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Probably last photo of "Doug" the '60 Bug for a little while, as I've switched him to a less-accessible spot just this week, so that I can drag the '70 Bug out for a bit more winter driving (hopefully, that is), while the roads still remain clear & salt/sand-free here in Southern Connecticut.

This photo was from last Saturday (1/7/2012), when I drove Doug over to the center of Guilford again for some errands:

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Something about being able to get behind the wheel of an old car from time to time for a little driving... spiritual renewal...

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Nothing like 400hp and a 4-speed. Easy to maintain though need to pull the dash apart and figure out why the oil pressure gauge is reading 20 psi with a 90 ohm input (should read max).

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I walked by mine in the dark, to get my generator out in the early hours of the morning. We lost power for a couple of hours from the wind/snow storm that roared in last night. Oh then I walked by them again to put the generator away later in the morning.

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Turned the heat on in garage this morning to hopefully get some bits back together on my '41 McLaughlin Buick coupe, got some work done, but then other stuff got in the way, and I didn't get as much done as I hoped! As usual!!

Getting very cold tonight, so I'm going to work on some of the interior parts in the basement tomorrow rather than heat the garage.

Keith

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Went out to the shop with my wife's cousin to show him the cars.

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Today I dropped off all of the chrome at a plating shop to get prices.

Now, having heart palpitations waiting to hear what the price will be for every piece of chrome off my 57 Special convertible, some in excellent condition, but some that will require some serious repairs.

Anyone care to venture a guess at the final cost?

Being in Alberta Canada I believe that the price will shock some of my American friends and fellow car buffs.

I will post the estimate if I survive the sticker shock :)

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Picked up another wiper motor for my 55 sunliner and going to check it out by hooking it up to my 65 galaxie today to see if it works,if its good it will probably be spring before it goes in the 55. The 65 has a vacumn line thats easy to get to for checking and its easier to get to then the 55 right now.

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So happy to have been able to get the '70 Bug out for some local pleasure driving today (Saturday, January 14, 2012), to take advantage of more of this unusually clear January here in Connecticut. Didn't realize how much I missed being able to drive it!

Here's a sample shot down by the water at Stony Creek village (section of town at the very southeastern-most corner of Branford, CT), around mid-day today:

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Drove the 66 Mustang convert over to look at another one that is for sale.. Well, just how many Mustang converts does anyone need??? Well, how many colors did they come in? Then back home I Test drove the 57 Buick after I finished up inspecting and detailing it. Pulled out the 49 Dodge pickup and put in the new speedometer, then drove it around the valley. Back home I looked at the 41 Cadillac sitting outside and figured I best wash it and put it away. Then drove the 51 DeSoto to play with the fluid drive M6 shift problem. Then finished off the day by working on the restoration of my wife's 61 Rambler American Convertible.

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stock_steve - Beautiful! But why is the top up???

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

Yeah, I know, Gil--shoulda had it down! And it seems significantly colder around here today. Shoulda taken advantage of yesterday's relatively more moderate weather. But on the plus side, the car does have decent heat...

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Gave the whitewalls on the '78 Lincoln a cleaning with a bit of Bleach White, which really doesn't work that much better than a good household spray cleaner or Dow foaming bathroom cleaner. Next planned task on that car is sealing the edges of the half vinyl roof with silicone sealant and then the top itself with a UV resistant flexible clear coating.

Those half vinyl roofs look good on some cars but are a real pain to seal up so trapped moisture will not eventually present major rust issues on the roof, "C" pillars, and below the rear window.

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Jim, try mineral spirits. It will melt off the yellow layer of white rubber leaving a pristine surface below.

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Jim, try mineral spirits. It will melt off the yellow layer of white rubber leaving a pristine surface below.

The whites were not yellowed, just had a coat of road grime from being driven. I believe in driving our vintage cars as frequently as opportunity permits and that means the whites are going to get dirty, especially following a rain.

Since I acquired that '78 Lincoln I've made it a part time daily driver. Love the ride and particularly the seats that give adequate leg support unlike most cars produced after 1980 and certainly after 1990. The seats in the typical car today are not made for anyone over about 5' 6" tall, but then you know that far better than I as tall as you are.

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Mostly just idled around the driveway yesterday (Sunday, January 22, 2012), after I got myself shoveled out from the previous day's snowstorm (note the snowbound '92 Taurus in the background). I have a healthy respect for what salt does to old car bodies, and so I'm going to have to wait now for some more rain to come and wash the roads down a bit (possibly coming this week, combined with some possibly continued relatively mild temps), so that I can actually get out for another pleasure drive with the '70 Bug...

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correct a spelling mistake (as usual) (see edit history)

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Blasted another demountable clincher rim. Two down, three to go, then I'll get them galvanized. Nondemountables were stock equipment in 1923, but I'm going with the optional rims that are more convenient if you have a flat.

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Tried to take the 1925-25 out to take some snow pictures in front of our house.

It did not want to go far from its snug garage. The 5.00/5.25X21" Dunlops don't

go in the snow!

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Worked on cleaning up the rough Twin Six hood latch castings to prepare for nickle plating.

Replaced the LF signal lamp on the '26 Chrysler.

No snow here, so can't get the annual "Chrysler on snow" photo.

Photo is from 2010

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I was scheduled to meet one of the newly-elected HCCA directors for lunch, so he could learn from my vast experience (one whole year's worth!) as a director. He lives in PA, I live in NJ, and we agreed to meet at a Thai restaurant in Flemington. It was a crisp, cool day, so I put on the snowmobile suit and drove the '13 T. It was 40 degrees when I left at noon and 38 degrees when I got home at 4:45. Vermont beer, Thai food, good company, and 56 miles (including 4 on dirt roads) in a brass T with the windshield down and a breeze in my face. What's not to like?

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

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Did some moving-around of cars in the garage, and decided to take the '54 Convertible out for a neighborhood spin, since the weather was mild & clear. Mrs. Stock Steve drove, so I was able to snap an action shot:

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