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Homecoming in Richmond IN - June 6-7-8

Post by SusanYaeger » Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:18 pm

Homecoming is almost here and we’re so glad to report that construction in the Swap Meet area is complete and everything is a go! Thanks go to the City of Richmond for their hard work and the improvements made here for the Museum.

There will not be a Museum benefit auction this year, however, the Museum will have a vendor tent and all sales proceeds will go toward the Museum fund.

If you are coming to Homecoming, and we hope a lot of you are, please bring an item (or more!) to donate to the Museum cause. Also, come ready to buy, but no bargains at this tent! We already have received word that Russ Potter is donating a carburetor, Birdhaven will be providing a donation, and we look forward to everyone’s generosity in donating and buying!

We do have some excess items that will be for sale, including the two valve grinders pictured below. Both need work. If you can’t come to Homecoming but would like to make an offer on the grinders, or Russ Potter’s carburetor, please send an email with your $ offer to: admin@mtfca.com

Remember there are two nice driving tours on Thursday and Friday – no registration or fee required. Just arrive at the Museum Thursday by 10:30am, ready to tour, or Friday by 8:30am.

On Saturday, June 8 Homecoming day, in addition to the Swap Meet, Car Show, Seminars and Model T Games, we will also be presenting Seamus Hnat with the Ben Yumori Award trophy, which we hope will include some “stories from the road” by Seamus and possibly Dean Yoder and Steve Jelf!

For more details and Homecoming schedule visit: [http://www.modeltfordclubofamerica.com/homecoming/]

We hope to see you in Richmond!
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Re: Homecoming in Richmond IN - June 6-7-8

Post by ChrisB » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:16 pm

In Richmond for Homecoming, lots has been accomplished. The City of Richmond have finished paving & laying sod between the museum & annex.

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Re: Homecoming in Richmond IN - June 6-7-8

Post by Steve Hughes » Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:27 pm

Sorry I'm not able to come. Would like to see all of the improvements made since I was there last summer.

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Post by Steve Jelf » Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:04 am

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Seamus is on his way. I'm leaving tomorrow (driving modern) & should see you sometime Friday.
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325 miles today at Prophetstown State Park


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Post by Dallas Landers » Thu Jun 06, 2019 6:57 pm

Dean, looks like you make good time not having to slow for curves?

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Post by D.Yoder » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:47 pm

I met a Farm tractor on that road. We both had to have wheels in the ditch to pass 😝


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Re: Homecoming in Richmond IN - June 6-7-8

Post by Allen Banks » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:52 pm

Ill be there!...driving the roadster from Columbus. Looking forward to seeing the new annex!


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Re: Homecoming in Richmond IN - June 6-7-8

Post by Dallas Landers » Thu Jun 06, 2019 7:57 pm

Im a little bummed. The closest model T event to me and I wont make it. Im gonna stay home and follow Doc's orders. Post pleanty photos so I dont feel left out. Have a great time!

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Post by twrenn » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:46 pm

Okay Dallas..here's some pics from today's stops. Elevator factory first, lunch stop at a country club, underground railroad museum after lunch. Had great Amish Ice cream at end of tour. No pic of that...too busy eating! My Speedo drive crapped out on me making an awful noise so I pulled over alongside a back country road on the way back to the hotel and disconnected it. Took a little cruise around the neighborhood after fueling up and ran into (not literally) my ol buddy Seamus so we stopped and caught up on news for a bit. Sorry you couldn't make it. Great weather for our tours. Thanks to Kerry, Kim, Susan and all other organizers of whom I am missing here!

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Post by twrenn » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:53 pm

Well I see the pics posted "backwards" in the order in which we toured but at least they are there! Here's some more. Great day!Almost forgot the paper factory. The pic of the U. Railroad house with the big hole in the floor is the source for their house water..a sort of natural spring constantly feeding this open well. Clearest water you've ever seen.
A very worthwhile stop explaining the harsh lives of slaves seeking freedom.
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Post by twrenn » Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:58 pm

Two pics of some of the 19 or so cars in attendance. Plus two ladies looking over my '13 while I was at breakfast this morning. They combed that car over for at least 5 minutes...seemed like they really knew what they were looking at with their actions.
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Post by Dallas Landers » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:27 pm

Thanks Tim, looks like too much fun.

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Post by Oldav8tor » Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:33 pm

I'm so envious of those of you able to take your cars to Richmond. Next week I hope to get the wheels back on mine and turn it around so I can drop the engine back in.... Maybe I'll bring it down next year.

I am going to come down for the Saturday events - I'll be driving my Jeep Renegade and hauling my amigo scooter on a rack in the trailer hitch. I'm coming down Friday and staying in a nearby motel so I can be there bright and early on Saturday. I've missed a lot T-wise because of my busted leg so I'm really looking forward to this. I just hope the weather cooperates.
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Post by twrenn » Thu Jun 06, 2019 10:00 pm

You're welcome Dallas. And Tim the weather will be perfect. Not as stinking hot as last year for sure!

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Post by Bob McDaniel » Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:21 pm

We made it here a little late for the Thursday tour so just hung out at the museum and hit the Fire House for lunch then back to the campground after I removed the fan from the 09 that had locked up because someone forgot to check it. :? While I was working on the fan shaft and talking to some campers I saw Seamus and Jerod I think he said his name is pull in. Man he can talks a lot! LOL. After fixing my fan problem we headed back to town for food again and a test run and even lit the lights just to see if they stay lit and so people can see us if it gets dark. I hope to meet up with the rest of the cars in the morning. Driving around town was like a parade of one in that old car and it should be on about 100 facebook pages by now or where ever people post this stuff. Cameras are everywhere! Maybe I should get mine out but its hard to drive with it. Someone will have pictures I hope.
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Post by Millwork » Fri Jun 07, 2019 12:49 am

Hi Bob l was wondering what campground you are at? Is it closer to Richmond than whitewater state park which is where we were planning to go to tomorrow. We have never been to Richmond before. Thank you
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Post by twrenn » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:10 pm

So far its been a spectacular day and a great tour. Excellent back country roads. Fantastic stop at the Carillon Historical Park including the Wright Brothers national museum. Fantastic place. Kind of like Greenfield Village.
Having German food for lunch at the restaurant on the grounds. Heres a few pics.
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Post by twrenn » Fri Jun 07, 2019 1:13 pm

And some more! As they say.."Wish you were here!"
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Post by Steve Jelf » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:23 pm

As usual, it was swell. I took some pictures, but will post them after I get home where editing them is a little easier. No te vayas.
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Post by wayne sheldon » Sat Jun 08, 2019 4:26 pm

THANK YOU Tim Wrenn for the reports and photos!
Steve J, I am glad you made it there (even modern), and look forward to your photos as well.
Wish I was there!

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Post by Hap_Tucker » Sat Jun 08, 2019 7:05 pm

Thank you for posting photos for those of us that could not make it.

Thank you to everyone that made it possible!

Looks like a great time was had by all!

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Post by Oldav8tor » Sat Jun 08, 2019 8:12 pm

My first homecoming and I had a great time! Even though I had to come solo, I was not alone. Several people figured it was me on my "yard sale amigo" and stopped to introduce themselves. It was great to put faces to people I had met on the forum. My wallet is a little lighter but I came away with some good ideas and an overall wonderful experience. Thanks to the MTFCA and the volunteers that made it happen.
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Post by principal6553 » Sat Jun 08, 2019 9:45 pm

Great time at the homecoming! First time bringing our 26! Got to meet Brent “the coil man”, Steve, and saw Dean’s famous car (but not him). I found a few parts and saw some nice cars. Only complaint is that it was too close to Camping World which caused us to buy a new RV! Back to Richmond later this month to pick it up! Thanks to the organizers for a fun day!!
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Post by Bob McDaniel » Sun Jun 09, 2019 1:51 am

This is the first time I am able to get back to post here since we are now at home. We had a great time driving all around Richmond and getting to meet some old friends from the forum and a few new ones. This year we brought the new car which was running real good and made it to Dayton without issue so the drive back to Richmond looked like another easy run till we got just about 1/2 block from the Lowes on 40 at Eaton Pike near Richmond where the car suddenly lost power and made some strange and nasty sounds so I started looking for a place to pull off and shut it down and coasted into an opening to a gravel lot. Several people stopped to help and after checking things over we checked the oil and the top petcock had vibrated open some time along the last 50 miles because of a weak spring so no oil in that one so I checked the lower and oil did run out so at least it had some in it. I had 3 quarts under the seat and was able to dump in all 3 and still nothing dripped so someone passed me another bottle and after about half a quart the oil started to run out so I closed it and spun the engine over a few times to see if we could hear or feel anything. A quick start up produced a knock that said the tour was over for me and my wife. Since this tour had no vulture wagon it was up to anyone willing to help bail us out. A big thank you goes to Tim Wren who stepped up and offered to take me back to the campground where our trailer was parked. The ride was nice in spite of the reason and Tim is a real asset to the club in many ways but he went above and beyond to help as did many others and I owe them all a big thank you as well. Now the work begins and we will see what damage is done. The up side of this is that the engine had been replaced with a 16 block at some time in the past so this wont be as bad as it could have been if it had been the open valve 1909 engine it started life with.
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Post by George N Lake Ozark » Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:23 am

Where's all the Jelfies ???

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Post by twrenn » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:00 am

Bob, thanks for your kind remarks but I only did what anybody else would do too. But thank you. It feels good to help someone who needs a helping hand, and I know you've done the same thing in the past. I only feel so bad for your bad luck and hope the damage is only minor like a rod bearing and not one of the mains. Good luck my friend.

George, the Jelfies will show up soon. He should be home today and I'm sure by tonite he'll be posting. I saw him taking lots of pics so I didn't take as many pics on sat. as I did on the tour so as not to duplicate so much. But here is one of me and a lady and her 2 kids that I took for a ride around town. The little girl was the cashier at the hamburger booth! They all loved the ride. Very nice people.
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Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:47 pm

Usually I post pictures when I'm traveling, but this time McDonald's free wi-fi was worth what I paid for it. It kept giving me error messages when I tried to open the forum. So here I am back at the farm and able to post. I'll do the Friday pictures now and the Saturday shots later. I don't have a lot of gripes about the new forum format, but the limit of five pictures to a post is one feature I could do without.

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Dean's outfit always draws attention, especially when people see all the stickers and learn that the car has driven to all those places.

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Elizabeth Estep (second from left) and Mike Francis (back to camera) were on hand to show their work on a 1923 touring. Mike makes the tops and upholstery and Elizabeth installs them.

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Working with side curtains.

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Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 09, 2019 2:59 pm

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An interesting feature in the popcorn truck is a driver's seat that swivels to face the rear.

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Model T variety lined up in the annex.

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Ames bodied speedster.

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Among the cars displayed in the main museum are two 1909 T's (#6413 and #394) and a 1907 Model R.


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1912 town car.

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1914 touring.

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1913 runabout.

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1912 touring.

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Not quite stock.
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"Chives, call me a cab." "Yes, sir. You're a cab."

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Gator Gould (left) visits with Russ Potter (right).

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A swell improved coupe.


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Post by wayne sheldon » Sun Jun 09, 2019 3:58 pm

Wonderful pictures! Thank you Tim W and Steve J!
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Post by Dallas Landers » Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:24 pm

Thanks for the photos guys! Looks like a good time was had. Any swap finds?

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Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 09, 2019 9:30 pm

Any swap finds?


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I got these. Probably not original, maybe even home made. But they're not stainless, so maybe I can get paint to stay on them.


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Jerry and Kim Kramer brought their 1917 Milburn electric.

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1915 touring brought by Tony and Susan Wiltshire. I wonder what kind of timer it has.

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Another view of the Wiltshire touring.

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1914 delivery truck from Dan Resch.
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Front view of the delivery truck.

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The Kramers also brought this Ford, a 1914 runabout.

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This 1925 touring was unidentified.

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Keith Gumbinger's 1926 RP.

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Jeron Takacs drove his 1924 coupe down from Trenton, MI.
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The boys like to decorate their cars when they travel.

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It's the bee's knees.

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Oh, you kid!

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Seamus Hnat's 1914 touring is becoming a well-traveled car.

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Tim Wrenn's 1913 touring.

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The speedster was unidentified.

We've all heard of the doctor's coupe, but how about a fire chief's coupe?


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Tim & Debbie Voss brought this nice 1927 Tudor.


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1922 touring from Gary Huckery.
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Re: Homecoming in Richmond IN - June 6-7-8

Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:17 pm

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Jim Riedy"s 1926 runabout.

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Ollie (1919 touring) came wearing side curtains.

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1923 runabout brought by Allen Banks. This car wore some neat decorations.

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Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:30 pm

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1926 Tudor from Bob & Barbara Smith.

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There was no sign on this nice improved touring.

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I like the neat accessory compass.

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Next to the Kramers' Milburn is the 1926 Tudor brought by Maxine & Dave Smith.

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That pretty 1926 coupe of Jeff Russell.
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Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:39 pm

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"Whoa, that's far enough!"

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They block off Eighth Street for the swap meet.

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Bargains are everywhere.

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Want to buy a chassis?

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Apparently the price is negotiable.
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Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:47 pm

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Two guys from Iowa: Mike Lebsak and Dean Yoder.

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Front axle repair seminar.

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A nice oil can display.

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The upholstery demonstration was ongoing.

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Jeron brought in all his spark plugs to check them on my plug tester.
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Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:58 pm

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Mike Vaughn presented the Ben Yumori driving award to Seamus Hnat, with previous winner Dean Yoder as witness.

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Dean told about some of his driving adventures.

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What's on top of the trophy.

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Executive director Susan Yeager with the award.

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George Aiken had a laugh with Dean.
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Re: Homecoming in Richmond IN - June 6-7-8

Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Jun 09, 2019 11:01 pm

I'll finish with artwork on some of the old Richmond buildings.

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Re: Homecoming in Richmond IN - June 6-7-8

Post by twrenn » Mon Jun 10, 2019 5:15 pm

Nice group of pics Steve! Thanks for the hard work. 5 pics at a time does take time!It was a great 3 days. Hope they do another tour next year. Thanks again to all the fine folks putting on the tours and the Homecoming on Saturday. Richmond is clearly a fantastic asset and supporter of this fine museum and its activities.


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Re: Homecoming in Richmond IN - June 6-7-8

Post by KeithG » Mon Jun 10, 2019 6:03 pm

I agree with what Tim Wrenn said above - This was an outstanding Homecoming event. The tours on Thursday and Friday were great. The Swap Meet had lots of T and TT parts. I found some needed parts and some bargains also. The weather was great too.

Many thanks to everyone who helped put this on, including Susan Yaeger, Jerry and Kim Kramer, Tony Wiltshire, and so many others (you know who you are). And also thanks to Steve Jelf and others for posting pictures.

Can't wait for the 2020 Homecoming!

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Re: Homecoming in Richmond IN - June 6-7-8

Post by Bob McDaniel » Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:01 am

Tonight my wife and I tore into the 09 to see what the damage looks like. As expected the #1 rod was toast but the others were still tight and so far it looks like the crank is good. When the oil got low it caused the babbit to get hot and melt and crumble but the cap held up and only the rod had lost most but not all babbit and no blue or any other color to the crank. I was running around 30 MPH when this let go and shut it down within seconds when the sound started and coasted to a stop so maybe that saved the engine. Next I need to pull the head to remove the piston and inspect the cyl. walls for damage but looking up from below I don't see anything and hope all is well. It will take time to fix because its hard to find time to work on it but we should have this running again soon if no other problems turn up.
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