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    Needed a Diet Coke some kinda bad and since I got my rear axle threads all straight I drove to the country store. No tags but do have insurance since two hours ago thanks to T-Birds, Hagerty referral. I passed a cop...he looked but didn't turn around. Got my Coke and took the back roads home. Now I see why ya'll have so much fun. Two miles! My longest trip and made it home!
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  • #2
    Your cops must have a better sense of humor than ours. Have fun
    Bill
    http://www.brauchauto.com/
    Eastern Connecticut

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    • Beauford
      Beauford commented
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      My house is on a country road with a 60 acre bean field across from me. When I tinker with the motor or brakes I'll take it down to the end of field and turn around where the tractors do to test things out. Once a cop stopped me when it was just a chassy and asked what the hell it was suppose to be...I told him I lived in the white house and was testing it for safety. He laughed and kept going...he was older. Young ones would have me in jail.

  • #3
    Congratulations! The first drive is a ton of fun. But so are the next 10,000 drives no matter how long they are.

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    • #4
      Did you have your ear flap cap on? I had to put a T-shirt on, the long sleeve got too hot for today.

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      • Beauford
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        yeah, thermals and a stocking cap...need the aircraft googles!!

    • #5
      Has your smile thawed out Yet !
      Glade you had fun, hope it was a warm coke :-)

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      • #6
        WTG Beau, That first drive is the shit.

        Being 10 degrees out the officer probably thought he was hallucinating.
        3 ~ Tudor's
        Henry Ford said
        "It's all nuts and bolts"


        Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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        • #7
          The thread title is deceiving...............Sarah wouldn't think to allow me anywhere near her without a shower and shave first.
          "Bullshit and Brilliance Comes with Age and Experience"

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          • #8
            You're lucky to not have been stopped, although I don't blame the cop for not wanting to mess around in this cold. We are still sub zero, but it's supposed to warm up to 20 or so tomorrow. I need to get the ballast resistor changed in my Olds, so I can have heat and defrost again. When I was 12 and living in upstate NY, I took my 1950 Studebaker with no body and drove up and down the road. A cop went by, but never stopped me. Then when I moved to Minnesota I was stopped for not having a headlight on my bicycle after dark. Your pickup is looking good, and I know how great that first drive always is.

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            • #9
              I got pulled over once on the way home from a road trip. The officer said he just wanted to look at my car. I wasn’t that happy about it.

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              • #10
                Bad Ass Beauford hits the highway without papers! Love it, the first drive is totally cool, since we all know we might not make it back. Lotta shakedown goin' on.

                Now, you being in VA and all, it is only a matter of time before you are gonna find yourself on the BlueRidge Parkway, and once you land on that you might never return home.

                Be sure to drop down the side of the mountains on the side roads into the tiny small towns to rub elbows with the locals and eat at the mom and pops. This is the real America, and you will love every minute of it

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                • Beauford
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                  TBird, I am in those small towns and blue ridge parkway a week out of the month...a matter of fact I will be traveling Monday down to Wise Co which is just north of Brent's and heading up the VA/ WVA boarder hitting all the mountain towns for sales. Although it will be in a 2013 RAM. LOL Glad a Dallas boy knows VA. I was conceived in El Paso. LOL

                • tbirdtbird
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                  ha no wonder you are one of the good guys if Texas born! In '07 a biker buddy and I left RI and landed on the Blue and stopped at the border with the Smokies and had run out of time so we headed back. About a 3 week trip on a Harley, had a blast. In the small towns you were actually touching the real America, none of this phony baloney from NY or CA. It was moving.

                  Come visit us back in TX and we'll take our As up the Natchez Trace from Mississippi to TN. Dallas club making that run this summer

                • George Miller
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                  Thirdbird
                  our club and a few more made that trip a few years ago. We had a good time.

                • Beauford
                  Beauford commented
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                  Strange You mention Natchez. My 4th great grandfather lived there until the yankees burnt him down. LOL
                  Yeah, real America is still out there. You just have to find it.

              • #11
                After assembling the delivery for the pics and inspection for the bonded title I drove it 6 blocks and bought a dew, then back home. No cops, no insurance and title had not yet been issued. Hung a Slow Moving Vehicle placard on the back just incase. Rod
                "Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good." Thomas Sowell

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                • BNCHIEF
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                  In kansas or nebraska that slow moving sign works on anything in the country. 1:16 am still at work I assume.

                • Rowdy
                  Rowdy commented
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                  Yes, I was on break at work when I posted. Pretty much the same here as far as the slow moving vehicle sign, but wanted an argueing point in case I got caught. As long as it was a city cop or one of the county deputy's that I know it would bave been ok. If I was caught by one of the state troopers other than my cousin it would have likely been a bad day. Rod

              • #12
                When I brought my car home years ago on a trailer I spent an hour in that car trying to remember how the guy told me to start it. I called my dad and father-in-law over to help me. My first time in our car was with me in the back seat and my dad driving and father-in-law in passenger seat grinning from ear to ear thinking about their days in the Model "A".

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                • #13


                  Bought this at 14,and tinkered on it like the kid I was till I changed the timing gear and hung a tillotson the neighbor gave me and it woke up and ran like a top.In my youthful exuberance I drove all over my suburban Long Island neighborhood till the local constabulary took notice of me and led me home..needless to say,my father didnt share in my glee and instructed me physically on the proper operation of a motor vehicle on public roads.

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                  • BNCHIEF
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                    I think most of us have had a little physical instruction one time or another.

                  • Beauford
                    Beauford commented
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                    I was raised on physical instruction and deserved every bit of it!

                • #14
                  Well did you go back out today?
                  3 ~ Tudor's
                  Henry Ford said
                  "It's all nuts and bolts"


                  Mitch's Auto Service ctr

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                  • Beauford
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                    Nope, checked my card board and that pesky tiny oil leak was solved from a art paint brush and some RTV around the rear of the oil pan I did last week. Ordered a king pin set and reamer. I think I can handle it. Nice winter project for next weekend. Packed up truck, created client list and out the door at 530am tomorrow. 1400 miles in 4 days!

                  • tbirdtbird
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                    Hell, Beau, cancel that reamer and I'll send you mine as a loaner. PM me

                    HERE IS THE TRICK to reaming spindle bushings:
                    Under no circumstances are you to remove both old ones at the same time.
                    Only remove the most worn one first. Install new bushing. Ream new bushing by inserting reamer thru the existing old one.

                    THEN remove the remaining old one, install the new one, and now ream thru the one you just finished.

                    This way you will keep everything as aligned as possible

                    use a boatload of lube and never turn the reamer the wrong way. Be patient.
                    I happen to like PB Blaster for this, but choose your own poison.

                    BTW this tip comes from the guy who 85 yrs ago was the dude that hand machined up the prototype rear end for the A for testing the car out. Henry was very pleased and gave him a car from the line. I don't think the guy ever drove the car. When he passed the whereabouts of the car became unknown. This story is from one of the restorer type mags from many decades ago.

                    The guy knew his shit, I have done them all this way ever since, no matter the car, and it works flawlessly
                    Last edited by tbirdtbird; 01-07-2018, 06:08 PM.

                  • Beauford
                    Beauford commented
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                    Tbird, Yes, my extensive reading says the same about leaving the other old one in while reaming the new. I appreciate the tool lone but I have a guy going in on half and then we are donating it to the Club for our dues. I figure I wont need it again in my life time.

                • #15
                  T bird that is a great tip and thanks.

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