday, November 11th, PM. Headed off this morning for our little Cars and Coffee. Four of us showed up. Just too cold for most folks. I think we are done until the Spring. But we had a real nice ride through the countryside. Great to whip up the leaves running down the road. Too much fun.

Arrived home and decided to remove the tachometer and clock from the Jag. The clock works some of the time, and the tach gave up the ghost over the summer. I did remove the cable from the tach and made sure that the cable was turning. Going to send both out for rebuilds.

I got the clock out pretty easily. The hot wire and two screws and it was out of the tachometer housing. Here is a pic. It is missing three tiny screws from the brass back plate. Sending it off tomorrow to Mike Eck in NJ. He does clock repairs by refreshing/rebuilding the clock and putting in a solid state control mechanism versus the mechanical points that are in the original clocks. Do not want a quartz conversion, which are available, because you would not hear the little tick, tick, tick of the original. Besides, it is only $75 to fix the clock.

I looked on how I might remove the tach. Lots of wires and not much room. Cannot see how it is attached to the back of the panel. Removed the radio to see if I can get a better look. Better, but no cigar. It looks like I may have to remove the center console that holds all the gauges. I can see the bolts (four of them) that hold the panel to the dash. Will see if that works tomorrow. If the four bolts come out then the panel will lay down and I will be able to get at everything. Here is hoping and wishing.

I found a good repair shop in NY. It is called Nisonger Instruments and Smith gauges are their specialty.

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It is Tuesday, November 11th, late PM. I want to thank all Veterans, past and present for their service. I have great memories of my four years in the Army in the late 60s. Spent all my time at Ft. Lewis, WA. I would also like to recognize my brother, Jeff. Jeff was a Lance Corporal in the Marines. In was killed in action at Hill 881 on the DMZ in VietNam, June 11, 1968. RIP my brother.

Well, a busy day. Lots going on at the farm as it was a really nice day. I changed the oil in the whole house generator. It is good for another two years. Hope I will not have to use it this winter, but it looks like it could get a real workout.

About noon I started work on the Jaguar. Time is running out before the latest polar vortex hits us with some real cold weather. It is now or never. I have been collecting tools since I was about 15. I still have them today. Also have my Dad's tools and some of Alice's fathers too. Good thing, I think I need a bunch from each set.

I was able to remove the four bolts holding the dash to the console. Tight, but did it without too much of a problem. Disconnected the drive to the speedo and then was able to pull the dash about four inches out. Just enough to get to the little clamps holding the tach to the dash. With the clamps out I was able to pull the tach out the back. I did not remove the lines to the oil and temp gauges. I had enough room to work. So I was able to keep the car in running condition.

So will box it up tonight and send it off tomorrow for a rebuild. I think that the cost will be right around $200. So I will have about $300 into the clock and tach rebuild. I also ordered four LED lights for the dash instruments too.

Here are some pics. It will be fun to put everything back together. Not much room and a lot has to be done by feel.

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John - thank you for your service. My condolences on the loss of your brother, who gave his life in service of his country. And hail to all the veterans who have served and sacrificed - we are grateful to you all.

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It is Thursday, November 13th. Cold, just above 40 and possible snow showers tonight. Certainly not as bad as they are getting up North.

A couple of days ago I started looking for new tires for the Jaguar. They are now over ten years old, and one of the fronts has abnormal wear on its inside. So I know that the car is out of alignment. The tires now on it are Coker Classic Radials. They ride real harsh, squeal around the slightest corner, and the rubber feels rock hard.

Here are two pics of the tread. You can see the inside wear in one of the pics.

I have decided that I am going to go with the Firestone 3 and 1/4 WW bias tires. Universal Tire in Hershey, PA has them so I can head up there and pick them up to avoid shipping. No rush, so will wait for a day when I am bored and need a road trip. Here is a pic of the Firestone tire. Oh, they are $200 or so each.

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John, I know a road trip is fun, but if you figure tax and gas, versus no tax and shipping, it's easier to get them delivered to your door.

Of course, if you're going to the museum or such, then the fun is in the trip!

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John,

I know a lot of folks also order Coker produced Firestone Bias Ply Tires from Summit Racing to take advantage of their free shipping. I don't know if they have the size that you are looking for, but they appear to have similar tires for $205 each with free shipping.

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What Matthew said about price/shipping!:)

others may have a differing opinion, but i'd go with possibly a softer sidewall radial. also, 10 yr old tires may have stiffened the sidewalls quite a bit. in any case, that old of a tire can be dangerous!

http://www.edmunds.com/car-care/how-old-and-dangerous-are-your-tires.html

i have/had bias ply tires on my '40 and '51 Studebakers - Firestone Champions on the '40 and BF Goodrich Silvertones on the '51. both would squeal quite a bit on curves. ('51 still does)...

while Coker makes good tires, there are others out there that make a good product for classic cars.

hope this helps!!!

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It is Saturday morning, November 15th. Cold here for us, 28 degrees. Did you know that llamas are part of the camelid family? But unlike some camels they need water all the time. We have big water buckets for them, and in winter we have heaters in them to keep them from freezing. We have them turned on now. As the water get low I have to hump five gallon buckets of water from the house to refill them if it is freezing outside. Otherwise if the hoses are not frozen it is a easy fill. Usually we do not put the heaters on until December, but the polar vortex has hit us hard. We are almost 20 degrees below normal. That is the farm trivia for the day.

For now the old car stuff has been halted. But I did receive the little LED lights for the Jaguar dash lights. Here is a pic. The little LEDs are sure packed in there. Should only take fifteen minutes to do the installation.

Matt and Kerry, thanks for the tire advice. Summit Racing has the Firestone WW tires I want. All the vendors want the same price $197 each. But Summit offers free shipping. So that is a significant savings. I think I will order new tubes also. Might as well go all the way. Will let you know when they arrive.

The vendors have the Jaguar clock and tach. I expect that it will be a month or so before they come back.

Update: Well, I have ordered the tires and tubes from Summit. Two tires are on back order, but will be here on 12/2. Not a problem. Total cost is $864.

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I doubt that Summit is shipping tires for free to Europe! When I bought mines from Diamondback some time ago, the shipping was about $ 300.00 plus import duties. And you are compaining if you have to pay a few $ for shipping!

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Roger, I saved over $100. That gives me a little more coin to buy some other things I need.

I was looking around YouTube for Hershey videos. Found one with our 1923 McLaughlin Buick in it. I was really surprised that he knew what it is.

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November 20th, Thursday, late AM. Finally, we are coming out of the deep freeze. Been as low as 11 degrees at night and struggled to get above freezing during the day for the past week. I am not complaining considering all the snow that has been coming down up north. We are suppose to get into the 60s over the weekend.

As for car stuff, nothing is happening. I did get the new inner tubes for the Jaguar tires, which are coming the first week in December.

I did score a big win on Ebay today. I got condenser, points, and a rotor for the 1923 McLaughlin Buick. These are hard as hens teeth to find and when you do they are big bucks. I got the entire lot for $39. A really great deal.

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It is Sunday, November 23rd, AM. Just got a note/update from Greg.

"Well its been a while since the last communication. Lots been going on, not a lot to show for it. Nature of the business.

Day job has got me swamped with work. Enough that the boss wouldn't mind if I worked 24/7, but I can only do what I can do. Working on Curtiss OX-5 engines has even left me with a trophy. A finger splint. And now I know why they call that tool a breaker bar.

The Matheson project no longer neglected, I'm beginning to sort out the spark advance linkage and when installed I'll have to individually time the sparkers.

The 5054 Avanti and Dodge are hibernating in the cold storage. I guess they're still there. I'm not interested enough to venture up there to see. Maybe when the daffodils and robins reappear.

The '10 Overland. With the tire mounted on the fourth wheel, I've made arrangements to have the wheels pinstriped while they are off the chassis. Tom VonNortwick is driving up to Paul Rose's shop to do a customer car and I'm going to drop the wheels off there tomorrow . The plan is to have him match the striping I've already done on the undercarriage and rely on his talent to do the rest of the car someday. The factory photo is my blueprint."

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It is Tuesday, PM, November 25th. Just a few things to update you on.

I received the Jaguar clock back from the repair shop. It will wait on the shelf until I get the tachometer back. Looks great.

Received word from Summit Racing that the 4 tires for the Jaguar have shipped out of Nevada. Coming FedEx Ground so expect them early next week.

Tried to install the LED lights into the Jaguar console. They are too tall and will not fit. They do not go in far enough to permit the light housing to snap into the console. One suggestion from the Jaguar forum was to open up/spread the little tines of the socket so it locks into the console earlier than normal. Will give it a go.

Talked to David Coco/Trimacar about making a set of side curtains for the 23 McLaughlin Buick. David agreed to make them and knows that I will need them by the Virginia Beach AACA show. Here are some pics of my originals. The rear panels are the ones where fabric has been sown in, and the fronts are the ones where the isinglass is gone. There are two other panels and they are fillers between the front and rear sections. Remember these are over the doors and have to open with them. David is going to use them as templates and then come over and install the snaps and clips.

We are suppose to get a nor'easter late tonight and tomorrow. The weather folks are telling us to expect six inches snow or more. It looks like it is going to be a white Thanksgiving. Here are a couple of pics of our sunset tonight. It was spectacular.

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John I know you had the curtains at Hershey, but I did not notice the fittings for them on the car if there is no sign of of fittings ,curtains are not

required.

So far we have only had 16 inches of snow that has melted but a good chance of a white Thanksgiving,at least we did not get the 5 foot that those West of us got. North of us by 15 miles they got 4 foot.

Al

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