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Roger, that is fantastic.  Another new car!  Now you will have to start another topic on the forums.  What are you getting?

 

I imported the Unimog from Belgium.  There was a lot of trust involved.  In the end it worked out great.  It just took a long time from start to finish. 

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3 hours ago, unimogjohn said:

Roger, that is fantastic.  Another new car!  Now you will have to start another topic on the forums.  What are you getting?

 

I imported the Unimog from Belgium.  There was a lot of trust involved.  In the end it worked out great.  It just took a long time from start to finish. 

Well...As you saw in my signature, I sold my '56 Sedan de Ville last year because I wanted something less old. As I have only 3 garage places at my disposal, one of the 3 cars had to go. A Swiss member of the local Cadillac club was intersted to the de Ville and we did the deal.

During wintertime I did nothing because to have a car less to maintain had also advantages! For about 4 weeks, one of my spare parts suppliers asked what I would like to buy.My answer was: a 1969 to 1972 Cadillac; a de Ville would be fine either as a coupe or 4-door, not white or black.

Recently, than man sent me a link for a low mileage 1972 Cadillac Coupe de Ville in a rather good condition. I don't know the owner, but I phoned him maybe 2 weeks ago. I had over the phone a good impression; my spare parts seller had also a phone conversation with him. 3 days ago, the money was on the account of the seller. Now, I'm waiting...and organized already shop manual and other literature.

I don't want to go into the details now, most probably in some months when the car is in my garage

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Roger, congratulations.  Cannot wait to see pictures.  

 

Headed out to the garage this fine Saturday morning.  Wanted to finish up with the Jaguar by bleeding the brakes.  Used my little Mighty Vac to do the job.  The fluid was not that dirty or discolored.  Only the front passenger side had a little debris in it.  Well that job is done.  Just waiting for the part to arrive so I can finish the brake job.  

 

Next car up will be the Suburban, just going to check all the brake fittings for leaks and repair the windshield washer system now that the front wheel inner fender is off so I can get to it.  Then going to put new rear shocks on the Chevy Trailblazer and check the brakes.  And finally, I have to do all the brakes on the VW Passat.  By the end of all this work, the Traveller should be here, and I am sure it will need a good inspection and some repair.  No rest for the weary.  

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John:

 

Do you use those numbered cards like the dealers do that go on the rear view mirrors to keep track of which of your cars is awaiting parts or is next in line to be serviced?

 

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44 minutes ago, packick said:

John:

 

Do you use those numbered cards like the dealers do that go on the rear view mirrors to keep track of which of your cars is awaiting parts or is next in line to be serviced?

 

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It is Sunday, April 16th.  Happy Easter!  Hope that  you are all out looking for colored Easter eggs.  Here is a picture of my favorites.

 

Nice day, but decided to work on the Suburban sans the 2 post lift.  Wanted to see why the windshield washer was leaking like crazy.  Well I found out.  The pump housing was cracked.  It is a pain to take out the reservoir as you have to remove the inner fender liner and the battery and battery tray.   At least I had the liner out for the brake job.  As luck would have it, I had a new pump in my spares box.  So put it in and got everything all connected and the battery back in it place.  I hit the lever for the washer system and water came out everywhere.  What! it is coming out a break in the hose under the driver's side wiper arm.  I have to order some hose, I have none.

 

 

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And I hate it when I wake up at 3 AM with nothing to do.  I tend to get in trouble.  And I hate Eastwood, they keep sending me specials with free shipping.  So this morning I bought a little table top parts washer system, $54 to my door.  Of course then I had to have cleaning fluid, so to Amazon I went.  Got 5 gallons of special fluid, $47 to my door.  No more using cans of brake cleaner at $7 a pop.

 

 

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It is Monday, April 17th.  Hope to hear something about the Morris Traveller that "I think" we bought.  Glad I put down the deposit.  If they do not call me, I will call them this afternoon.  I would like to complete the deal and start making arrangements to get it up to Virginia.

 

We headed over to Camaro Steve's place yesterday afternoon.  He has been working on "Barney", the 1953 Ford F-100.  He had the front seat redone and it looks really good.  Added seat belts too.  The floor was solid, but soft in a couple of places and had several holes where the floor mounted shifter resided.  He cut out the soft parts and welded in new metal, and welded in new metal where the holes were.  He buffed up the floor and put down a coat of "POR" to seal everything up.  Next he plans to put down some thermal insulation and then a new rubber covering.

 

We are all going up to the Spring Carlisle PA show on Thursday.  Will be a great day for walking around looking for old car parts.  

 

 

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John, do you know if Carnegie Pa 15106 is far away from your place? "my" car will be shiped there to make some maintenance/improvements. Your car may travel with mine?

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Roger, Carnegie is 250 miles north of our home in Virginia.  I would imagine that you car will be taken to the Port of Baltimore, MD for a quick trip across the pond.  They have a couple of roll on/roll off ships there all the time.  My Unimog came from Europe thru the port.

 

If your new car is in FL then maybe they will be together for the trip north.  I have contracted with Jim of Trulyvintage on this forum to pick up the Traveller and bring it to Virginia.  He said that he will be in Florida at the end of the week.  Looks like we will have our Traveller by the beginning of next week.

 

And I tried to wire money to no avail.  The bank wanted an address for the seller, which I did not have.  So it looks like tomorrow morning for the wire transfer.   

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Still Monday.  Well, the Suburban is officially done.  Got the inner fender back on and secure; and I got the windshield washer tube replaced.  Everything is good to go.  It was a little tight working around the Jaguar, but at least I did not have to kneel in the gravel and rain.

 

I have been using a Crosland (made in England) oil filter for the Jaguar.  I only have one left so decided to order three from XK Unlimited.  They came today.  They look pretty good, but they are made in China.  Side to side they are pretty similar to the Crosland.  The Crosland may have tighter pleats, hence a bit more filtering media.

 

I also got the adjustment bar for the Jaguar brakes from Welsh Enterprises.  The adjustment teeth look great.  I will be able to finish the Jaguar tomorrow.  Can hardly wait to take it for a test drive.  

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1 hour ago, unimogjohn said:

Roger, Carnegie is 250 miles north of our home in Virginia.  I would imagine that you car will be taken to the Port of Baltimore, MD for a quick trip across the pond.  They have a couple of roll on/roll off ships there all the time.  

 

 

Well, I was thinking that both cars could go with the same truck! I see that both locations are too far away and as you still have difficulties with the wire transfer, it's an illusion.

Anyway, thinking that a large car like a '72 de Ville could travel with theat tiny car would have been fun...

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John,

I was under the impression that the "T" on the Virginia plates signifies they are for a truck. It could certainly be a wrong impression but you may want to verify with the DMV that you may use them on your car.

Jim Yergin

 

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Jim, Alice is going in to register the car, err truck.  She will take a picture of the Traveller and try to convenience the DMV that it is a little English truck.  Worse case we will just use them for display and run the regular vintage/antique plates, which you can get in black/white combo.  

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Just a quick update on the projects as we are on our way to Long Island in New York.  Going with friends to visit the east end of the island and staying away from the city.

 

I got the Jagrar's brakes done late last night and took it for a quick spin.  The brakes work much better without much of a pull.  I am happy.  I am sure they will improve with more time on the engine.  No oil or water leaks that I could see also.

 

I paid for the Morris Traveller.  So I guess that the little station wagon is ours.  It should be here sometime next week.  Maybe as early as Monday/Tuesday.  Alice is sure excited.  

 

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My '37 Cord has truck plates!  It's not supposed to, of course.

 

When I went to the DMV in Virginia to use the plates (not knowing about the T being Truck), I also had to renew my driver's license.  The clerk started with that, opened my records on the computer, and went "HUH!!'....I asked her what the problem might be, she said well, you're in the computer as a female.  Yikes!  Thinking it was a simple fix, I found out it wasn't, one and a half hours and three phone calls to Richmond to the head office.  Finally, I was male again.

 

Then she picked up the plates.  "Wait", she said, "You can't do year of manufacture on a CAR with TRUCK plates".....I looked at her and said "Hey, you just gave me a sex change operation, and NOW you're telling me I can't use these plates?"....she laughed and registered the car with the T plates.....always a source of a conversation or two when the car is out and about...

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It is Saturday, April 22nd.  A new adventure begins.  After a short trip to Long Island, NY and then to Carlisle, PA we made it home late last night.  I got a note from Jim, our hauler, that he had picked up the Traveller.  He did not give me a schedule for his trip so he may be here late today or tomorrow.  We will just have to wait and see.  At least we know the car is on its way.  I did call our insurer and added to the car to our "large lines" policy with JC Taylor.

 

And while we are waiting.  Here is a little video on the history of the Morris Minor.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sD79yY2diMI

 

 

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Roger, pls keep us updated on its journey through the shipping process.

 

The location of the Traveller is unknown.  Waiting for Jim to let me know his progress up the east coast.

 

In the meantime I decided to assemble the Eastwood media blaster and parts washer.  All was going well on the media blaster when I stgripped the threads on the air pressure gauge.  So I stopped.  Will have to get a thread chaser as I mangled it pretty good.  My fault.  

 

I had better luck with the parts washer.  Thankfully, I only had to install the nozzle and fill the tank with fluid.  Works good.  It is small, but will do probably everything I need to do.  Here are a couple of pics of both machines.

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It is Sunday, April 23rd.  We received a note from Jim that the Traveller, now named Dexter by Alice, will probably be arriving on Monday.  I have a spot in my garage for him.  Alice vows to clean out the house garage for him.  We will see.  It is full of garden stuff right now.  

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Sunday PM update.  Just got a note from Jim.  He had a breakdown, and had to replace an alternator and two batteries in the rain.  So that put him way behind today, and of course Sunday traffic on I-95 is terrible.  So it looks like Tuesday will be his arrival day.  Sure glad he is doing the driving, I would be hating it.  

 

Greg stopped by this afternoon for a chat.  He said that he has ordered a custom car trailer.  It is going to be a 26 footer, gray in color with a side door.  It will be tall enough so he can drive in his antique cars with their tops up.  Delivery is a couple of months away.  

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Our Greg, over fifty years in the old car hobby, a dozen or so cars owned (and I don't think he's ever sold a car), and has never owned a trailer!

 

That said, he has more friends than Carter has little liver pills, and helping him is always a pleasure.......as John and I, and others, know....

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It is Monday morning, Jim just sent me another note.  He is in Battleboro, NC.  He said that it is raining so hard he can hardly see the road.  So he is calling it quits for the day.  On the plus side he is only about five hours or 250 miles away.  Told him to be safe.  

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34 minutes ago, unimogjohn said:

It is Monday morning, Jim just sent me another note.  He is in Battleboro, NC.  He said that it is raining so hard he can hardly see the road.  So he is calling it quits for the day.  On the plus side he is only about five hours or 250 miles away.  Told him to be safe.  

I've seen Jim's posts for a long time, followed him all over the country it seems....I sure hope he doesn't have those problems on every haul!!  Always fun to get a new toy delivered!

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