Buddy, Bill and Michael made 100 miles trouble free today to Rolla, MO. Not sure when they got started, but Steve Thum was there to help them get it going. Thanks Steve for your help.
And, by the way Steve, did you see any evidence of a 'lucky' raccoon tail that Gordon Koll gave them?
Sounds like Fayetteville, AR might be right on their way. If they are nearby, have them stop in for some tire-kicking. If they need any help while in the area, my cell is 479-790-4229.
What is OCF?
Old Car Festival (Greenfield Village)
Frank,Sorry i missed them at the OCF and i did see Gordon but only for a few seconds! I think i'm glad i missed out on the coon tail.Bud.
Sounds like the boys are working the bugs out on the road. By the time they get home they should be ready to go touring.
Bud, they were parked up in the corner of the green right next to the chapel. I had a couple nice chats with them and gave them my raccoon tail. Maybe I shoulda kept it. Here's hoping and praying things go well for them now.
I went to their hotel to visit them and they had just changed their timer. They went from a Ford type timer to a Anderson and did not reset the timing. I showed them how to time the engine then helped them get a new fan belt. I think they may have tried to use the raccoon tail as a fan belt .
I really did not notice the tail, I just noticed the over all condition of the car. I hope they make it ok.
Thanks Mike. I'll pass your number on to them. I'm sure they'll be needing more help along the way.
Bud, you may get to meet them next year. With all the fun they've had this year, they may be back. And Steve Jeff, they may get enough bugs worked out to go touring.
Steve Thum, I saw the car about 3 or 4 years ago and helped them get it running. When Buddy told me about this adventure I gathered up a bin of parts to send with them, but didn't think of a u-joint. You and your club members saved the day in St. Louis. I also sent an entire set of wheels, complete with tires mounted when I found out they hadn't changed those tires.
They're having the time of their lives and making lots of people smile.
They made 175 miles today and are at the RV park in Joplin, MO. They are making lots of friends along the way and having a great time.
Looking at the map it would seem they have passed the halfway point. Enjoy the time - it'll soon be finished. Godspeed boys.
The guys went 210 miles yesterday to the Oakglen RV park on Rt 66. They stopped a few miles before that for BBQ in Davenport, OK.
Good progress and making lots of friends along the way.
The guys are staying the night in Chickasha, OK. They will be leaving out in the morning, weather permitting. Their goal is Mineral Wells, TX.
Let me know if I can help in any way in central Texas. . . .george (512) 376-4180
Let me know if I can help in any way in central Texas. Have about a dozen good U joints. . .george (512) 376-4180
The latest photos on Facebook show them in a workshop with the trans cover off again.
I can't tell what the problem was.
I think they must be staying south of Mineral Wells on Hwy 281 Rocker D RV Ranch.
Not sure what they were doing to the car, but they made 188 miles yesterday and are heading for Temple, TX today.
Slight detour to their route is noted on their Facebook page:
"Due to flooding on 1602 they will be staying on 281 to Hamilton then getting on 36 to Temple."
So, they're still rolling along.
George, I'll try to get your phone number to them.
Can anybody post a link to their face book page?
George, It sounds like the guys from Corpus could use a little help. You better stay away as it is help they need, not BS.
I texted your number to Michael. They were running strong and arriving in Temple at 2:10pm.
Just wait until Willie's broken down and needs a u-joint........right George?
Frank, been there and done that at a "show Me" tour some years back. I was lucky and it happen a few blocks from the motel on the return leg and someone local had one. I was able to do repairs to the car and make the next day tour.
Sorry the comment was only intended for George. (I know him too well)
Yep, I know. I'm sure George took it as a joke....right George?....right? Oops, I think he's hiding all the u-joints.........
Seriously, I've never had a u-joint fail.... maybe I've just been able to replace them in time. I've seen some very well worn ones.
They have stopped for the night at Buddy's RV Park in Cameron, TX. Looks like it is just south of Waco on 77.
I got a phone call from Billy last night and he said..."Hey guess where we are". I told him I had been following their trip on Facebook and the forum. I guessed they were somewhere near home..."We are 150 miles from home!". I had to ask what was all that background noise? Billy said we are in a bar and I just wanted to call you and let you know that the end is near. I said well if you guys hit all the bars on the final leg then you're about 4 days away from getting there !!! Hah !! Those crazy Texan's are having the time of their lives doing this. God bless em ~
Don, Bars started disappearing probably in the early 1970's. Now you have to look hard to find any. Probably due to DWI laws being enforced.
I live near HWY 77 which goes to Corpus Christi.
(Yes we do have a nice bar just off 77 in a rural area)
Frank, I live between Schulenburg and La Grange which is probably on their way home. I will keep an eye on this forum and my E-mail for a day or two. If help is needed and George (Sonny) is not able to help, have him call me, I am closer.
They travelled 245 miles yesterday and got to spend the night at home in Corpus Christi.
They made a minor braze repair to the radiator and headed out to Brownsville, TX today, the final destination. They'll spend the night there and return home tomorrow.
Then we get to hear a few stories.
Willie, thanks for the offer but I think they just flew on past that area.
And thanks to everyone for all the assistance during this trip. The guys now know about the 'Model T Family' and how we work together and help each other.
They made it to Brownsville and are headed home. I think they've had enough touring for awhile.
They had a great trip and made lots of new friends.
Thanks to all for your help and support.
Thanks for the updates Frank and congratulations to the intrepid tourers!! I do hope they'll get on this Forum or in the VF and tell of their equipment; ie, original or respoked round felloe wheels, carburetor, ring/pinion combination, safety equipment, etc. And I just finished reading in the Horseless Carriage Gazette of a little lady who drove her '04 Olds from southern CA to eastern FL - last year!
Buddy called last night to thank me for the parts that I sent with them. He was sitting in a rocking chair on his porch with a drink.
He told about an hour's worth about car repairs and an hour's worth of how nice the folks they met were. He said that they could not have made the trip without the kindness of those people they met along the way.
I'll talk to him about a story, but I'm not sure the VF has enough pages to hold this story.
It was a once in a lifetime dream for them, and they did it. Again, thanks to all.