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Texas Road Warriors --- Allentown Assault

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If you're coming up 85, wave as you pass Durham! (I'd say stop in, but I'm at work all day)

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Why would driving modern iron be without drama?

Made it to Nashville in one day. Was supposed to be in DC tonight. Heat and speed shred old tires.

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GAAAHHHHH!

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Remember, I'm from DC Bob.

BTW, what wine was I supposed to pick up in payment for my bet?

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44 minutes ago, buick5563 said:

Why would driving modern iron be without drama?

Made it to Nashville in one day. Was supposed to be in DC tonight. Heat and speed shred old tires.

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I'm guessing you Texas boy's are wondering what those big green lumpy things in the back ground are. ;)..............Bob

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1 hour ago, buick5563 said:

Remember, I'm from DC Bob.

BTW, what wine was I supposed to pick up in payment for my bet?

 

Anything with a cork. I can't remember the bet but I'll pretend I know why I won.

DC is an awfully good place to be FROM.......................Bob

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390 miles today...260 miles tomorrow, then party time!  Still overall 16mpg.  Today drove 200 miles in hot blazing sun then cloudy and rainy the rest of the way.  Still need ac the whole time.  Major stress test on the old iron.

Willie
 

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Came up I 76 lots of delays. Was so slow going there was a poor old doe wanting to cross the road.......Running next to us and Ill be damned the doe won the race........Oh well every one is safe.

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Got into DC just now. 12:30 am after driving all day. I had an interesting thought earlier. The argument for driving hot rods is that you can go to any Pep Boys and pick up parts easier than original parts. There is truth to that, but when my 55 Special had a rotor go bad, it only took me two hours to locate and install one. An F-250 with 10 ply truck tires that you want highway treads on is really hard to find and ended up taking four hours extra of changing, driving buying etc. So while this is neither a Buick nor really that dramatic, it is yet another long road trip with my (now 13 year old) son, making memories and having laughs amidst the chaos.

 

Bob, our bet had something to do with something or other. Willie should remember what the bet was, cuz I believe he lost, as well. Somebody needs to locate that thread. Buick Jim was in on it too.

 

WAIT... It was a "my horn doesn't work" issue in post-war.

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So I'm owed more than one bottle?:P. Maybe i'll see you later today. ETA at the show about 1000ish,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Bob

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Texas Road Warriors --- Allentown Assault ....Arrival, but it feels like I have been assaulted.  No more high speed congested driving for a few days.  1900 miles, google maps said 1750 (maybe it was the detour to the boondocks to find Lamar.  Hope the city streets are kinder.  We are at the Hampton Inn, Bethlehem in case anyone has extra beer:D.

No more updates until the return trip.

Willie

 

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We were right behind you Willie.,,staying at the best western next door

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Arrived at the show  this morning about 1000. Already blazing hot. Got to the entrance to the field itself and was getting my space assignment when the 55 died. The dreaded vapor lock! After an hour or so of sitting with the hood up I got it fired up with help of the ground crew and drove straight home, onto the lift, and I installed a back up electric fuel pump. Will try again tomorrow.

I probably would have left soon anyway. Just a handful of cars, vendors still setting up, and blazing hot. You Texans will feel right at home.

My impressions of the show, so far, are that this show will go down as the gold standard of car show organizational achievement.

Take 2 coming up tomorrow but I'm guessing the heat will drive me out by around 1400. Got to get the grass mowed anyway..............Bob

 

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2 hours ago, Bhigdog said:

Arrived at the show  this morning about 1000. Already blazing hot. Got to the entrance to the field itself and was getting my space assignment when the 55 died. The dreaded vapor lock! After an hour or so of sitting with the hood up I got it fired up with help of the ground crew and drove straight home, onto the lift, and I installed a back up electric fuel pump. Will try again tomorrow.

I probably would have left soon anyway. Just a handful of cars, vendors still setting up, and blazing hot. You Texans will feel right at home.

My impressions of the show, so far, are that this show will go down as the gold standard of car show organizational achievement.

Take 2 coming up tomorrow but I'm guessing the heat will drive me out by around 1400. Got to get the grass mowed anyway..............Bob

 

Hot?  This is pleasant!

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"Extra beer" is an oxymoron isn't it?

 

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Now that things are completed for another year, I hope and wish everybody a safe and enjoyable trip to the origination of this excursion.  Or an after-tour.  Rejoice in the fun you've had and safely return home to prepare for another trip on another day.

 

Best wishes,

NTX5467

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Party's over, heading home.  400+ miles to Radford, VA.  Hopefully near Birmingham AL tomorrow.  Anyone in the area is welcome to bring beer.:)

Willie
 

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I have had a fun couple of days headed home.  Left Sunday and headed to Gettysburg. We drove around until it got too hot and then headed toward Roanoke VA. Drove through torrential rain in Maryland. Those folks sure drive differently, they put their flashers on and pull off the road. I just kept going, rained so much the rain x wore out.

Spent the night in Troutville VA and had a goo dinner with a couple of beers.

Morning, I got gas and immediately the car started running poorly.  Made it as far as Bristol VA where I saw a Buick Dealer. Pulled in and was surrounded by everyone.Told them my issues and they replaced the fuel filter. The owner gave me a hat and offered me a car to go to lunch but we were not hungry. Crabtree Buick is the dealer and the owner is 2nd Generation Buick Dealer.  Very nice folks.

Unfortunatly, that was not the issue so after another 100 or miles we pulled into an Exxon Station in Bug Gap TN. Asked a local if there was anyone who could look at old cars and they suggested a wrecking service down the road. Carl, the technician got after it and with my help (or Hindrance) we cleaned the points and reset the timing. Car ran better but afer hitting a big bump, we started having the same issues again. By this time it was 3 30 pm and we were driving west. A/C was not keeping up with the sun, so we ducked into a Holiday Inn 2 hours east of Nashville. There is a Mexican restaurant that will get my business tonight.

Tomorrow, when the car is cool, I will see about adjusting the points again.

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This sounds hokey, but throw a can of heet in the gas tank.  I had a very similar issue with the 58 two years ago.  Filled up at the gas station and instantly the car ran like poo.  I went through hell in the parking lot of the hotel trying to figure it out, and someone finally went to the store and bought me a can of Heet.  5 minutes later, I was running normal again.

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Certainly nothing to loose with that strategy.  STP Gas treatment used to be very good too.

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Another 400+ miles to Gadsden, AL.  Too pooped to try for Birmingham.  No problems other than percolation when stopping hot or even driving slowly.  "maybe" Baton Rouge tomorrow.

Willie
 

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2 hours ago, Smartin said:

This sounds hokey, but throw a can of heet in the gas tank.  I had a very similar issue with the 58 two years ago.  Filled up at the gas station and instantly the car ran like poo.  I went through hell in the parking lot of the hotel trying to figure it out, and someone finally went to the store and bought me a can of Heet.  5 minutes later, I was running normal again.

 

  What Adam is saying is that perhaps you picked up some water. Heet is methanol and adsorbs water . It will even melt ice in the fuel lines. We used it in the air brake system in our trucks before the advent of air dryers.

 

  Good luck

  Ben

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Found my issue this morning as We took off the Air cleaner and the car died. Loose wires on the coil was part of the culprits. I dont know who put those wires on, but he lives at my house. He needs to be fired.  Anyway reattaching that wire fixed a majority of my issues.

Still a minor issue was occurring, stopped at an auto parts store for Heat, but ended up using Seafoam and octane booster.  Ran great the rest of the day.

We stopped in Nashville to see friends and found 93 octane non ethyonal gas and filled it up with that. Could not tell the difference.

70 mph all the way to Memphis and a downtown hotel. 3300 miles so far, going to try for Austin tomorrow. Going to have to leave early though as the A/C is not keeping up with the sun in our faces all afternoon.

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