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Another exhilerating pre-dawn commute this morning in the gnarly '69 Bug Convertible, and wow, I could've used some gloves! But the windbreaker and wool cap did well.

I can't say I'm unhappy about the return of cool nights lately here in Southern Connecticut--definitely works for me...

I checked the odometer this morning and it appaers I've put 834 total miles on the car this year, from when I first really started driving it, back around the end of July. Still not running totally great--but a heck of a lot better than when I started...

Image below: Creeky at The Creek (Stony Creek Village), Saturday afternoon, September 1, 2012.

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Drove the '31 yesterday to the diner and back....all went well. Later went to put the car in the garage and the accelerator spring got hung up on the choke cable and it revved really high. I shut it off immediately, but all of a sudden smoke arose from under the dashboard. I disconnected the battery. That big red wire under the dash that goes to the ammeter is really big now....and kinda toasty looking. Looks like I gotta save up for a call to "Y N Z's" or "Rhode Island Wiring". Please PM me with your experiences with either place. Thanks. John

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Odometer check upon pulling into the work parking lot this morning shows that I've crossed the 1,000-miles mark for useful driving in the Creeky '69 Bug so far (1002 miles to be exact)...

Steadily warming mornings thru this week have negated (for now) the need for gloves (though windbreaker and wool cap protocol is still in effect)...

Onward and upward...

...and Happy Friday!

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Drove the 25 Buick downtown to farmers market, to breakfast, to some yard sales then out for a country drive About 10 miles round trip. Still finding things to deal with. Overheating issue is being minimized since there was hardly a pump shaft or overflow drip till we returned home. Motometer showed normal driving temp. Still having an oil slinging problem. Not from fan hub since there are now sealed bearings installed. Looks like I will need to take care of the front pully seal on the timing cover. Belt is oil soaked and fan is slipping. Now that the engine had a chance to actually get hot the oil pressure dropped to 10lbs. Charge is still good. Only inconvience was with the top down and the car traveling at the blinding speed of 45 mph, the folded top, even strapped down to my home made top rests wants to act as a parachute. Had to stop to refold top and tighten the straps. Of course one strap broke.

Larry

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Took a nice 100+ mile drive in the F1 today. Went to a gathering of the Tin Can Tourist. They were having an open house so we could go in an examine a bunch of antique campers from fully restored to just cleaned up after pulling from the barn. Great way to spend the afternoon and met some nice people that really enjoy sharing their hobby. Several were pulled with vintage vehicles.

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drove my 62 invicta convert to bennington,vt today for the annual car show/ swap meet,had a great time visiting with friends and pawing through lots of stuff. cars were nice too.this year was 46th year and i have been to about 18 of them.4 bufords from ct

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I put about 12 miles on the Packard this afternoon. I took it for a spin down the interstate (cruising at 60-65 mph) to pick up some food at Arby's for the wife and I for dinner. I'm having "major surgery" on my right hand on Monday so that means I won't be driving an old car with a manual transmission and no power steering for 2-4 weeks.... :(

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Not exactly today, since I just got back yesterday from almost two weeks of touring. A week ago Thursday I drove the one-lung Cadillac 100 miles from Dearborn to Lansing, Michigan. The next day I drove it 100 miles back. Cracked a fuel line (some fellows fixed me up with a modern flexible gas line - thanks!), and ended up with the exhaust stack held up with baling wire, but the car made it, by golly! Saturday and Sunday I chugged it around the Old Car Festival at The Henry Ford. Last Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I put about 300 miles on the '13 Ford at the Snappers frosty north of Traverse City, Michigan. Beautiful touring country! Now I'm plumb tuckered out.

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

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I heard about some possible rain from the weatherman today, so I opted to drive my modern car to work--and probably tomorrow as well. I noted 1,103 miles driven so far as of yesterday in the Creeky '69 Bug.

Planning on dragging the '70 Bug out on Wednesday, though, to drive up to the Big E (Weds. 9/19 is Connecticut day at the E). God-willing, we'll be in the 5pm parade around the fairgrounds with it, along with any & all other old cars who are signed up to participate. Recently rebuilt engine for the '70 is looking, sounding, and driving wonderfully...

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Fun time at 'The E' yesterday, aided by a great-running '70 Bug (in honor of the car's model year I drove 70 mph all the way up and back--har har--but seriously the car did not miss a beat, with 4 people aboard no less--I was talking on my cell phone the whole way too--JUST KIDDING!), and magnificent weather. Couple of pictures are attached--including of a few other cool old vehicles (including some great antique tractors) visible here and there around the Fairgrounds. Thanks to CVR-AACA, of which we are members, for making this opportunity possible.

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Nice drive to work and back on a gorgeous day yesterday (9/21/2012) with the sweet-running '70 Bug. Staples stop at the Branford (CT) store on Route 1, and then back home again...

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Not too happy seeing leaves on the ground. We had a very windy overnight a couple of nights ago that knocked down a lot of leaves and branches, but I guess it's still a sign of the early fall season...

And that's our old collie Roxy coming out to see me.

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I took the Lincoln out to one of the local cars and coffee meets this morning at the La Madeline restaurant. Beautiful morning in the 60s, sunny, good food and nice cars.

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Last weekend our 1937 Roadmaster 80C was awarded her HPOF ORIGINAL recognition at the Canyon, Texas Meet. Time to get back to driving.

We put about 300+ miles on the 1937 Roadmaster convertible sedan this weekend.

The Slidell Chapter of Louisiana Region - AACA hosted a weekend Tour in Columbia, Mississippi, about 110 miles north of our home near New Orleans.

We hit the road at about 7:00 AM Friday, driving the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and LA-21, crossing through mandeville, Covington, Waldheim, Bush, Bogalusa, Varnado and Angie. Soon we crossed over into Mississippi onto MS-35 which lead us toward Columbia where we met up with 105 people from all over Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and even Joanna Cooper from Broken Arrow, Oklahoma who arrived with her daughter in a beautiful 1956 Oldsmobile Holiday 88.

Friday's tour was in Downtown Columbia, including several local merchants such as Hill Hardware - we felt as though we were stepping back several decades. Dinner was Pizza, beverages, and Ice Cream, and was enhanced by conversation with long-time friends and some new ones as well.

Saturday, after breakfast the group visited the Hobby Honey Farm of Mr. Wesley and learned a lot about Bees and Beekeeping. We then drove winding, hilly two-lane roads, stopping to view Red Bluff, an erosion feature which looks like Mississippi's miniature Grand Canyon - andf then continuing on to Monticello for lunch at the Baptist Church and a visit to the local museum and the boardwalk along the Pearl River. The drive back to Columbia was equally enjoyable as we kept the top down on the Buick.

Saturday evening's banquet featured bee keeper Mr. Wesley who regaled us with tales of his youth, and of his experiences as a Mississippi State Trooper - he said his Patrol Cars included Buicks, Mercurys, and a very "hopped-up" Dodge - sounds like Broderick Crawford on Highway Patrol.

Sunday's weather was just as pretty as the past two days and we drove home in time to donate blood at our congregation's quarterly blood drive, and to pick up our grandson from Sunday School.

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Took my 1928 Whippet out today to attend an Open House at our Windsor International Airport with about 20 other cars. It was a full day to promote the recent building of a new repair facility for some of the biggest planes flying today. All new, high tech and able to manufacture parts/repair on site that otherwise might not be able to be shipped on time or are completely obsolete.

There was even one of the last two flying Lancaster Bombers that came in and allowed the public to board and see what they used in WW2.

Great Day! Great weather!

Pictures to follow (after I locate my usb cable for the camera).

Doug

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Drove my 41 Cadillac to WallMart to pick up a pizza. Then back home to drag out my 57 Chevy that has not seen daylight since 2003. Hosed off all the spiders, aired up the tires and drove it around the house.. Dang insurance company wants pictures of it. NO WAY I was oing to take pictures of it back in the corner covered with 10 years of dust. Pretty cool that after some pre-checks it started--- must have done the right pre-storage stuff back then! Even the brakes work fine. Then headed out in the 65 Cadillac to check out my buddies 50 Chevy pickup he just got back from the paint shop. Today after NASCAR the plan is to work on the 1922 American laFrance.

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About 65 miles in the '13 Ford on a local HCCA tour in Perry Co, PA. Went through four covered bridges. Great weather and scenery.

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

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Didn't drive it, but took time off of the bathroom remodel in order to fix the wiring.

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Yep..

Was only 92* Saturday..

So took the Studebaker out..

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So today..before Football..

Got the 120 OTS out..

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Took in a fun VW enthusiasts' gathering/informal car show at the Montesi Volkswagen dealership in North Haven, CT this past Saturday (9/29/2012), with the '70 Bug. Slightly cool and overcast, and even drove thru some drizzle getting there (top down all the way though!). Thanks to the friendly folks at Montesi VW (www.montesivolkswagen.com) for the wonderful hospitality, and also the CT VW Association enthusiast group for organizing (www.ctvwa.org).

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Yup, that's our AACA "MAP" program badge on the front, mounted just above the license plate...

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Here are a couple of pictures of my Whippet and the Lancaster Bomber from last weekend!

OK... file is too big~! How do I reformat (the right term?) so I can post????

New camera.. please help.

Doug

BCA # 35039

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OOHHKKK,

So my son has helped.........?

Here is one pic of the Whippet and the Lancaster in the background.........

It flew in from Hamilton, Ontario and the public was able to board and see (smell) what it was like.

A REALLY GREAT DAY!

Doug

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OOHHKKK,

So my son has helped.........?

Here is one pic of the Whippet and the Lancaster in the background.........

It flew in from Hamilton, Ontario and the public was able to board and see (smell) what it was like.

A REALLY GREAT DAY!

Doug

Wow, super kool! That's a great picture, and the Whippet sure is a beauty!

I think I see a WWII Volkswagen "Kubelwagen" right under the front of the awesome "Lancaster" airplane, too!

Good job Doug & Doug's son!

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My plan is to get the Pinto out and exercise it a little bit today, in prep for a "repeat preservation" (that's tongue in cheek) HPOF showing one week from today in Hershey...

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No didn't drive the Chrysler, can't, as work is in progress but while waiting for another BB1 Carby to arrive (replacing the one i dropped) i fitted a B model ford carby and got her going, even with this carby she ran like a top but not sure how it would go on the road.

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