Bought an action cam the other day, and took a video driving out Model K to town. It's about a six mile round trip, so the video is eleven minutes long. If you watch it, I strapped my phone to the firewall with the GPS on to watch the speed. Unfortunately the sun is too bright to see the display very often.
I had a tough time figuring out how to download the video to my ipad, but finally worked that out (simpler than I thought) and now have loaded it to youtube. I also added music so it wouldn't be too boring. If you watch it, let me know what you think about the camera position, etc etc.
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You did good. It looks like you were going 50 mph almost the whole time. That K appears to ride really smooth, too.
Too bad you have a blue car. Can't take it to any Husker games cuz it will look like it belongs to a Wolverine (sorry for using a swear word).
MAN!! I was a'waitin' for the DUKE to come galloping along side you! That's a stroll into town alright... don't forget the milk eh?? ws
Dave, thanks. Ex, I didn't know you were from WI too (until I spotted the "Eh" and checked your profile )
Yes, I'm a sucker for old cowboy tunes. I almost put Rawhide in, but thought that might be "over the top". Of course, the lead tune is the theme from "THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN" (get it, 1907 car )
Dave, I meant to mention, I did get over 40 mph a few times. The oiled road looks smooth, but it is quite rough. So far, my "land speed record" in the K is 55 mph. I don't think I'll go any faster, although there was a fair amount left on the throttle.
On a "sobering" note, I blew a tire out last night, so I'll be sweating changing the tire tomorrow or the next day.
Great video! In full screen mode, I felt like I was sitting in the seat next to you. It was hard to keep from waving at folks going by.
Thanks for the ride!
How do you know about the Eh and such? We are not Yoopers.
Troop and I met earlier this year. I had my Speedster up to 57 when I was in Nebraska a couple of years ago. Then I realized I had no helmet, no seat belts, wooden wheels, and 2 teenagers at home, but I can say I did it. I'll bet Ed Archer can easily go 65 in his car.
Did you blow the tire while driving? Did that once and didn't know what it was til I saw the rear tire roll past the car with the tube still in it. Just popped off the rim and went for a ride of its own.
Yes, I was driving on the same road, going to town. It sounded like a shot, then I knew immediately. The two back tires are old, and the right one blew. I've changed them before, and not too excited to do it again.
I rode with Ed Archer two years ago in Lincoln. He went out on the street and we were going 55 mph in no time. We had to slow down because we caught up with "modern" traffic quickly. The speed limit was 45 mph on that stretch.
A nice ride with McQueen, Bronson, Coburn, Marty Robbins, Hoss, and Little Joe in a magnificent '07. I like it.
Rob, I had to laugh at the reflection of the mirror on your knee keeping time with the Bonanza theme song.
Wow Rob! That was magnificent in your '07'. Thanks for letting us each ride shotgun alongside you. Fascinating countryside too, and interesting the different road types over the journey.
One thing that might have made the film even more exciting, would perhaps be to have arranged for you to drive past the stationary camera once or twice- hard to arrange I know.
Had a very pleasurable ride...albeit vicarious!
"I'll bet Ed Archer can easily go 65 in his car."
Ed was clocked at 70 mph using a radar gun at the Winchester Speedway during the Centennial in '08. It's a relatively small (1/2-mile) oval track, so he couldn't really "open it up."
In response to your original post. I think that you found a great position for the camera, you get to see some of the "cockpit" action and not just a radiator cap. Is your camera a "Hero" and how did you attach it?
You should use some old cowboy tunes! Well, most of them don't give the feeling of speed really well. But I can't help it. I like the early Jimmie Rogers stuff. Now, some early jazz music gives a feeling of speed?
Of some note, Ed Archer is also a big fan of Jimmie Rogers.
I know he has been clocked a couple of times doing 90mph in Number 4. I believe the highest speed he was officially clocked at was 95mph about a dozen years ago on the Indianapolis Speedway.
It is a great sight and sound to be doing about 70mph in an open-wheeled speedster and have Ed go running by about ten to fifteen mph faster. What a sound as he goes "walking" off into the distance!
I look forward to more videos of you and the K going down those beautiful roads. I, too, need some vicarious enjoyment. At least until I get out your way to sample the real thing.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
Mike W., I think Ed said it would do well over 75.
Wayne, just saw your post, yes, number 4 felt like it could really get up and go!
Dane, I hope to improve my skills (or lack of) with video. I'm using a simple app called "Splice" on an iPad.
Charles, yes it's a Hero camera. I bought a mounting kit consisting of a few extensions and put it on the front left top iron (extending from the car.
When I have the top on I'll try it back further and higher, maybe clamped to one of the top irons.
I hope to get good video of the upcoming New London to New Brighton tour. I think it would be really good at the OCF if I make that.
what a great drive, my kids and l were with you.
I think we'll all be heading out for a Go Pro now.
Very cool! Man, that K clips right along, Rob. Always loved that car.
The appearance of the train was perfect timing...neat.
What was the theme music from the Steve McQueen movie the Reivers.
Might work for the next video.
Loved the train, you timed that good.
Rob,I enjoyed the video,the music,and the ride along!Lot's of early cars had long stroke engines that gave a distenct sound and a wide power band.Was/is the model K like that? Bud.
Larry, I'll try to find it.
Bud, the bore/stroke on the K is 4 1/2 by 4 1/4. Ford claimed the Model K could run on high gear from 5 to 60 mph. Now that we have the carburetion solved that seems to be true. I'm hoping when we try the original Buffalo carburetor the range in high will be even better.