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... Slowly but surly.

Sounds like me. Actually, I'm more likely to be "slow and surly". :)

All I did was drive home from the Plymouth Owners Club meet. About 80 miles in one and a half hours. Not too bad an average speed for a 78 year old car.

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It finally cooled down a little here in NC, so I finally finished installing the door weatherstrip on my '54 Studebaker 4-door. Just got to put the drivers door back on tomorrow after the adhesive dries good, and adjust it. :)

Now it's on to the window channel runs and catwhiskers, and headliner, and carpet.........:(

Looking froward to some QUIET driving soon!!

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Did some garage car-juggling, and pulled the '50 Bug out of its deep hibernation spot, where it has been since last fall (I am embarrassed to say). I'm going to drive it out to the store shortly to get some gas and also grab some provisions, and then wash it when I get back.

The plan is to drive it out to the Belltown Antique Car Club show tomorrow morning, at the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds, in Haddam Neck, CT. The forecast seems to suggest possibly some rain tomorrow, but we've also taken note of the "rain or shine" advisory on their flyer:

http://www.belltownantiquecarclub.org/shows/pdfs/august%202011.pdf

I noticed it's listed as the "45th annual"--that's one seriously long-running event...

Definitely don't mind getting the car wet--and it needs the exercise anyway...

Yes, I've already packed my fire extinguisher also (per their flyer)...

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Thank you all who have inspired me. I dug most of the way down to my red '31 coupe, today and let me tell ya...it was NOT an easy task. All of the work today was the light stuff. Unless it cools off outside a bit, tomorrow I will move the heavy stuff...manifolds, heads, starters, generators, etc.

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Today it was what did I let my Classic do for me. Well today we went to my 60th High School reunion and we went in one of the "Classics". We went in our Red 1959 Ford 4 door sedan which I had made into a "Woodie" looking car. At 76 years old I tought myself how to steam bend wood and this was what I created, real wood around and "stickem" on the panels. The plain looking red sedan pictured is the same car and how it looked at my 45th class reunion. You can see why I had to dress it up some. As a Woodie it gets more attention.

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Worked on my kingpins in the 48 plymouth ragtop. I got all the brake hardware and backing plates stripped off then proceeded to beat my brains and back of my had in an attempt to get the swedge pin out of the driver's side which hasn't budged. I soaked everything with PB again and will try a different hammer from the hardware store tommorrow. The sledge is a little hard to swing in the fender well especially when it's toward my finger and the punch. Any trick to gettting the sucker out? I think someone worked on this one before and gave up by the end of it looking peened over. The one on the passenger side looks much more untampered with.

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I drove my 37 Chevy p/u to a truck show yesterday and played with the timing on the way home,I have been backing off the timing trying to get rid of a rattle in the motor which has not gone away so I am going to get it running its best and run it till it blows and go from there. Since the noise is in the cylinder that was sleeved my block is probably junk so I will look for another motor and run it until something happens.

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It was "all rain, all the time" on my tour to the Haddam Neck Fairgrounds in the '50 Bug this morning. I felt bad for the Belltown Antique Car Club folks (Belltown Antique Car Club), who had to cancel their show, for the first time in 45 years, due to the heavy, non-stop rain. It was a good workout for the '50, though, which got me there and back in one piece!

Signed,

'The Rain-X Kid'

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Finally downloaded some photos from my Belltown Rain Misadventure this past Sunday morning (8/7/2011). I parrticularly like this one. I took it after I left the (cancelled) car show grounds in Haddam Neck, CT, and started heading south into Moodus, CT (all the while with the rain getting heavier and heavier). I realized I was going to pass the now-defunct "Sunrise Resort" on Route 151 (now owned by the State of CT), and decided to stop for a couple of photo-ops at the Sunrise Ghost Town:

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I have many fond memories of driving this same '50 VW to the "Great Connecticut Traditional Jazz Festival," that was held at the Sunrise Resort, for perhaps 10 or 15 years (a string that ended a few years ago). The Festival used to allow antique cars & their owners free admission, in return for providing a "festive" display on a field adjacent to one of the main music tents. Ah, great times, great memories...

I believe the state's new name for the Sunrise Resort property is now: "Machimoodus" (ref: Machimoodus State Park - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) and there is a separate entrance for the "State Park" a hundred yards or so from the main Sunrise Resort entrance, which was where I parked my car for the photo-op.

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I have the front end of the 48 plymouth all apart. Removed the old kingpins put the bushings in and now I'm trying to find a reamer to size the bushings. I painted everything while it's apart and will probably clean and paint the brake hacking plates this evening. Still trying to find a steering box for it as well. I figured with all the units being hotrodded it would be easy to find one but the phone hasn't rang yet with one after several posts on craigslist and otehr sites. I found one but the guy will only sell the sector and the box without the steering shaft so that's pretty much useless. I've got the word out. Hopefully one will turn up.

I replaced the last piece of throttle linkage on my 36 chrysler so that should finish that up. I drove it yeaterday after some fine tuning and it scoots along quite nice now. The linkage should help it properly come back to the correct Idle. It always ran faster than you set the idle due to the worn linkage.

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I'm finally making progress on making my 63 Starfire roadworthy. Went to the shop yesterday and the suspension is done, all new bushings, ball joints, outer tie rods, springs and shocks. I did a brake job earlier and replaced rubber fuel and transmission cooler lines, still need to replace the front crank seal and rear axle pinion seal plus some exhaust work.

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I lovingly sanded and wire wheeled the inside door pillars on my 30 Chrysler CJ down to bare metal.

I used a stiff, small wire wheel on a 1/4 inch drill so / as to not damage the body / trim nail heads. Then D-A ed the flat areas with 80 grit.

Wiped them down with Ospho. Slow and tedious. Back home at 12:30 am.

Won't be long.... I'll be looking for paint.

Bill H

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Trying to decide if I want to enter my 47 in the Cruise above the Clouds event next month, still some work to do. Since I just bought it I don't have the confidence on its road worthiness.....got to do some running around in it locally. But need to get it buffed out, the fuel pump cleaned out and licensed.

So what did I do today, "Looked at it" :confused:

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On Saturday I drove my newly re-restored (after an accident 3-1/2 years ago) 1907 one-lung Cadillac on the 25th New London to New Brighton antique car run in Minnesota. 120 miles, and we got there, but it required two high-speed clutch adjustments and several maledictions and imprecations. The run is open to one-and two-cylinder steam and gas cars built before 1916, and any car built before 1909. The pre-T Ford guys had had a meet the week before, and were well represented - three Model As (the two-cylinder kind from 1903), an F, a K, and several Ns, Rs and Ss. A 1902 White steamer made it, as did the earliest known surviving Moon and a solid-tired 1915 White baker's truck. A very well-organized tour - there were volunteer drivers to get your tow car and trailer to New Brighton, there were police escorts in New Brighton, and many people lined up at the rest stops cheering us on. During the last two days I dragged the trailer the 1200-plus miles home.

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

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Today I got my Buick mounted on my home built rotisserie....

Some minor tweaks are required but she spins effortlessly and now I can move the body around and out of the main garage to allow room for the soon to be powder-coated frame's arrival.

This feels like a true turning point in this restoration... biggrin.gif

...unfortunately no camera tonight, pics to follow.

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