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Hey Dave, I'm looking at your beautiful '70 Mustang Boss 302 right up on the wall next to my desk as I type this--May 2011 feature for the AACA calendar! NICE!!!

Wow, this looks to be Dave's month indeed--judging by the just-received May/June 2011 Antique Automoile! Back cover--BANG!...Pages 46-47 feature--BANG!..Centerspread--BANG BANG!

And yet another overall "Bang-up" job with this AA issue, by West and Company!

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Took the 37 for a 20 mile drive and the plugs are getting closer to a normal color so it looks like the #55 jet will stay,just waiting for the heat kit to arrive so it will run better when its colder then 50 degrees.

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Steve,

Yes, it is quite a month indeed. West did a great job on the magazine as usual. I am very honored and humbled to have my car featured. It"s deeply appriciated.:)

Dave

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Finally got time to fire up the FarmOroad and do a quick safety check and a short drive. Now they are predicting rain for most of the next week and I have to find a dry day to get it in for state inspection before the end of the month.

The F1 went on it's first long drive of the season with our cruising group ending at a nursing home show on Tuesday afternoon.

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Depression strikes! I found out that in order to verify the vin on one of my cars that I have to dig it out of my shop and trailer it down to the DMV for them to verify it. Neither the Phoenix Police nor the Oregon State Police can come to your residence and do that any more. OUCH!!

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So, after a long winter taking the truck apart, taking the engine out and carting it one town over to get rebuilt, then painting eberything and putting ut all back, With front end back on, water in rad, and oil in motor, we started it for the first time. Took 12 volts to turn it over. Sounded good after adjusting the timing. The PROBLEM is.... oil leaking from the timing cover. Can you guess what I am doing later today, this weekend, and the foreseeable future?? O, just taking the front end back off draining the rad again, pulling pullys, and being pissed off the whole frickin' time.

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I added an engine-to-firewall ground that has been missing for years. Yesterday I replaced the battery-to-fender ground. Hopefully this will take care of my spurious electrical issues!

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I used a buffing wheel on the DA wind shield wing nuts I got from Keiser. ran a thread chaser down them, turned a tap through the female piece on the car and they look great! Hopefully no idiot in the future will use a vice grip to turn them ever again! I also buffed a hup cap I bought on Ebay and put it on my wheel. Looks much better than my old beat up one.

Rod

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...Oh, and this morning, I flat-towed my '56 VW Karmann Ghia out to a local car repair place who specializes in servicing older cars, and asked them to deal with the lug bolt that I *snapped off* in the drum this past weekend when doing a wheel & tire changeover--argh!

I didn't leave myself enough room to work, and I think I inadvertantly put some bending on the bolt, when attempting to untorque it (due to the odd position I was working in). Sure would have been smarter to just wheel the car outside and do the job properly!

Yet another lesson learned...

The old Ghia came back from busted lug bolt stud extraction surgery on Thursday afternoon, and I tried fitting a set of wheels & tires that I had assembled for another car--just for kicks, and a little driving fun & photo or two.

The wheels are Brazil reproduction Porsche 356'ers, 4.5" wide, painted black. Spun aluminum brake drum covers sit behind them (giving a bit of "faux porsche brake drum look"), and lug bolts have chromed plastic caps over the heads. Tires are 155R15 Vredestein Sprint Classics.

Presenting "The Phantom":

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Sadlt, nothing. It's raining today and it looks like it will be raining most of the week due to one of those pesky low pressure systems.

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did nothing today in the rain but wednesday i took the generater and regulater to a shop to get rebuilt,gen was cooked.hope to get it back tuesday,4 bufords from ct

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Spent yesterday extracting the oil filter from my '78 Nova, which some ASE jack-a.. must have torqued on with an air wrench, which required me to get the 16" jaws to rip it off and in doing so nicked the fuel hose to the pump (250 6cyl), which I could not see and then spent today trying to find and finally fix. cocktail time.

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Checked for the "fit", of my compete, NEW, duplicate of original and beautiful running boards that I just received in the mail. Perfect!

Bought an outside, non locking door handle off of E Bay for my 1930 Chrysler CJ for 39.00.

Bill H

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I just finished rebuilding a correct 352 for my 1960 Ford Sunliner. I did a complete rebuild including having the engine balanced. I also installed a NOS cam, lifters and oil pump. I dropped it in, timed the distributor and cranked it to get the oil pressure up. It started as if it had never been apart! It runs smooth at all RPM! The old engine had a vibration at 1200 to 1700 RPM. I'm very happy! I also rebuilt the steering gear box, installed power brakes and replaced the complete exhaust system. I installed the correct resonator and heat riser valve. My goal was to make the car as it left the factory.

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Installed a intake heat kit on the 37,I put Fenton headers on the 235 and had a cold driveability problem since so with some heat to the intake it should run better. I would like to have installed a 53/54 corvette exhaust manifold for a more factory appearance but since I have seen them in the 700 to 950 price range the 49 dollars for the kit is more in my budget.

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Being a newbie...picked up a new set of plugs for my 36 pontiac.

Next will cap/rotor/wires and maybe points...

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Just got back from the Brass in Berks County tour. Four days of superb routes and destinations in mostly rain. Put 305 miles on the '13 T runabout in three days. The other day I was a passenger in my son's '09 E-M-F. About half the folks who signed up for the tour drove their pre-'16 antiques despite the vile weather; the others went modern. One steady tourer was Herb Singe, Jr., who campaigned in the oldest Lozier extant - a 1906!

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

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I de-greased the frame and bellhousing areas where I will be working to put my clutch in my '31 coupe and ordered a new clutch release bearing.

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Just got back from the Brass in Berks County tour. Four days of superb routes and destinations in mostly rain. Put 305 miles on the '13 T runabout in three days. The other day I was a passenger in my son's '09 E-M-F. About half the folks who signed up for the tour drove their pre-'16 antiques despite the vile weather; the others went modern. One steady tourer was Herb Singe, Jr., who campaigned in the oldest Lozier extant - a 1906!

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

Thank you very much, Gil.

Being a local I received no less than 4 phone calls from friends asking why all those beautiful old vehicles were in the Reading area. Despite the weather my hat is certainly off to all of you for the dedication to the hobby. Glad you had a safe and fun time.

Regards,

Peter.

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Took the 37 for a spin tonight and it was acting like it was out of gas,must have picked up some gas with too much alcohol in it as the seal in the AC inline fuel filter swelled up and the glass bowl was not sealing. I am suprised it did not leak but it caused the pump not to draw any fuel from the tank,need to do some research to see who sells the best gas around here.

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Wax, wax, and more wax. I have to do the limousine a section at a time or I'll be too worn out for anything. I finally got it done so it is ready to go for the summer....now I have to wax the Electra.

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