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Members Projects => MEMBERS Project Cars in Progress => Topic started by: Ken on July 03, 2008, 08:24:01 PM

Title: Happy 4th of July! ROAD TRIP!!!
Post by: Ken on July 03, 2008, 08:24:01 PM
And I'm taking Chaz!  I'm going to visit some relatives in Grass Valley and see the parade in Nevada City (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley20.gif)  It's about a 3 1/2 hour drive.

He got an alignment yesterday, and I gotta tell y'all, those 1.12" Firm Feel bars WORK!  Very comfortable ride, hardly any float at all, the brakes work like a charm, and those are all GOOD THINGS. Heck, I even fixed my fubar from when I swapped out my radio and got the A/C back in action!

The bad; I found out my headlamps are wonky, with the left low beam burning out tonight, and the low-beams outta alignment (I had the lamps inspected/adjusted in March 2006, so either I got water in them recently or the crappy lamps from my parts grille were installed), the turn signal indicators on the fenders are not hooked up/MIA, I'm getting feedback through the map light too, and the new antenna is a little loose, and still no reception from the radio even though it IS working and the fader switch is too.

No night driving, obviously.  I also did get a jumper from the alternator output to the starter relay to take some of the load of the fusible link going into the ammeter in the dash, and I think I will do like the factory did and upgrade that connection to a buss bar at the bulkhead connector.

Anyhoo, y'all take care...hope the Canadian contingent survived Canada Day too (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif)


Title: Happy 4th of July! ROAD TRIP!!!
Post by: Arlen Vander Hoff on July 04, 2008, 11:00:13 AM
Sounds like fun Moe!!! Have a good time!!! Good luck to you and Chaz!!!
Title: Happy 4th of July! ROAD TRIP!!!
Post by: Ken on July 06, 2008, 01:38:44 PM


Well, I made it there (Grass Valley/Nevada City) and back, with nary a problem other than the aforementioned head lamps.

Chaz LOVES cruising around 70 MPH, although I have to be careful with the speedo being off by about 20% (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley9.gif) The only time I saw a hint of the temp in the cooling system being too hot was after a rest stop, and I had been driving for over 2 hours at that point, but the idiot loght went out as soon as the engine was running.  I think an upgrade to an electric fan for cooling after the engine is off might be in the works.

Anyhoo, here's a few pics I took documenting the momentous occasion (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley32.gif)

Starting on 99 North-bound, having been on the road for about 50 minutes:
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_001.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_002.jpg)
Bob, that's the route to Gilroy/San Jose, and growing up, I lived less than 2 miles away from the Winchester Mystery House, fyi.
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_003.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_004.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_005.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_007.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_008.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_009.jpg)

I saw this Junk while going through Modesto...I wasn't sure if it was a true 'vert, but it looked nice
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_010.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_011.jpg)
Two 300's on the road...'cept Chaz is a 2 door, like the original 300 car (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley2.gif)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_012.jpg)

Pit stop on Florin Rd south Sacramento
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_014.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_016.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_015.jpg)
I didn't even get a full tank! (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley7.gif) (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley18.gif)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_013.jpg)

Yup, Chaz is like me...premium whiskey tastes on a beer budget (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley5.gif) (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley11.gif) (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif)  At least he didn't ping during the whole trip.

I got to the parade, held in Nevada City this year (Grass Valley and Nevada City are so close geographically, that they trade-off hosting the 4th of July parade every year) and after parking and walking to the start of the parade, which had been going on for about a half hour, I took a few pics of, what else, some neat cars and a few other thing that caught my eye.
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_017.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_019.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_020.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_021.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_022.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley20.gif)Neat Polara 500...powered by a 318 A poly.  It was with the "E Clampus Vitus" Chapter 10 group. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_Clampus_Vitus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E_Clampus_Vitus)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_023.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_024.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_025.jpg)

Parade official's using Segway's....how "green" of them.  Those that were using them, to my eye, were the ones least needy of them...whodathunk?
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_029.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_030.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_028.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_033.jpg)

The llamas were waiting their turn to join the parade.  When the local Democrat PArty branch saw them, the chant "Obama needs a Llama!" went up.  I could think of other things he needs, but that's a whole 'nuther topic (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_034.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_035.jpg)

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(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_045.jpg)
Some brand of electric car I've never heard of..go figure
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_047.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_048.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_049.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_050.jpg)
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_051.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_052.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_053.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_054.jpg)

(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_057.jpg)
Chaz parked in front of my aunt's home in Grass Valley.
And another photo while heading back home yesterday.
(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/attachments/13/4th-of-July-trip_060.jpg)

I bought a whole set of headlamps yesterday and installed them (Sylvania halogen's, H5001 and H5006, high-beam and low-beam, respectively) and rough-guesstimated the adjustments.  At least they all work now, and in addition to having most of them in the ball park of where they need to be, I'll be adding a relay system for the headlamps.

I'm glad I was able to make the trip.
Moesy2008-07-06 18:55:32
Title: Happy 4th of July! ROAD TRIP!!!
Post by: Stitcherbob on July 06, 2008, 01:48:56 PM
Great pics Moe! Thanks for takin us there!

That guy's girlfriend looked pretty bad......oh that was a llama!(http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif)


Title: Happy 4th of July! ROAD TRIP!!!
Post by: Ken on July 06, 2008, 01:57:18 PM
Bob, yer right on that! (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif)  BTW, did you pass along those 152 photos I took for  ya a week ago?

Title: Happy 4th of July! ROAD TRIP!!!
Post by: Steve on July 06, 2008, 02:24:33 PM
What was the final outcome of the MPG Moe?
 
Gotta say that car looks sharp.  Wishing you many good miles with it.
 
I hope VOAB comes out like that. . . It's getting there
Title: Happy 4th of July! ROAD TRIP!!!
Post by: Ken on July 06, 2008, 03:37:58 PM
Steve, I haven't made that calculation yet...it might as well be in measurement of "six-packs per mile" (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley11.gif) (http://www.moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif)

Title: Happy 4th of July! ROAD TRIP!!!
Post by: Matt Aker on July 08, 2008, 11:12:50 AM
Great pix Moe!  Thanks for sharing them, it looks like you had a great time! 
 
I'm a little partial to the one photo (http://moparfins.com/forum/smileys/smiley9.gif)  That Land Rover is an 80" wb Series I made before the 1953 model year!  RARE anywhere, let alone in Cali!
Title: Happy 4th of July! ROAD TRIP!!!
Post by: Ken on July 08, 2008, 07:57:09 PM
Matt, I will have to take your word on that Rover.  as an aside, I seem to remember talking to a dot-com type in Los Gatos some years ago who has a stash of Land Rovers, and the one he had at the tire shop I happened to be at  (can't remember WHY at the moment) was either being prepped for a round the world trip or had just done it.  This was about 5-6 years ago.