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Posted 11 November 2014 - 12:26 AM

Mike,

 

The only new car my dad ever bought was a 1959 Plymouth wagon and it was rusted out by 1962.


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Posted 11 November 2014 - 04:39 AM

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 10:15 AM

I am really missing my daily updates from our leader.  12 days with great reports.... and now, nothing.


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Posted 11 November 2014 - 10:21 AM

Meaning the calls? I'll ring you later today.

The alternator from Bert's arrived here at 9 AM and I'm about to install it....

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 10:59 AM

Posts Greg.  Posts with pretty pictures and an update on your travels.
You don't have to call, unless you want to.

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 11:34 AM

I'd always heard that FIAT is Italian for rust.

 

I could say the same for Chevrolet.  Had a 71 Chevy Stepside pickup, nice one too. In a year you could listen on a still nite and hear the rust eat it up. By year two the lower front fenders behind the wheel and the back of the cab at the bottom were rusted through. Chevrolet said tuff nuts.  Will never own another Chevrolet.  1981 Dodge I had is still on the road with its 5th owner and has over a million miles on it with no rust through.  Go figure.


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Posted 11 November 2014 - 12:45 PM

The time period between 1971 and 1985 was the one that killed Detroit. So much crap left the assembly lines that should have been shredded as soon as it left the building. It would have stopped that junk from getting into the buying public's hands and maybe slowed the rise of the Japanese car sales in the US (notice _slowed_).
 
It is said that Chevy Vegas arrived at the dealers with rusted lower rocker panels and cowling (I believe it…. I owned one). I had a Vega that rusted **even in sunny Southern California** where salting the roads is unknown!
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Posted 11 November 2014 - 02:15 PM

GO, Greg, GO!

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 09:50 PM

Just received a call.
Greg and his son are HOME!
Had to drive a few hours in the dark, but... I'll let our fearless leader eat and post the details later.
The Model A is in Atlanta on the evening of the 11th.

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Posted 11 November 2014 - 09:54 PM

Well, after probably the most difficult day we've had with the car, we arrived in Norcross safe and sound at 8:55 PM today, Nov 11.
 
I'll relate the trials and tribulations experienced in the day's trip report I'll write tomorrow morning.
 
Home, sweet, home... aaahhh...
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Posted 11 November 2014 - 09:58 PM

HOORAY!!!   :clapping:  :clapping:  :clapping:


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 09:02 AM

Welcome home, Greg, look forward to seeing the trip notes.


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 10:24 AM

Glad you and Geoff made it home safe.

Your trip was a real testimony to your perseverance.

Big congrats.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 10:59 AM

Glad you made it safely and glad it's over for you!


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 11:07 AM

Just read the final trip report, this might explain the timing issue. It's been many years since I ran a points distibutor, but I think as the point dwell changes, it also changes the timing. That might explain why the car started running bad and when you put more timing in or took it out, I forgot which way you shoved the lever, you may have gotten it back to the correct seting.    

 

Anybody remember if this is true for points? 


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 11:12 AM

Happy to hear you made it home, Boss!

 

The pic below is a pretty cool one with which to note details. As a modeler who likes building weathered automobiles, this pic is golden! Very few vintage photos show IN COLOR, the correct dirt accumulation and leaky water pump traces, which are jewels to my eyes.

 

Please take lots of photos of the engine compartment and car before you wash and wax. Modelers everywhere will appreciate the information.

 

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So... who won the pool, Butch?

Remind me again please... :laugh2:


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 11:21 AM

Just read the final trip report, this might explain the timing issue. It's been many years since I ran a points distibutor, but I think as the point dwell changes, it also changes the timing. That might explain why the car started running bad and when you put more timing in or took it out, I forgot which way you shoved the lever, you may have gotten it back to the correct seting.    
 
Anybody remember if this is true for points?


I don't think it changes the timing as much as we experienced, Matt. I wasn't moving the points in gross amounts and had been pretty successful adjusting the gap earlier in the trip.

The distributor on the Model A wobbles in the block and it shouldn't do that. It's not impossible I shifted it, and changed the timing setting, while screwing with the points.

I'll probably be installing the well-known Pertronix pointless ignitor gear to get rid of the points; that was Joe Wylie's suggestion. I know a lot of old car restorers use the Pertronix unit.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 11:25 AM

I have a Pertronix unit for my '58 wagon. But last I checked 3 days ago... the points were in perfect condition. So the unit waits for a nice sunny day to be installed sometime in the future.

But that is technology which is still a vast improvement over the Model A. I would make the switch, Greg.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 12:13 PM

Greg,
 
Glad (almost) everything and everyone made it home safely, that is except for the shop manual.
 
It sounds as if you got out of the Rockies just in time as I heard that snow storms are moving in.
 
My dad and Leonard Brown were great friends and I'm so glad Leonard is still kicking. Thanks, Geoff, for getting a great pic of your dad and Leonard. I'm hoping to see Leonard soon. It's been about 25 years since I last saw him but I've maintained phone contact with him for about five years now.
 
Greg, have you heard from the seller of your car or the former owner?
 
How frustrating it must have been last night... the closer you got to home, the worse it seemed to run. Glad you thought to shove that spark lever up.
 
Let me know if the timing gear on the camshaft is the culprit and if it was made of phenolic.
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 12:45 PM

I'll have the errant shop manual by the weekend. Bill is shipping it to me today.

Really enjoyed reconnecting with Leonard and am already planning when I can go back up to view his collection.

Doug, the more I think about it, the more I think the distributor itself is the source of the problem. I'll be pulling it off over the next few days to inspect and repair as needed.

The carb needs attention as well, as I'd bet money it's got a worn throttle shaft. The unstable idle is almost indicative of that.

And I do need to find out why the starter won't work... LOL!

I've talked with the seller several times and left him a voice mail last night that we made it to Georgia.

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Posted 12 November 2014 - 12:55 PM

Well, at least you're home now. You don't have to drive another 250 miles today. You can take your time to diagnose all of its ailments and get them fixed without being "under the gun".


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:02 PM

Great to hear you made it!

Just imagine how the trip would have been if your last day problems would have happened right out of the gate, not fun.
Sounds like your Model A ended the trip with some sore spots that need some tending to, nothing more... sorta like a certain butt I've read about a couple of times in the reports.  :laugh2:


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 01:12 PM

Greg's butt needs tending to? I'm afraid there's no shop manual for that! :laugh2:
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 02:22 PM

He needs some of that "Butt Paste." :D


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Posted 12 November 2014 - 02:35 PM

Hits the... err ahh... spot. :D
 
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 03:49 PM

Now you tell me... LOL!
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 04:02 PM

It says to use with every diaper change... I would hate to be the one who had to change your diapers.  :shok:  :laugh2:  :tease:
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 06:39 PM

Diapers... so that's how they made those 200-300 mile runs at 40 MPH without stopping!
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Posted 12 November 2014 - 10:20 PM

Eeewww! :sarcastic_hand:

 


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Posted 20 November 2014 - 07:52 PM

Hey, Greg! I'm curious about Georgia car registration of the Model A from out-of-state. Are their any extraordinary requirements or fees for you?


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 06:56 AM

Phil,

 

I'll let you know. I'm going to try to register it today.

 

The question for me is the taxes they impose, as GA changed they way they tax new cars and tag renewals a few years back. Not sure how it applies to antique and collector cars.


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Posted 21 November 2014 - 05:26 PM

I would suggest you wear your oldest clothes with the holes in them. Tell them it's not an antique car but a very old car and the only collection it belongs to is the garbage collection.
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Posted 02 December 2014 - 09:33 PM

Greg...

Are you going to apply for any type of personalized or "antique" license plate like the one below? California even has a "Horseless Carriage" plate for cars older than 1922...
 
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Posted 02 December 2014 - 09:38 PM

I would be curious to know about insurance cost. 
 
I know that there is special "collector car coverage" for older/low annual mileage vehicles.
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Posted 03 December 2014 - 08:16 AM

Phil,

I started to get an "Antique Car" tag, until I discovered that they are four times the cost of a regular tag, $80 vs $20, and have to be renewed every year anyway. So the A just has a regular old GA tag.

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Because of the length of my trip, I couldn't select the coverage with a 2,500 mile per year limit, so the annual insurance premium was $160. Coverage is collision and agreed value.

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 10:34 AM

Greg,

 

Had a chance to get the dist. installed yet?


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Posted 03 December 2014 - 11:58 AM

Yes, we got it installed over the weekend, along with the rebuilt carb. Drove it around the neighborhood and visited a few friends. Runs great!

Geoff got his first chance to drive it, too.

Got the headlamps off to get rid of those ugly sealed beams and there's a couple of snags involved. Awaiting a new lighting harness from Bert's as they'd cut the connectors off to install the sealed beams.

Have the RH door panel off to clean and lube the window regulator and install the new window channels and razor blade off the overspray on the glass.

Just doing a bunch of tinkering to install some of the small parts (like door bumpers) I've purchased.
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Posted 03 December 2014 - 05:21 PM

When you get the headlights finished, you'll have to re-do your avatar :D .


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 04:25 PM

You got that thing 100% blueprinted yet? :popcorm1:


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 05:10 PM

LOL, Pablo. You are more accurate than you might think.


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Posted 29 December 2014 - 07:55 PM

Greg has moved his bed to the garage so he can sleep with his baby. ;-)


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Posted 31 January 2015 - 01:02 PM

Could it be???
 
Driving near LAX one day I saw a car at a shop and took a picture because... could this be Greg's baby in LA...This was a month ago...
 
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Posted 31 January 2015 - 01:52 PM

Maybe one day!

But that can't be my car, as the rad shell indicates that it is a 1928-29 car.

If I can find the time, I've got another post to make about getting a tag for the A.

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Posted 31 January 2015 - 04:45 PM

Greg… you're correct about the year. It can't be read (crummy camera on phone) but the license plate says 29 on it. I was stopped in traffic when I took it so I didn't have a lot of time to compose or telephoto better…


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Posted 11 July 2015 - 03:36 PM

Cheater,
 
I must admit that I read this story a few months ago, but am only now re-surfacing to Slotblog, so I just wanted to say how fantastic this story is. It is a fascinating journey for me, as I love road trips and their associated adventures, but when they are told so well, and with such humor and wisdom and curiosity, well... so much the better. Play your cards right and I could see you turning this into a full time gig, ala Anthony Bourdain.  
 
And then, there's the very cool Model A. What a gorgeous car.
 
Congrats on all the great response you've had, dude. 
 
Looking forward to the sequel, where you turn it into a rat rod and drive it to East Los Angeles for a tuck and roll. On the car, I mean.    :D
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