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    I just got back from a 920 mile solo trip in my 28 Tudor. While I was driving I got to thinking if something happened that I couldn't fix on the road what would I do. I have AAA but when you are a long way from home that may not be practical. I know MARC has a list of members you can get, but I wonder if with the internet we could compile a list of willing people who would volunteer to rescue stranded fellow A drivers who need help in their aria. At least get them off the road and to a shop where they could maybe get going again. We would need to list name address and telephone number. Maybe Mitch could have the list included in the articles section. Anyone up for that?

  • #2
    Good thoughts

    I bet if you posted your SOS on this forum you would instantly have help>>>
    A few years ago Cape Codder posted an SOS with a clutch issue. They were heading to a Marc meet, and were about 100 miles from my shop. I picked up the call and AAA towed it in
    The owner rented a car and continued to the meet, then on the way home picked up his A and drove it back to the cape...

    The real good pics from that repair job in my shop are gone because of Photobucket:
    4~ Tudor's
    1~ Coupe

    Henry Ford said,
    "It's all nuts and bolts"


    Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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    • #3
      i remember that, Mitch used his fork truck with some nifty fork extensions to drop the rear end out easily

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      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        Yep. i moved the trans and rear back 6" as a complete unit to get at the clutch..

    • #4
      lock pin or clip for one of the arms fell out, if i recall

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      • Mitch
        Mitch commented
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        Yep on a V-8 clutch

    • #5
      I'd say call me, but I have no way of doing major repairs. I could help out with gas or a rebuild of carburetor or starter bendix. I just can't pull the motor or rear end.

      I also do a seriously mean tuneup with cheap spark plugs.

      Mine starts cold without using the choke!!
      You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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      • #6
        My phone is on from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm everyday, if anyone needs help just call my cell phone 610-505-4504 in the Philadelphia area.
        Mike
        Michael
        1928 speedster
        1929 closed cab p/u
        1930 standard roadster
        1931 deluxe tudor sedan
        1967 ss/rs conv.camaro

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        • Mitch
          Mitch commented
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          Mike can you extend your hours a little longer

      • #7
        I think the OP is a good idea.

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        • #8
          The Type 2 VW van club put out a roster with people willing to help on the road, including what services they could offer.

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          • #9
            Originally posted by Captndan View Post
            I think the OP is a good idea.
            Agree it is a good idea if we can get enough to sign up. Some folks do not like listing their info on the forums, so whoever is interested in helping post it here on this thread and i can turn it into something later.
            4~ Tudor's
            1~ Coupe

            Henry Ford said,
            "It's all nuts and bolts"


            Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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            • #10
              Do we REALLY believe that if we have road troubles in a strange area, that 31 unknown Guys will rush out to help you?
              Bill W.

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              • DaWizard
                DaWizard commented
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                I duno about 31, but Bill, if you was down here within 25 miles of me, I'd rush out to help ya!0

                We got other folk in the club that would rush out to help too. Most of us are retired and are more than happy to help out.

                I'm not in the habit of volunteering folk, but I bet I could get a trailer and tow vehicle if needed. I would hope you at least have AAA Premium, cheapest tow service nation wide.
                Last edited by DaWizard; 08-28-2017, 06:35 PM.

            • #11
              Let me be the first to sign up. William Sharp Coatesville Pa. 484-888-2013. I might be able to help with whatever problem you have and if I can't I know who can.

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              • #12
                Hell, let me be the second. J.C. Stephenson, Garden Grove Ca. 714-308-4229
                You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!

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                • #13
                  I have taken many long distance trips (some over 1500 miles, some solo) and have prevailed upon members listed the MAFCA roster for assistance when I found myself in trouble. I have never been denied, and have thereby made some long-term friends as well. In turn, I have been called on occasionally by A guys on the road, and always respond in the best way I can.

                  I think the best things to have on a major road trip, besides a map and some common spare parts, are a cell phone, a club roster, road assistance coverage (either on your ins. policy or through AAA), and patience and a spirit of adventure.

                  I have personally found AAA only marginally helpful, though I have it for long-distance towing coverage. My best results have been from other club members. Second best, total strangers who stop and ask if I need help (many stories about that).

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                  • #14
                    Get AAA plus or the one better than that. You get up to 4 tows in a year up to 100 miles each. I think the one better than AAA Plus gives you the 4 plus one of up to 250 miles. If you go 100 miles, have them drop the car, call AAA again and go another 100, and again, and again. If done on same day the computer thinks you only had one call.
                    FWIW
                    Paul in CT

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                    • #15
                      If you post here or... somewhere, I think someone will respond. I responded to a call for help once by checking one of the national rosters and providing a couple of phones number and the first one called took good care of the fellow model A'er.

                      Call me and I'll hunt up my national roster (or if you are near I-81 or I-64 in Virginia I will help, or call someone who can.) Ted Duke 540-461-0195
                      Life is what happens on the way to what you planned

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