I don't know why my post appeared on the 2015 forum. It is now 2016.
They are two separate forums, Norm. Chris has opened the 2016 forum and has left the 2015 forum open for a short time so threads can be closed out or transferred to the new forum.
Happy New Year!
It ran fine and we had the top down. Took our next door neighbors with us. Coming home, it is almost all the way uphill. There are hills I can climb in high when I am alone. With 4 in the car we had to use Ruckstell. It was 56 degrees F when we got home. This year is starting out great,sunny, but we expect rain most of next week. El Nino!
The Spokane Model T Club Met for brunch then did a small tour. It was 10 degrees F when we started this morning.
I went to Moses Lake a few years ago in December. That is within an hour of Spokane. What surprised me is that in the morning the roads were icy and there was some snow on the ground. It was sunny all day long and the ice never melted! Being from southern California, I could hardly believe that it didn't get over 20 degrees F all day long! Here sometimes we get ice in the morning, but by about 10:00 AM it is melted.
I had a error so here is the updated YouTube link!
Thanks Mike. Looks like you had a blast.
Great video, thanks!
This is 17th year that our club has done the New Year's thing. This year even though the temp was in single digits we still had five or six T's out.
My first choice T wouldn't start, but the second fired right up.
"I went to Moses Lake a few years ago in December. That is within an hour of Spokane .... "
As a crow flies, the distance is reported to be 94 miles between these two points.
Washington State Dept. o' Tranportaccionnes says: Moses Lake-Spokane 105 miles
This would be measured via travel along Interstate 90.
Now, I happen to be familiar with this area and its terrain, as well as traveling the I 90
route more times than I could possibly remember, and as such, would submit that although
the "as the crow flies" route would indicate lesser miles, and even with a Model T's time-
proven ability to navigate rough ground and off-road conditions, taking the Interstate would,
in fact, be a quicker way to go between these two points.
However, as this IS a site for discussion of all things Model T related, this all brings me to
having a strong desire to see the Model T that can cover 105 miles of Interstate in under an
hour's time, OR ... the Model T that could do it via the overland route in that same amount
of time !!!
Joking aside, today is just one of those days ... bright and sunny and the thermometer dial
never poked above 10 or 15 degrees
Sorry to offend you Burger. I didn't look at the map. We flew in for a funeral or I wouldn't have been there in December.
Burger, they have these things called "airplanes" that easily put Spokane within an hour of Moses Lake.
OK, you serious guys who missed my smiley face and word "JOKING" ....
I still want to see the T that can do it !
I sometimes drive an oldie on a cold day. But here in NJ, when there's snow on the ground, the highway guys are really quick to spread car solvent on the roads, so then my fun cars stay inside until we get enough rain to wash the salt away.
Our local Cars & Croissants group had two outings in December. I took the T to one and the Stanley to the other. I can't take the Stanley if it's likely to stay below freezing, because I don't want the water in the tank to freeze before it gets pumped into the boiler. My garage stays about 50 degrees, so when I pushed the Stanley out into a 25-degree day to fire it up, I knew it would take a long time to freeze the tank. The morning warmed to about 36, so by then there was no danger. The problem was maintaining steam pressure. When the water in the tank is cold, it takes a lot of fire to boil it. And, on a cold day, there's too much heat loss between the boiler and the engine. I could barely maintain 300 psi, so I had to cruise at 25 mph, and stop to build pressure before each serious hill. On a warm day I maintain over 500 psi and can cruise at 40.
New Year's Day was clear and about 20 degrees, so the group called an unscheduled Cars & Croissants. I wore my snowmobile suit and drove the one-lung Cadillac, that has no windshield. Fun! But we've had no snow, or salt, yet.
Mike Robison, we really enjoyed your video, especially sitting in our house in Florida with the AC running. Very well done!
Happy HEALTHY new year to you and all,- on this time consuming, addictive, GREAT forum.
Liz and Rich