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Username Post: Cross country in ‘61        (Topic#351910)
omarine 
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Loc: San Diego
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07-07-18 05:59 AM - Post#2739264    

Going on day 4 which will end in Orlando. Left San Diego on Tues driving the 61 bubbletop. Running well, even with desert temps, AC on high, lights on, etc.

Running points, carb, genny, manual drums all around. Car hasnt missed a beat. Averaging 15 mpg with 450 lbs of cargo.


Been a fun drive even though ive been in a hurry. After orlando it’s off to Miami.

Leaving Gulfport MS soon.

Cheers
Oscar



61 Impala bubbletop, 283, 2bbl Rochester, generator, points and drum brakes- daily driver
'49 Harley Davidson FL - Panhead


 
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bluefire 
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07-07-18 06:20 AM - Post#2739267    
    In response to omarine

Cool! Safe travels.



 
Chevrobert 
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07-07-18 04:23 PM - Post#2739303    
    In response to omarine


Outstanding!
They were after all,
made to be driven.
Please post lots of pictures.
If you take I75 down stop or at least wave
at The Don Garlits Museum of Drag Racing.
13700 SW 16th Ave, Ocala, Florida,
LITERALLY just off Interstate 75.




Bob
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'85 Lincoln Town Car
Ain't to proud to think out loud.


 
omarine 
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Loc: San Diego
Reg: 06-29-15
07-07-18 05:03 PM - Post#2739309    
    In response to Chevrobert

Timing was perfect! Read this post 10m before the exit. Got off but it was closed at 8pm when i arrived. Thanks for the tip, didnt know it was here.


Will try to post pics if i can figure it out.



61 Impala bubbletop, 283, 2bbl Rochester, generator, points and drum brakes- daily driver
'49 Harley Davidson FL - Panhead


 
rrausch 
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Reg: 04-07-03
07-07-18 08:47 PM - Post#2739324    
    In response to omarine

See the USA, in your Chevrolet...

1953 210 Convertible, 261 with dual Carter YF 966S carbs, P.S., Remote Bendix P.B. Booster... shade-tree restoration about done.




 
Chevrobert 
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07-08-18 07:57 PM - Post#2739410    
    In response to omarine

  • omarine Said:
Timing was perfect! Read this post 10m before the exit. Got off but it was closed at 8pm when i arrived. Thanks for the tip, didn't know it was here.



Your welcome.
I was driving back north one time and my eye happened upon the compound as I passed.
Looked it up when I got home.

http://garlits.com/events/category/dons- 2018-sched...

Next drive down to Sarasota,
I stayed over in in Ocala,
hit it early then continued.
Impressive/historical/fun .




Bob
'64 Impala SS
'77 Pontiac Ventura SJ
'85 Lincoln Town Car
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4speedman 
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07-09-18 07:21 PM - Post#2739505    
    In response to Chevrobert

I like it points, genny, drum brakes = no problems



 
omarine 
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Loc: San Diego
Reg: 06-29-15
07-10-18 05:14 PM - Post#2739610    
    In response to 4speedman

Installed vintage air right before leaving CA. Barely ven turned it on there.

Here, temps creep up 220* when sitting in traffic.

I have a 2 row champion alumium radiator which never went over 200* in CA even in traffic.

Would a 3 row make a difference? I know i could use electric fan, but car is mostly period correct, and Im tryng to avoid electric fans.

Also had air screws at 3 turns out. Had to go to 6 turns out with the heat and humidity here.

Thanks fellas.


61 Impala bubbletop, 283, 2bbl Rochester, generator, points and drum brakes- daily driver
'49 Harley Davidson FL - Panhead


 
BigDogSS 
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07-11-18 08:24 AM - Post#2739689    
    In response to omarine

Way cool road trip!
Was the 220 with the A/C on? You may not have enough fan with the added A/C. I think an added electric fan would be OK, since you already have Vintage and an aluminum radiator.
Good luck and be safe.

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    1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 396 - Marina Blue FF



 
Mercedes 
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07-11-18 09:04 AM - Post#2739691    
    In response to BigDogSS

Be certain that your fan clutch is good.

Also, make sure that you are not drawing air from around the radiator versus through it. I had an older car with AC and I added baffles to force the air across the condenser and radiator. It was easy to do with vinyl sheeting available at hardware stores and looked OEM if you could see it at all.



 
omarine 
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Loc: San Diego
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07-12-18 06:24 AM - Post#2739765    
    In response to Mercedes

Thanks fellas, the 220* happened in stopped traffic on a hot night in Houston.


The air screws were 3 turns out in CA. I am now at 6 turns out and i noticed the temp hasnt sky rocketed as easily. Stays more around 185 driving and 200 sitting.

I was also recommended "warer wetter" so might give that a try.

I was a bit confused about baffles made from vinyl, sounds interesting.

Cheers

61 Impala bubbletop, 283, 2bbl Rochester, generator, points and drum brakes- daily driver
'49 Harley Davidson FL - Panhead


 
models916 
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07-13-18 04:57 AM - Post#2739822    
    In response to omarine

Turning out the screw will richen the mixture at idle. Thus lowering the temp at idle. Not sure what 3 turns out means but adjusting the screws in or out is a way of adjusting them for different climates.



 
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