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Old 03-09-2021, 09:38 AM   #1
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Default Driving season is coming soon (I hope)

Finally, after restoring trailer queens for what, maybe forty years? - I finally have one of my bucket list cars that's a "driver".
The temps are slowly moving up around here. Now, a few good rains to clear the nine zillion pounds of salt off the road and I should be able to go for a cruise.
I'm willing to bet I'm not alone in this desire.
So, when the weather and roads allow, what are you guys taking out first?
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Old 03-09-2021, 10:01 AM   #2
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Here in SoCal everyday that it doesn't rain is a driving day, sorry. Rain however is predicted in the next coming days so my daily driver '39 pickup is in the upstairs garage. Hopefully in the coming months the '54 Ranch Wagon will be far enough along to move out of the lower shop for a maiden test drive. Enjoy your drive at least until the mosquitos hatch.
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Old 03-09-2021, 10:01 AM   #3
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here in iowa we have lost a lot of snow,and its been in the 40s 50s and yesterday was 61 or a little better. boy its been so cold in the garage all winter as it is not heated. i just started gettin the 37 fordor ready to go. like you say as soon as we get a couple good rains. more sand and salt this winter than previous. when i was still riding motor cycles it was usually in middle of march back out there. its gonna be close this year. tom
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Old 03-09-2021, 10:33 AM   #4
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I like to joke that all year is driving season for the 52 Merc. I just don't go out on days when its too cold, or raining, or if the road is muddy. And of course I won't get within a couple miles of road salt. One perfect day last week I got out.
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Old 03-09-2021, 10:50 AM   #5
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cold or snow sand and salt Its called spray the thing with fuel oil .
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Old 03-09-2021, 10:58 AM   #6
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The F-1 will likely get the nod under the guise of doing important, manly work that requires a proper truck. And perhaps baked goods.
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Old 03-09-2021, 11:03 AM   #7
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I only have one old car-the avatar! Roads are mostly bare and dry lately. Snow in the valleys is gone and the elk are starting to move back into the hills but still have 15 ft in the mountains. Good place for it! Better days just around the corner. Yahooooooo!!
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Old 03-09-2021, 11:18 AM   #8
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I'm with you. Rare early spring weather here. I'm out to the garage today to finish up installing a rebuilt distributor and plug wires in the '37 hot rod. If all is well, will take it out for a test drive today.

Weather is to return to the normal March cold and rain/snow, so car will go back into hibernation for another month. But hoping to have one day of fun today! Yippee!

Kube, can you show us more of what you got for a driver?
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Old 03-09-2021, 11:32 AM   #9
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cant wait to complain about the dandelions . Jack
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Old 03-09-2021, 11:49 AM   #10
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Took mine out yesterday for a run. Ran beautifully, only makes it harder to wait for the real Spring. Took my wifes 70' Cougar XR-7 out on Sunday and put about 50 miles on it. Snow starting Friday through Monday, we should get around 20" give or take. The nice thing, is that it is Colorado, and it will be gone shortly thereafter. It won't be long now.
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Old 03-09-2021, 02:13 PM   #11
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Kube, can you show us more of what you got for a driver?

This is a picture that was posted last year after Kube put NOS springs in it, along with some slightly oversize 6.50 X 16 (I believe) tires. Beautiful little roadster! DD


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Old 03-09-2021, 05:41 PM   #12
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Beautiful little roadster! D D
Yes. She sure is pretty. Those wheels and tires look "right" on a sporty roadster.

Beautiful weather here today. Got my car out. Started and ran great. Distributor set up right. (Thank you, Michael)

Now more bad weather coming. Back into the garage for another month of hibernation. Ugh.
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Old 03-09-2021, 05:58 PM   #13
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It was so nice on the weekend that I pulled my 34 out of the garage just to clean it up!
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Lovely 1934 Ford Deluxe Roadster. Very nice indeed.
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Went for a ride in the daily driver to have lunch at the beach. My half mile dirt road is to muddy to get the ‘50 out yet. Saw this gassing up in Lower Village Kennebunk. Talked to the owner and he has a ‘36 Fordor, a Model A and a later Convertible. It was a nice day here today.....Mark
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I never understood why people built or owned “ Trailer Queens “. I have some very prestigious cars but if I couldn’t drive and enjoy them, I’d sell them.
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Old 03-09-2021, 07:18 PM   #17
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We won't be seeing any road time for awhile yet here!
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Old 03-09-2021, 09:43 PM   #18
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March 9th in Northern Minnesota. Tempted today at 65. But snow next week. lake usually doesn't open till april. But running the old ford in snow sounds good too. Think most of the salt is washed off, mud can be washed off too this time of year. Guess I'm just being lazy or not wanting to have salt everywhere.

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I never understood why people built or owned “ Trailer Queens “. I have some very prestigious cars but if I couldn’t drive and enjoy them, I’d sell them.
The process of building such a vehicle is very rewarding to me. Each one is a "test" of my own abilities.
The research required to "get it right" is also fun for me.
In a way, it is akin to restoring a piece of history.

The amount of effort (read: time, ability and yes, money) required to build an actual #1 car may be the very reasons there are very few "true" #1 cars.

Does my explanation help you in your understanding?
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Old 03-11-2021, 12:04 AM   #20
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Kube, while I have never even come close to building a show car, I truly understand testing one's abilities and working on something that presents numerous mental and physical challenges. My cabinet and furniture making day job, while interesting enough does not stretch me to the limits the way my truck hobby does. I can lay awake for 3 hours in the middle of the night designing a hydraulic clutch mechanism or any number of systems in my home-made contraptions. I know most of you get this, we just challenge ourselves differently. I never miss those 3 hours. I'm fine the next day and I have a solid plan.
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