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by Gil Fitzhugh
Sat Apr 04, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Qantas safety video
Replies: 9
Views: 539

Re: Qantas safety video

In 1959 I had an opportunity to spend three weeks in Australia. Since it was so bloody far away, I figured I might as well go around the world as go out and back. Back then, that was a VERY big deal. The leg from Singapore to Darwin was on a Qantas Connie like the one in the video. It's the only tim...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri Apr 03, 2020 9:35 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: A change of fuel on my road to Damascus
Replies: 17
Views: 851

Re: A change of fuel on my road to Damascus

A lot of atmospheric moisture can condense on the interior walls of a partly empty gas tank, and then trickle down to the bottom of the system. Back when I used to play with airplanes, we'd always fill the tank when we were through flying for the day, to minimize where water could condense. And befo...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri Mar 27, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?
Replies: 98
Views: 6580

Re: WHat Have You Done To Your Model T In March?

I needed to pick up a couple of prescriptions at Shop-Rite pharmacy today. It was a severely beautiful day, so I drove the T. The roads, and Shop-Rite, had about 20% of normal traffic. It was spooky! But, driving in, Every. Single. Driver. honked, waved, or gave a thumbs-up. They must have been over...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri Jan 17, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Rob has a cover car
Replies: 15
Views: 1511

Re: Rob has a cover car

Front cover plus eight inside pages including the centerfold. Congratulations!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Dec 19, 2019 6:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Sara's Grandfather's 1915 Model T
Replies: 6
Views: 813

Re: Sara's Grandfather's 1915 Model T

Congratulations! A wonderful story about a wonderful car.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo, Brass touring car and family
Replies: 4
Views: 643

Re: Old Photo, Brass touring car and family

9 people in a Model T? I'll bet, as those kids got older, Daddy discovered why God invented depot hacks!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Dec 01, 2019 10:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday
Replies: 46
Views: 4619

Re: Model T accident in Kerrville TX yesterday

My 1907 Cadillac got nailed like that in 2008. Hagerty totaled it, but let me buy the bones back for a very reasonable price. Pretzeling half the frame, shattering the flywheel and destroying two wheels, among other damage, doesn't get fixed easily or cheaply on a car as scarce as a one-lung Cadilla...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Nov 07, 2019 5:23 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Vintage authenticity?
Replies: 97
Views: 5360

Re: Vintage authenticity?

A curved dash Olds is just as street legal as a Model T. If it weren't, I'd be writing this from jail. But just because something isn't illegal (yet) doesn't mean it's always a good idea. I'm careful about when and where I drive my T, and my Olds, and my Stanley. The fatality on the London to Bright...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Oct 21, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How cold do you drive?
Replies: 55
Views: 3683

Re: How cold do you drive?

Sorry, this isn’t a T picture. I go to a group called Cars and Croissants. It’s like a Cars and Coffee, but when it started, it met at a place with a French bakery. It’s long outgrown that meeting place. but the name has stuck. Since there’d been no snow, hence no salt on the roads, the group decide...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Oct 06, 2019 6:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: ”Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”
Replies: 21
Views: 1602

Re: ”Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”

Henry may have made that announcement about color in 1909, but he didn't get around to acting on it for 4 more years.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Sep 10, 2019 10:06 am
Forum: OT - Off topic
Topic: Post your favorite sign
Replies: 48
Views: 4486

Re: Post your favorite sign

I don't have a picture, but there's a twisting, winding road in northwestern NJ called "Shades of Death Road". Glad I don't live there!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:32 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New London New Brighton
Replies: 28
Views: 2883

Re: New London New Brighton

I didn't look. I think it was a bit after 5.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Aug 13, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: New London New Brighton
Replies: 28
Views: 2883

Re: New London New Brighton

I drove it in my Curved Dash Oldsmobile. The usual great organization, support from police, and enthusiasm from bystanders. A wonderful assortment of early cars. The rain wasn't quite biblical, but it seemed that way sometimes. I didn't get to a hot shower until 9:30 pm. When I finally got undressed...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Jul 29, 2019 10:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MTFCI 2019 Red Dirt Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1518

Re: MTFCI 2019 Red Dirt Tour

I heartily second the idea that this was a fabulous tour. An example of the attention to detail: At every intersection that might have been troublesome, there was a sign telling us which way to go. That meant someone had to go out on tour putting up signs, and go back on tour at the end of the day t...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Jul 28, 2019 11:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done to your Model T in July?
Replies: 113
Views: 10780

Re: What have you done to your Model T in July?

Since I bought my '14 touring 2-1/2 years ago, I've just been using it for one-day tours and general puttering around. That changed last month, when I went on the VMCCA Nickel Era tour based a few miles south of Gettysburg, PA. The tour was open to any car 1913 to 1927, even if it had no nickel, and...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Jul 28, 2019 10:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: MTFCI 2019 Red Dirt Tour
Replies: 21
Views: 1518

Re: MTFCI 2019 Red Dirt Tour

Aye, 'tis mine.

Gil
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Jul 04, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Odds of getting stolen
Replies: 23
Views: 2077

Re: Odds of getting stolen

I worry more about vandalism than theft. I left my Stanley outside one night at the HCCA's shore tour in early May. Another tour participant said she chased away three teenage boys who were sitting in it smoking.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Jun 30, 2019 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What did you do with your model T in June
Replies: 97
Views: 11459

Re: What did you do with your model T in June

The VMCCA has a Kentucky-based, but actually nationwide, nickel-era chapter that accommodates cars from 1913 through 1927, even if (like my '14 T) they have no nickel. Their summer tour was last week. We stayed at a ski resort south of Gettysburg, PA. The longest day was over 125 miles to Harpers Fe...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:37 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: I am 87 today
Replies: 33
Views: 2858

Re: I am 87 today

All the best, Daryl! I'm only 4 years behind you, but sometimes it feels as if I'm catching up fast.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Foto of the Day
Replies: 344
Views: 32700

Re: Foto of the Day

Boondocks are where you find them. This was an optional "road" on the 2015 Mainely T tour. Rich Bingham might recognize the car.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sat May 04, 2019 1:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Western Mass?
Replies: 10
Views: 1253

Re: Western Mass?

Is your T a pre-'16? If it is, look up the HCCA Autoneers.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Apr 14, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Accessory I have never seen....
Replies: 16
Views: 1862

Re: Accessory I have never seen....

If you can stand advertising another club, the HCCA sells a hat lanyard for three bucks. It's basically a strap with an alligator clip on each end. One end goes on the hat, the other on the neck of your shirt. If your hat blows off, it doesn't go anywhere; you just reach back, grab the hat, and repl...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Let's talk gasoline
Replies: 36
Views: 3127

Re: Let's talk gasoline

I use regular E-10 pump gas, the same stuff your Aunt Minnie puts in her Toyota. My garage is heated enough to take the chill off. I've been able to drive my T off and on all winter, whenever it had rained enough to wash the salt off the roads. I've gone to yoga, to lunch, to the barber, to the bank...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: What have you done on/with/to your T in febuary?
Replies: 73
Views: 8757

Re: What have you done on/with/to your T in febuary?

It was a beautiful sunny day, temp 34. Joan and a friend had gone horseback riding, so I put on ski underwear, lined jeans, a warm shirt and ski outerwear. I put a bottle of IPA in my coat pocket and drove the '14 to town for a fine lunch at our local Thai restaurant.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT - No longer surprising!
Replies: 13
Views: 2003

Re: OT - No longer surprising!

When all has been said and done, more will have been said than done.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT: Unintentionaly altered history
Replies: 28
Views: 3133

Re: OT: Unintentionaly altered history

Since women got the vote in 1919, I wonder what they were marching for in the twenties. The date might not be the only mislabeled thing in that picture!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: White tires
Replies: 23
Views: 2196

Re: White tires

Is that white paint dense enough to be used on BLACK tires? If it is, we could save a lot of money. Buy the cheaper black tires to begin with, get the long tread life of black tires, and get the period look of white tires that stay white.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Idea: USA national Model T tour/event calendar
Replies: 7
Views: 859

Re: Idea: USA national Model T tour/event calendar

This idea has the potential to be very useful, as well as very time-consuming for whoever maintains it. Several clubs other than MTFCA and MTFCI have tours that are Model-T-friendly. HCCA national and regional tours welcome pre-'16 Ts. Snappers, a brass-era group in AACA, also welcomes pre-'16 Ts. A...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Feb 03, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Old Photo- DR. Gossle's car after a fire
Replies: 6
Views: 1194

Re: Old Photo- DR. Gossle's car after a fire

The first Chevrolet Royal Mails were 1914 models, according to the Kimes & Clark Standard Catalog. But this car has me buffaloed. It's left-hand drive, which is unusual that early, but it's neither a Ford nor a Brush. It looks somewhat like a REO, but I'm not convinced.
by Gil Fitzhugh
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:46 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: OT WTB Soon.
Replies: 8
Views: 1226

Re: OT WTB Soon.

It comes in 5-gallon pails at Wal-Mart. It's where I buy steam for my Stanley. Good stuff!
by Gil Fitzhugh
Thu Jan 17, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Partly OT - First VMCCA Meet 1939
Replies: 3
Views: 707

Partly OT - First VMCCA Meet 1939

This wonderful old home movie, updated to a more modern format, was just posted on the AACA website. There aren't many Ts. The games are fun, but the one of driving over logs while balancing a tray of drinks looks to be hard on the cars. There are two fires - one simulated, the other clearly not. Th...
by Gil Fitzhugh
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:47 am
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: Downtown abbey
Replies: 14
Views: 1731

Re: Downtown abbey

About 3 years ago I drove my T to the local supermarket. As I was leaving the parking lot, I passed two women walking. One pointed and said: "Look! Downton Abbey!"
by Gil Fitzhugh
Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:50 pm
Forum: General Discussion Forum (started 2019)
Topic: How to get the ladies interested !!!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 2025

Re: How to get the ladies interested !!!!!

My wife hasn’t ridden in an antique car since an accident a couple of years ago. Before that, she went once in a while. I asked her how I should answer this query; here are some of her thoughts. Ask your wife what she’d like to do. (If she says she never wants to see that smelly contraption again, i...