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#101 Bob Appelle

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Posted 22 October 2014 - 06:57 PM

The Four Tops did a good cover also.


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 09:11 PM

Back in post #58 Cheater said "I remember very clearly seeing the Big Boy at the Henry Ford museum many years ago".

 

Actually, Greg, a Chesapeake & Ohio 2-6-6-6 #1601 is the one on display at HFM, not a Big Boy. But don't get me wrong, that C&O is a giant as well!


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 09:55 PM

It's been at least 30-35 years since I was at the Ford Museum, so it doesn't surprise me I would recall it incorrectly.

 

Guys, we did over 650 miles today, after getting on the road at 6:15 AM and we just got to our hotel in Evanston, WY. My post for today is probably going to have to wait until tomorrow morning, as I doubt I can stay awake long enough to do it. 

 

Got some great pictures and a couple of great stories to relate, so it should be worth the short wait.


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Posted 22 October 2014 - 10:12 PM

Guys, we did over 650 miles today, after getting on the road at 6:15 AM and we just got to our hotel in Evanston, WY.

 

From Denver?

 

Via where???



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Posted 22 October 2014 - 10:17 PM

Aah, Ron, you're a sharp one.

 

Our planned route was I-25 North to I-80 West and I did probably overstate the mileage a bit, as I forgot we stopped short of our intended destination. I said I was tired...

 

We took a side trip to Estes Park, CO, to see one car-related place and ended up running into a very interesting vehicle on the road as we started out of town and that let to a visit to a second car-related place. More info in the morning...


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Posted 23 October 2014 - 12:35 AM

A significant factor for all internet forums has the been the increasing percentage of viewers who access Slotblog via cellphone. This has had a discernible negative influence on ad revenues, as far fewer syndicated ads can be displayed to cellphone users as compared to viewers accessing from traditional computers or even tablets.

My flippant reply was meant to point out (hopefully in a humorous manner) that, as a non-subscriber, there is no "money's worth" for you. If by your actions and your post above, you wish to infer that Slotblog is worth to you "exactly what you're paying for it", I can deal with that.

 

Greg, I only access Slotblog with a PC, so I am able to minimally support the site that way... not via cellphone/smartphone, because I don't have/need one.  My comment was purely in jest.

 

I took your reply to it... well... pretty much in jest, but felt somewhat scolded.  I am barely aware of the fact that one can subscribe as a way to support the site monetarily, but I do know that we are encouraged to make ebay purchases through the site.

 

My reply to your reply was not meant as a hostile retort in any way... it too, was in jest... the "advice is worth" comment was merely an explanation.

 

I hope your trip continues to go well.


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Posted 23 October 2014 - 08:12 AM

John,

 

Please don't feel scolded but you can feel slightly used, as I took advantage of your comment to make a point, that being that out of over 4,000 full members, a scant 84 have become subscribers in support of the forum.

 

Just like NPR/PBS stations, Slotblog is member-supported media and without a sufficient level of fiscal support, it will eventually disappear or mutate into some sort of "pay to play" scenario.

 

It doesn't surprise me that slot racers to a large extent don't grasp that their support of the hobby's infrasctructure is necessary, as the history of the hobby suggests it is a common theme. Ask any track owner or ex-track owner!

 

You posted, "I am barely aware of the fact that one can subscribe as a way to support the site monetarily." Well, it's not a secret, since this THREAD is pinned atop the General Slot Cr Racing forum.

 

It was probably wrong of me to drift this thread off-topic, but I wanted to make it known that several new approaches to upping Slotblog's revenue are being considered and that an increase in voluntary support would go a long way toward preserving the status quo.


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Posted 23 October 2014 - 08:48 AM

Speaking of membership support I looked at the non-subscribers signed in on Slotblog last night around 8 PM. Would you believe that these non-subscribers had made a total of 34,024 posts yet had not contributed one single dime to help support "their" forum.  Several were well in excess of 5,000 posts...

 

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Posted 23 October 2014 - 09:03 AM

Now we are really digressing... so Greg, when you wake up let us know what is going to happen today.


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Posted 23 October 2014 - 09:12 AM

Already posted, Ron.

 

And what I relate is what happened the previous day, as what will happen today is still a mystery, especially as we're mostly making it all up as we go along! LOL!


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Posted 23 October 2014 - 09:16 AM

Speaking of membership support I looked at the non-subscribers signed in on Slotblog last night around 8 PM. Would you believe that these non-subscribers had made a total of 34,024 posts yet had not contributed one single dime to help support "their" forum.


Don, to be fair, your statement is accurate only in reference to supporting the forum via becoming a subscriber. It's very likely a number of the non-subscribers you saw have provided support to Slotblog via one of the other methods available.

But, as RVW says, let's leave this subject in this thread now, as it is off-topic and probably unwise of me to have brought it up here. My apologies...

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Posted 23 October 2014 - 10:49 AM

Greg,

Thanks for the great pics...

And I'm glad you and your son had a great steak dinner...LOL.
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Posted 23 October 2014 - 12:12 PM

Greg,

 

Thanks for taking the time to both take and post pictures along the way. The museum shots were great, as were the pics of that immaculately restored fire engine. That was a beauty to behold.

 

Safe journey to you both.


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Posted 23 October 2014 - 07:44 PM

*WARNING* Some more thread drift here.

If you ever find yourself north of the cheddar curtain, there is a killer steak joint a short drive from Alpha raceway.

Haase's Supper club, Winnecone WI.

105 ounce prime rib is $48. (couldn't finish it, had the meat sweats all the way home.)
All you can eat T-bones in the summer, $29.95. They start you off with three. 1" thick and the size of a toilet seat.
Oh, and the baked potatoes weigh a pound all by themselves.
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Posted 23 October 2014 - 07:52 PM

Fancy paying good $$$$$ to kill yourself from over-eating.

 

Gluttony and Obesity are nothing to be proud of :(



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Posted 23 October 2014 - 11:39 PM

Hey, Zip, dying from overeating might be more fun than dying of old age or one of the nasty diseases...

As I type this, we're having steak and melted provolone sandwiches in our hotel room in Pendleton, OR, using the leftovers from last night. Yummy!

Again, too beat to post tonight. Will bring everyone up-to-date in the morning before we head out to McMinnville to see the car for the first time.
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 12:10 AM

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 12:56 AM

Welcome to Oregon.  Enjoy the rain.  :D


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 06:16 AM

Greg,

 

I was referring to the "killer" steaks and oversized meals mentioned above.  :(



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Posted 24 October 2014 - 06:57 AM

I know; my quip was a tongue-in-cheek response to it... LOL!

 

There's an old joke about an old guy in a restaurant seated next to a table of much younger people who are loudly carrying on about drinking, smoking, skirt-chasing, etc., within his earshot.

 

Finally, having heard enough, the old guy marches over to their table and announces, "You kids all make me sick. All you care about is drinking yourself into a stupor, smoking anything you can get your hands on, and bedding any female you can seduce. You won't live very long pursuing those habits.

 

"I've never touched a drop of alcohol in my entire life nor ever smoked one cigarette or anything else. And I've been absolutely faithful to my wife of almost 60 years.

 

"And tomorrow I will be celebrating my 80th birthday."

 

One of the kids he's addressing shoots back, "Oh yeah, old man? How?"


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 07:28 AM

... supposed to have McRibs soon.


Hey Ray,

Looks like some of the McD's in Oregon are serving McRibs right now. Here's yesterday's lunch...

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 08:14 AM

You might want to reconsider eating too many of those things.
 
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 08:40 AM

According to that article, you'd be better off eating a "road-kill" burger. Smithfield Foods mentioned, sponsors Richard Petty's #43 NASCAR.


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 08:55 AM

Well...

At least we know Greg's camera works now.
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 08:57 AM

Greg,

Check out the thickness of the wings on the Spruce Goose, if memory serves me correctly they are about 10' tall at about midway between fuselage and tip.

Have fun at Jairus' place. :)
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 09:39 AM

It didn't start raining until after you pulled the trigger on the purchase, Greg.
We had the longest hottest summer in recorded history here and I enjoyed it very much.
But the rain is a welcome change, too. I love this land!!!

As for a return trip you could take Hwy 22 out of Salem which turns into 20 all the way to Ontario and the Oregon border. Since you are traveling 47 MPH... that route might be much safer since it's two lane, marked for 55 MPH, and hasn't changed much in 70 years. At least from Bend to Ontario. Not many fuel stops though... Bend to Burns is over a hundred miles and I don't remember a single fuel station last time I went through.

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 09:51 AM

Manta Ray and myself, the President and Vice-President of the McRib Fan Club, both thought that they were magically cut from a $25 slab of baby back ribs, and were cholesterol and fat-free. :rolleyes:
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 11:31 AM

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 12:03 PM

Emory's outside McMinnville is the holy mecca for Porsche fanatics. Worth a visit if you have time.


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 01:02 PM

Manta Ray and myself, the President and Vice-President of the McRib Fan Club, both thought that they were magically cut from a $25 slab of baby back ribs, and were cholesterol and fat-free. :rolleyes:


I'm not to sure there's even pork in them.  :shok: It's like a chicken McNugget, parts is parts pressed together.
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Posted 24 October 2014 - 01:04 PM

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 09:21 PM

According to that article, you'd be better off eating a "road-kill" burger. Smithfield Foods mentioned, sponsors Richard Petty's #43 NASCAR.

 

Smithfield is also wholly owned by the Chinese now.


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 10:49 PM

They're here! :)


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Posted 24 October 2014 - 10:54 PM

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Posted 24 October 2014 - 11:18 PM

They're here! :)

 

Oh no!!!

 

Be warned. Greg snores very loudly.  :)



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Posted 25 October 2014 - 02:48 AM

Zip, does he snore with a southern drawl? :sarcastic_hand:


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Posted 25 October 2014 - 04:31 AM

They're here! :)

 

Just remember, Jairus, everyone brings joy to your home, some when they arrive and others when they leave.  :tease:

 

He spent the night here one time, I stuck him out in the barn. The sheep didn't like it at all.  :D

 

Actually he's a good egg, Jairus, you'll enjoy having him there, but if he starts that snoring crap just put a muzzle on him.  :laugh2:


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Posted 25 October 2014 - 06:39 AM

Glag you and your son made it safely, Greg. Hope the car looks as well in person as it does in the photos.


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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:30 AM

I have not seen the car yet. 

 

It's still in McMinnville at the dealership. Greg will tell all when he gets up, but right now both boys are still fast asleep leaving all the French Roast for ME! Muhahahahaah.

 

Oh and it's raining.


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Posted 25 October 2014 - 08:53 AM

Be warned. Greg snores very loudly.  :)

 

Zip, does he snore with a southern drawl? :sarcastic_hand:


Zip isn't the person to ask; he only knows about my storing via hearsay. Even when he was visiting the US, he couldn't couldn't have heard me.

Query my traveling buddy Jay Guard if you really want the scoop.

Off to do the trip narrative for yesterday...

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 11:27 AM

Jairus is posting todays update. Cheater is kind of busy...

First off he is still moderating this forum so be good members:

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 He is also spending this Sunday morning getting the "A" ready for the long trip home. The route is planned to go out of Oregon via Oregon Highway 22 through Bend, Burns and exit the state at Ontario where he will pick up Interstate 84.
 
But that could change.

This morning Greg made adjustments to the steering, re-packed one of the front wheel bearings that had the left front wheel a touch wobbly.

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Yeah, this guy likes getting dirty.

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And a quick check of the book...

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(Probably trying to figure out where the shunt wires go...)

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And tighten till all wobble is out!

Updates as they happen. :)
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 11:53 AM

You don't know the plastic bag way to pack a bearing? 

 

Serious question: did Model A's come with Timken tapered roller bearings from the factory? If they did, I'm impressed. Fifties GM cars still had "bicycle" bearings in the front spindles.

 

Serious comment: no jack stands or supports under the axle. Tsk Tsk Tsk Tsk…. you know better.

 

For the steering slop I'd look for the guide nut and tighten it. :crazy:

 

No, seriously, again, the steering box is a recirculating ball unit, right? If it is, there should be an adjusting nut on the box to adjust the end play of the screw. Be careful if there is one because it only takes a small adjustment to make a big difference in slop.

 

Oh, and one more: is the Fire Ball bottle on the table a fuel additive  or a nerve calmer? It will probably work for both if not over filled….


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 11:54 AM

Thank you, Jairus.
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 12:43 PM

You don't know the plastic bag way to pack a bearing?


Yeah, I do but only did the outer bearing, as I didn't want to go to the trouble of removing the drum.
 

Serious question: did Model As come with Timken tapered roller bearings from the factory? If they did, I'm impressed. Fifties GM cars still had "bicycle" bearings in the front spindles.


Yes, they did, Phil.
 

Serious comment: no jack stands or supports under the axle. Tsk, tsk, tsk... you know better.


Didn't get under the car while the wheel was off. And only lifted it a tiny bit to be able to do that. Yes, I do know better.
 
Adjusting the left foot wheel bearing and the steering box plus tightening a couple less than tight bolts has fixed the problem almost entirely.
 

No, seriously, again, the steering box is a recirculating ball unit, right? If it is, there should be an adjusting nut on the box to adjust the end play of the screw. Be careful if there is one because it only takes a small adjustment to make a big difference in slop.


1930-31 As have what's called a two-sector box... A two-turn worm gear with a couple of teeth that intersect it. I did adjust it about a flat on the adjustment nut.
 

Oh, and one more: is the Fire Ball bottle on the table a fuel additive  or a nerve calmer? It will probably work for both if not over filled...


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 01:54 PM

Update:

Test drive around the neighborhood proved this guy knows his stuff.

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Then the bags were packed and supplies set in.

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Vintage "motormeter" works as does the GPS, now programed for Bend, Oregon.

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Owners Manual at fingertip reach.

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I believe Cheater is ready for the road back home!

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He's somebody else's problem now... 

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Most likely the Oregon Highway Patrol. But I believe the next few posts from our valiant leader will be vvvveeeerrrryyy interesting indeed.

Please pray for the trip and Happy Trails, Cheater!  :victory:
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 02:22 PM

Well, we made it out of Salem all the way to Slayton, where we've stopped for lunch since we skipped breakfast.

The car is running well and is quite happy to cruise at 45 MPH. It's still pretty windy, though nothing like yesterday, but with the steering adjusted it's not a problem. The brakes pull a bit to the right, but not strongly and knowing that it will happen I can compensate.

All in all, I'm feeling pretty good about our prospects to make it home right now.

Going to try to make it to Bend, OR, by nightfall, assuming there's lodging there and I'm surfing over to check that right now...

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 02:51 PM

Stayton is nothing, Greg. Sheesh, my '58 makes that run on a regular basis. Hahahaha
 
Seriously, be careful. A lot of travelers on the road today heading home so you might run into a few with hot tempers going up toward Detroit lake dam. That should be your steepest grade the whole trip. After that it's quite a gentle climb... and BEAUTIFUL country!

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:16 PM

I love that "Georgia or Bust"  :laugh2:  Now the fun begins, I just hope he makes it home by Thanksgiving. :D
 
Good luck, Greg, and be careful.
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Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:33 PM

We could start a pool, Jim.

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Posted 26 October 2014 - 03:47 PM

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