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I managed to turn over the odomoter for the first time, it was a moment of celebration indeed! Records that came with the car confirm the mileage is accurate. I look forward to the next 100,000 miles.

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Not uncommon on high end cars like a Pierce, Packard or Rolls. I have done this a few times myself on lesser autos and said, "Oh heck, The car is just broke in! ;) Dandy Dave!

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Took my LTD to the local Tractor Supply cruise-in last night. Pretty good crowd, maybe 30 cars at the peak.

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I managed to turn over the odomoter for the first time, it was a moment of celebration indeed! Records that came with the car confirm the mileage is accurate. I look forward to the next 100,000 miles.

That's awesome! Congratulations and best wishes for many more happy miles yet to come!

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I took my Starfire out when my older son was visiting two weekends ago, took my usual 6 mile "exercise" route on the frontage roads for the Sam Rayburn Tollway near the house. After the turnaround point I floored it (Showoff!) and it stumbled big time, popping and missing. It cruised OK but was not happy, missing on acceleration all the way home. I put it away and had no time to look at it since we were leaving for vacation in West Texas.

While we were gone I went through all the usual scenarios in my mind, from simple fouled plugs or burned points to major ruptured fuel pump diaphragm or slipped timing chain. I finally got back to it today, the first thing I looked at was the spark plug cable under the AC compressor because it's a ***** to get at - and I see it is completely off the plug! Popped it back on, started it up and took it for a ride, it runs great! This is very atypical for me in that a repair actually did not cost anything, so here is a respectful thank you to the Oldsmobile gods!

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I took my Starfire out when my older son was visiting two weekends ago, took my usual 6 mile "exercise" route on the frontage roads for the Sam Rayburn Tollway near the house. After the turnaround point I floored it (Showoff!) and it stumbled big time, popping and missing. It cruised OK but was not happy, missing on acceleration all the way home. I put it away and had no time to look at it since we were leaving for vacation in West Texas.

While we were gone I went through all the usual scenarios in my mind, from simple fouled plugs or burned points to major ruptured fuel pump diaphragm or slipped timing chain. I finally got back to it today, the first thing I looked at was the spark plug cable under the AC compressor because it's a ***** to get at - and I see it is completely off the plug! Popped it back on, started it up and took it for a ride, it runs great! This is very atypical for me in that a repair actually did not cost anything, so here is a respectful thank you to the Oldsmobile gods!

I've had a couple of similar "bargain price" repairs like that in my life, but it usually takes me a LOT longer to figure them out, and sometimes there are also wrenches thrown, colorful language, etc., accompanying the experience.

Glad to hear of the very happy ending!!!

That sure is a great looking Olds!!!

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I've had a couple of similar "bargain price" repairs like that in my life, but it usually takes me a LOT longer to figure them out, and sometimes there are also wrenches thrown, colorful language, etc., accompanying the experience.

The cheapest repairs I've had came with an old Jaguar I owned, the lights would stop working on one side or sometimes just one corner, and all I would have to do was get out and bang on the fender just behind the wheels and they would light up again. The Laws of British Sports Cars applied readily to my cars. The Laws of British Sports Cars

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Took the wife and two other lady friends for breakfast/lunch after church in my '27 Tudor T.......about 11 miles one way and stuck to back roads on the way home.

"A good time was had by all"....... :D

The '19 Touring T is next in the queue.......we won't have THAT many more days of really nice driving weather for passengers in an open car.

Where does the time go? :confused:

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Got the Vette out and took the top off for the first time. The fuel gauge isn't working correctly. It moves a little up to just above E so I figured it had to be low. Went to the gas station and 2 gallons filled it up. Got back to the house and had a strong gas smell. Popped the access cover off the gas tank (behind the seats) The fuel line coupling on top of the gas tank was leaking like a siv. I tightened it but it didn't seal it. I took it apart cleaned up both ends put it back together and problem fixed. It looks like it's been leaking bad for quite some time. There was a lot of gas staining all over the new tank the last owner had installed. I also have no head lights on the driver's side when I put on the hi beam. I have both hi beams faintly glowing when it's on dim so I have to check the grounds. I figure that any gremlins in a Fiberglass car are going to start with a ground check. I worked on boats for a while and that was more often than not the problem. Unfortunately the hardtop at some point did some paint damage where it sits so I have some detail work to make it look a bit more presentable. all in all it runs pretty good and it's hard to drive without wanting to get on it a little every now and then just to hear the exhaust.

Definately a bit different than driving the 48 Plymouth or 36 Chrysler.

Here's a topless photo at my shop last night before I drove it home.

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Over the weekend we drove the 1914 Buick on Saturday

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then on Sunday afternoon we went for a ride in the 1937 Buick

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spent a little time cruising the neighborhood in the 1954 Caddy

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and finished the day with a cruise in the 1970 Cadillac convertible

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A Good Day !!!

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................all in all it runs pretty good and it's hard to drive without wanting to get on it a little every now and then just to hear the exhaust.

Definately a bit different than driving the 48 Plymouth or 36 Chrysler.

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That should be the only reason that I need to get my 65 Corvette out of the garage, but alas, I'm terribly busy. The Northern Neck is having its annual fair this week, and our region has a car corral each night, so we try to drive something different each night. Well the Vette fuelly did not want to start Saturday morning. I pulled the intake hose off and shot some raw fuel in, but it takes 2 people to do that safely (need a fire extinguisher handy) Finally bit the bullet and shot a spot of ether in it this morning and it started right up. As with most older cars, if they set a good while (month or two), they lose their prime. I hate to consider this, but I guess I'll put an electric priming pump on her.

I'll add a picture tomorrow when it stops raining. Wait, I have a good one...... Taken in Blacksburg, Va. at their Eastern Meet back in 2010.

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Drove the 88 mile Tour at Pebble. Got to drive two laps on Laguna Seca with 5 people in the Mark II. When we went around the Corkscrew my tires were screaming, as we're my passengers.

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Drove my one-lung Cadillac on the Brighton USA tour over the weekend. This is a low-key 1-and 2-cylinder brass-era tour in NJ, not to be confused with the much bigger New London to New Brighton tour in Minnesota. Three of us drove 22 miles on Friday afternoon, and 12 of us drove 66 miles on Saturday. Perfect weather. Gorgeous back roads with lots of hills. Friday evening pizza and Saturday catered lunch were at Andy Wallace's home in Branchville. Two-cylinder Buicks predominated, but there were also a two-cylinder REO, a Yale, a Renault, a Maxwell, and - ahem! - a tiny single cylinder Isetta from the '50s, that looked as though one of the big twins had laid an egg. A totally fun day-and-a-half.

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Took the LTD to the local Monday night cruise-in at Tractor Supply. Beautiful evening, talked with a friend who brought his '77 Matador wagon that he's owned for 24 years. Another acquaintance I've met at the show had his '77 New Yorker, but he also owns a Pacer, a '63 Imperial and a '62 (I think) Bentley. We spent a lot of time talking about the AACA as he has been a member since he was a kid. He said his father was an attorney for the AACA for many years. He said he's been to many, many meets all over the country and that if I wanted to know anything about the AACA, talk to him first. He and my other friend were very pleased to hear that I've entered the LTD in HPOF.

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Last Sunday, on a last minute whim, decided to pick up a fellow car nut and drive to an annual Cornfest in the next community. Took the city four lane main road versus the two lane to give traffic a chance to get around and Joe looked really concerned with traffic whizzing by (He has 50's and 60's cars so..... slow he isn't used to).

Not many antique cars and the modified gang was really looking at us when we drove in let alone the public.

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Summer is almost over so will be going on Labour Day Weekend back to our Local Annual Car Club event with Dad again (as long as we can). Hoping for good weather.

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I drove my baby for the first time this Saturday. After 5 months of dust and cobweb removal and the necessary rework after a very long garage period, I felt it was road worthy. I had forgotten the pleasure I get out of the drive and the looks and waves. I still have a lot of work to do, but at least I can have fun with it. Also forgot how much pressure is required for manual brakes!!!PUSH HARDER.

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Earlier in August, specifically Friday evening, August 2nd, 2013, I drove my gnarly '69 Bug over to the North Branford, CT "Potato & Corn Festival" Classic Car Cruise, and had a wonderful evening walking around and checking out all the cars. Reference: Car Show

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The '69's clutch was starting to show signs of slippage by that time, however, and I haven't driven it a heck of a lot since, waiting for a good opportunity to yank the engine to put in a new clutch disk. Maybe can find some time this coming Labor Day Weekend to do it... We shall see...

These last two shots were from later the same evening, Friday, August 2nd, 2013.

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I sure do miss driving that car, and have to get that clutch done before all the good "Convertible Driving Weather" passes me by...

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Saturday morning the Packard came out of the garage, got all six of her tires pumped up, and got a few more miles under her belt...

Flexing her muscles, and dusting off the cobwebs --

getting ready for the 68th Revival AAA GLIDDEN TOUR,

this year hosted by AACA's Chickamauga Region

and Headquartered at Tennessee's famed Chattanooga Choo Choo

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We drove down through town to breakfast Saturday. I was wearing a "bowler" hat and had an English looking pipe in my mouth, and Karen was wearing a bright pink, very "Queenly" looking hat and as we cruised in we were doing the "royal wave", ha ! Got a lot of thumbs up, laughs, and comments. Cars make the world so much fun sometimes ! To top off the morning, after breakfast one of the guys slipped one of those whistle devices in my tailpipe, but the little fellow puts out such a tiny bit of "horse-pressure" that the whistle wouldn't sound ! After we left and pulled in the driveway, the lower radiator hose pop'ed a pinhole in itself and squirted for a minute. We thought it was so polite for the little car to wait till we got home to make a little scene, guess it wants some maintenance-type attention, Ha !! Oh, our car is the one getting all the attention.............

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forgot to name my car (see edit history)

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Just took the Vette out tonight. I fixed the gas gauge. The float had a pinhole in it. I have alot of Old NOS parts so I just robbed the float off a mystery gauge and that took care of it. The calibration looks off a bit but that's an easy fix.

I have been chasing down the Headlight issue and it appears that a ground is the issue. No surprise being a fiberglass car. I traced everything step by step to every visible junction. I believe it's somewhere in the actual harness from headlight to the first plug. When I bypassed it with a temporary jumper it worked fine.

The weather this evening was just too nice, with the low beams on (they work fine) I took it out for a 15 mile spin just to hear the pipes and do a little shifting.

Well it felt better to drive it than chase wiring like I have been doing the last couple of nights. When I got back, I tried the lights just to see. Now they work fine. That 20 minute drive sure was more fun than laying on my back chasing wires and reading schematics.

Some times you get lucky. I just hope it stays fixed.

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The weather cooperated and we took several museum cars out for some exercise this week. Let's see if you can identify the two vehicles in this photo and guess which one we drove:

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Ms. Nancy, is it a Fordson or an Armstead ( sp ? ) snow tractor ? Oh, bet you drove that fabulous looking car !

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