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Since the 66 Riv frame off resto was finished just in time for the ROA meet last week of June, now I am putting some miles on it to test everything. First 100 miles so far so good. Fine tuning the automatic choke but other than that its running great. Pic was taken at dusk on a metal bridge over the Kiskiminatas river with a Cannon EOS Rebel and tripod.

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9 hours ago, Buicknutty said:

 

Sorry, a few pictures wouldn't upload. I'll try tomorrow.

 

 

I'm glad it's not just me.

 

I always thought it would be fun to have a collection of TV/film tribute cars, although I'd swap that Torino for a Beetle named Ocho.

 

Of course, a brown '74 Century is on the list.  I love Tootsie Pops, but I've been officially banned from shaving my head.  Apparently it makes me look entirely too B.A. so the little old ladies at church can't stand it.  I guess I'll have to settle for looking like Burt in my turbo Pontiac.

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Here's a few more pictures from last night (Tues) that wouldn't upload for me. The city raccoons are having a very good year. I've seen many families of 4,5,&6 of them this Spring and Summer. Pesky, but cute.

Keith

 

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This is one drop dead gorgeous Riviera!  And an excellent picture too!!! 

 

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Thanks John - I was surprised to get questioned at the ROA meet about if color was an original 66 Riv color and am sure some viewing this may also be wondering. It is shadow turquoise and was rather uncommon in 66 as white and earth tones were in vogue hence this was originally a light gold car. It matches the original color chip precisely........though it is shinier than original which I knowingly accepted an "over restored" condition in this area.

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ran up 100 miles or so to a local AACA meet today. Forgot my camera, but the GS grabbed a 2nd in class... made me happy...

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Didn't drive the truck this weekend, but got the engine back in place today.  Hope to have it running in the next few days.  :)

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I did not get it started today, but I am running out of parts on the garage floor. Going a little slowly as I am checking out some other items like wiring routing, etc.   Getting close!!  :)!!

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Used up all the parts on the garage floor.  Tomorrow do the wiring and looking to get it started.

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Maybe or maybe not considered driving......backed the 47' convertible out of the garage, realized it's almost midnight and drove it back in. Gotta get up for work in 4 hours

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I had the Electra out to a local cruise night last (Wed) night and after a few adjustments, it is running good. My wife had had a tough day at work doing a training session, so she came with me, and won the 50/50 draw! I've bought tickets for years, and never won it.

It was a nice night here in Toronto, in advance of another heat wave, at least that's what its called here, temps are predicted to be in the 90F and 90+F range for a few days, so lots of folks were out enjoying the weather.

No pictures of the Electra, so you'll have to trust me on that, but I took a picture of an interesting line up of cars that I have never seen there before. A 74 or 75 Eldorado, an LTD of similar vintage, and an MG TD, I think, finished in British Racing Green, with tan interior. I really like these little English cars, and have sometimes thought about buying one. For now though I'll just enjoy looking! Cheaper too.

Keith

 

 

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Got the truck running today and took it out for a drive a couple of times including going to the grocery store for a few things.   Still have a few quirks to iron out but at least it is drivable.  :)

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 I took the '41 Roadmaster out to the storage facility I share with a buddy early this afternoon, but was hot, nearly 95 F, and I hit a lot of traffic, so the engine built a lot of heat, over 210F at one point. The worse problem was when I was in moving traffic again, it had cooled to just under 200, and going up a slight incline, in traffic, on a major highway, it started to lose power, till I finally had to pull over and it stalled. Fortunately, the shoulder was wide and I was well off of a live lane. Also, my wife was following me and pulled in behind me. I let it cool for about 10 mins, and it started up quite easily, and I tried to drive, but it would not pull, ie no power, and I made it about a 1/4 mile on the shoulder and had to stop again. I let it cool again, then poured water across the rad from the top, and also over the coil. It was not boiling over, though quite hot, but I wondered if the coil was breaking down due to the heat. This time it worked, I was able to pull back onto the highway and it ran well at 55, which was what the traffic stream was traveling at. We pulled off at the next exit and we took secondary roads, through some towns and such the rest of the way. It held temp at about 190F the rest of the way, except when going through towns, but otherwise I was driving the speed limit of 50 MPH. Put her to bed for a few weeks and came home.

 Then I had the Electra out for a short drive, mainly to gas it up.

 Keith

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Keith, sorry to hear of this problem, but glad you got off the highway and to your storage unit safely. 

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I took friends out for coffee in the Wildcat this morning and topped up her tank. Then took the pace car out to top it off. The Reatta gets fuel tomorrow. Did some work on pulling things together for the drive. Getting excited and nervous all at the same time. 

 

 

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Last night had the 47' out to a cruise in. Her first stretch of the legs. She did ok. A little linkage adjustment and need to do some other checks.  She sure drew a crowd.  Noone had ever seen her!  My son thought it so cool to ride in the convertible.

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I took my 38 Special on the Centennial Gorge Antique Car Tour yesterday.  Drove from Vancouver WA to Troutdale OR for a pancake breakfast, to Crown Point, Hood River OR, The Dalles OR on America's first scenic highway 30, and back across the Columbia River to return home on HWY 14.  The OR Dept of Transportation sponsored the event and provided escort vehicles at key intersections to block traffic for about 70 prewar cars.  It was a long day and we had not issues other than a short wait to cool off the engine after stopping for gas.  It wouldn't re-start for about five minutes due to vapor lock.  Late afternoon temperatures were in the upper 80's at the east end of the gorge, but in the low 70's when we returned home.

 

 

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Been driving between 100-120 miles a day every day the past week to get the new engine all "broken in" before Allentown.  Fixed some annoying rattles, got a fresh coat of wax on the chrome and rain-x on the windshield.  Good to be back on the road.

 

Have 905 miles on the engine, will do a 1000 mile oil change this Wednesday then will be leaving Thursday morning. 

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Went on a nice memorial tour for a good cause about 75 miles all back roads in Westchester County NY. Lots of fun with great people, fantastic breakfast and lunch plus stunning cars. Loading up for Allentown today, leaving Thursday in the morning. See you all there!

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