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OK, so the morning started late, which helped us to hit a lineup at the border and wait over half an hour there.  We rolled in to Sioux City around seven, tried to check into the wrong hotel, then had supper at Outback Steakhouse.  Lunch was at a food court and Teresa made a beeline for the Harry Potter Vans.

 

Photos are not necessarily in a particular order.

 

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Judging by your temperature gauge, I would not push it beyond your indicated speed.  You may want to consider overhauling the cooling system at some point in the near future.

 

Have fun!

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We didn’t get too far on the onion and the steak was requested as medium...as there wasn’t too much, it was fine.  We passed on dessert though.

 

With I-29 closures, we elected to head west into Nebraska north of Omaha, then south on 75 to Topeka...after that it gets fuzzy, but we stayed off toll roads, so there was a section of I-35, 50, and a lot of 77 south, connecting with I-35 in Oklahoma, then a straight shot into Midwest City.  It was an interesting day, meeting a car guy while stopped for gas in Auburn, NE (he’s working on a 1960 Invicta convertible).  I pulled an ID10T in Kansas, forgetting the gas cap...discovered on next fuel fill in Oklahoma...I called the station in Strong City, KS, but they couldn’t locate it.  Sigh.  We pulled into the venue at about ten to seven, got registered, got booked into the hotel, went for dinner with Buick friends old and new, covered up the gas filler, and had a couple of beers with Buick friends old and new.  The previous owner of Lamar’s wagon is here, looking to take it home....

 

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Kansas and Oklahoma are now states I’ve visited...I forget exactly, but I think I’ve now been to 29...I can count again after I get home.

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40 minutes ago, rivgs said:

You should post a picture of the "custom" gas cap you had earlier.

 

I don’t seem to have a photo of that...but it kept the rain out Tuesday night.  @Jack Welch said he took one.

 

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You may want to contact Clyde Biagi.  He's big in the H-special world and may have or have a lead on a replacement fuel cap.  You can find him on Facebook by searching his name.  Good guy.

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That's a great color for a Skyhawk, we had a Lagunda in that color.  One of my favorite colors of the time.  Have seen a couple big 76 Electra's with white landau top and interior in the color and they are striking.  

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Yay!

 

Just got off the phone with the service station and they have the gas cap.  I’m going to attempt to try to not form an opinion on the gal I spoke to the other day.  Thus, our route tomorrow is being planned through Strong City, KS to pick it up.

 

Excuse me while I do a little dance of joy....

 

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4 hours ago, Thriller said:

Yay!

 

Just got off the phone with the service station and they have the gas cap.  I’m going to attempt to try to not form an opinion on the gal I spoke to the other day.  Thus, our route tomorrow is being planned through Strong City, KS to pick it up.

 

Excuse me while I do a little dance of joy....

 

 

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I’m not about to change the title of the thread, although Grenouille is now headed in a general northerly direction.  We started a bit later this morning than I wanted, getting on the road shortly after 8:00.  We made our first pit stop in northern Oklahoma off I-35, where there was a bit of a police presence.  After using the facilities and stocking up on caffeinated products, getting out to the car, an Oklahoma Highway Patrol officer made a comment about the car, which started a conversation.  Of course it reminded him of his mother’s new car, which was a Monza.  His first ride involved spilling a milkshake in the back seat.

 

We made another pit stop in Kansas for facilities and perhaps more caffeine.  Being Father’s Day, it was appropriate that I get chauffeured around for a while.

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Somewhere along Highway 50 was a sign that I would like to have...if not physically, at least in photo form as it gave us the false belief we were almost home (Canada 12 to the left).

 

Teresa stopped in Strong City, KS for fuel and a reunion.

 

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At that stop, a farmer chatted with us for a while as his children had had a Skyhawk.  As we were talking, another gentleman made positive comment.  I asked about possible routes to Sioux City as I was interested in going over new territory on the way home.  We backtracked a mile to head north on 177, which brought us to picnic tables at the National Park Service Tall Grass Prairie Preserve.  All photos are on the camera, so will have to wait.  We had some leftovers from the other night for lunch and spent a few minutes looking around.  I’d say it was a worthwhile stop.

 

Onward we went...and went...and went...driving through Kansas seemed to take forever, while getting through Nebraska felt quick by comparison.  We had dinner in Blair and drove the remaining roughly 60 miles to Sioux City.

 

I’m looking forward to getting home to my own bed and the poodles.

 

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Great that you got the gas cap back. Probably cost you a point at judging time ,although damage on the way to a meet ought to not be counted as per previous year judges training.  🙂

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On 6/14/2019 at 12:07 AM, Thriller said:

 

I don’t seem to have a photo of that...but it kept the rain out Tuesday night.  @Jack Welch said he took one.

 

The "original" gas cap. Derek wisely took this off prior to judging. I think the bag would have passed muster during judging,,  but only "period" duct tape would have saved point loss. Color coordinated duct tape was not a factory accessory in 1976. 

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Correction @Jack Welch, that was electrical tape.  It did the necessary deed of keeping the rain out Tuesday night.  JD - that’s right, although I don’t know if Archival is treated the same in this respect...The Mouth of the South was team captain for the team and he told me they didn’t deduct for it.  @old-tank I was born a redneck and will likely stay that way, at least somewhat...city living is softening me.

 

We made it home just after 6:00 today...so about 13 hours yesterday and 10 today.  The border was a breeze, although I did choose the wrong line...regardless there were two lanes open with one in each lane so it wasn’t much of a wait.  

 

Here’s how the cap is supposed to look, albeit without the tape residue....

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Here are badges of honour, although we had rain yesterday pretty much through Oklahoma and in cloud and sprinkles much of today.

 

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I came home to this sad-looking poodle.  He had bloat (stomach turned around and things got twisted up so acid was building up) and has responded well to the treatment.  He doesn’t need the cone when supervised (now I know).  When we got home, Suzanne was off getting his sister so it didn’t come off immediately.  He’s got a patch for pain on rear driver side leg that comes off Friday...he isn’t acting like he’s feeling any pain.

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I’ll put down some more thoughts later.  Right now there’s still some unpacking / organizing to do, then supper.

 

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Glad you are home safely! Good thing you found that cap otherwise the border security folks may not have been as forgiving about the suspicious looking electrical tape as Bruce...lol

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1 hour ago, Brad Conley said:

If the women don't find you handsome they should at least find you handy.....

 

We used to watch that show faithfully on PBS on Friday (I think) nights. Good times.

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13 hours ago, J3Studio said:

@Thriller Just curious: how many Skyhawks are out there? Do you associate with the Monza, Starfire, and Sunbird folks?

 

I honestly don’t know.  We got this car almost 2 years ago after the Brookfield, WI national meet.

 

There are Monza, Starfire, and Sunbird folks?  I’ve been here in Winnipeg over 20 years now and I can’t recall seeing any locally (doesn’t mean there aren’t any, just don’t remember them).

 

There were 2248 Skyhawks built for Canada in 1976.  This one was built in Ste. Therese, Quebec.  I don’t know if all the Canadian cars were built there or not.  176 were built in colour 40 - Concord Green (it was called the patriotic colours north of the border as well).

 

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There are a few forums for H bodies (Vega/Astre) and H-Special bodies (Skyhawk/Starfire/Monza/Sunbird) and several Facebook pages also.  The Facebook pages seem to be more active and forums such as this one or V8Buick.com.  The first couple of years Skyhawks were produced in Ste Therese but production shifted to Lordstown, OH which was recently closed.  Ste Therese was closed and torn down several years ago and the site redeveloped.  As far as remaining Skyhawks, not many.  I searched for 3 years for mine but I had narrowed my search to the first model year, 1975, to bring back memories of my first car, a 1975 Skyhawk.  Most turned to dust as the tin worm ate them up.  Rust was a pretty severe problem for them as it was for many vehicle's built in the 1970's.  

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Sadly I had to cover them up with metal.  They were turning to powder and not keeping any weather out at all.  I was afraid a gust of wind would blow down the building, so made the tough decision.  The barn is over 100 years old (about 130, we're guessing) and those are the original board siding.

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21 hours ago, Thriller said:

 

I honestly don’t know.  We got this car almost 2 years ago after the Brookfield, WI national meet.

 

There are Monza, Starfire, and Sunbird folks?  I’ve been here in Winnipeg over 20 years now and I can’t recall seeing any locally (doesn’t mean there aren’t any, just don’t remember them).

 

There were 2248 Skyhawks built for Canada in 1976.  This one was built in Ste. Therese, Quebec.  I don’t know if all the Canadian cars were built there or not.  176 were built in colour 40 - Concord Green (it was called the patriotic colours north of the border as well).

 

Thanks—you folks look you are having a lot of fun!

 

I asked because one of my successful blog posts (ranked 6th out of almost 240) in my Eighties Cars site is on the last of the H-special Sunbirds.

 

https://eightiescars.com/2014/03/17/1980-pontiac-sunbird/

 

My theory is that my blog is most successful when I post about cars that don't get discussed as much as some others.

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