Today we had our last tour of the year, the annual fall colors tour. About 25 cars, mostly model T's, a few A's and off brands. Two T's bit the dust today, resulting in new stewardship of the club's hard luck trophy. Both of them are cars I have worked on, but involving parts I have not touched. Still kind of embarrassing, though. People don't always know that. I feel like a cardiologist who loses a patient to colon cancer. One of the cars I just put Sure Stop brakes on, suffered a collapsed low drum and resultant carnage. The other I built a new engine and trans for suffered disintegration of the rear end thrust washers. I did mention to the owner that this would be an issue soon. Luckily, it happened on a flat surface road, not some of the other places we drove today, this car has no auxiliary brakes. Probably plate glass too. I had tow trucks in and out of my place all day today. Business is booming at Rumble Seat Garage.
Sorry to hear but fully feel the pain I been there and had the thrust fail at speed once I never trust something I haven't reworked again
Cars can be fixed so glad no one was hurt
It's never much fun when a car craps out on tour. Glad to hear it all worked out. I'm glad I was able to change the thrust washers in all my Ts before I had a failure. No brakes would be some scary stuff.
Glad the casualties were mechanical and not human. I was afraid I was about to read a report of another accident.
yep, and both majors happened in the first 10 miles of the tour. We were a bit worried about how it was starting out!
Here's the only two pictures I took that day, parking for the Donut stop. MMMMMM.
That's Erik's Dad, Rodger, standing next to their T touring on the left side of the photo. Other parties not identified to protect the guilty!
Whenever I see a Buick of that era I'm reminded of their advertising slogan. When better cars are built, Buick will build them. So when they came out with that Packard-like radiator shell, some wag proclaimed, "When better cars are built, Buick will copy them."
I was recently on a one-day 1-and 2-cylinder tour in which an '06 Buick had to tow an '05 REO up a hill. I posted an account of the tour on the HCCA website and captioned the picture: "When Better Tow Trucks Are Built, Buick Will Build Them." If you're interested, here's the link:
There was also a variant slogan: "When Better Cars Are Built, Buick Will Be Out Of Luck."
The Buick coupe is a real nice ride. I am told that Packard filed suit over the 28 Buick radiator. It looks real close. They changed it in 29. We also had our 27 Buick roadster on the tour, and David drove my 16 Dodge.
It didn't occur to me to mention the casualties were mechanical. Sorry to have scared anyone.
Hey Erik, now I know why you missed the Stag tour this weekend! That looks like Condon Park in Grass Valley, I guess y'all felt it safe to go to Grass Valley since the Stag tour guys would be gone!
In this photo we see Steve Straw's Bonneville car. He calls it "Stupid Car", a half T and half A creation.
Yes, it was Condon park. Couldn't make both tours in one weekend. Both the broken T's are here awaiting major surgery. They will recover. Right now we are trying to get everything under cover for the coming rain. You remember rain, right? Was Steve with you on the stag tour? He's a great guy, one of our friends in the F.A.S.T. club. We are racing the next two weekends with the hill climber.
See more photos from the tour
fall colors tour
Sure Steve was there... right behind AJ's right ear!