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    On the Way

    Just a note to say that Betty and I are leaving today for Laguna Beach. We will be mostly following I-40 with few excursions. I noted that Walt was already in Kansas.

    You can use this thread to post your departure and progress.

    Hopefully no "earned" Wogoman this year.
    Jim Villers
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    As I said, we are on the way. I delayed departure because of heavy rain. After getting going, we ran into a draw bridge lift; an accident in the downtown tunnel (15 minute delay); the closing of the Interstate due to an accident for another 15 minutes and finally, rain ALL day. We stopped at High Point University to visit Betty's granddaughter an logged a little over 300 miles, spending the night in Statesville NC.

    I thought that the omens were not favorable, especially since the cruise control failed. On the other hand, the tires and gears worked perfectly, cruising comfortable at 70MPH at 3500RPM with the satellite radio playing easy listening tunes from the 70's.

    The other surprise is that the car was watertight (I had spend some time trying to find and fix leaks). Really; NO leaks.
    Jim Villers
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    Congrats on no leaks. I picked up a tank of bad fuel somewhere in Kansas. I thought the issue was a suction leak to the fuel pump because the car would run rough as if running out of fuel. Found the filters and carberetor passages plugged with black particles of some trash. What a mess. I really need to drain the tank.

    Walt

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    Walt.... Boy what a bummer. Jim.... NO leaks? You should have headed north, no rain here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wpuryear View Post
    Found the filters and carberetor passages plugged with black particles of some trash. What a mess. I really need to drain the tank.
    Walt,
    My garage will be available-will get the fire extinguisher ready!
    Bill

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    A good day. Started in cool weather with a drizzle. After it cleared up, I started running with a pair of Austin Healeys. After a while, they turned off towards the Biltmore in Asheville NC.

    This morning, I worked on the cruise control, checking the brake switch and brake lights; no joy.

    We stoped this afternoon in Jackson TN; 525 miles. The weather warmed to the mid 80's. I don't think that it will cool down as we head west.

    I then swapped cruise control units (I carried a complete spare unit). I am not hopeful but will test it latter this evening. I might need to swap all of the wires as well. I NEED my cruise.
    Jim Villers
    1961 190SL, 230SL 5-speed, MGB 5-speed, Porsche 356C; 1967 Porsche 911; 1950 Jeep CJ3A

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    Cruise control ?
    I'd settle for a locking hand throttle like my old Fiat 124 spyder had .

    Sandy and I catch the 10:30 Coho ferry to Port Angeles tomorrow morning then stay with
    Kurt and Jackie on Fox Island - they are coming as far south as Depoe Bay with us.

    We are off - almost.
    Nick Newell

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    Nick,

    If you are coming down the I5 route I would love to see your car. Mine is on jack stands in early restoration. I live in Vancouver, WA. I'll buy the drinks if this is a stop area.

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    Hi Gerry,

    We are cutting over to the coast at Longview , check your email for details if you want to meet up with us.
    Nick Newell

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    Another day and another 500 miles without my cruise control. We are almost to Oklahoma City.

    I swapped out the cruise control wiring harness without changing symptoms. That leaves only the brake switch and the distributor.

    Since the brake peddle seems to have little free movement, I disconnected the brake booster for tomorrows test (assuming that it leaves enough pressure in the system to partially close the brake switch). I also bought a couple of small 12V lights that I can "make look like" taillights to the cruise control. With my luck, it will probably begin working as I arrive in Laguna Beach.

    Betty has finished her first John Grisham book (King of Torts) and is working on her second.
    Jim Villers
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    Walt, Any more problems with the bad fuel you got? I forgot to mention that back in july I ran into a golfing buddy of yours here on amelia island. He saw my car in a Publix grocery store parking lot and asked me if I knew you. I told him damn near every repair I've done on my car required alot of your forum posts and responses! Damn, I can't remember his name but he says you guys play golf every thursday. Have a good trip!
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    It's on and off. I've changed filters but some of the particles are small enough to get through and lodge in the idle jets. Sometimes they pass and sometimes I have to blow the jet out - mostly just an inconvenience now that I know exactly what the problem is. Naturally she acted up while climbing to the Loveland Pass.

    Tom Murray - he told me about your encounter.

    Walt
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    A short driving day from outside Oklahoma City to Amarillo, TX; 350 interesting miles. We first stopped at the "Oklahoma Route 66 Museum" in Clinton OK; a good stop and a nice display. Our next stop was the "National Route 66 Museum" in Elk City OK; a very interesting museum with a good 66 display.

    We then drove on to Amarillo TX. Several months ago, the NY Times had an article about the Palo Duro Canyon as an undiscovered destination. So we traveled south from Amarillo about 30 miles to visit the canyon, an unusual geographic formation with about 800 foot walls in the middle of the flat Texas Panhandle. We drove down to the canyon floor, on an exciting 10% grade road. This was an interesting side trip but not a destination, unless you like horseback riding in the heat.

    The cruise still does not work and I don't want to mess with the distributor of a smooth running engine. It will be a Laguna Project.
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    Jim Villers
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    Jim: It was 103 yesterday in Needles. Good old Mojave Desert. Maybe there will be a cold snap before you get there.
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    Well, finally got my problems defined. Turns out the debris in my fuel system was not from a bad tank of gas but from my auxillary electric fuel pump. The rubber bellows was disintegrating for some unknown reason.

    The problem was confounded by a timing issue even though new Bosch points were installed before the trip. When I examined them today I noticed the gap seemed small. From the photo you can see the part that rides on the distributor cam lobe is disintegrating.

    Walt
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