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14 Jul 2004 22:59 #1951 by rfloch
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Before I was a member of the ACD and CCCA clubs, back when I was young and limber enough to sleep out on the dirt under the stars, I had an old Jeep CJ7. Since I live nearby in the Sierra Nevada mountains, each year for nearly 20 years, I took it on the Jeepers Jamboree... over the Rubicon Trail to Lake Tahoe with about 350 other jeepers on the annual 3-day, slow-moving, beer drinking, vehicle-punishing, outing. Breakdowns were a constant affair as the boulder-strewn trail took its toll of axles, hubs, differentials and broken frames. The break-downs were part of the risk... and part of the fun as everyone (at least those stuck behind the unfortunate ones on the single-file trail) got out to lend a hand. I saw everything from transmission re-builds to frames welded on the trail, sometimes in the most precarious places imaginable (flip the jeep on its side, string a dozen batteries from the cars behind in series, and use a welding rod held in the teeth of a jumper cable). I had my share of help at times, too.

Those years were certainly the misadventures of youth (and some years old enough to know better) for sure, but the point is, there is something in the spirit of camraderie that comes out among people who share a common interest when the need arises. It just feels good to both those who help and those who need help when a comrade has an unfortunate break-down that could, as we all know, happen to any one of us some day.

I do appreciate the comment of A/C Parts about the potential for abuse of the few real experts who may be along on a trip and saw it happen to a few friends of mine who were expected to jump right in and perform a professional overhaul in the field (usually for free) as the owner stood back and let someone else do the dirty work. Usually this person would not be invited along on the next trip. It is up to the organizer to make sure that this doesn't happen and that no one feels obligated to do anything they don't volunteer to do. The part about having vehicles in decent touring shape is absolutely true and only a common courtesy to others.

But in the end, it is traveling with companions that share a common interest that matters. I much prefer to travel in a caravan of classics than venture out in my Auburn alone among the Honda Civics and SUV's. Breakdowns happen. They are just part of the journey and a reminder of what motoring was like in the early part of the 20th century... and sometimes, they make the best stories for later.

Richard Floch

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15 Jul 2004 01:53 #1952 by Mike Dube
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I also appreciate Stan's position. He ought to be able to enjoy an event without having to get into some unprepared person's car. Most of us wouldn't expect that, tho all it takes is one. One more thing I carry besides tools and some odds and ends, is a coverall.



PS: I wasn't kidding about the baling wire and duct tape either, even a well prepared car can succumb to a road hazard.

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15 Jul 2004 18:23 #1955 by balinwire
balinwire replied the topic: Keeping clean
That?s a very good idea, the coveralls. And the welding when the car is on it?s side, I don?t think anyone would tip an Auburn on its side and crackerjack weld on it.

I was motoring thru Phoenix and heard some clacking in the left hubcap. No sooner and the lug nuts had come off, then the rear left wheel. I was sliding on the backing plate when it came to rest a centimeter from the guardrail

It took the entire next day to locate parts and continue. There were many old junkyards out in the desert at the time and looking for a 30 year old left back plate and drum was not difficult at all. The old cars lasted a long time in the desert heat. Plenty to pick from.

The thing is I could not sleep in the motel room because I wanted to fix it and was working under the electric lights. No sleep that night, now ?That?s car crazy?.

One time I was motoring thru Blithe Ca. at high noon and the temperature was 115+. Well going up a grade sure enough it boils over and I stop and remove the hot cap spilling a pure antifreeze solution on the dual cam head. Bad move sure, but I did not fill it with the 100proof mix. Well refill with water and continue. Sure enough the residue coolant bursts into flames. Had to put it out with water from the ice chest, no fire extinguisher of course.

Well you do not want to be stuck out in the middle of Death Valley with a burned up ignition. I learned what heat is, only caves and Iguanas and sunlight. To get shade I used a blanket. A trucker downshifted on the uphill grade and stopped for me and was able to get help from the Highway Patrol who signaled a tow to the nearest town where I was able to rewire it and patch it up enough to get to Texas.

I could only drive after nightfall when the ambient temperature decreased, and the night really cooled off. At a rate of 45 miles per hour, it took several more days, sleeping during the day, driving during the night. Got it back OK and ready to do it again in a minute.

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17 Jul 2004 02:50 #1968 by balinwire
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It seems like I am always getting asked for a jump-start.

After leaving work today I was approached by a hysterical woman needing a jump-start. I don?t know why I get asked all the time but I do.

I did not mind helping her in a desperate position so I pulled over and asked her to open the hood.

The lady did not know how to open it. I managed to find out how to open it in the hot summer sun. When I opened the hood there was an engine that had never been serviced and it was amazing it still ran.

The battery terminals were covered corrosion and there was no contact to charge it even if there was a good battery. I cleaned and jumpstarted it and sent her to Wal-Mart for a new battery.

The thing is with basic maintenance she may not have gotten stuck. She might have been stranded in a much worse location. Plus she would not have had to stop me. I am not surprised, as this ?got a jump? has happened to me many many times.

The one time my battery failed me was in a parking lot of a large retailer. I asked at least ten people if they could jump me and the answer was, ?No we don?t jump with this new car!?

I walked over to the filling station and bought a new battery and was on my way. Citizens please maintain your cars.

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19 Jul 2004 21:26 #1974 by John Trittschuh
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You certainly need all the above items. Consider also a "Mighty Mite" by Schumacher for $39. at Sears. It is a 12 volt jumper battery which plugs into a 110 wall outlet to recharge overnite and won't overcharge. It is small, lite (8#) and fits anywhere. I've needed it frequently when my Cord idles too long and is shut off and battery is drained and I need a quick restart (like a parade). Also, anytime any 6 volt battery is down and I can then "mug" this system with the 12 volt for starting. I also love to help people without having to get my car close to their battery for jumper cables. Just loan them this little guy and they are off and running. Maybe "Balin" won't feel so put upon with this. Helped a person in an intersection just this afternoon who was blocking traffic with a dead battery from a recent purchase at a used car lot.

Used the previous suggestions this past week with two flat tires on two different ACD cars I have. Glad I outfitted my cars already as jacks, mallets, lug wreches, screw drivers, wood blocks, Mighty Mites and cloths didn't come with them at purchase. <!-- s:idea: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_idea.gif" alt=":idea:" title="Idea" /><!-- s:idea: -->

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28 Jul 2004 18:22 #2009 by DJT
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Everyone familiar w/the small town of Waterloo, five miles north of Auburn, Indiana.

My 66 Galaxie wouldn't start after work (worked at Suttons/Harts SuperValu, downtown Waterloo) and I lived about 3 blocks away. Had to drive it to work, just because. Well, my friend and I found a couple of "Trailor Park" kids to actually push it 3 blocks and up a hill. They weren't very happy when they finished, but I was since it was home and not out in the open in Waterloo. (not saying it's a bad town, I just didn't trust the hoodlums in the town <!-- s:shock: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_eek.gif" alt=":shock:" title="Shocked" /><!-- s:shock: --> )



I try to drive the car now as much as possible - it was an order (I think) from Ken Clark. LOL But, it's not starting very well this past week.

Matt Short (ACD Museum) told me to tighten my belt. But I have't figured out what my belt around my pants have to do with my Galaxie!!!! Just made my belly stick out. :rolleyes:

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