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Have you driven your classic today?

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Let's see..... today, My 36 V-12 and my 32 Coupe. The weekend at the drag strip we ran 11.52 in the 57 Chevy, and lost 4 rods in the process. Looks like oil pump failure; we lost the crank and rods, everything else made it. It seems the more HP we run the more stuff explodes. Last year the rear end, this year the rock crusher, and now the motor...... old cars sure are fun!

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Matt is actually the only one who reported driving a Classic so far.... :D

(Yes, I know Dave knows full well the difference and see he used a small case "C" but someone had to point this out - for humor only!...)

I didn't mention specifics since there was a lower case 'c' in the subject line

but yes, one of my Dream Cruise rides was a Classic; Series 67 Cadillac.

It performed flawlessly on the 90 mile trip including highway travel

and several miles of very slow cruising on an 80 degree day. :cool:

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I went to a cruise-in last night, so the LTD was last in, first out this morning. I didn't feel like swapping the cars around so I used it to go to Rotary and then work.

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Out to Madison and back on a beautiful summer evening today. Stopped for gas at the I-95 Exit 56/Leetes Island Road Mobil on the way...

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Thanks... The production was all my sons doing. He had me driving all over town for the right footage :cool:

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We drive all but a handful of our museum cars every summer and have been busy getting them out for exercise. I'd say we had the most fun taking out our 1932 Cadillac V12 Imperial Limousine recently. All of a sudden it backfired and look what appeared! (That's a 1932 American Austin coupe back there). Quite the contrast.

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Ms. DeWitt, is that the little car that Bill Minor built ? It looks too small to be real, and his was about a 3/4 size. I've just been wondering where some of his stuff went after his estate auction. Thanks, John

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John, that's a full-size American Austin. They were tiny cars--only 104" long with a 75" wheelbase (compared to the Cadillac's 149" wheelbase). Admittedly, the angle of that photo makes the Austin look even tinier. Here's another one for comparison:

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Neat pic, thank you ! I did know the Austins were small, I also have only seen one Cadillac like yours, so the angle and memory both threw me off. Karen and I bid on a little Austin several years ago at one of the most fabulous auctions we have ever attended in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. There was everything from brass era to 50's cars there, but we wanted the Austin so bad. I did get LOTS of small things in boxes and quite a few "other" things, but no cars that day. Still have my pictures we took that day, but that's about all. Thanks for your reply, if you ever hear of Mr. Minor's little replica being on display, be sure to check it out. That gentleman was a true artist with metal.

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Drove the project '69 Bug to work again yesterday (Monday 8/27). A better experience than the last time I tried it a couple of weeks ago (running better, but still not "great"). The joke was on me, however, when I got outside at the end of the day to find the car positively soaked from an afternoon downpour! I bailed it out when I got home!

Also had fun attending the hot rod show at the Berlin Fairgrounds (East Berlin, CT) this past Saturday, 8/25/2012 with it:

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A beautiful morning. Took my '13 Ford runabout to recycling, then the bank, then to a Shop-Rite about 5 miles further away. While I was in the bank parking lot, explaining the Model T to the bankers, a young neighbor woman pulled in with her two small boys, and asked me if I'd give the boys a ride. Turned out she was about to go to the Shop-Rite, too, so I took her kids and she followed me. When we got to the parking lot I showed them how the lamps had no bulbs, how the bulb horn worked (always a winner!) and how I cranked the car (which mom got on video). As I said, a beautiful morning!

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

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Gil, that was so nice of you! I remember, back when I was in 7th grade, marching up to someone with what was probably a Model A after church, and asking for a ride in the rumble seat. It was the coolest car I had ever seen! He gave me and a friend a ride home, with my dad following behind. Hopefully you sparked a bit of the "antique-car bug" in those little boys!

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Doing a bit for the little ones is a lot of fun.

We have a 63 Mini that is painted a bit gaudy, but is just a really neat, basically stock little car. I had not attended car shows to actually "show" any of our cars more than once till we got this little car. It draws so many kids who want their picture taken with it that we try to take it even when we take another one or just go to hang out with the gang. It absolutely thrills the kids to walk over when they are getting their picture taken and ask if they would like to set in it and get a picture. The expressions are priceless ! Of course the parents beam too, but this is such a small thing to do that hurts absolutely nothing, it amazes us that more folks don't offer or suggest something as simple as this. Now, on the other hand, when given a ride, the kids are just tickled, but the most fun rider was a lady that wanted to ride in it and do some of the stuff "they did in the movies or rallys". After her ride, with me doing a couple of hand brake turns, then flying back the other way, she had to run to the bathroom laughing all the way. Sure was funny, and she immediately started working on her husband to get her one, ha ! As for the kids, though, give 'em a seat, a ride, a little explanatory tour about the car, something ! It is SO worth it !

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You know what might make a great video? Show an old couple walking to an old car and climbing in. Then show the car going down the raod with them turning younger and reliving a ride in that car when they were young and carefree. I know that's a poor explanation, but do you get the idea?

How about an old guy at a car show looking at a vintage pickup. Then he's in that pickup as a younger man at the feed store or mill...

Period clothing, too.

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Drove the '41 Cadillac to Toronto, Ontario to visit friends and family and to attend a car show at the GM headquarters in Oshawa. A flawless 900-mile performance by the Cadillac, cruising along the interstates at 60-65 MPH to get up there and back (about 300 miles each way) plus a few trips to the car show and to a family get-together. I'm just shocked how good that car is. Not a vibration, no noise aside from the wind through the cowl vent and windows, and if my calculations are correct, fairly close to 20 MPG overall. It always started, never stumbled, never even got hot, even while waiting in line to cross the border. I had 1941 Ohio plates on it, but carried a dealer plate just in case, but no issues crossing the border, although coming back the US guard asked if it was plated in Ohio and looked at the plate.

An excellent, excellent car. What a contrast to growing up when we expected to be stranded every time we went out in an old car (which is why my father gave up on them years ago). After the first 200 miles or so, I was able to relax and enjoy the journey, confident that the old girl would take care of me, and she did.

Wow!

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Hello Matt,

So glad to hear the Caddy performed for you like she should! Back in the day my 58 Buick Limited (4 barrel) would give me about 19 MPG (Canadian) on the highway too, especially if I kept the pedal off the floor with that dynaflow.

[HTML](An excellent, excellent car. What a contrast to growing up when we  expected to be stranded every time we went out in an old car (which is why my father gave up on them years ago)

I grew up with old cars (Dad always bought 8 to 10 year old Buick's, Oldsmobile's) with about 70 to 80 thousand miles on them and religiously put another 50 thousand or so on them before retiring them so.... glad you experienced the Old school Engineering of dependability when quality came with the name.

In the mean time, how was that show in Oshawa?

I'm assuming you came up through Buffalo or Fort Erie to Toronto and GLAD you did not experience more issues at the Border! I'm in Windsor, Ontario and...... with having family in Michigan, go back and fourth often. Even with taking my antiques over for shows, it can be an experience.

HOWEVER..... this post is about what did you do with your classic right?

Today (Labour Day) I took the carb off the 28 Whippet, changed the choke cable setup on the side draft carb and went for a ride, filled the tank up with fresh gas (32 bucks Cdn @ 1.28/L) and enjoyed friendly waves from many. She creates a parade behind it but...... nice day!

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Here in wonderful DFW it was a record-breaking 105 degrees yesterday and this morning it was suddenly in the 60s! I took my Lincoln out to one of the local cars-and-coffee shows and it was so nice I gassed up and ran three other errands. Great way to start the weekend.

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Drove the '39 Buick to a Car and Truck show yesterday (Saturday) at Farmers Branch Historic Park. Park has old buildings and other structures from early 1900's, and is well maintained overall. Weather was very good and with the breeze we were very comfortable - but still better in the shade. The Buick received a "Show Favorite" plaque which we weere very pleased with. The show was very well run and well attended.

Today we are driving the Buick to Heath for an AACA (Texas Region) meeting and late lunch followed by a short car tour. Should be a great afternoon!

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Yes....out onto the lawn and soon to go for a jaunt with my honey.

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Friends are visiting the area from WI. In conversation the husband has some interest in old cars (all though more as cheap transportation) so we took the FarmOroad out for a short drive. I couldn't convince him to try driving it (no sycros scare a lot of people) but he was enthused and talking about possibly going to our National show next summer and wanted some reference links.

I think I need to send him some for sale ads when they are with in his general area just to keep tempting him :-)

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Drove my '72 LTD to the Mount Washington Valley Antique Car Club show in North Conway, NH, yesterday. Not so nice at home but nice blue sky and sun shine there - about 50 miles away. Nice show, but a little smaller than it used to be. Complaint - why do people/clubs who put shows on think that oldies music blaring so loudly that you can't carry on a normal conversation is a good thing? If I had had to park near the DJ and speakers, I would not have stayed.

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Well I just got home and found this thread so you might be interested in this South Australian Chrysler Restorers trip of 9 days over 970 miles including 670 miles of dirt roads and some of those were along dry stony creek beds (I wish I could post pics), and others down to first to climb steep hills.

We took the following oldies; my 29 Dodge D.A. ute towing my teardrop, A 35 Dodge ute towing a 'cub camper', a 36 Chrysler C6 sedan towing a small trailer, a 47 Fargo truck with tarp on frame for sleeping in, a 52 Fargo ute towing a 'cub camper', a 58 Dodge 108 panel towing an Aussie WW2 army traiel and a 1966 V.C.Valiant sedan.

Troubles included my 2 split rims and faulty starter (i had a spare), 1 broken trailer spring which we repaired for the ladies by lashing a tree branch between the axle and the traier body, 1 headlight surround fell off the Valiant, 1 windsceen wiper failure on the 52 and 2 flat tires on a 4x4 and a twice broken axle on his caravan.

We had to carry 10 gallons of fuel for the long stretches where we couldn't get any.

This was a camping trip in the 'great outdoors' Google maps Arkaroola South australia to get an idea of the remoteness of this area.

Some of this scenery is to die for.

Beetles

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