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Post by Rich Eagle » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:56 pm

This could be a thread to post any short or long outing anyone takes and doesn't care to start their own thread.
Today our local group had it's "Dust Off" tour. It was almost nice enough to take an open car. The Touring was out of gas so the Speedster seemed like the next choice.
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The new fire-station was our destination. It was particularly exciting for me to see the old American-Lafrance ladder truck that I got to sit in when I was 5 or 6 years old. I have never been the same since. I didn't seem the same since it had been restored but then many things aren't as I remember them.
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The 1930 Model A is new to our club and quite nice. We went to a nearby place for lunch after.
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Again I had the only T on our trip but it was good to get out and play even if it was a bit chilly.
I hope all of you are getting out this Spring for some early fun.
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Post by Ruxstel24 » Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:56 pm

Nice thread Rich.
We were a little warmer here and had a nice long drive to see mom.
Just a spring reminder...
2 deer crossed in front of me about 2 miles from home. I pulled the Ruckstell into low and crawled up to where they crossed and sure enough, 1 more jumped across !! :!:
Midday too, usually they roam more around dusk.

Just be careful everyone !! ;)

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Post by Ruxstel24 » Sun Apr 07, 2019 10:47 am

After visiting mom, later on we went to the local ice cream stand. :)
She just had a vanilla cone.
I had a hot fudge sundae with toasted pecans...
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Was cooling off by then, so a short trip around the block on the way home. Made for a great day !! :D

Planning to load the back seat with some noisemakers and head over to by buddy's backyard range before it rains. Gangster T !! :lol:

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Post by Steve Jelf » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:01 am

I was studying maps just this morning. Soon it will be time to go exploring more country roads. :)
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Post by gcomo » Sun Apr 07, 2019 12:43 pm

Just took the boss lady for a 25 mile joyride. I'm sure glad spring is finally here!

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Post by perry kete » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:13 pm

My trip this morning started out as a journey but then turned into a joy ride because it takes me across the longest covered bride in the United States and the fourth longest in the world. I had to go to the "big box store' to pick up more paint, shelving, and supplies. The joy was all the friendly waves and friendly honking as I drove to and from the store. The weather was great too.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:35 pm

Cool Bridge.
Joy and I took the Tudor to breakfast this morning but forgot the camera. Just a few sprinkles.
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Post by HaroldRJr » Sun Apr 07, 2019 5:29 pm

I like to use one of my old Fords for little trips locally for things like groceries, hardware store, post office, etc, etc, and I can tell you that due to the constant and necessary maintenance, monitoring, adjustments, etc, etc,....every trip is a "journey", and every trip is a "joyride"! I guess that's just another way of verifying an expression that I learned on this forum,.....that every time I drive a Model T it's a parade, and every time I park it, it's a car show! My wife sometimes asks me why it took an hour and a half to go to the post office and back, and I end up explaining that when I came out of the post office, the "group" that had assembled around the Model T made it a "car show"!

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Post by Rich Eagle » Tue May 14, 2019 12:09 pm

We finally drove the Coupe to breakfast after being home-bound for a couple weeks sharing colds. Driving it had been missed. Also shown is a gravel loop I have been busy with. The road in front of our house was widened and parking eliminated. Good exercise with primitive tools.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Fri May 17, 2019 3:46 pm

As if driving to breakfast and a few tours and trips a year weren't enough I drive to the "Geezer's" lunch every two weeks. Some retired engineers I used to work for still get together. They seem to enjoy seeing the old cars and I try taking a different one when the weather is good. I remember how much being the guy with the old cars helped my career. Somehow they remember you and think you are more capable for keeping old things working.
Many of them were clever, inventive and on the cutting edge of energy technology but still appreciated the Model T and it's mechanics.
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I'm sure many of us agree that Model T's make us more interesting in many ways.
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Post by walber » Fri May 17, 2019 5:12 pm

Last weekend my speedster was the only T but a bunch of us did the "North Cascade Loop" scenic route. Round trip, including some optional forest service road adventures, I put 497 miles on the car and only ran out of gas once. Fortunately I had old car buddies to the rescue with a can of gas. With temps in the 50's to mid 80's it was a great 3 day weekend. Almost all 2 lane roads that were usually following rivers or streams, Sorry no pics but I stole this from the web for one of the lakes we went by.
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Post by twrenn » Fri May 17, 2019 6:11 pm

Was out in the Fordor the other day...stopped down by the bay to view some shoreline flooding. Gonna be an interesting summer for the south shore of Lake Erie!

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Post by Dennis Prince » Fri May 17, 2019 6:34 pm

Last Saturday we went on the Divide Road, it is on top of the world and divides the Deschutes water shed from the John Day water shed. The flowers were out and the weather was just right.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Sat May 18, 2019 9:58 am

Beautiful places to tour.
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Post by twrenn » Fri May 24, 2019 5:49 pm

The weather was decent today so a few of us took a trip to the town north of us for lunch. We rendezvous'd for the obligatory "group car picture" as some guys came from different areas. In the background is the former New Departure-Hyatt factory at Sandusky Ohio. This is where the rear roller bearings for our axles were made. Sadly its idled after changing hands several times. But we had a great lunch together and a little bit of driving anyway!
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Post by Rich Eagle » Tue Jun 04, 2019 12:40 pm

This week we have a special guest. Taking the Mock 09 instead of the Coupe seemed more appropriate and spacious. It's the first trip since a cooler Valentine's day. I haven't re-soldered the horn bracket yet. Too many other fun things to do.
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Post by Ruxstel24 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 12:42 pm

Boy it's a hot one today...
Putting the top up made some shade and factory Model T air conditioning worked just fine ! (Top of windshield tilted in) :lol:
Hottest day I've driven since my "new" radiator.
Pulled a few hills with little mercy and never got over 180. :D
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Looks like "knee high by 4th of July" will happen here !! Can't wait for some good ole Ohio sweet corn. :D
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Post by Original Smith » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:17 am

Love that coupe! Is it a '19 or a '20?

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Post by Rich Eagle » Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:00 am

Larry, if it's the rusty Coupe you are asking about it is my assembled Coupe. I call it a '22 because of the engine I'm using. I elected to use bail door handles because I like them and had some. The pillars are steel covered so it is later.
While not right, it does capture the image of what I would love to find in one piece.
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Post by Dallas Landers » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:25 pm

I have been driving the wheels off the TT. I drove it to the fire station for our meeting tonight. We had to meet with the town at the park. The guys wanted to take the TT, so I set the bed for seating and off we went.
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Post by d stroud » Mon Jul 01, 2019 9:35 pm

Dallas, text me those pictures when you get a chance. 8-) Dave
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Post by Dallas Landers » Mon Jul 01, 2019 10:07 pm

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Post by Rich Eagle » Mon Jul 01, 2019 11:48 pm

How great is that? Good fun.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Wed Jul 03, 2019 10:40 pm

The ride to a picnic for Sally's Birthday. (my Daughter) Her Niece and Nephew accompanied us through some scenic country.
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We had Beaver Dick Park mostly to ourselves. This is unusual for most parks this time of year.
Great food and company.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:53 pm

With all the fun of birthday, 4th of July, anniversary, having the family around and building some parts I had put off getting the Harley parts up to the plater. A mundane task turned into a wonderful trip on some old roads.
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The Tudor hadn't been out for a while and was lots of fun to take on a ride.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Wed Jul 10, 2019 2:58 pm

Terry plates nickel for me and also runs the local Speedway. I don't know how he has time. He also has this fantastically funny fire truck. It reminds me of Smokey Stover in the old comics. It had been mercilessly assembled or modified before he bought it and he is adding his touches to it.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:52 pm

OK, perhaps not Model T fun but while I'm on a roll I got the '07 Buick out for morning coffee with the guys. I hadn't taken it for a good photo shoot since we've had it finished. (10 years?) I longed for a 2 cyl car for 40 years and now have one. I don't drive it like a T as the engine parts are harder to replace and known to fail at higher speeds on tours. It still is a ball for around town. Every car compliments a model T in one way or another.
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Post by Dallas Landers » Thu Jul 11, 2019 9:36 pm

That Buick is just the cats ears Rich ! Maybe someday?
I loaded my Amish neihbor and his family, my son and his family and the misses into the TT and headed for the icream shop this evening. 14 people in the back and the wife and grandson and I up front. I figure we had at least a ton in the back. Chicago straight drive was all she needed even on the hills. Back roads with lots of gravel and my grand daughter singing all the way home like she was the only one in the back " she is 3 yrs old" just about a perfect day. Passed by an Amish wedding on the way home and had more thumbs up than Ive ever seen. Wall to wall smiles. Snapped a photo on the road as the sun was setting. Shadows are great if you look you can see the heads in back.
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Post by Kaiser » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:36 am

Rich, that must have been one 'Happy Sally' :D
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Post by twrenn » Fri Jul 12, 2019 5:52 pm

Not so exciting as some but a great early evening ride after a hectic afternoon. Mid-trip found me randomly pulling into the thrift store. Figured if the "real Mr. Thrifty" can sniff out a bargain so can I!! Got me a brand new pair of Columbia Kali shorts that actually fit without making me look like part of a gang for $2.96! I believe these would easily be around $40 in a "real store". Sorry for being sideways..you know if you click on the pic it turns normal!
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Post by Rich Eagle » Fri Jul 12, 2019 6:08 pm

Any trip in an old car is a good time. The '13 is looking great.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Fri Jul 19, 2019 5:28 pm

Our club's monthly business meeting was replaced by a pot luck and burgers at a newer members place near Terreton, ID. A 40 mile trip for us in the Tudor. Different cars drive different speeds so we don't caravan but arrived there about the same time. It was windy but very good company and lots to eat. The drive back got us home by sunset. The potato fields, canals and Snake River give off a nice coolness in the evenings this time of year. I don't know why we don't do that more often. Another way we enjoy the old cars.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Fri Aug 02, 2019 1:31 pm

The Grand-kids don't often ride in the Speedster. Joy conceded to take one in her car and trade off on rides to and from the club barbecue last night. MaryEllen got the first ride. Grampa took the wrong turn and we were lost for a half hour trying to find the right street. Grama is a pretty good navigator after all.
The clouds rolled in and it looked like a sprinkle when Atom and I left for home. Nope, it became a full fledged down pour as bad as any I have seen. Thank goodness Grama insisted on a blanket. Atom figured out to pull it over his head as the stinging of hail was quite painful. It was touchy seeing through the monocle and glasses by we arrive home safe and sound. We were thoroughly soaked and shivering but agreed it was quite the adventure. I didn't have the camera or the time to take pictures.
Neither were deterred from wanting to do the same trade for breakfast this morning. They have acquired the same pioneer spirit for having fun as their Father had. You will notice the makeshift seat-belt for safety.
The full model T experience is not complete without rain, hail or snow in an open car for way longer than we like. I think many of you who have been there will agree.
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Post by kelly mt » Fri Aug 02, 2019 2:54 pm

We do a lot of day trips around our area, lots to see and little traffic. One of our favorites is the Bull River Hwy, MT Hwy 56. It runs up between the Cabinet Mountains and the West Cabinets for about 35 miles with Bull River running down the middle.
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Post by Rich Eagle » Wed Aug 28, 2019 6:38 pm

Our car group drove to West Yellowstone to take in a show at the Playmill Theater there. We found some fun backroads to stay out of the traffic.
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Driving up on Tuesday and back on Wednesday made a quick trip for the later cars. We started 2 hours ahead, met for lunch and arrived an hour after them. Model T driving gives more hours of driving over the same 140 mile trip. Only about 30 miles was on roads with tourist traffic but it took an extra 30 miles to avoid more.
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It was nice to get up there as we hadn't been there this year yet. Being the only T and traveling mostly alone is safer but still enjoyable.
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The little T did fine despite the constant worry of all that could go wrong. I guess the worry makes us check things we might overlook before a trip.
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Post by perry kete » Wed Aug 28, 2019 7:45 pm

Great story and pictures. I'm hoping some day to travel like that.
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Post by Dallas Landers » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:04 pm

Me to Dennis! Thanks Rich. Great photos.

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Post by Rich Eagle » Wed Aug 28, 2019 10:50 pm

It is great traveling. I don't know why we don't do more except there is worry to overcome about traffic and Model T quirks. We travel with no spare tires, just tubes, patches and a pump. The traffic is a concern but we haven't had any close calls in years. Driving 33 mph on the shoulder with 2 lanes of cars passing at 65 or better certainly keeps my attention. But the nicest people in the world visit with us every time we stop. Often they ask if we need help. A language barrier is with many of the Yellowstone tourists but always delightful. Best of all it recharges my enthusiasm for the hobby. So many folks are truly delighted to see an car that old on the road. And the satisfaction of making it home safe and sound is very rewarding. I have considered this may be the last trip for us or the car for many years now and that makes it easier to go somehow.
This is the cozy little cabin we stayed in overnight. It's always worth the cost for the few times we get out.
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Post by gcomo » Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:06 am

Snapped this last weekend when my brother and our wives were out on a cars and camping trip in Vermont.
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Post by Rich Bingham » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:51 am

Last Sunday I had a standing appointment with a fellow "car guy", a neighbor who lives five miles away. Of course he was more interested in seeing Lizzie than me. The wind was blowing at 30mph with stronger gusts. I (stupidly) left the top up, which had me fearful that the wind might take it. We survived the round trip by "tacking" with the wind. Lizzie is a runabout. I do think a touring car, presenting more "canvas" would have been "three sheets to the wind"! Running with the wind Lizzie was flying ! Against the wind, the load was obvious. Driving felt a lot like managing a small boat under sail. A short trip but a fun one !
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Post by Dennis Prince » Thu Sep 05, 2019 9:29 pm

Getting ready to leave in 3 to 4 days for 2 months to the Southwest with our T's on trailer and will be going to Nevada,Utah,Colorado, Arizona and California to a bunch of National parks and out of the way places. We plan to drive the T's (3 of us) on as many back roads as we can and will be spending some time in Moab seeing how many of the jeep trails we can drive. All 3 T's are set up with Ruckstell's and aux. transmissions as well as we are running 5.25x21 6ply tires. We drive them on the back roads all of the time and are really looking forward to this trip.
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Re: Journey's and Joyrides.

Post by Dallas Landers » Thu Sep 05, 2019 10:06 pm

That sounds like a ton of fun Dennis! Please post "lots" of photos so we can go along for the fun!


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Re: Journey's and Joyrides.

Post by BHarper » Sun Sep 08, 2019 12:12 pm

Hi Dennis,

Oh my goodness, that poor little car is LOADED! Is the rear suspension bottomed out?

When you have a chance, could you share some pictures of the running board kitchen box and any other camping specific creations that you have on board? I am always on the lookout for ideas. I hope to do some Model T camping at some point. Good luck with your journey. Happy Trails, Bill


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Re: Journey's and Joyrides.

Post by Dennis Prince » Sun Sep 08, 2019 7:22 pm

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Thanks Dallas and Bill, We will mostly be on radio silence so updates may not happen but I will post about the trip when we get back. Bill, I have included some pictures of the kitchen and a handy rack on the back of the roadster as well as a couple of other camping rig that I have. The suspension on the roadster has some extra leafs in the springs so it handles the load pretty well. (it usually scales at 2600 to 2700lbs)
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Re: Journey's and Joyrides.

Post by Ruxstel24 » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:38 pm

Got my wife out this evening and went through the park south of here. Just starting to get dark.
Sitting on the dam....
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Re: Journey's and Joyrides.

Post by Dallas Landers » Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:56 pm

Thats a dam nice photo Dave! :D

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Re: Journey's and Joyrides.

Post by Ruxstel24 » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:58 pm

Dallas Landers wrote:
Sat Sep 14, 2019 10:56 pm
Thats a dam nice photo Dave! :D
A nice dam photo too !! :lol:


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Re: Journey's and Joyrides.

Post by Dennis Prince » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:57 pm

Just got home after almost 2 months on the road in Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona and California. We towed 3 T's behind motor homes and took the T's on some truly awesome drives. We put 4,250 miles on the motor homes and almost 2,000 miles on the Ts. When I have a chance I will try and post some of the pictures and stories. For now it is time to unload and catch up around the house (winter is coming).
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Re: Journey's and Joyrides.

Post by kelly mt » Sun Nov 03, 2019 3:29 pm

One of our favorite day trips is up to Troy, MT on the Bull River Hwy, MT 56. In this picture we are crossing the Kootenay River at Troy. We usually go over to Kootenay Falls just up stream and walk across the swinging bridge.
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