Short drive and Short Story...Hot!

Trip Start Jun 19, 2013
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Once again, we planned for hot weather.  We started out early this morning to drive while it was cool.  When we started out from Needles, it was already 90 degrees.  When we cleared the city, the temp went down some and made the drive more comfortable.  Our destination for today is Barstow, CA.

The sunrise was awesome again... 


The engine is in agreement with the conditions today as it seemed to climb the hills effortlessly.  The terrain between Needles and Barstow is mostly desert like.

We stopped at Peggy Sue's 50's Diner for breakfast and found it very fun.  Unfortunately, there was a mix up on the settings of the camera and I just discovered our pictures from this stop were lost.  A website to see what I am talking about is:

I dropped Jean at the Tanger Outlet Stores when we hit town as our room was not ready yet. Worked on the car while I was waiting.

I planned to take in the Railroad museum and Route 66 museum in Barstow but found they were not open today. Washed the car and discovered the water jug I had in the trunk had released about 1/2 of its water and it was trapped in the bottom of the trunk.  Apparently, the high temps caused the water to be forced out the top of the jug as I did not find a hole in the jug.  Emptied the contents and have the trunk propped open letting it dry overnight.

We plan to leave early again tomorrow...go through San Bernardino and will make it to Pasadena by the end of the drive.

The car is working good...I had time, while waiting for a room to be readied, to grease the car and oil the door latches. I have been checking the oil level and it is holding at the same level.  The 15w-40 Rotella seems to be doing its job.

Engine info:  The engine in the car has the following parts in it:
Counterweighted standard crank (not early beavertail)
Insert bearings {rods and mains)
Model A flywheel with V-8 Pressure plate
Entire rotating assembly balanced individually and assembled
.125" oversize pistons
1.7" intake valves and 1.5" exhaust (Solid guides)
.330 Stipe Cam
5.9 Brumfield Head
"B" intake manifold
Zenith Model A carb  
FSI Electronic ignition
Drivetrain:  Standard A transmission with Mitchell 26% overdrive, standard rear ratio
Brakes: Cast iron all around with woven brake linings (not composite)

Miles traveled since leaving our home in Minnesota:  4202
Cruising speed depends on the condition of the road...40 to 50 is the typical range.

I am enjoying each day...I am have a great travel partner in my wife Jean and family who are minding the business while I take this trip. 

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Dale on

You two are making excellent time!! Remember; it is not a race, it is a journey .. of a lifetime ... and all of us are able to live it through you.

Ben or Elcastor on Ford Barn on

I saw a notice about your blog on Ford Barn for Model A's. Very enjoyable blogs! I have now read all the blogs up to this point. Keep up the good work, and I know that it is work! You two are obviously very spontaneous when it come to where you stop and what you will see along the way. I like that! Who knows, maybe I will see you along the way somewhere in Oregon.

greg and kathy on

steve was in today and gave me the web blog site. this is great. we are wishing we were with you two. we will keep track of you two now. we just got back from chicago, south bend ind area. my sister michelle, who is the nun got installed as national provincial chair counciler ie president of thier order for the united states. more later.

Phil Wolfenbarger on

Did not find you until the Ford barn post. Missed you coming through Oklahoma City by a couple days. Wish we had known you were coming we would bought you a meal. Good luck and have some fun for us. Phil

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