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  • carolinamudwalker
    started a blog post Long day but in Flagstaff

    Long day but in Flagstaff

    350 miles today but we are in Flagstaff AZ. We will be turning North tomorrow. Started to rain mid day and what came down from the sky was augmented by the 18 wheelers. Guess who decided it was my time to drive? We are over 6000 feet altitude and probably has something to do with my perceived loss in power on the long hills. I am with Custer, Where did all these Indians come from? We have not seen...
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  • carolinamudwalker
    started a blog post Spark plugs

    Spark plugs

    2000 miles and the porcelain is still white as snow. I am running TT-10 plugs which is what AER suggested. I changed to a hotter plug so we will see if their is a change. Today started out perfect, blue sky, cool temp,s and nice Rowling hills. That changed later in the day to steep hills with the car revving up to 60 mph on the down hill for a run up to the next. Still was not enough, had to...
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  • Finished working on the connecting rods.

    Carved oil grooves, checked and corrected alignment. Next will be align boring the mains.
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  • carolinamudwalker
    started a blog post Great state of Texas

    Great state of Texas

    The day started very pleasant, good road sunny day low traffic, and no stop lights. I never realized you could drive through the state of Texas in just a few hours. All we saw today was miles and miles of wind generators. I wonder if they can build them faster than the population is expanding to do any good? Our plan was to start early and stop before the setting sun became a problem....
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  • carolinamudwalker
    started a blog post Oklahoma turnpikes

    Oklahoma turnpikes

    Poor old "Repop" She is still panting from todays run. The minimum speed is 60mph, Max is 80 but everybody is going faster. We were able to stay in overdrive thanks to our Weber Carb. Rolling hills with some pretty steep. We stopped 20 miles from the Texas border. Stopped too early but that was a scheduling glitch. Geri made reservations ahead of time for the whole trip, She...
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  • alexiskai
    started a blog post Time to play "when was I built?"

    Time to play "when was I built?"

    The eternal question: When was this Model A built? It's clearly a 1930, but what month? Unfortunately we have one contradiction right off the bat: the engine and splash apron are late '30, but the instrument panel is early '30.

    Because the engine has the extra "100" stamped on it, and because splash aprons/running boards are often one of the first things to rust out and need...
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  • alexiskai
    started a blog post Documented history

    Documented history

    This car was brought to the Elliott Museum in 2012. Before it was put in storage:
    • all fluids drained
    • battery removed
    • crankcase flushed with synthetic oil
    • MMO put in cylinders
    A note says that this car was originally a police car, but I'm not sure I believe that. They might have thought that simply based on the presence of the driver-mounted Sportlite. But those were actually really common and...
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  • alexiskai
    started a blog post Surprise delivery

    Surprise delivery

    The phaeton arrived early this afternoon; I had to hastily excuse myself from work when I got a text message that the courier was an hour away. He unloaded down at the end of the street, having declared my driveway unsuitable. "Leaks pretty bad," he said. "Gas smells terrible." But we got it started, and it idled well. Shifted fine, brakes were weak but serviceable. Clutch chatter...
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  • carolinamudwalker
    started a blog post "On the road again"

    "On the road again"

    Ok, I know who sang that song but who was the woman that sang "See the USA in your model A" ? I dont have anything to say other we will be underway again early in the morning. I did get the oil changed nd tire pressure checked so I think we are good to go. Bob & Geri
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  • alexiskai
    started a blog post Still in transit

    Still in transit

    The phaeton was picked up Monday morning. I, not being experienced in these things, had thought it would be delivered the next day – NC being about a day's drive from FL. Alas, no. There is a Milburn Electric vehicle in the trailer that needs to be dropped off ahead of me, and the owner of that is COVID-positive, so he needs to secure a buddy to help with the unloading. And then the truck needs...
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  • rusty
    started a blog post A quick video.

    A quick video.

    Machining Model A connecting rod. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nALWwedGuBU...
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  • carolinamudwalker
    started a blog post Mississippi River

    Mississippi River

    We crossed the Mississippi This morning so I guess we are still headed in the right direction. Stopped early today in Conroy Arkansas, That is west of Little Rock AK. Only 260 miles today with 1068 total so far. Car is running like the energizer bunny, Temp 160-170, Oil pressure stays at 5-6 psi all day long. The annoying knock is not getting any louder so I am going to ignore it. Tomorrow we will...
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    Last edited by carolinamudwalker; 09-19-2021, 04:35 PM. Reason: Forgot to mention that I have developed a slight front end shimmy over 55. Cant see anything wrong but we did hit some pretty big holes. Plan to check alignment and maybe rotate tires in Tulsa.

  • rusty
    started a blog post Machining the connecting rods.

    Machining the connecting rods.

    Started machining connecting rods yesterday and fitting them to the crankshaft. ​​​​​​​
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  • carolinamudwalker
    started a blog post It was not an easy day

    It was not an easy day

    Heavy rain all day from the ruminants of hurricane Nicolas. RainX washes away fast under these conditions. Then there was a 30+ minute wait while they cleared an 18 wheeler that had overturned from the highway. Riding the clutch uphill, riding the brakes down as we crept along. Only made 266 miles today. Stopped 50 miles short of Memphis Tenn. Will go through Little Rock Arkansas tomorrow. ...
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  • carolinamudwalker
    started a blog post Off to an easy day

    Off to an easy day

    Really not much to report just boring miles heading west. Only plan just under 300 miles today. Jackson Tennessee for those following. Engine is running beautify except strange knock....
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