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Username Post: First ride report        (Topic#341815)
Speedysdad 
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Speedysdad
Reg: 10-28-14
01-10-17 04:14 PM - Post#2670488    

We had gotten most of the bugs worked out and got the lights all working. So my son and I took off on the maiden voyage to town to fill it with gas. We drove about 4 miles while he figured out the no power brake and steering thing. The shifter seemed natural to him. We then drove back home through the country enjoying the hum of the 216. About 12 miles in all.

We got home and noticed some oil leaking out of the front and rear main seals and the newly repaired radiator leaking a little as well. Waiting to see if those seal up before worrying.

Anyway, my son went to bed and at about 11 pm I decided to take the car to the car wash before it started raining. I got to town, washed it and decided to come home down the interstate. I got about 2 miles from town and the car shuts off. I roll to the shoulder and it doesn't hit a lick. I check that the fuel bowl is full, and it is. Then I remember that 25 yrs. ago I drove this to a car show for my father in law and the points burned up when we made our first stop. I went to the trunk for tools when I realized that I didn't have a coat with me...or my cell phone. Dressed in black, now midnight on the 23rd of Dec. in rural MO. It was a long walk to town to call for a ride. We left it overnight, I know, I know, I already heard about it. Got it home the next morning and just got back at it last night.

Lesson learned.


Jim

New project 1954 3100 being pulled out of the brush.
1949 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe 2 dr, 216 3 sp.
Car was bought new by my wife's grandfather. Given to my son, now it's a 4th generation car.


 

Mike JW 
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Loc: Arroyo Grande, CA
Reg: 01-19-06
01-10-17 05:04 PM - Post#2670493    
    In response to Speedysdad

Stuff happens, usually all works out.



 
drew1987 
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drew1987
Age: 30
Loc: Rochester, New York
Reg: 02-23-14
01-12-17 03:33 PM - Post#2670793    
    In response to Mike JW

Those stories, after they are behind us, are a bittersweet part of our hobby.

Had my wife and her friend in the car a few years ago Getting ice cream. We were FLYING around winding the 235 like we stole it. Was tones of fun til if dies whilst passing a semi (don't worry it was a 4 lane road) and we rolled to a stop just as dusk was turning to night on a busy state rout.

Ended up just being a stuck float needle but remember, I was born in fuel injection and never owned a carbureted car before. Didn't think that the side of the road with my wife in the car was the place to learn about how they [carbs] work.

when I first put a v8 in it last year, I found a weak link (my chevy ii third member) in the middle of an intersection as it exploded and sent my driveshaft into the road/bottom of the car/road/bottom of the car. My uncle came and towed me cause I was 0.25 miles from home (up hill)

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

'50 Deluxe 4dr v8 auto

Member:

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http://www.rochesterstreetrods.org

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Speedysdad 
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Posts: 63
Speedysdad
Reg: 10-28-14
01-12-17 04:00 PM - Post#2670798    
    In response to drew1987

Wow, driveshaft bouncing up and down under the car. My experience was near as exciting.


Jim

New project 1954 3100 being pulled out of the brush.
1949 Chevrolet Styline Deluxe 2 dr, 216 3 sp.
Car was bought new by my wife's grandfather. Given to my son, now it's a 4th generation car.


 
drew1987 
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drew1987
Age: 30
Loc: Rochester, New York
Reg: 02-23-14
01-12-17 04:40 PM - Post#2670802    
    In response to Speedysdad

Ha yea it sucked. Picked up said drive shaft 5 days earlier after having it made for $250. I got it all buttoned up the next night and was able to look back and laugh

Andrew D. Carapella (Drew)

'50 Deluxe 4dr v8 auto

Member:

Rochester Street Rods - Est. 1970
http://www.rochesterstreetrods.org

CrossMembers Car Club - Hebrews 12:2
http://www.crossmemberscc.com


 
knightfan2691 
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Age: 44
Loc: Elgin IL
Reg: 11-18-02
01-15-17 01:20 PM - Post#2671360    
    In response to drew1987

  • drew1987 Said:
Those stories, after they are behind us, are a bittersweet part of our hobby.



...& sometimes become more comical the farther away (time wise) they become & the more we tell the tales.


Cort, www.oldcarsstronghearts.com
pig&cowValves.paceMaker * 1979 CC to 2003 MGM + 81mc
"Like a good book, I can't put this day back" | Tori Amos | 'A Sorta Fairytale'



 

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