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Had a friend come over yesterday morning to be a second car driver and we drove my 63 Mini and 48 Anglia to our car club's breakfast, then convoyed to a benefit show for the "Arc of Kona" group. We went on a back road and I had to use 1st gear a lot of the way to get up the hills in the Anglia, ha ! Needless to say, I was the last one to pull in the show out of our group. I told everyone that the 25 mph speed limit signs up the hills insulted me- - - I couldn't get up to 25 mph !!! Ha !! Later in the evening, I drove the Mini to a cruise-in that benefits the Hawaii Food Bank. Lots of fun, good causes, good friends, and LOTS of questions as always about the little cars. At the "Arc" show we had more adults want to sit in the right-hand drive Anglia than kids that wanted to sit in the Mini. Love these cars and times !!! John

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I don't know if everyone will consider it a classic but "Big Lucy" has been out 90% of the time this past summer, the last two days I had to scrape the frost off the windows with my 2 inch wide 1948 ice scraper. But I would rather drive this than listen to all the chimes, solenoids, and other nonsense the late model Jeep makespost-39071-143139264546_thumb.jpg

Happy Thanksgiving,

Jay

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Took the valve spring out of a 40's chrysler Marine engine here in town, It took less than a 1/2 hour to get it out. Put it in the Plymouth and Adjusted everything, put the inner fender and wheel on. Fired it up, now I'm back on the road. I scored a bunch of NOS dash chrome at Hershey and a good dash "plymouth" insert so that all went in yesterday as well. Then I took it for a spin. :)

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The Buick is my daily driver for the next 4.5 months while an expat friend in from Romania drives my newer car. Today was a golf day - enjoyed the weather in the low 60's to mid 70's, just right for no A/C. Drove it about 70 miles round trip to an AACA meeting on Sunday, and will take it to see family for Thanksgiving on Thursday, which will total about 50 miles. Unless there is rain in the forecast I can avoid taking the wife's ride.

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I don't know if everyone will consider it a classic but "Big Lucy" has been out 90% of the time this past summer, the last two days I had to scrape the frost off the windows with my 2 inch wide 1948 ice scraper. But I would rather drive this than listen to all the chimes, solenoids, and other noBignsense the late model Jeep makes[ATTACH=CONFIG]163929[/ATTACH]

Happy Thanksgiving,

Jay

Big Lucy! I like that. Nice ride.

Ben

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Some local driving on a nice day in Southern Connecticut, Thanksgiving Eve 2012. Had to put some gas in the car. Thank goodness the '70 Bug doesn't have too big a gas tank!

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Big Lucy! I like that. Nice ride.

Ben

Ben when i first started working on the car I found out my Son and Wife were expecting a baby girl and her name was going to be Lucy so I named the 48 Big Lucy but "Little Lucy" came out with the wrong parts and HE is Donovan. Now the 50 Newport's name is Duke, I spend too much time alone in the shop with the cars. When fixing up the 50 Newport I decided that in 1950 a private eye named Duke Newport bought the car and used it while sleuthing. Too much time alone:)!post-39071-14313926901_thumb.jpg

Happy Thanksgiving and I think I need to get a Buick because I would love to drive my Buick with my baby by my side,

Jay

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Branford (CT) Holiday Festival Parade is this evening, culminating in the Tree Lighting at the Town Green--I'm signed up to drive my '70 Bug in the parade--should be fun as usual, but it's a "bit" chilly out there this afternoon, with the wind kicking up a bit--better dress appropriately...

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Branford (CT) Holiday Festival Parade last night--here's a low-light photo from once the old cars contingent (something like 15 antique cars participated this year--unbelievable!) got to the town green. Great time!

That dune buggy parked in front of us was "WFO" (that stands for, ah, "Wide Open," folks, heh) for the entire night, and I'm sure no heat as well. As for me, I put the top up and the heat on for the ride home!

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I had heard about the "Christmas Caddy" toy drive that was going to be happening at the Town Green in Branford, CT, on Sunday, December 9th, with a a bit of an "antique auto theme," since the focal point was to be a big red '65 Caddy Convertible.

Of course I had to drive an old car too, and so the '70 Bug was a perfect choice on a cloudy yet dry and mild day. The Christmas Caddy was parked right in front of Branford Town Hall, and I was able to grab a couple of quick photos there also. Had some fun and supported a great cause in town.

More info: The 2nd Annual Christmas Caddy | Branford School Events, Graduation, Benefit, and Holiday Guide Events on Patch - Branford, CT Patch

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Yesterday was the year's last Cars and Croissants meet. This is an informal bi-weekly gathering of mostly upscale exotic modern iron - Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, Vettes, Benzes, Beemers - but any interesting car is welcome. I had hoped to take my newly-restored but not-yet-fully-fettled 1912 Buick, but it wouldn't start. So I took my single-cylinder 1907 Cadillac, that hadn't been out - or cleaned! - since the Lansing-Dearborn run. It was a glorious 26-degree morning, ponds iced over, frozen dew on the grass. Lacking a windshield to cower behind, I put on my snowmobile suit and sallied forth the 9 miles to the event over beautiful back roads. And was glad I had done so, since there was an impromptu electric car demonstration. There were two Tesla roadsters, a Chevy Volt, an all-electric Beemer (experimental from a few years ago) and an electric motorcycle. And these weren't trailer queens, they were in regular use. The owners were quite frank about what the vehicles would and wouldn't do, but what they would do was quite impressive. Between the time I spent learning about electric cars and the time I spent teaching about early brass cars, I barely had time to admire the two Porsche 356es that were driven by the sons of the original owners, or the Sting Ray convertible, or the VW bus with flowers painted on it, or the well-restored '62 Beetle, or the magnificent hand-crafted roadster built on Maserati running gear, or - - - . I ignored the Ferrari Enzo. By 10:30 am, when I wound up the rubber band for the ride home, the temperature was up to 39 and it was downright toasty. A good morning!

Gil Fitzhugh, Morristown, NJ

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Over thanksgiving I drove my 55 sunliner to Daytona beach and back for a show and probably put more miles on it then I did all year driving it locally.

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I took the 48 Plymouth ragtop out yesterday for a drive. 12/15 That's near a record for this part of the country. I had to go to the hardware store and the sun was out. We are in a little spot of the Adirondack park that had no snow or salt. The hardware is 3/4 of a mile from my shop one way or 7 miles the other. Well I of course drove it 14 miles instead. That was probably the last chance to drive it this year as today we have snow and worse yet salt.

I think I broke another valve spring yesterday so it's time to replace them all with new ones over the winter. I'll do the water pump while I'm in there to as it's been seeping all along.

Now the winter blues can set in, Especially when my new toy arrives, Probably next week, That I have to wait until Spring to drive. :(

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Thought I would try a more basic solution to my non charging situation on my 37. After cleaning and tightening all the loose connections and redoing the incorrectly placed ones on the new wiring harness (as installed by the "restoration shop"). Then cleaning and checking

the regulator. Same problem. My next step was to remove the generator and have the place that rebuilt it 20 years ago recheck.(It was just installed for the first time in Aug.) Before I fought to take it off again I checked the fan belt. I could move the generator pulley easily and the bracket adjustment was at its limit. I had included an older NOS belt to be installed when the other work was done. They put the old cracked, stretched and glased one that was on the car when I drove it home in 1987. I went to "Central Tractor" and bought a new belt and installed. It is now showing charge more uniformly. Since Sept I was afraid to try to drive it out of the garage after the break-down when it was first delivered home to me from the "restoration shop". So I got brave and took it out yesterday and did drive about 5 miles with no problem. The carb will still need attention. After I brought the 37 home I took "Beulah" (our 1925) out for some exercize also. (Still dealing with sticking clutch and oil leaking on to fan belt.) Today I thought we would drive the 37 to church then to grocery store which we did. On the way home it quit at the intersection near our home. I did get it restarted but there are still fuel issues. It sat for about an hour in front of the house. It started ok but when I turned it into the drive it started bucking and quit. I pumped the accelerator pump at the carb to get it restarted and it ran ok afterward to be able to back into garage. After warming up the ammeter is still hovering close to 0. But at least this time there was not a dead battery after 4 miles of driving.

Larry

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Drove my '70 Bug to work this morning in the pouring rain. Happy to say it ran great and didn't skip a beat.

After hearing the weather forecast for some clearing and mild temps later today, and the lack of any freezing overnight last night (plus the salt-washing-away effects of the rainy day yesterday), I thought it was a reasonable decision, and it was nice to have a drive in the old car again.

If possible, I may try for a photo-op or two later today on the way home.

On an unrelated note: God Bless the Newtown Families.

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Tuesday afternoon, December 18th, 2012: Rolling home on Interstate 95 eastbound (technically northbound), with some nice afternoon sun at my back, on an unusually mild day in Southern Connecticut for mid-December. Driving my '70 Bug Convertible...top's not down, but the window's open...

Looks like I'm right near the West Haven Saw Mill Road exit, with some of the Saw Mill Road business right by the southbound exit ramp visible to the left...

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A little further along, this looks like somewhere around Long Wharf in New Haven, trying to keep out of the way of the big trucks...

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Sign posted outside a local business that I drove by on my way home, this past Wednesday evening (photo had to be enhanced a bit due to low lighting conditions):

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It's just about one week exactly since the Newtown tragedy as this is being written, and a moment of silence and tolling of the bells 26 times has just been observed.

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Earlier the same day (Wednesday, December 18th, 2012), I stopped for a couple of "photo-ops" by the James Farm Road "wings" (striking adornment for the James Farm Road bridge over the Merritt Parkway) in Stratford, CT:

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ran around the neighborhood on monday this week in two of them while the temps were in the 50's(these two)post-72760-143139310136_thumb.jpg

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We have been in Midland, TX with the family for Christmas since last Sunday. It was warm when we left but we got home today and found quite a bit of snow and mid 30s temps, they had a white Christmas here! The Olds will be in the garage until the roads are clean.

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Took my grandson for a spin around some country roads the day after xmas in my 63 Bonne. i tried to attach a picture but do not know how.

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