unimogjohn

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It is Monday, PM, April 18th.  We made it home.  Left at 4:30 AM and arrived home at 3:30 PM, about 450 miles.

 

I created an album of the Sunday Concours.  We will see if this works.   https://goo.gl/photos/PJE4tNSbrHk9vnNq9

 

And if you expect to win your class or best of show then you have a trailer queen.  No driver was even noticed, except for Paul Rose and his 23 Buick. With that said, we did not go there expecting to win anything, but for the experience.  And we met lots of nice people.  Would we do it again?  Yes with no hesitation.

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Its Tuesday, PM.  Got everything put away and the trailer is back in its spot in the pasture.  In addition to the MAF engine issue with the Suburban, I also noticed that one fog light was without it lens cover.  So decided to order a complete front light kit, which consists of the headlights, turn signals and fog lights.  It will be like a new truck.  The headlights are cloudy and scratched so this seems like a better idea than polishing.  Only $108 for everything.  I also ordered a new MAFsensor for $87.

 

And finally, here is a nice write up by Keith Martin, the MC of the concours.  http://www.sportscarmarket.com/blogs/keith-martin/a-tail-of-two-auburns

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Here are more pics of the Kiawah Island Concours, published by the organization.  

 

 

A bunch of us headed to the Carisle, PA, Spring Show today.  Lots of people, good prices on parts, cars not so much, all way overpriced.  Picked up a few things, but nothing major.  Good to see so many folks out buying stuff.  

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It's Saturday, April 23rd, PM.  Tomorrow morning we head off to a all British car show.  It will be about a 140 mile round trip.  We will be heading out about 8:30 and hope to arrive about 10.

 

I installed the new headlight and parking/running light assemblies today.  They look really good and a huge improvement over the old ones.  Fit and finish were excellent.  For a bit over $100 I am very happy.  I have to wait until dark to make an initial adjustment.  Here are a couple of pics of the old and new together so you can see the difference.  I will keep the old ones in case anyone needs them in the neighborhood.  There are a lot of Chev trucks in the hood.

 

I will put on the new fog lights on Monday, just ran out of steam this PM.  I have to put it up on the lift to get to the underside mounting screws, which are under the bumper.

 

Alice's bird feeders took a hit from Mr Bear last night.  Looks like I am going to make some repairs.

 

 

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Sunday, April 24th, PM.  Just arrived home from the 2016 Britain on the Green show.  Over 220 cars attended, which was a record.  The weather was beauriful; 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Lots of nice cars also.  And quite a few Jaguars showed up.  We were in the XK Sport Class, which was comprised on the old 120s, etc and the new XK8s.  What a mix.  Alice had a great time meeting folks and making them sit in the car.  I am sure we got lots of vote because of her great work with the crowd.  In the end we were awarded a first place in class.  The silver XK120 FHC was awarded best of the show.  It was fresh out of the restoration shop.  Looked great, but it had lots of new type items on it.  I would consider it more of a modified car.  We a great time.

 

Here are the pics we took.

 

 

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I am in love with that blue MGA roadster!! I see that and I really miss my '57.

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John

Great photos and congratulation on first place.

BTW I am at Smith Mouton lake VA at this time.

Al  

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It is Monday, May 2nd.  We just got back from a short trip so nothing has happened in the old car world at our house.  But last night we attended a reception for the guys heading out to participate in the Peking to Paris rally.  I was surprised to see the Lancia there.  They were to have it on a ship to China a week ago.  Well, the car was not done so now it goes by air in a couple of weeks.  From the look of the car they have more work to do on it, but Stephen, one of the owners, said that they are driving the car to California in three days.  I think they may need more time.  Here is a link to their YouTube channel.  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZo_YUrG4L_K-0ylVM49-iw  They have a few short videos of the car.  They have hired a film producer to do a documentary of their journey also.  Their web site, if you want to follow along, is http://p2pmanyroads.com/

 

I have to give the Suburban a once over and install the fog lights today.  We are heading on another little adventure.  We are heading to Florida to pick up a 2014 Jaguar and bring it back up the coast.  Sadly it is not mine to keep.  Going to be like 2,000 miles in a four day trip.  I am beginning to feel like a long haul trucker.

 

On the last trip the trailer was really buffeted by the big trucks.  Just so happens that I have an equalizer hitch that I picked up many years ago and never used.  This trip I am going to use it.  I sure hope it helps the towing of the big and long trailer.  

 

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Still Monday, PM.  Spent a couple of hours this morning putting in the new fog light on the Suburban.  A real tight squeeze getting to the two bolts that hold each in.  The bolts are in a blind spot and you can only "feel" them up on top of the bumper rail.  Barely enough room to squeeze my hand and arm in to get to them.  But they are done and look good.  All the front lights are now "new".

 

I had to make an improvement to the garage.  I am sure the first of many.  I kept popping a 20 amp circuit breaker for the 4 post lift.  Not every time, but enough to tell me that I needed a slightly larger breaker in the panel.  So I went up to 30 amp.  We will see if that fixes the problem.

 

Jon and his 1937 Hudson Terraplane are coming over tomorrow to get on the 2 post lift.  He is having a terrible time steering the car.  It is really pulling to the right and making an awful banging noise.  So we are going to have a look see. 

 

 

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Chris, that is a question I ask myself everyday.

 

Tuesday and we have a report from Greg.

 

" Not a whole lot to impress.    Nate and I found time to lower the engine into the Black Avanti 5054.  With his help things went smoothly .   A few bolts in the bell housing to keep it from falling through is as far as we've gotten,  but that was the hard part.   Hooking things up will happen later.

 

Last week found Barb and I on an excursion to Indiana where we did some sight seeing, met up with old friend Glenn Miller who drove down from Michigan,  and back through Ohio where we loaded up some engine parts which included some of our '10 Overland.

   

Catching up from time lost has made it busy for me at my day job.   Not only the boss,  but Glenn Curtiss and the Wright Brothers keep me covered up.  That's all my brain  cells can supply at this time."   

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Quick update.  Jon brought his Hudson over, and we put it up on the lift and pulled the front wheels.  One brake cylinder was weeping fluid onto the brake shoes.  Not a good thing for stopping power.  So John is off to find a rebuild kit.  And he is using the silicone brake fluid.  Really made a mess of the brake shoes.

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It is Wednesday evening, May 4th.  Jon and his Hudson just left the garage.  We got the brakes all done so he is ready to travel on Saturday to his big annual Hudson meet in Winchester, VA.

 

While Jon was working and me offering advice and assistance as needed, I decided I better see if I could get the old fertilizer working.  I pulled it out from the shed to see how bad she was.  I have not used it in about twelve years.  It has some major rust around the cone of the hopper.  I think I am going to cut some panels and put it on with pop rivets.  This winter, when I have more time, I plan to cut out the rust and weld in replacement patches.  Also the PTO shaft was frozen solid and would no longer slide back and forth.  Took a couple of hours, but was able to get the two shafts apart and lubricated.  Everything else looked OK.  It will put to work next week spreading 4 tons of fertilizer on the pastures.

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It is Thursday, May 5th.  We are heading to Florida on Saturday for five I days.  Taking the big white trailer to pick up a relative's 2015 Jaguar and bring it back to Maryland.  She is 84 and cannot drive it that far.  So Alice offered our services.  She will not let anyone drive it, so our only option was to go and get it.  

 

So I took the opportunity to fit my never used Reese equalizer hitch .  Here is a pic of the install.  Never have used it all the year's I have owned it.  Probably 15 or more years.  Also decided to buy a sway controller that attaches to the Suburban's hitch to hopefully help on the sway from the big trucks going down I-95.  I pick up the sway controller from NAPA tomorrow morning and will put it on.  I hope that all this new hardware helps.  It was not much fun driving down and back from SC a few weeks ago.  Seemed that every other vehicle was a big truck going 75 mph or more.  We were really pushed around and actually got scared a couple of times.  My hands hurt from gripping the wheel so hard.

 

Here is what the sway controller looks like.

 

 

 

 

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John

I used that type of hitch when hauling a travel trailer with pickup and it worked very well. When I switched too a diesel pusher motor home for a tow vehicle pulling my car trailer and not using the eq. hitch I was blowing rear tires apparently when traveling on some of our not to smooth roads the up and down motion of the hitch over loaded the tires now back to eq. hitch and tire problem is gone.

Good luck on your trip.

I'm leaving VA on monday too go north and home.

Al 

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Early Friday afternoon, May 6th.  Picked up the sway control attachment this morning at NAPA.  Installed it as soon as I got home.  Probably took 30 minutes tops.  Here are a couple of pics of the installed unit.  Cost was $72.

 

We head out tomorrow morning.  I will give you a report tomorrow PM on how it all works.  Hopefully it will make pulling the trailer a pleasure.

 

A question for those that have the equalizer hitch.  I have the chain set on five links.  You have to push on the connector kinda hard to get it into the lock position.  Question, how do you know how tight/effort to get the chain and the long levers?

 

 

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Update on the hitch adjustment.  Spring arms adjustment on equalizer hitch.  After doing some significant research on the net I have decided that I have the arms adjusted too tight for an unloaded trailer.  So I have added a link to the adjustment chain, I am now at six links.  When I load the car and if the truck and trailer sag, then I can go to five for a firmer link.  

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Car and trailer should be level when hooked up and the chain will not be easy to latch with a load in trailer.

Al

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I have a set of equalizers for my trailer, although it tows well and I rarely use them.  That said, when I do use them, the equalizer bars have significant strain on them, and it should take some good effort to latch the mechanism, using a fairly long bar to set it in place.  I think it's hard to say that it's five links or six links, it has to be very, very tight to be effective, and if you can latch it easily, that's not enough....

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David and Al, thanks for the advice.  About to head out will take your suggestions to heart and adjust the hitch as we go along today.  Will probably go about 600 miles or so today.  Just depends on the weather and traffic.  

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