New member takes his first 200 mile drive from sea level to 7000 feet just to do lunch

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2014: New member takes his first 200 mile drive from sea level to 7000 feet just to do lunch
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Frank Harris from Long Beach & Big Bear on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 03:34 am:

Greg Griffin awoke at 3:00 A.M. in order to get on the road with a good head start. He drove from Huntington Beach at sea level in his Model T Roadster just to go to Running Springs over 100 miles away and at 7000 feet in the air just to have some lunch and an ice cream cone. This is the way to start a new day !



Greg Griffin


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Frank van Ekeren (Australia) on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 05:19 am:

Living the dream! good on him.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eric Sole - Castelldefels (Spain) on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 05:31 am:

Very cool! :-)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Warren Henderson on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 06:54 am:

"Greg Griffin awoke at 3:00 A.M. in order to get on the road with a good head start". Now that's my kind of Model T'ier! Just look at the smile on his face. Wish I could have been with you to make that drive (my twin brother lives in Sun City). Welcome to the club.

Happy motoring,

Warren


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 09:58 am:

Good Goin', Greg!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Wolf on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 01:18 pm:

Hope u lit those gas lights.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Brian Eliason on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 08:05 pm:

Electric headlights are for...

gaslight

...what's the word, Greg???


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Greg Griffin on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 10:22 pm:

SISSIES!!!!

(My favorite explanation for anything that my car doesn't have.)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Greg Griffin on Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 11:03 pm:

This was a great trip, 147 miles one-way (no freeways) and beautiful mountain scenery for nearly half of those miles. Who wants to go? There's alot of driving needs doin' up there, and antique cars are definitely the best way to tour. I'll have to head up there again soon.

You never know how much you miss until you tour along at 20 mph. Kinda makes me feel sorry for people who don't have antique cars. (Sissies.)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bill Harris, Huntington Beach California on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 12:12 am:

Greg had prime parking at Earnie & Shirley Lawyer's repair shop & fillin' station. What a great day:-)

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Eric Sayer on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 12:54 am:

Looks like a fun trip:?)


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Hap Tucker in Sumter SC on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 05:25 am:

Greg,

Looks like fun! And great looking and driving T!

Respectfully submitted,

Hap l9l5 cut off


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Warren Henderson on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 07:23 am:

Thanks again Greg for sharing a great tour and for my new best answer to why a Model T dose not need all that unwanted stuff, that only brakes down anyway, like fuel pumps, water pumps, oil pumps...

"SISSIES!!!!(My favorite explanation for anything that my car doesn't have.)

Happy motoring,

Warren


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Ricks - Surf City on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:07 am:

How was the traffic, Greg, and did you have any hairy moments? Is 330 all four lane now?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By John E Cox on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:49 am:

The last time Google mapped it it was still mostly two lane. You can see parts of the old toll road off to the left when going up.
Some parts of the toll road were steep enough that the T's had to back up


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gene Carrothers Huntington Beach on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 01:50 pm:

I think there's only 3 short 4 lane passing sections up to Running Springs with many turn outs. The road opens up to quite a bit of 4 lane from RS to Big Bear lake but still lots of mountain driving. None of the current road should be any issue for a T especially with an aux tranny..


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Greg Griffin on Monday, August 18, 2014 - 10:35 pm:

I took Hwy 38 out of Redlands. I had been up the other three routes in my modern car in the past; I didn't want to deal with steep grades and aggressive local drivers while in the T. Highway 38 is longer, which I figured would mean not as steep; and not as knotted-up, so traffic behind me could see me before they run up on me. 38 is 2-lane with plenty of turn-outs. No hairy moments, even in the flatlands. Other drivers on this road were all good-natured. Might have been different if I had been driving modern iron that slowly.


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