The final tour on Saturday was just as well planned as the first three by Marshall Huling and his team, including his wife and sister in law who is one heck of a flag waver.
On the 20 mile first leg we encountered a T with a bit of car trouble. The coil bracket holding the 12 volt distributor coil came loose. We saw them later driving, so it must not have needed much to get back on the road.
We started out at 08:00 driving toward the West Texas Boys Ranch in Tankersley, Texas. I can remember as a kid in the Dallas Independent School District an unruly student being threatened to be sent there. Our teacher described it as a "home for bad boys who don't do what the teacher says". My second grade buddies described it as sort of a torture house along the lines of Oliver Twist, something that would really strike fear into the heart of any seven year old!
As it turns out my teacher was exaggerating. The boys are given every chance to excel, and the facility is limited to only 32 boys. They must achieve a B average in school work to be able to participate in team sports. Needless to say, with no video games or TV, everyone wants to be in sports. Of the 29 boys in residence we were told that 22 were currently playing team sports.
Several of the boys went for rides in a Model T, and all of them appeared to be well on their way to becoming fine young men. We were provided with coffee and donuts which hit the spot on a chilly morning.
Here are a few shots of the Ts at Boys Ranch:
After the Boys Ranch we puttered out to the Christoval Winery, another 20 or so miles of two lane blacktop with very little traffic. Upon arrival we were immediately escorted to the wine tasting area. This proved to be quite popular with the T Party participants!
The grounds are spectacular, with a wedding chapel, reception center, and tasting room next to the pristine vineyards.
We were served an awesome chicken and beef fajita lunch. While we had lunch in a tent on the lawn, a band played classic rock tunes. Free wine, good music and great food - with Model T's all around us.
For undetermined (as of now) reasons my low band decided to go away on day 3. I tried adjusting it at the winery, but it worked once and then no low again. So we used Ruckstell high and low as our means to drive the 25 miles back to the hotel, missing out on the last stop which was a place where deer receive artificial insemination.
Last night was the farewell banquet at the Cactus Hotel in San Angelo's lovely and clean downtown area. The Cactus was built in the 1920's as one of Conrad Hilton's finest hotels. The mezzanine and banquet hall certainly are impressive.
A few awards were given, farewells were said, and a fine meal of fish creole and beef was served.
After dinner I lit the carbide lamps, fired up the cowl lamps, and we all went back to the host hotel with great memories of a fantastic tour.
Thanks Royce, You did a great job with your camera. Yes, I was there also.
PS I checked under the hood of Royce's car,"No Water Pump anywhere under that hood".
Excellent job Royce. The Christoval Winery and grounds are spectacular as you said. Look forward to the Kerrville tour and meeting you. I will not look under your hood if you don't look under mine....smile.
Thanks Royce. Once again, great tour coverage. Sounds like you might have a project when you get home. You are describing symptoms of a cracked low gear drum.
Hey Willie, no low band under Royce's hood either.
Royce, that has to be a broken low drum to have shaved your low band away as it did. Let us know what you find out about that.
That picture came out good for being taken in the dark with a telephone camera. That was really neat watching you light those headlights. There were no explosions.
It was the first time I saw the carbide lights fired up on a Model T. I have to find me some mirrors. I have a generator that has never been used and saw these instructions on the forum.
DIRECTIONS FOR USING GENERATOR E&J.docx (12.8 k)
Not really. I just rinse everything out with water, then after it dries, with isopropyl alcohol.
Great to see you at the event, I look forward to seeing you next year. Maybe both of us can drive with carbide and kerosene lamps next year? It would be great to get more people to use them, they are simple and light the road very well.