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Posted 17 October 2014 - 04:55 AM

The main "Oregon to Georgia" forum will be restricted for posting in order to have the trip narrative be uninterrupted.

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 05:32 AM

I think that's an awesome idea. Good luck on the trip! :)
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Posted 17 October 2014 - 06:22 AM

Good luck on the trip, Greg.

 

Id've just had it shipped to Georgia. Probably expensive. But considering possible breakdowns and delays getting repaired... but what the hey, there should be plenty of spares along the way, right?


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 06:52 AM

Don't forget a car cover. Not only to protect it from the elements but to hide it from the less desirable elements of the human race. I laugh when I see trailers in the parking lot of hotels clearly displaying the contents. "Harley Davidson" on the sides is like saying "Steal Me".


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 07:29 AM

I have a feeling that if you have any problems at all with the car they will be minor. If it wasn't a good car there wouldn't be so many of them still running. Like Sam said, it's the human race you need to worry about.

 

Good luck, Greg. Can't wait to hear how the journey is going.


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 07:53 AM

I wish you good luck with your trip, Greg. The car is a great looking car and looks very original. Driving the car from the Northwest is really cool, and I'm glad it will help you accomplish one of your bucket list items. I envy you for being able to do so.

 

I can remember my father telling me many, many years ago about a Model A he had in his younger days and him telling me it was the most reliable car he ever had in his life, that he drove it all over the country with no major problems whatsoever. I wish you the same luck that he had with his.

 

Keep us posted on your adventure, and take plenty of pictures and movies to go with it.


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 08:19 AM

No heater... that's a hoot.

I'm betting, no breakdowns.

What about your iPad and phone chargers... LOL... go solar!


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 09:51 AM

Ray,

 

Don't forget that son Geoff is following me in my modern car... we'll charge the electronics in that vehicle.

 

Michael, I'll be taking lots of pics and posting them to the trip blog, on a daily basis I hope.

 

We've subtitled this excursion "Greg and Geoff's Excellent Adventure"... LOL!


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 11:37 AM

What route are you taking on this trip?


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 11:52 AM

We've subtitled this excursion "Greg and Geoff's Excellent Adventure"... LOL!


Sounds like fun. Wish you both the best and can't wait until I stalk... I mean, follow your progress!

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 12:55 PM

Anyone remember Peter Egan's article in Road and Track, oh, like 20-30 years ago, about driving a Model T from Wisconsin to California? One of his best.
 
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Posted 17 October 2014 - 01:10 PM

It's a real good thing you have your son following you in another car, Greg... he can give you a push through the mountains! LOL.
 
Good luck, really cool idea!
 
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Posted 17 October 2014 - 02:24 PM

What route are you taking on this trip?

 
We're still working on that, Paul. My best man is literally one of the best-traveled Classic car guys in the US and I'm meeting up with him tomorrow to get his advice. He'll know the best route to take, without question.
 

Sounds like fun. Wish you both the best and can't wait until I stalk... I mean, follow your progress!

 
Clif, that avatar of yours makes you look like a stalker, that's for sure. LOL!
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Posted 17 October 2014 - 03:00 PM

Good luck on your trip. Many Model As went coast to coast back in the '30s. Of course at that time there were parts aplenty and service was easy to find. Also the two-lane roads were full of cars running 50 MPH, not 70-80.    

It can still be done, though. A lot of the Model A people do drive several hundred miles to national shows. At one of the car cruises we go to, there were four A Models from Ohio. We were 200 miles from their home. They drove west to Indiana, then back east to Charlotte (I believe) for the National MARC summer meet.
 
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Posted 17 October 2014 - 03:38 PM

One thought... catch Rt. 66 somewhere along your route (I would not be surprised if you thought of this already). 

 

And just east of Tulsa, OK, along the old route is the Darryl Starbird Museum. I went past it on a recent business trip, but didn't really have time to go see it. 


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 03:43 PM

If we go through Tulsa, Doug Azary has already arranged for us to visit the plant where Glen Pray built the Cord and Duesenberg replicas, so there's a chance we might, John.

 

Thanks for the suggestion.


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 03:45 PM

Do I smell a book or a TV documentary in the wings?

 

Good luck, Greg.

 

Methinks you are about to embark on the trip of a lifetime.

 

I can't wait to start reading/viewing your adventures.  :)

 

Oregon is beautiful.


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 03:53 PM

Book or a few bigger articles are a real possibility, Ron. Will not be taking enough video to do any kind of serious filmwork.

 

I am certainly hoping it will be as enjoyable as you suggest; that's certainly the plan and why doing such a journey has been on my bucket list even before the term was invented.


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 05:39 PM

Greg, when are you leaving?


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 06:06 PM

Before dawn, this coming Sunday, Butch.


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 06:17 PM

It's a real good thing you have your son following you in another car,


He can also pick up all the parts as they fall off.


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 06:26 PM

Boo, Dennis, that's English cars, not American cars.

 

I have a good friend, the noted writer Dick Langworth, who, with a friend, on a lark made a series of funny bumper stickers that ended up selling unexpectedly well for many years.

 

One of the most popular ones was this one:

 

"The Parts That Fall Off This Car Are Of The Finest British Manufacture".

 

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Posted 17 October 2014 - 07:52 PM

I'm smellin' a "Lucas Electrics/Prince of Darkness" post comin' on. LOL.


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 08:01 PM

Could happen...


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Posted 17 October 2014 - 09:02 PM

Greg, 

 

If you could stop in a town or city with an airport every night I'm sure they would let you park your car in a hanger for a small fee, especially if you told them what you are doing.


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Posted 18 October 2014 - 12:23 AM

Did someone say Lucas?

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 05:01 AM

Yeah, Lumpy, that one's a classic!


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Posted 18 October 2014 - 08:11 AM

T-shirt from a British car owners gathering:

 

"If you had to depend on Lucas refrigeration, you would learn to drink warm beer".

 

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 08:48 PM

Greg... are going to pack a deer rifle on this trip? You'll be passing through some prime hunting grounds on your way to SLC… Now that's a vision: trekking from coast to coast with a deer spread across the hood of a '30 Ford Model A. It would almost be an art car.  :shok:  :crazy:
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Posted 18 October 2014 - 09:00 PM

Or just pick up and display any road kill that you come across. :D

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Posted 18 October 2014 - 10:22 PM

You guys are too funny.

Phil, I don't own a gun, so not this trip...

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 12:18 AM

Congratulations, Greg, beautiful car! Good luck on your trip!



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Posted 19 October 2014 - 12:59 AM

Just thought about this, Greg... you have probably already thought about picking one up, but in case you haven't, I'm sure you can imagine several scenarios in which it would be useful to help you get to a location that is safer or out of the weather should the need arise:
 
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Posted 19 October 2014 - 11:51 AM

Post 'your' trip comments in this subforum.
 
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Posted 19 October 2014 - 12:56 PM

SS,

Yep, 30 foot tow strap is in the toolkit already.

Gator, you're always a trip... LOL!
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Posted 19 October 2014 - 03:45 PM

Slot racers tend to be adventurous - my pal Atte came back alive from US.

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 05:12 PM

Yep, 30 foot tow strap is in the toolkit already.


Wouldn't it be funny if you needed it to use the Model A to pull the car you are in.  :laugh2:
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Posted 19 October 2014 - 06:22 PM

Greg, how many people are heading west with you? I know there's you and your son and...?
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Posted 19 October 2014 - 08:50 PM

Just Geoff and me, Phil.

BTW, we saw at least a dozen roadkill deer during today's trip, some badly decomposed...

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Posted 19 October 2014 - 10:02 PM

Greg,

 

Since you almost became a train guy, stop in at the Union Pacific shops in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A few months ago the railroad towed a Big Boy to their steam shop there from CA to restore back to running condition. It's number is 4014.

 

Glad you made good progress on day one of your trip.

 

Tuesday night the 21st is the local monthly meeting here of the Model A club. I'm going to visit and check things out.

 

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 10:36 AM

Are you guys gonna eat anything but junk food?

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 10:45 AM

You read my mind, Ray.

They better get to some little diner or a great BBQ place, pretty soon, or I'm going to shoot them.

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:44 AM

Hope you brought along some "Ghosties" to keep warm! Have a great time!


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Posted 20 October 2014 - 11:48 AM

Have no worries, guys. We will definitely be eating better shortly. I''m no Jay Guard, who can subsist for weeks on Burger King sausage muffins for breakfast and Taco Bell for lunch and dinner... LOL!

Remember, this is just day two of a two-plus week trip, with us going from border to border on I-70 across the barrenness of Kansas. The gas stations were far enough apart to make it close a couple of times...

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 01:53 PM

Methinks the GPS is hooked up to the VW to pull in to McD's... Maybe they are a sponsor... LOL...

BTW Nebraska is worse.
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#46 Cheater

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 02:04 PM

Ray... I though you knew...

Almost all McD's have free wi-fi and my iPad is wi-fi only... the restaurants are where I go to get access while on the road!

I probably buy something only one out of four or five visits actually.

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#47 MSwiss

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 02:15 PM

Greg,

Your son doesn't have a phone with a data plan?

Regardless, if you eat at a fast food place, it better be at least an In-N-Out Burger. LOL.

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#48 MantaRay

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 02:15 PM

I thought that they were very easily hacked... supposed to have McRibs soon.
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#49 Dennis David

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 03:08 PM

The gas stations were far enough apart to make it close a couple of times...


What? Forget to pack your Depends? Where are the pics?
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#50 Bill from NH

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Posted 20 October 2014 - 04:12 PM

Denver is a difficult city to get lost in, but an easy one to drive around in, even when you don't know where you are going. I've visited there several times and I worked there in 1995-96. I never got lost when driving around.

Most of the city is laid out in North, South, East, and West quardrants. Much of its streets are North-South or East-West parallels, much like graph paper. Those running North-South are numerically consecutive, those East-West are alphabetically consecutive.

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