We had a tour out of Kingman Arizona. There were 3 Model T's from San Diego area and one from St. George Utah. Also one from Bullhead City Az met us and toured with us for part on one day.
Here a few pictures of some of the places we went. Tuesday May 3 we toured from Kingman to Chloride which was an old mining town, and revived by the "hippies" during the 60's. There is a lot of yard art there. We had lunch at Yesterdays Restaurant and then back to Kingman.
Wednesday, we toured from Kingman to Laughlin Nv to the Riverside Casino where there are two car museums. One has several cars including a De Lorian. The bigger one has about 50 cars including Model T's and Model A's as well as many from earliest years until the 1950's. After we had lunch at the Riverside, we went back through Oatman and Cool Springs. Here are a few pictures.
Those donkeys roam around freely in the vicinity of Oatman. Here are some pictures of Cool Springs
Heather Bowker enjoying the view
Tony Bowker and Norm in conversation at Cool Springs
Thrusday we went to Hackberry Store. Oatman, Cool Springs, Kingman and Hackberry are all places along Old Route 66 which was the first U.S. Highway running all the way from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Here are picture at Hackberry Store
This young Native American Lady looked lonely
I tried to cheer her up! (my wife took this picture!)
Nice Pictures Norm Thanks for Posting!
We had a great time, a great shame that more Ts didn't join us.......
In Cloride we saw another coupe that needs a little work..
We only had one dirt road, the coupe couldn't tell the difference.
The second day we visited Laughlin for a little gaming, lunch and lots of car museums
I thought this was cute, we got engaged outside the factory where this was assembled
This 1915 Model T speedster is really quite stock, coils, magneto just a speedster body on an unmodified chassis.
This Center door was real nice, a great addition to any collection. I should be in my barn.....
This was cute but was really a collection of parts made to look like a 1914. The storyboard was a little fanciful, later chassis and later splash aprons for a start.
At last ice cream.... The river was at 500 feet and Oakman at 3500 along a paved but narrow road, just in High all the way, a real Model T road.
The donkeys are for real, they were all over the town looking for goodies, but these were after the top of the pass, maybe they are lost....
Cool Springs is located about 2700 ft up on the east side of Oakman. I must have been a real haven when this part of Route 66 was the main highway between Chicago and Los Angeles. Later we found the paved route 66 bypassed Oakman to the south which is why we missed it in our crossing of the USA in 1969.
On the final day of the tour we went to Hackberry Store which we did visit in 1969. I doesn't look much different.
Great tour, thanks to Norm for all his planning.
Thanks Norm. Great Pictures. From what I understand Gable and Lombard spent their Honeymoon in Oatman. The donkeys wandering around Main St is neat.
Great pictures Norman. That's what I need is a good T tour.
Great pictures and descriptions. Thanks for sharing. Nothing better than getting together and going off touring in your T for a few days. Looks like a great area to tour. I wonder if 'Cool Springs' was the inspiration for the name Radiator Springs in the 'Cars' Movie. Scenery certainly looks similar.
Ooops the second picture of the Center Door should be this:
I won't tell you about any cars which broke down. I will, however, tell you that my car,Harrison Ford" made it all the way.
In 1926 my grandfather and uncle drove a Model T from Los Angeles to Plymouth Rock and through the south part of Ontario and back to Los Angeles. They saw relatives all along the way. I have talked to two of them, one in Burrton Kansas and one in Lowville New York, both very old when I saw them,who remembered when they came to visit. I wish I knew for sure which route they took. Before the U.S. highway system was establised in 1926 this portion of the road was called "National Trails". It followed the railroad tracks. I think they might have toured this road.
My coupe also made it all the way, but there was a horrible noise every so often from the UJ area when I changed speed. Once at a speed it seemed to settle down. Well today I pulled it apart, the UJ was in terrible shape and look what it did to the housing... I have a spare housing and a much better joint but I am taking all apart to fish out all the bits of metal that might be around.
So Tony, Now you almost one of those rare two piece drive shafts!
Was is as void of grease as it is now?
Do you have a spare housing? I might be able to help you if you don't. I also have a few joints.
I assemble with lots of grease. I even added some before the tour. I think it got VERY hot and all ran out. There is a layer of fine metal and grease all over the back axle.
I have a spare housing, from a 26 roadster and a UJ from Kirt, but the driveshaft and fourth bearing are both shot....
Great pictures Norm. I lived in Las Vegas for 20 years and spent many days touring the same area you were in looking for antiques and just enjoying the great desert. Did you feed the wild donkeys carrots while in Oatman? Thanks for sharing and bringing me some great memories.
I used to live in Bullhead City, worked at the power station at Loughlin. Oatman was a lot of fun. We stopped there on our way into the mountains to rock hunt. Also blasted around that area on my dirt bike. Great pictures, I'd like to make that tour one day. PK
Could be that the 4th main was worn so much that the engine oil diluted the grease in the joint which then ran out. Sorry, I don't have a good 4th main or a bushing for the driveshaft.