Rapid Transit Tour

Taking a little vaca in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and while parking my ole ride and hunting for some good eats at the famous Applewood Farmhouse, ran into an Elephant herd of Mopars. Many had Hemi’s both old and new with a smattering of big block RB and small block LA mills. What’s really amazing is that this group of like-minded Mopar lovers hailing from around the country joined together to hit the Carlisle All Chrysler Nationals in PA earlier this month then hauled off together for an impromptu cross-country tour. Some from New York, others from New Jersey, and even those as far away as Montana. The chase vehicle driver from the Mopar Maniacs Car Club informed that the group named their excursion the “Rapid Transit Tour” (see their custom designed window sticker). Super cool was one of the cars was driven by an 80 year old guy who loved his Hemi particularly when it was out on the open road cruisin’.

And yes, these classic cars can still be driven reliably across the countryside running side by side with their cousin late model iron!



 

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My First Painting

  

It seems ridiculous to wait until your 50’s to attempt your first painting. So, that’s what I did!

And of course it was a painting of a 50’s car…don’t ask the make and model as it’s just a generic for a geriatric to hone his painting skills (or in this case, the lack thereof!). 

Donked Jeep

Traveling down I20 in Arlington TX when my eyes whipped into a double take on this donked Jeep! 

Do you love it or hate it? Is this an affront to the Jeep heritage or the future? Leave your comments…. 

 

Impala SS Spotted

Trick 1964 Chevy Impala SS seen on the streets of Roanoke TX today. Red paint, white interior, and modern wheel / tire combo makes this SS a real eye catcher. My Pop had one of these in yellow with black interior when I was a kid. The rear speaker built into the rear seat on these cars was a neat feature for those days. Typical was small block Chevy and TurboGlide auto or 4-speed manual. 

 

Road Runner Passes Inspection!

 After repair of the leaky thermostat housing yesterday, today was spent topping off fluids, airing up tires, cleaning windows, and checking lights, turn signals, wipers, and horn (beep beep works!). A little idle adjustment and the Bird was on the road to Valvoline Service Center for the annual state vehicle inspection. It passed with no issues!  The real shock was that for some reason the inspection cost went down from the usual $39 to only $7!  This price reduction corresponds to Texas’ first year of combining the registration and inspection stickers of the past into one consolidated unit. It opens up front window real estate and saves the state millions in admin costs. Win win!

To celebrate the victory, we drove up to Roanoke, dining capital of TX, for some T&A (Tacos & Avocados…a restaurant that is). Mucho fun!

Road Runner Thermostat R&R Round Two

In a past post a couple of years ago, the details of the Road Runner thermostat housing R&R was discussed. Upon returning from a leisure cruise around town last fall, a small pinhole leak around the weld bead on the thermostat housing appeared. Finally getting around to repairing it in preparation of the annual state vehicle safety inspection and registration process due this weekend, a Mancini thermostat housing was purchased with the hopes that it was sourced from a different and perhaps higher quality Chinese factory than the last one from Moroso. The 160F thermostat was re-used since it was new last time and a fresh mix of Prestone 50/50 was mix used. Only time will tell if this new part will last but along with some engine touch up paint, the darn thing sure looks good! 

 

Dodge RAM Fuel Pump

Note to self: Proactively replace the fuel pump around 175,000 miles on a Dodge RAM to avoid a 100F R&R after losing power on the Foothill Freeway in rush hour traffic. This is what Bob, owner of RHEnterprises in Burbank CA told me recently as he hefted out a FULL fuel tank from under his RAM when the darn pump went out at 192,000 miles in Glendale on the way home from work!!  Luckily, the planned trip to trailor a car out to the Riverside Show N Go over the weekend got scrapped just days before the pump went south or the repair would have be exacted on the shoulder of the 91 Freeway!

  

Road Signs

Last weekend while on return from Oklahoma to Texas, this vintage iron was spotted traveling south on Interstate 35 toward DFW. It appears to be a 1967 Chevrolet Impala SS 2-door Convertible  and its exterior is in fair shape. It seems there are lots of Texans “harvesting” cool muscle cars from the states to the north and bringing them back to where more of the population can enjoy them. My pop had 1964 and 1965 Impala SS 2-door Coupes (yellow and white respectively) back in the days when you could come out OK trading up for a new ride every year at the local dealer…don’t try this today! 

 

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