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Oh I would definitely agree emtee. And btw  “light yellow” is the actual name of the color, there was also a dark yellow offered 😊 thanks for complements. 

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With all that time hanging around churches, one might begin to think that MrEarl’s getting some religion.  Either that or he’s wearing out the knees of his pants asking for a trouble-free trip with Southern Belle and Argosy to OK.

 

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Went shopping for Argosy curtain fabric with Rita today and was blessed with another drive through the country to get there. Off and on heavy rains, wipers worked fine in all modes. 

 

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Took the opportunity yesterday to go for a ride in the Special since the sun was out and visit a few friends.

Ended up having one go for a ride and drove up to another who was out cutting his wet long grass.

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I think he was a bit envious as he mentioned he might get his Monarch out after his work was completed and take his brother out for supper.

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With 6 other cars in there he has his choice but the easiest is the last one in obviously. 

 

After a bit of city cruising dropped my passenger off and went back to park the Special for the night.

 

Have not shot a picture of the mileage for a bit but it is adding up and the season is in full swing now.

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It begins!  I actually drove three Buicks today, at least briefly.  I had to pull the Wildcat out of the shop to get the Skyhawk out.  I drove the LeSabre home and 21 year old son drove the Skyhawk home.

 

I’ve previously measured it as 61 km door to door, but we did take a slightly different route home today in consideration of one particular construction zone.

 

The drive went well overall, but every time I so much as look at the wagon, there’s more I see that needs to be done.  For now I just want to turn it into a functional driver...that may take more time and money than I’d initially hoped.

 

The Skyhawk goes for a spring service / oil change and check over on Tuesday.  We’ve got just over a month before the trek to Oklahoma.

 

 

 

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Was able to get the wagon out again for an early Mother’s Day trip. Drove up what we call the “Sea to Sky” highway to the community of Squamish which is at the end of Howe Sound (ocean inlet) and surrounded by mountains. There is a nice brew pub there that my mother likes and she very much enjoyed the drive. Only about a 100 mile round trip but my total this year is now around 350 miles. Baby bites...

 

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Took SouthernBelle tire shopping and had some brake and suspension assessments done this week. She was directed to go to “High Society Parking”  while I waited for a bay. 😁

 

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Brakes are in outstanding condition, front end suspension is showing her 135K miles 

 

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I think I’m going to stay with black. One reason being I’m considering an Lt passenger tread touring tire for benefits of towing. But tha’s another subject for another forum so won’t hi jack JDs one here😊

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1 hour ago, MrEarl said:

She was directed to go to “High Society Parking”  while I waited for a bay. 😁

 

Best looking one of the group in my opinion. 

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1 hour ago, JohnD1956 said:

 

Best looking one of the group in my opinion. 

  

I actually got a 👍 from the Maserati owner. I appreciably returned the gesture. 

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2 hours ago, MrEarl said:

  

I actually got a 👍 from the Maserati owner. I appreciably returned the gesture. 

 

Yes, the appropriate response...After all, they do have portholes...and are very nice cars too

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I got the Skyhawk out again today for a few miles to the local car club’s swap meet.  It’s the biggest local one there is.  I got something that can work for a forum swap at the National if that happens again and I got a couple odds and ends.  I hadn’t seen 8 tracks for a few years, but there were a couple vendors with some this year, so I picked up a few for tunes in the Electra.

 

I forgot to take a photo of the car there, but here’s a couple photos from the swap meet.

 

 

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Got a few miles in this evening.

I spent the last few days working on my son's truck and got a bit of time where the weather was above 50 degrees and it wasn't raining.

 

I'm up to 164 miles so far. I think that's more than all of last year.

 

I stopped at the town hall to get a quick photo. the sky looked great. This is beautiful downtown Gustavus, Ohio.

I drove by a few of our famous landmarks and will post photos of them next trip. And the odometer turned to 50,000 miles.

 

Thanks for the 2019 challenge.

 

Bill

 

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I drove the Skyhawk perhaps another 5 whopping miles this morning.  I have to be away for the weekend for a wedding and there are a few other things needing doing, including replacing the rear end oil - without a drain plug, the cover needs to be removed, so sealant will need time to cure and a long weekend is as good as any.  Should be in the range of 55 miles so far.

 

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Toughed out a few rain drops going to a weekly cruse-in and then out for supper. Parked a bit out in the lot of the plaza and saw this when finished dinner.

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Guess he had the same idea as us.

One nice 67 Caddie.

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Not big miles but adding up.

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Did a Saturday evening cruise with my oldest in the passenger side tonight.

Not big miles but fun as I used to take him in the Special for a cruise Downtown and back when he was about 7-8 years old to give Mom a break (ya, that was my story).

Tonight was interesting as he commented that the Downtown had changed so much!

At 34 and obviously not frequenting like he used asked him, Are you getting old? LOL!

 

Nice top down weather at 70 degrees and the Special did great!

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Hooked George to the teardrop this morning to see if the new brakes and controller worked well together. They do. Sorry, no pic of that encounter.  BUT, George took the bits in his mouth and ran.  West about 50 mile or so.  Sure was hard to not keep following Hwy 82 to the mountains and beyond.  Soon.

    Up to 1560 for the year.   Go George!

 

  Ben

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Went out to run errands today as it was 70 degrees again after an early morning of rain again!

Stopped by my boys house to let the dog out and cruised on home for supper.

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Chalked up a few more miles locally attending a car show fund raiser.

Got rained out by noon but... 

Had plans to get the Cougar out of storage anyway.

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The Skyhawk is presently just shy of 100 miles now after some running around town.  The forecast for the next several days is all sunshine, so hopefully I can work in some shakedown miles prior to pointing south for Oklahoma.

 

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With my last trip to a Car Show in London, Ontario my total (according to the trip odometer) is now 647.2 miles for this years challenge.

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Surviving what I believe was a tornado on the way home and with the car running with no issues, feeling I will meet this years challenge (touch wood).

 

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Small trip to the Historic town of Amherstburg last night to go for ice cream.

It was coolish being on the water and only 65 degrees so left the top up and the heat on during the trip home.

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The hot fudge treat special was great!

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@Buicknutty did for sure with his Electra.

 

The question is, after this trip, how many miles can I put on another one.  If I were to attend the Heartland Regional, that would be about a 900 mile round trip.

 

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Drove about 200 rt miles this Fathers Day, Athens GA to Greenville SC to see my son Jordan and grand baby Etta.

Car performed wonderfully. So far since I’ve started the challenge, 940 miles. 

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Nice to see Etta and Chiquita, I mean Southern Belle, getting along so well.

 

I’ve got 85.8 miles to achieve the challenge and will wrap it up tomorrow morning.

 

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2390 round trip miles to the National completes the challenge for Grenouille who is presently at 2500 miles for the year.  I’m not the only driver...Luke did some driving around home before we left and in Midwest City and Teresa did some driving on the return trip.

 

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Went for dinner at the weekly Monday night Cruise-In held at Brews & Cues.

Will do the wings again!

It was a warm night but left the top up (for the wife).

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Drove along the River to Downtown after the 505/50 draw and headed home before dark.

 

Camera battery went dead so no picture but noticed the trip odometer reads 699.0 miles.

To be continued...

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On 6/17/2019 at 7:48 PM, JohnD1956 said:

That's the way to do it @Thriller… Which one is next?

 

😃

 

I’m recuperating somewhat, so haven’t decided yet.  I think I will be changing the oil and sending the Skyhawk out to the country.  The 1941 and 1954 haven’t seen much use in recent years, so perhaps one of them will manage to get some exercise.  If I bring out the 1954, then at some point this summer I ought to be able to get a shot with both wagons.

 

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Put the new starter in and then took a drive through Texas.   Bandera, where we saw Longhorns on the courthouse square and folks riding horses in the street to Boerne (Bernie) where some fool tried to run me off the road and home again.  Big loop of about 90 miles.  AC was blowing Ice cubes and the starter worked flawlessly.

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