06:00 this morning - it was cool and dark when the '15 snorted to life on the second pull of the crank.
I am staying at a La Quinta Inn where they accept pets but have internet like we remember from the 1990's. Don't ever stay at one of these places if you want to use your computer.
Here's the same shot without a flash.
We all gathered at the primary hotel for the driver's meeting. The sounds and smells of 80+ Model T's waking up in the morning is great.
Thanks for the pics. Royce ! Nice Centerdoor !
Our new dog Jack is on his first Texas T Party. He handled it like an old pro.
More pictures from when all the T's were still running and driving this morning. There were nine cars that had to be taken back on the vulture wagon today. Problems ranged from stuck valves caused by bad gas, to a broken piston, broken axle, and a flat tire.
Former MTFCA prez Tim Eyessen and his really nice '14 touring, formerly owned by Pete Cobb. This is the car that had stuck valves resulting in no compression and a ride home on the trouble trailer from our first stop of the morning. We think it was rotten old gas that did it.
Our first stop of the morning was Dublin Texas. Dublin is famous as the home of the first bottling plant to bottle Dr Pepper, which originated as a soda fountain concoction in not so nearby Waco, Texas. How and why it was first bottled around 1925 in Dublin under license is something we did not learn. What is important is that when Dr Pepper went to using sucrose instead of cane sugar, the Dublin bottling plant did not. They continued making Dr Pepper using cane sugar, and you can still buy that same stuff today, although due to lawsuits from Snapple corp it cannot be called Dr Pepper any more.
More Dublin photos:
Things were going pretty fair in Dublin until a guy from the Dublin bottling company announced that there would only be 25 people allowed per tour group through the plant. A lot of folks were disappointed, because they didn't get any free samples inside as part of the tour. We got in line and were lucky enough to get in the second group of three.
Does free stuff taste better than stuff that you have to pay for? I think so.
Inside the museum across the street were relics of soda bottling from the 1940's, and a Model T Shriner car from the 1970's.
This is the gift shop in the Dublin bottling plant. They sell Dublin black cherry soda, which is secret code for Dr Pepper made with cane sugar in glass bottles. Yummy::
Back out in the street with a sugar buzz, we watched Tim Eyessen's car being hauled away on a flat bed as we drove towards Comanche, Texas. Some other cars required some minor wrenching but puttered off under their own power.
This guy swore his muffler bearing was going out, so he removed it:
Another former MTFCA president looked like he knew what he was doing so we followed him until it became apparent we might e on the wrong road. A stop at a local repair shop got us back on track again with proper directions.
A whole bunch of us were playing follow Gator. The pretty green '13 belongs to Les Von Nordheim of California:
Great pics, thanks Royce!
What breed is Jack? He's adorable.
Getting a little lost is lots of fun if you are touring with a bunch of T's so it was all fun Here we are going down a crushed caliche road through metropolitan De Leon, Texas on our way to the lunch stop in Comanche.
When we got to our lunch stop in Comanche there were tasty sandwiches provided by the tour organizers. This '26 touring was not puttering properly and was the subject of much attention. Great looking car.
After lunch it appeared that Anthony was threatening the water pump with a sharp stick as Bill Peterson gave advice on water pump removal technique.
Jack is a toy Pomeranian but he imagines he is a bull mastiff.
More pictures of our lunch stop:
This blue '14 runabout kept showing up in my photos. Great looking / running car.
Another casualty as we were leaving Comanche. The Neunhopfer's 27 touring had the right rear axle break on a busy street. Fortunately everyone was OK. Several of us stopped and we lifted the right rear corner of the car and pushed it onto a trailer. I would bet anything this car is on the road tomorrow with both Julius and Marvin wrenching on it this afternoon.
Water pump removed on that nice 26 Touring. We are continuing with no fan belt and just siphon.
Julius already replaced his axle. He will be back on tour tomorrow.
Thanks for all the good pictures and comments Royce. We had planned to be there but other stuff just got in the way. Hopefully we'll be there next year in Frank.
Gator and a bunch of other guys fixed Tim's stuck valves caused by bad (brown) gas. They used a bunch of Marvel Mystery oil and some fresh gas to get the valves moving again. Tim should be back on tour tomorrow.
This is the car museum in Deleon, Texas, our final stop of the day.
Rather unassuming outside. Some shade trees and what looks like an old house on a busy street near the center of town.
Some real gems are inside the museum. L-R Brush, Metz, Model A Ford.
1940 Ford pickup:
A great looking phaeton, about 1932, I don't know what it was:
An Eagle high wheeler next to a 1923 T touring:
1901 Coffin automobile, the only one built by the founder of Hudson.
Pierce Arrow series 38 touring, about 1922 or so. A fabulous open Pierce:
Packard Darrin convertible:
On the way back we happened to pass this wonderful restored Victorian mansion. Worth stopping to take a photo:
The Pierce should be a Series 80 not Series 38 sorry. Probably about 1926.
Wonderful pictures! Looks like you're having a fun tour.
Thank you Royce! Great pictures of what looks like a fantastic tour!
It does sound like a high rate of DNFs for the first day. Otherwise sometimes known as "shakedown day"!
Anthony J. M, You mean MMO is actually good for something?
I hope to see more. Again, thanks all!
Drive carefully, and do enjoy! W2
I lived in Stephenville for several years, working for Rebstock Enterprises I was the manager of the first Mcdonald's in the area, across from the college. Our family dentist was in Dublin. Old home days for me....great post Royce, thanks! Gary P.S, my '26 roadster came from Stephenville.