JohnD1956

The 2018 - 2500 Challenge

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Been out of this car, and the challenge, due to some mechanical issues.  Finally got it straightened out and topped the tank up today during my test drive, adding this 134 miles to my last total of 1491 for a total of 1,625miles into the goal. 

At this point I don't see me driving the 56 much more this year, so I'm gonna say my total for the year was 1,600 miles and better luck next year.  It was a fun challenge!  And I thank everyone who participated.  And even though I did not make my goal,  I think the opportunity was a tremendous benefit for me personally, as I have  a renewed level of confidence in this vehicle.  If the weather cooperates and gets seasonal again I'll most likely get it out for a run or two.  And next years challenge will start on January 1st, instead of half way through the year. ;)

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Yes mechanical issues have been my holdup too John (along with recent work demands) but if weather permits and the roads are salt free might keep at it for a bit more.

Next month I will be making an important short road trip. This extra work effort hasn't been for nothing and will be investing in a transmission swap for the rebuilt one I did last year.

It will be so nice to have a parking lock and not have to use the emergency brake for a change. 

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9 hours ago, dei said:

 

It will be so nice to have a parking lock and not have to use the emergency brake for a change. 

 

 Regarding the parking brake, my trucking days taught something I use still. Never park  in gear. So when the '50 came along with standard, I started parking with the parking brake. Is automatic now.

 

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Ben,  Do you park out of gear ?

 

Another Saturday and another trip for lunch.  Fairly boring as we didn't see much besides cattle, Llamas and a dead possum on the road.

But it was a nice sunny day for a drive. Another 56 miles today for a total of 1759.

Car is going to get some wiring changed this next week so hopefully I will have A/C again.

We still got plenty of time to drive these old cars down here, so not giving up the challenge quite yet.

It has been fun though.

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1534 miles.  Not finished for the year...however...the darn rain keeps her in the garage most if every darn weekend this summer!!!

 

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Well, I was in a Buick world today and mapped routes to Midwest City.  Give or take, that’s 1100 miles one way so I can actually see a car putting on the challenge mileage next year.  The 2020 National would be in the range of 1200 miles one way.  So, if I can actually get to the next couple National meets and actually drive cars, we may get there.

 

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Well,

Have been out of the challenge for awhile but not out just yet...

Made arrangements to get the car in to have the transmission swapped out for the rebuilt one sitting on a dolly beside her this year.

It was crisp out to say the least but the roads were clear and no salt yet. I got her started and warmed up to ensure the current trany would operate without slipping and do no more damage as I want to eventually get it rebuilt and maybe use it in the Roadmaster.

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I made note of the trip meter reading at 907 miles and will see how the weather is after the swap is completed this week and maybe end the season with another road trip.

 

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 I just finished totaling the mileage for the year of my '75 Electra, which has been documented in the "Raise your hand if you drove at least one Buick this weekend". 

In fact I just posted my last of the season there with the total. The car was great and is a great driver. She even won a 1st Award Jr. at the Gettysburg AACA Eastern Spring Meet.

OK, get to the point! The number of miles driven was 3,057.

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1 hour ago, philip roitman said:

I just finished totaling the mileage for the year of my '75 Electra, which has been documented in the "Raise your hand if you drove at least one Buick this weekend". 

In fact I just posted my last of the season there with the total. The car was great and is a great driver. She even won a 1st Award Jr. at the Gettysburg AACA Eastern Spring Meet.

OK, get to the point! The number of miles driven was 3,057.

 

That is fantastic sir! Definitely a beauty!

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My little road trip to the transmission Shop and back was not anything big mileage wise at only 10 miles but a huge accomplishment to ensure a good start for next years Challenge.

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I have to calculate exactly what my total was for the year next.

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We have driven 3K miles in the past 3 weeks but none of it was in my Buick or my wife's Buick. 

Hopefully I can stay at home this weekend and maybe get some driving in.

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Squeezed in another few miles today due to a new battery and wanting to feel the rebuilt transmission. 

The end of the year isn't over just yet you know...😁

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Good year for business but not so great for miles on Buicks!  2019/2019 challenge... how about 2019 miles in various Buicks in 2019?

I've written down the mileage in most of them, and it surprises me that some have mileage so close.  63000 +/- 500 :)

 

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I logged 621 miles driving the Buick home (on a trailer).  It handled beautifully, the cruise control and A/C worked just great.  Everyone understood my turn signals and my power disc brakes and power electric steering issued no troubles.  The 5.0 V8 got about 13 mpg with the big lug sitting on the trailer.  Do you mean driving the Buick specifically?    Darn, I can't get anything past you guys!

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That made me laugh Ken as I imagined you meant but I also like what you did!

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With 2018 now closed out what should we set as the Challenge for 2019?

Start a new thread John?

 

My needed mechanical issues kept me from attaining last years goal but after a new water pump (soon) should be good to go with the "Challenge" (or not) but it has been fun reading everyone's rides large or small to get there.

 

May we all have a good Buickfull 2019 season! 

 

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@dei I like Ted's suggestion, 2019 miles in 2019.  A new thread for certain. 

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What's the latest year that qualifies to enter this challenge?

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This was taken December 31st, I almost got to squeeze another 1k since my last post. Not sure what im up to now but I think it was almost 4k driving! Looking forward to 2019! (Won't be able to start until February i think) 

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17 hours ago, RivNut said:

What's the latest year that qualifies to enter this challenge?

There are no rules here Ed.  Run what you brung. Its always up to the participant to set a goal and try to make it. 

Use one or multiple cars, use older or newer cars, whatever works for the participant.  I will say two things though. 

2500 miles on one car is almost a job,assuming we are not talking your daily driver. 

And for myself,even if I did not run into mechanical difficulties, I am pretty sure I wouldn't

have made the goal. 

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10 hours ago, JohnD1956 said:

There are no rules here Ed.  Run what you brung. Its always up to the participant to set a goal and try to make it. 

Use one or multiple cars, use older or newer cars, whatever works for the participant.  I will say two things though. 

2500 miles on one car is almost a job,assuming we are not talking your daily driver. 

And for myself,even if I did not run into mechanical difficulties, I am pretty sure I wouldn't

have made the goal. 

If my daily driver were an older car and I put 10,000 miles per year on it, wouldn't that be four times the target accomplishment?  Or are you limiting the number of miles to 2500? 

 

2500 miles is just a little under 50 miles per week.  That's a couple of trips to the liquor store and just keeping the tires from getting flat spots. 50 miles per week for 52 weeks = 2,600 miles

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