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    Getting There

    I wanted to check with members of the Forum to see if our paths can cross someplace on the way to Laguna. Betty and I will be driving out I-40 (the southern route) and should be spending Tuesday night (9-23) in Needles CA so that we can have an interesting drive into LA. We will be going south to Lake Elsinore the to Dayna Point on CA-74 (good moutain road) and then up the coast to Laguna.

    It would be fun to meet up with another 190SL or so along the way.
    Jim Villers
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    Jim Villers: Needles, CA is one of the hottest places in the universe. But I'll bet they told you that when you made your reservations, right?
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    Getting there

    Jim,

    Unfortunately I will be hitting LA from the North including dreaded traffic, so I won't run into you on the way.

    Happy and safe driving to you and Betty.

    Johannes
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    Sandy and I had a great time at the convention now the problem is getting back to Canada.
    The night of the Doheny beach party I felt the cluch chatter in second gear on the way back to the resort. The trip up the Zoom-zoom road the clutch seemed okay but on the way back it started to slip. Many of the guys were very helpful and some suggested you could drive for miles with a slipping clutch if you take it easy.
    Well on Pacific Hwy, heading north this morning, following Linda,& Bill the chatter got really bad. Jim Villers said call Steve Marx.
    Steve gave me directions to his shop and met us there 45 minutes later and had the car on the hoist within minutes - the flex disc had torn itself apart. I had checked the disc
    before the trip so had not concidered it.
    Currently the car is sitting in steve's shop awaiting repair, which if nothing else is wrong
    will allow us to rejoin the group heading up the coast tomorrow night.

    I want to give Steve a big thank you for coming out to his shop on a Sunday and getting us setteled into a nice hotel.
    Nick Newell

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    Just rolled into the Fogcatcher Inn in Cambria ca. and caught up with the rest of the group.
    Steve was great, came in an hour early today to fix the car. The flex disc had all but shredded itself ( I'll post a picture when I get home ) - fortunatly the clutch was fine and we were on the road this morning by 11:30.
    Tonights our last night with the group then we start the long trek back home.
    Nick Newell

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    Great day today,
    Tonight we are in Bodego Bay north of San francisco.
    Top down weather all day and a great day to drive the PHC Hwy. An hour north of
    Hearst Castle we came upon a huge forest fire, counted four choppers with bambie buckets and two air tankers (DC 6's ) plus several birddogs working the fire with the firefighters on the ground. Another hour north of that we were stopped so crews could clear a slide off the road, indeed saw several small slides still spilling small rocks on the highway.
    Crossed the Golden Gate bridge just after three o'clock in light traffic and stopped to take pictures from the south end.
    Sorry but still can't upload pitures 'till I get home.
    Nick Newell

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    Top down from Bodega Bay to Gold Beach Or. where we are tonight, fabulous vista's.
    X'd the Oregon border at 6:25 today under mixed sun and cloud.
    Always amazed at the appeal of these cars. Just getting back on PCH 101 north of Leggett we came upon another forest fire fighting crew - twenty-five plus men stopped
    their mop-up operations to wave, give us the thumbs up and cheer us on our way.
    Looks like we might get rain, better put tape back on the winshield.
    Nick Newell

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    Two days of glorious top down cruising in a sleek classic sports car has given way to
    huddling together in a flapping pup tent on wheels battling heavey rain squalls and logging trucks.
    We turned east at Florance to seek refuge of I 99W and headed north to McMinnville - home of the spruce goose where we stopped for the night to dry out .
    Nick Newell

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    We are in Lynnwood tonight , arrived yesterday after a terrible trip north on the I5 from
    Longview , Washington. Pounding down rain and a bad accident that took us two hours and ten miles of stop and go to get past.
    Today we visited the Space Needle, a great experiance. The weather is starting to clear
    for tomorrow our last day on the road.
    Nick Newell

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    Nick,

    My son saw you in the traffic. He was on his way to a soccer game from Vancouver, WA. He told me to hurry and finish my car. I went up today sorry I missed seeing your car.
    Gerry Lazo
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    Hi Gerry,

    Sorry we missed you , we were trying to dodge the bad weather and got caught in something worse. This morning we were twelve miles from the Canada / U.S. border doing sixty miles an hour when I could hear metal hitting metal under the hood. When I hit the brakes it got worse. Pulled over at a gas station suspecting something hitting the fan but the usual suspects ( generator bolts ect ) were fine so kept going. At the duty free store I had another look - the fan was hitting the rad. I found if I kept the speed at fifty five or less it was okay so continued on the make the 12:45 ferry. In the ferry line up I dragged out the tool box and shifted the rad about 2 cm forward. It helped but I suspect the front motor mounts are shot after the pounding on the concrete highways.

    Steve Marx with my torn flex disc
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    Nick Newell

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    Home

    We arrived home last evening after a a couple of very long days on the road. We stopped at the Petrified Forrest and the Painted Dessert on the drive back but otherwise, just kept the wheels rolling.

    The car ran well up to the last day. From Oklahoma City OK to Nashville TN, 680 miles, the GPS indicated that I averaged 72MPH. The car started the loose power on the run into Virginia and developed a miss. The car made it into the driveway so I'll figure it out later.

    What a wonderful Convention and Back Roads Tour; great job Bill & Linda Ainsworth.
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    It's hard to belive you got all that stuff in the car. I do notice that you managed to squeeze in a 1/2 case of Rolling Rock, my favorite suds!
    Alan Usher
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    Alan .... Yes, we stuffed it all in. Starter, alternator, distributor, carburetor, jumper cables, battery charger, and spare almost everything. The Rolling Rock came from a back roads traveler who needed to fly home (could not carry the Rolling Rock on the airplane). Something seems wrong to arrive home with spare wine and beer.

    An inspection of the engine this afternoon provided the answer of why I had lost so much power. I broke a front carburetor accelerator rod so I was running only on the rear carburetor and rear two cylinders. What a great engine, I was able to climb hills and cruise at 75 MPH on just two cylinders. My mind imagined a burned valve or other serious conditions and I just wanted it to hold together for the final miles.
    Jim Villers
    1961 190SL, 230SL 5-speed, MGB 5-speed, Porsche 356C; 1967 Porsche 911; 1950 Jeep CJ3A

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    Nice Job

    Hey Jim and Betty..
    Glad to see that you got home safely. Brian and Paula made it back yesterday, 10/6/08. Sure missed doing that trip but we will be driving to Yellowstone!

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