the night before getting going

Posted: July 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Tomorrow at 6:00 AM I leave Manhattan behind and pick up my 1929 Phaeton from its home in Rockland County for a nice week long Old Car Road Trip to Boston.  We are going to make a few stops along the way.  Some business related and others social.

The first scheduled stop is White Plains, NY where I will be having lunch with my sister and 99.5 year old grandmother before grabbing some coffee with a work friend.   This will be followed by a visit to Red Leiner’s Model A Garage in East Berlin, CT (hopefully not on a flatbed) and another work friend/client in Hartford, CT.

Before we get on the road, let’s talk about what one should consider when preparing to take such a trip……

For those interested in taking a long drive in their antique car, here is a link to a checklist, as posted by the Model A Ford Club of America, of things to bring with you on a tour.

I am not bringing the full list of items with me, but am bringing a bag of tools (screwdrivers, wrenches, wire snips, pliers, multi-meter, electrical tape, etc) a bunch of assorted nuts/bolts/pins, some wire, a condenser, a jack and stand, engine oil, 2 gallons of distilled water, a headlight bulb, and my “backup” generator. I also own a series of “how to” Model A Ford books that I keep in the back of the car… and a bar of soap in case I get a fuel leak that needs a quick patch. It probably would be a good idea if I also brought spare spark plug, head gasket, coil, cutout and distributor cap. I don’t own any of these items.

Later I will back-post some of the things I did to prepare the car for the trip, but for now, let’s just say that the basic lube and tightening of parts was key to getting the car ready.  Apparently my rear axle nuts were so loose that one of the New Jersey Regional A members told me to “drive nowhere until you tighten them”.   I’ll check them in about 50-150 miles and will share photos then.


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