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 I had an enjoyable day with George.  He and I pulled out of the yard about 6:30 this morning, heading East.  About 9:00, interrupted Tom, [   pont35cpe ] power washing a tractor.  Shot the fertilizer for a couple hours, eased on East and did the same with Evan Ritter. Then on to Bonham and delivered some parts to Pete Phillips.   Headed home about 5:30 and here I am. George was flawless, going 324 miles on 16 gal.  

  Total mileage for the year is  902. Need to get with it.

 

  Ben

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Good job Been,  obviously you avoided the storms.

 

I got out today  did probably 100 miles through the hill country after fixing my A/C.  

 

I will check milage later on.

 

My wife will not complain about being hot any more.  she will probably need a blanket.

 

Me, if its not meat locker cold, I am not happy.  I think I succeeded.

 

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Managed to roll the trip odometer up to 80.1 adding another 24.6 miles today after completing a job early. It was a bit cool at first but with the sun out and the heater on full turned out nice while sitting waiting for the traffic lights to change.😎 

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Well, the weather has been nice enough but no chances to get the cars out yet... life has been very busy so far this year!  I’ve been able to put only about 60miles on the wagon so far but record setting gas prices here are not helping the urge to drive!  I put non ethanol 94 in both cars...

(And that’s per liter)

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@dmfconsult Oh man!  That gas price is astronomical !  I can see where it would be inconvenient just to burn up the money.  Maybe next year we'll set up a challenge based on distance per gallon and set a cost for fuel instead of a mileage goal?  The formula could look like :  (Fuel budget / cost per gallon ) X MPG = Goal  ?

In this case assuming a $ 250 seasonal gas budget, for my '56 it would look like ( $250 /$3.50) X 15 = 1071 mile goal?  It could work, and it levels the variation in fuel costs across all locations.    

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, dmfconsult said:

Well, the weather has been nice enough but no chances to get the cars out yet... life has been very busy so far this year!  I’ve been able to put only about 60miles on the wagon so far but record setting gas prices here are not helping the urge to drive!  I put non ethanol 94 in both cars...

(And that’s per liter)

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38 minutes ago, JohnD1956 said:

Oh man!  That gas price is astronomical ! 

 

I know we are supposed to keep it non political but this borders on criminal....

Gas pricing here in Southern Ontario was averaging 130.9 per L for regular yesterday and I WANT to take the Special for a ride. Fortunately I see a pattern regarding pricing when it comes to Holidays and topped up the tank last week paying 139.9 per L for premium (91) and not planning to run a tank but expect on Tuesday the price to drop, we'll see...

 

Prior to the "Holiday Jump" regular was running 119 per L and we are consistently being told there is no controlling of the market, it is just supply and demand taking place. REALLY?

(getting of the box now...)

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Wow Doug.  I feel for you.  Here, regular is listed at $1.29/l.  I’m not sure what the premium we pay for non-ethanol premium is.  The two new Buicks have the 2 l turbo, so the recommended is premium.  If I’m not buying premium, I’m buying diesel.  I’m happy we still have the option of non-ethanol gasoline though.

 

A rough calculation for our American friends.  The Canadian dollar is presently $0.746 USD and there are 3.79 litres in a US liquid gallon.  So, if I did that right, it’s $5.51/gallon.

 

@dei, we see the “Holiday Jump” here too pretty regularly.  There was an increase this week...I just didn’t put 2 and 2 together with respect to this weekend.  Collusion is regularly seen, never proven by the watchdog.  

 

I guess the alternative to paying gasoline prices is to give up our hobby.  That isn’t an imminent option for me.

 

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4 minutes ago, Thriller said:

I guess the alternative to paying gasoline prices is to give up our hobby.

 

or go to plug power, which is not in my immediate future. 

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Thankfully both Buick’s have/had full tanks when I put them away so by the time I use that up hopefully prices will have come back down to earth.  It won’t keep me from driving as it’s really a small additional cost given how much I actually drive them, but still shocking when you pull up to the pump. 

 

@JohnD1956 that’s an interesting calculation, but it doesn’t account for the times your father locks the keys in the car with it running and it takes you half an hour to get the spare key to him! LOL. 

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48 minutes ago, dmfconsult said:

It won’t keep me from driving as it’s really a small additional cost given how much I actually drive them

 

By George, I think he's got it!

 

Fill the tank every Sunday evening or after 200 miles. Always calculate cost at cents per mile. I have been doing those two things for quite a few years now and they are a good mind conditioner.

 

Of course when you think you might want something that gets better fuel mileage you try out some tin cracker box, figure out the difference in cents per mile, and say "Nah, no way I'm giving up what I have for a few cents a mile".

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Fine weather and temperatures to have the top down for Easter this year!

Drove to my boy's place to discuss what his plans were for breaking out the back wall to access the storage area out back for his planned work area. 

Then drove over to confirm a car purchase for my brother-in-law which will take place this week.

Went home and vacuumed out the carpet from a few miles of use over this winter / spring before everyone came for Easter Dinner. 

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Had to pickup my brother-in-law (the reason to buy a car) so took my son for the ride across town and back.

 

After dinner my wife took him back so grabbed a few shots as the sun was starting to go down before heading back to her garage.

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I didn't record the mileage but will note it the next time I'm over there. A trip across town and back won't be huge but it will add up by year end.

Getting more confident things are being ironed out for an uneventful trip to the 2020 National in Strongsville and back.

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I'll call today's ride my "Shame Ride".

After reading about everyone else's additional mileage I HAD to go out for a drive this evening. I worked around the yard all day but at 5:00 p.m. I heard the whistle blow and put the top down.

Other than stopping for picking up some refreshments for this evening at the IGA, I didn't go anywhere special. Got some highway time in and some back road driving. After all it's 4 miles for me to go around the block where I live.

I'm up to 109. Next drive I'll probably turn the odometer to 50K. And all of today's drive was with the top down.

Great driving for sure.

 

Bill

 

Thanks all

 

edit- Hi Doug - I see you have a 28 Whippet Cabriolet in your collection too. Great little cars.

 

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Rather than try and get to a mileage this year, I’m simply going to try and drive the cars as much as possible. Today I decided to take the Electra to run errands rather than the daily driver. Ending up taking some family around to visit a relative in the cemetery and got a little rained on, but it made for a good pic opportunity.  Trans slipped a little going up a hill at low speed, so this car may be sidelined a bit. 

 

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Yes it’s something I knew was coming as the last tranny service I did showed clutch material in the pan and there has been a hard 1-2 shift for several years.  I tried to baby it but I think it’s finally time to bite the bullet and get it redone.  The bright side is it will feel like a new car when it’s done, the down side is I just picked up a new car for my wife, so car money is a bit light right now. The wagon will just have to pick up the slack. 

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Added another 504 miles this weekend driving to the flat part of Texas for the Bluebonnet Regional Meet.. There are times when I wish I had a dash camera and this was one of them.

I drove from Fredricksburg to Llano and it was like driving through a file of flowers. The road was lined for almost 40 miles.  I was just in awe.

Unfortunately It was only me and the road is a twisty turn road so the picture i got does not due it justice. Look at the sides of the roads and imagine it for 40 miles.

Saturday morning a fried who boughtmy Riviera followed me to the meet we were going to and I was able to get a picture of that.

It was good to come home to the hills again.

 

Total so far this year is 812 miles.

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Well, me and Southern Belle have been motoring through the countryside the last 3 evenings, her stretching her legs and me well, just trying to get lost. Averaging about 60-80 miles each day. Keep running up on roads I've been on before so no success at getting lost yet, will keel trying.  Thought I'd check in and see what this challenge is all about and looks like if I'm gonna participate I should have took a shot of my odometer sooner.   I'll get one tomorrow before heading out. In the meantime here's a couple  shots at a covered bridge at Watson Mill State Park,  about 15 miles from Buick Gardens. Google map it,  Watson Mill State Park to Buick Gardens ....

 

 

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A lot of folks wish I’d get lost....

 

Tougher to do with navigation built into the Envision.

 

If all goes according to my hopes, I'll actually start the challenge on Sunday...the Skyhawk should complete the challenge by the time we get home from Oklahoma, so I figure I should work on getting another car some exercise too.

 

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On 4/30/2019 at 11:08 AM, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

Update for George.  We added 580 miles to the total. Now at 1416 for the year.

 

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  Cruising.

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  80 at 3000.

 

 

  Ben

 

 

  What are you confused with, Willie?

 

  Ben

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12 hours ago, Ben Bruce aka First Born said:

What are you confused with, Willie?

 

  Ben

The sanity of driving a 1950 Buick  80 mph and taking a picture of the speedometer.;)

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2 hours ago, old-tank said:

The sanity of driving a 1950 Buick  80 mph and taking a picture of the speedometer.;)

 

I guess he took "Pictures or it di'nt happen"  to heart". 

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3 hours ago, old-tank said:

The sanity of driving a 1950 Buick  80 mph and taking a picture of the speedometer.

 

Wasn't he ten MPH under the speed limit?   What's the problem?  😎

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So here we go, another evening of driving through the north east Georgia countryside with the windows rolled down (actually they’re power so don’t guess they’d actually be rolled down?) radio off and the mixed smell of fresh cut hay, honeysuckle and barbecue cooking on the grill, all snuffing out the smell of burnt oil on the drivers side head from a leaky valve cover gasket, thank ya Jesus, thank ya Lord.

Here’s the odometer,  taken at the filling station, fillin her up so I can check the mileage. 

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Houses of worship abound, seems like one around every curve, mostly Baptist it seems. 

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Oh let the sun shine in, face it with a grin...

 

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Oh can you just imagine all the fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs and banana puddin thats been eatin with plastic forks off flimsy paper plates on these old Georgia granite slab tables. And check how old it is, older than you Ben. 893F873A-9B11-4758-9DE1-2A88805E26E5.thumb.jpeg.2431d8176ee8bf2a49bfdce6ec9605fd.jpeg

 

 

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btw, I don’t use filters 

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Nice pics Lamar -- and nice Buick.  Looking at your Estate Wagon got me thinking about my maternal grandfather.  He owned a '59 Ford Country Sedan (wagon) while I was growing up and he nursed it along for 10 years as he saved-up in anticipation of buying a new '69 -- but this one would be a top-of-the-line LTD Country Squire.  I remember he & my grandmother analyzing the brochures trying to decide on the exterior & interior colors.  Anyway, my point is they settled on a very similar light yellow exterior with tan interior.  I remember them saying that they thought it complemented the exterior wood-grain trim.  Looking at your Buick, I say I have to agree with them!  ;)

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