Drove 3 hours to visit with Jim Sims up in Michigan. I met Jim last year when I was in need of a 26 tank. I was on my way to the U.P. last year so was not much time to visit. I was pretty impressed with Jims fleet of Ts. I really like the closed cab pickup he built. Fast forward till today. I was in need of a coil box and he had one. Good excuse to go see him and talk him into a ride. Radar showed rain when I left so the ride would probably have to wait. I was there visiting about an hour and it was not raining. Jim said we had better do something before it rained again. He asked if I wanted to dive his 25 coupe!!! Now I was hoping for a ride to see how he drove the car and how it sounded and all the little details that I had nothing to compare mine to. This is the 1st time I have been in another T beside mine. I said I just wanted to ride. He thew me on the ground and twisted my arm really hard!!! No, just kidding. It didnt take any twisting. What a great experience! What a great guy. I soaked up as much knowledge as I could. He has 6 and drives them all. I came home with the confidence to try a generator rebuild and a better idea of what mine is supposed to run and feel like. I know they all are different but at least a baseline. I have called Jim before with problems and his knowledge is unbelievable. I also came home with some TT parts and other bits that I needed.(spotloght will be working soon). All in all it was a great day of T talk and learning on my part. Thanks Jim!!!
Forgot the photo
Thanks for sharing. Good times are hard to come by these days. Nice looking T as well.
Paul, it really made my day. That little coupe is like a caddy compared to my roadster.
Any pictures of your T ?
"Great day for a drive!"
Wish it was so here. Here's a snapshot of my weather station software just a couple of hours ago.
Wow That's all I can say WOW
Was a cool 102 F here in Modesto today. Forecasts for the next 5 days float between 105 F and 109 F. I think I'll stay in where it's cool. The TT will wait a few days until it slacks off.
Paul, this is the 26 earning its keep on the farm. Stephen I lived in Coolidge AZ. for a couple years. "Its a dry heat" Ya! Its smokin hot. I feel for you. Maybe you will do the same for me in Feburary?
You wimps don't know heat. Go spend a summer in Helmand Province !
This photo was taken about 0830hrs in early June as we passed the front
gate to go out on mission. The thermometer was pegged at 130º by early
morning every day from May to October, never dipping below 110º at night.
Put on 60lbs. of gear for any outside-the-wire mission ... puts a whole new
meaning to what heat feels like.
You dog you, Dallas!
You got to drive that sweet little coupe? Awesome!
You lucky skank. I mean that in the best possible way and you know that. :-)
What a difference a nice T makes!
Some of us up here in Minnesota would drop like flies in heat like that. :-/
Dallas, I wish we would have had time, I would have been glad to have all three of you guys take a drive in our old '25 "beater" coupe. Dave
It's gonna get up to 75 here today or 115 inland a few miles. I never knew anything about the coast living in Iowa but love it now.
Living on the coast of Iowa is a life of constant struggle. Weather, wombats,
and wild-eyed pistol wavers ! It's crazy out there !
David ,thats a sweet little coupe you have. Wish the same thing.
Duane that is a very smooth running coupe Jim has. I could hardly hear it run. Shoot I can hardly hear mine run, the rattles and squeeks make so much noise on the dirt roads I have to stop to see if its running.
Hahaha! Now that's funny!
Damn, Dallas .... ain't that the truth ! Is there such thing
as a quiet Model T (in terms of rattles and squeaks) ?
Sorry for the delay. Great picture of the T
Thanks for sharing.
PS Who the hell wants to live in a place that
is 130 by 8;30 in the morning.. JUST SAYING
Although all of us volunteered to go, I don't think AFG was our idea
of a "destination getaway" ! And if the summers were inferno hot, the
winters were ungodly cold. At one camp, our elevation was 13,000
feet. Naturally, I was sent there in JANUARY, and NOT August !!!! It
was a whole different kind of hell.
Yeah, but it's a "dry" heat. Hahahahahahahaha!
Oh boy, was it a dry heat !
When I stepped off the bird at Kandahar (30 Sept, 2010) the heat was
like when you open the oven to see if the turkey is done. It took your
breath away. I looked around for a thermometer after I in-processed to
put "a number" to the heat I was feeling. Finally found one. It read 139º !!!
Fall and spring are actually beautiful in AFG. Bright, clear skies, the
temps are pleasant, but you KNOW what is coming, so you try to enjoy
it for the brief time it lasts. When summer of 2011 arrived, I reported
for duty at Camp Dwyer in Helmand Province. Even though I was acclimated
to the heat by this time, going to Helmand was like doing it all over again.
I searched high and low for a thermometer that read higher than 130º and
could not find one. Finally came upon the idea of an oven thermometer.
The chow hall manager gave me one in appreciation for work we did for
him. In conditions hard to get the proverbial "proper, in-the-shade" reading,
it routinely reached 155º each day all summer and it was like that all the
way through September.
Everyone was "sick" from the heat. You enjoyed a perpetual case of
nausea, like someone just punched you in the stomach. It only went away
when you slept or stepped out of the shower. Our uniforms were perpetually
soaked from sweat. We drank 16-18 litres of water a day and had to track
it on a notepad.
As a sort of funny irony, when I had the occasion to fly back to Kandahar,
it felt cool and pleasant ! I will NEVER complain about heat or cold again !