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"So, What did you do this Labor Day Holiday?"

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It's been a tough summer guys, nothing's been fixed. So, old Wayne pulls the '32 Ford pickup out to replace the fan belt. It was running hot the last drive out, expected loose fan belt. With replaced fan belt and new hoses, clamps, etc, Mike and I drive around the neighborhood, blowing water out of the radiator cap strongly after getting the engine warm. I now suspect a blown head gasket. Hmmm, my "good buy on the pickup" is losing it's value quickly.

Next out is the '56 "Sentimental Tour" Chevy wagon. A new battery and some continuious cranking, and she's running. Mike and I decide to again take to the highway to get the "fluids" moving again. The Chevy doesn't have an exhaust system yet, but I'm in with the local cops. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> She sounded good, back firing getting off the gas. New exhaust and the long awaited "wheels" and we'll be touring Virginia in October. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif" alt="" />

Next out is the '32 HXT RXD(Expletive deleted..AACA rules). All she needs is a cranking and on highway blowout. Gotta burn out the old gas in the 3X2 setup. Mike swears it out accelerates Mom's little sports car. It does! With 350 horsepower in a 1500lb(approx.) car, it's gotta go, right. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif" alt="" />

Anyway, Mike and I had a very productive Monday and Mike learned a few more things about working on old cars...and trucks. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> So, what did you guys do productive this holiday?

Wayne and Mike

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Wayne,

I've been busy this weekend getting ready for the upcoming show at AACA meet at Asheboro, N.C.

I've got a 63 Impala SS 409 that I'll been showing for the first time. Hoping for a 1st. Jr. but just glad to be in a country that I'm free to do this type of thing. I hope all of our friends in Fla. made through the storm. I saw Mr. Prez's post, sounds like it was rough but he made it.

Look forward to seeing everyone in Asheboro

Tommy

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Good thread, Wayne...

Nice that you and Mike had a mixed bag of car maintenance together.

Of note: your '32 Deuce Coupe. I agree it has some acceleration. My neck is still sore from the ride in Richmond last September. That thing gives a new meaning to torque. Going down that on-ramp to I-64, I was shooting the breeze with Mike when you shifted...(that reminds me, what's your lawyers name?)

Detailed the '72 TR-6 yesterday for the Dublin, Ohio meet. Today, being a stickler for trailer mainenance, I washed it, greased the axles/hubs, checked lugnuts, lights, tires to 65 p.s.i. and ready to go.

Tommy, '63 Impala SS 409!! What a year that was!! Sounds like a great car. Look forward to seeing it and meeting you.

Regards, Peter J. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

P.S.--Astonished some folks lately. I actually put a whopping 141 miles on the TR-6 this summer and plan to add another 150 going to Hershey if the weather is OK.

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Wayne, I have half of one garage bay emptied in hopes of getting the latest addition to the project fleet inside. Got things semi organized, keep pile, eBay pile, and waste paper can for trash.

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Labor Day is a sure sign that winter is on the way. I had everything running (just in case it rains for the next two months) and ready to park. Of course if we would get some more good weather, I'll drive them at least once more.

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Wayne, I spent much of it worrying about good friends, forum members and a few old business acquaintances in Florida.

I hope Leo and the pizza farm are OK.

hvs

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Yes, it was a fun trip up there and this morining when we got the 32 pickup out I was starting the engine while dad was putting on the new fan belt, and he still had his fingers and toes wink.gif. I also had fun backing out the 1956 Chevy Sedan Delivery out of the garage while dad pushed.

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Hi, Mike...good to hear from you.

With the stable of cars you guys have its nice you are involved.

One day you will look back and treasure the moments. Good job...

(Did your dad take inventory of all his fingers?)

Be in touch, Peter J. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

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Hello,

I finished re-assembling the differential of my '11 Buick (new

roller bearings, sleeves, axle halves & cluster gears in the

ring gear carrier. One new seal (I crunched the one on the other

end trying to install).

I took a peek inside of the sliding gearbox. The bearings must

have been upgraded at some point, but those 93 year old gears

look kind of tired..

Thanks,

Joe Kieliszek

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Friday night finished fixing the Amphicar water transmission that broke the prior week and left me stranded on an island for 3 hours. Took it for a test drive and was fine. Saturday AM me and my brother delivered a clutch, pressure plate, flywheel, throw out bearing from a 52 Nash Healy to a friend who's was stuck in gear and needed to look at the correct parts to figure out what was wrong.

Saturday evening talked the wife into taking the Corvette to the cruise in at the Soda Jerk and ran into Steve our National Director and nearchoclatetown. Sunday took my nephew swimming and fishing for 5 hours in the Amphicar, even had a picnic on a island in the middle of the river. Monday took the Corvette for a 5 hour ride and ended up with a friend at a large local show down by Maryland.

Back to work and reality Tuesday. Hate to see summer come to an end however we should have a fair amount of decent weeks left. Enjoy what's left of summer! wink.gif

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Wayne... Good thread...

My weekend started out with a nice dinner with the girlfriend down in Baltimore, and it all went down hill after that. We were planning on going down to the soda jerk on saturday, pulled the pontiac out of the garage noticed some funny smokey stuff coming from the defrosters. Quickly went away then started again and it really looked like my car had its own humidifier. Heater core must have finally let go.

Spent the rest of the day with the restoration of the honeycomb wheels, and they are really in rough shape, but slowly coming back to life. Did the sand blasting and the priming. Now onto fixing the old poly part of the honeycombs.

Ron... Nearchoch...

Sorry I missed you guys down at the soda jerk, that wasnt the last one of the year was it?

joe

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Lets see, Tommy27. Someone got married and got a nice Caddy for a wedding present. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/tongue.gif" alt="" /> And, I'll bet the wedding was on the "Island", right? What'd I win? <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Tommy Nolen; I'd almost bet that your '63 SS is black too, right? Tommy likes Black Chevy's.

Now, my fingers...It seems the fan belt on the '32 pickup was not a V-belt, and not a lawn mower belt, according to the Advance Auto guy. Of course he wanted to look it up. Right! <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" /> Anyway, I came back home and went through my industrial belt inventory(B Belts). Yep, I had one the right length, it was just a tight fit under the crank pulley. So, (don't do this at home), I had Mike bump the motor to get the belt started. Hey, I've got 10 fingers! I can give up one of them for an old Ford. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/crazy.gif" alt="" /> Anyway, Mike was a big help and Mom only fussed at me for doing something stupid.

The battery problem with the '56 required pushing the Chevy "out" of the garage so I could get to it. Sorry guys, my garage is not as neat as Want1937's(Bob Swanson). <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif" alt="" />

I'm also really surprised at how far Ron Green drove his Vette. Way to go, Ron! I wish I had that much time. Take care guys. Wayne

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I just got back from Des Moines (I live in PA), 2000 mile round trip in the pickup to go to our truck club's first ever national meet. Loooong trip but surprisingly not that brutal in the old truck other than having to switch legs holding the accelerator every 250 miles. cool.gif Aside from some vapor lock issues it ran great--not bad for a 96,000 mile original.

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I worked all weekend as well as tore down the swimming pool that was too cold to swim in this summer. On Labor Day, we participated in the Labor Day parade in downtown Rochester, NY. Being that my father retired from the Carpenter's Union in '97 he had his car in the parade with some of the retired carpenters riding in ........the woodie wagon!! There wasn't another trade union in the Rochester area that had a vehicle associated with their livelihood in the parade. Of course the painter's union asked if they had a union painter do the finish work and we had to tell them "no" grin.gif

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Driving an AACA National winner, way to go Pat!

This is a follow up on my holiday activities. I trailered the '56 Chevy wagon to an exhaust shop today and told the shop owner what I wanted. He asked me to check out an antique he had just finished for a customer to understand the quality of work that his shop produces. As I come around inside his shop(how many places can you still do that in the USA?) he is already raising a Hudson sedan up on the rack. We go under the car and he shows me how he has split the exhaust "backwards"(?). I tell him it looked like one of my fellow member's kind of car. It was, belonging to Buddy Brill, a AACA National judge from our region. Anyway, I go towards the front of the Hudson(from the bottom side) and see that the exhaust had split into "Headers" going toward the head of the engine. They were beautiful, made by someone with amazing fabrication skills. As they came back towards the transmission, the separate pipes went into 2 1/2in pipe the rest of the way to the rear bumper. I get the shop guy to drop the car, I then see the dual carburator setup on the flathead, with everything painted gold. Wow, what an engine. The shop fellow told me the engine was supposed to put out 300 horsepower. A surprising trip for me. I get my little jewel back tomorrow. If anyone's going on the Sentimental Tour in October, you'll get to see what I spent my money on. <img src="http://www.aaca.org/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> Wayne

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Joe, you missed about 500 cars, some I've never seen. In desperation, there's always the visegrip on the heater hose trick. Would have gotten you to the Jerk. Wayne , I ran a gallon of gas through the new weedeater this weekend. Got me yelled at for being late to the Jerk. Take a look at Kenny Schreider's thumb. That's what they look like when they get fed through a belt. As someone that knows, you don't want to loose a finger.

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