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« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2009, 07:58:28 AM »

And of course, it's raining!
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« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2009, 10:34:27 AM »

OK folks, we're on the road!      Here's the tracking map... this thing is really cool.  If the pins disappear for a while it's probably because we're messing with the iPhone.   If they STOP for a long period of time and it's not around meal time.. we broke down!   

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« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2009, 10:38:07 AM »

Well hopefully you will drive out of the ran and hit some nice top down weather soon. I will be at the Jefferson swap meet this week end and rain is in the forcast. I am sealing up  my truck topper right now since thats were I sleep all weekend. It's an adventure! I have some nice rain gear as well so it's all good.
Thats a very cool map.
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« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2009, 10:43:09 AM »

The radar shows clear skies as we head further west.   Top up sucks.   Hopefully the swap meet is dry... those are brutal in the rain!
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« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2009, 12:01:49 PM »

OK, only been on the road a short while and already made two in-motion fixes.    Kelle's driving now, and her seat belt unraveled, which was an easy fix.   Then we lost the gauges... these old Fords have separate instrument voltage regulators... and ours quit.   Luckily I had previously mounted the center dash speaker grille with velcro for these very situations and was able to reach in behind the cluster while Kelle was driving.   Looks like one of the contacts for the IVR was bent and grounding out the panel.   A quick tug and all the gauges came back.   That's two simple repairs without stopping!     Now I just gotta get the amplifier to recognize the remote turn-on power.. we're tuneless at this point.   Bummer.   

We also stopped for gas a while back.. $2.08 / gal for 87 at Costco.. score!

We're both wondering if Jesse James actually hid out at the Merimac Caverns.    Maybe he just stopped in to buy a tee shirt. 

Anyhow, here's the first vid from the road, crossing the Mississippi river. 

<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/0vT2W-k0zWU" width="425px" height="350px" AllowScriptAccess="never" allowFullScreen="true" quality="high" wmode="transparent" /><noembed><a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/0vT2W-k0zWU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/0vT2W-k0zWU</a>
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« Reply #20 on: September 24, 2009, 12:21:42 PM »

I don't care if it rains or freezes...
Long as I got my plastic Jesus...
Right up there on the dashboard...
Of my car...

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« Reply #21 on: September 24, 2009, 12:45:34 PM »

Looks like you are passing near Ft. Leanard Wood. Lots of memories from that place.  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: September 24, 2009, 01:16:20 PM »

Damn..Kev..
ya got me all worked up and jealous..
wishin' I was there..heck..
we could do some of those 160 mph blasts  that Brady,  me and some of the high flyin' kooks from
the HRPT old days used to do...LOL..
you can ask Ro about that..
we went by him at a buck-fifty..he said we were certainly outa our minds..!
but we bought him a few drinks anyway,,  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: September 24, 2009, 02:37:58 PM »

Matt, I do remember those low-flying high-speed passes on the Power Tour.   You guys are crazy.   At least you had an aerodynamic bullet to do it with... this old brick gets a little light in the nose above 90. 

Steve, you'll notice the pins stopped for a while near Leanard Wood... this damn car is intent on giving us some kinds of headaches along the way.    I spoke too soon about the Instrument Panel Regulator... this one is just about fried.    We stopped 'cause the gauges all died again, and I figured the ground and connection went bad.   So I filed the terminals clean, and took a pair of pliers and crimped the terminals a "little tighter"... which was a little too tight, and then I broke the damn terminal off the IVR.   So I soldered a new terminal on the IVR, ran a jumper wire, and Kelle helped install it 'cause she fits under the dash better.   Got it to work again, hit the road, and off they go.   This thing also powers the turn signals.   Sucks.   The NAPA in OK CIty ordered up a new one that will be in tomorrow AM, so hopefully I can pick it up and get it in tomorrow. 
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« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2009, 02:59:17 PM »

Kevin & Kelly
     Good luck on your trip. Road trips are great fun. You should head south to Boloxi MS for the Cruizin The Coast
event. We are going down on the fourth of Oct. Its a great event.  Anyway have fun trip.
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« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2009, 05:00:46 PM »

We are almost out of Missouri, but we are having trouble uploading videos from the phone, so we stopped to upload, more videos in a minute.    Not off to a great start, but no major problems, just a lot of stops trying to get the gauges to work. 
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« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2009, 05:09:27 PM »

Here's Road Fix No. 1


<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/9Zmq965N-k0" width="425px" height="350px" AllowScriptAccess="never" allowFullScreen="true" quality="high" wmode="transparent" /><noembed><a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/9Zmq965N-k0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/9Zmq965N-k0</a>


Kevin spoke to soon earlier, he thought he fixed the gauge while we were driving, but.....
We lost gauges somewhere in the hills of Missouri so we pulled off on a frontage road and repaired on the side of the road.  Poor Kevin was trying to fix it while I drove, but his arm was hurting pretty bad so we stopped.  Wait till you see what happens next, more videos uploading now. 
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« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2009, 05:18:49 PM »

Here is Road Fix No. 2. 

<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/BfT0VsOYxpg" width="425px" height="350px" AllowScriptAccess="never" allowFullScreen="true" quality="high" wmode="transparent" /><noembed><a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/BfT0VsOYxpg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/BfT0VsOYxpg</a>

After the side of the road fix with Kevin didn't work, we pulled off in Fort Lenoardwood area to try again, this time breaking out way more tools.  In fact, we ended up pulling the gauge cluster out of the dash.  The problem, we think is it just won't ground well enough.  We called  several auto parts stores in the area (just for fun) and asked if they had a 1962 Ford Galaxie IVR.  They all tried to help to their credit, but none could produce.  We were hoping to make it to Oklahoma City tonight, so we called there and a local NAPA is going to have one for us by 7:30 am tomorrow morning.  Looks like our arms aren't out of the dash yet. 
Anyway, this video is of me (Kelle) with my arm stuck in the dash, trying to screw in the ground screw before we decided to just pull the gauge panel.
You all would be proud of MacGeyver Kevin.  He was in the trunk with the IVR on a tool box, lighter in one hand, solder in the other attaching a wire to the IVR since he broke off one of the tabs.  Now the thing is working while Kevin was driving. But we are going to replace it tomorrow anyway.

More updates to come, Kevin found a Waffle House.
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« Reply #28 on: September 24, 2009, 05:31:37 PM »

Update from the Gas Stop.&nbsp;

<embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/zDML9OP1yyw" width="425px" height="350px" AllowScriptAccess="never" allowFullScreen="true" quality="high" wmode="transparent" /><noembed><a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/zDML9OP1yyw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/zDML9OP1yyw</a>

We are back on the road, no Waffle House just yet.&nbsp; Got gas for 2.09 a gallon but we are getting only 16 to the gallon.&nbsp; Kevin wants 20 mpg.&nbsp;

Its getting dark so I hope the lights stay on.&nbsp; New Foglights and old headlights are looking pretty good.&nbsp; IVR seems to go out when we happen to touch the blinker.&nbsp; What the heck is that about?

We saw a rainbow after the rain and a very pretty sunset.&nbsp;

More to come soon.&nbsp;
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« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2009, 05:42:22 PM »

sounds like you guys are have more fun than you were hoping for. check out the cadillac ranch in amarillo texas. good luck and see you next week
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