Hartford to Boston

Posted: July 14, 2012 in Uncategorized

Here are some clips from my attempt to drive from Hartford to Boston.  The thought was that if I drove at night, the cooler air would help make up for the car having what is likely a clogged up radiator.  I knew if I could drive slowly (30-35 MPH) It would take some time but I would get to Boston.  In the interm, the Minute Man Model A Club started circulating an email to its 200 members telling them I was looking for a radiator.  It only took a few hours before I had recevied a bunch of calls/emails.  No radiator appeared, but I learned of two great places outside of Bosdton that could hopefully unclog my radiator if I brought it to them on Monday AM.  So, I could have stuck around Hartford for a long weekend or risked heading to Boston.  I figure that a Boston attempt was worth doing.

With it getting dark on the road, and with my making frequent stops and not driving over 35 MPH, I decided to stick to back roads and took Rt 44.  Here is a few of the videos.

A headlight kept shorting out so I made a quick fix:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCjsRFq1Mlw

My battery was draining – this is fixed be adjusting the three brush powerhouse generator: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fw0M2mN20M&feature=plcp

SKREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEK — ok, no more driving for the night and I am not doing anymore troubleshooting until the morning, time to call AAA. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm0PqTN76t0&feature=plcp.  The flat bed driver, Chris, was a fun guy too. We talked about his pit bull and rottie, discussed my parents’ dog and sister’s dog, and he told me all about some of the car he was working on.  This guy is a pro.  If you ever need a Model A Ford towed from Route 44 in CT, you should find him.   I also learned that AAA pays for the tolls.  So, it is cheaper to have them drive your car than for you to do it.

With the late night and plan changes, I had the driver take me to Joanne and Rodney’s new house that they didn’t move into yet.  They currently “rent” it and will close on it this week.   They were on vacation.  My phone was dead, it was 2:45, so I set up a tent and got about 2.5 hours of sleep.

Even when all the car’s gremlins start acting up and everything is going wrong, this car is fun and I keep reminding myself that the trip is also about finding these issues and resolving them.

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