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I spent Saturday afternoon july 27 Cruisin the Graph!
It was a great day. A bit warm but still a great day. After a bit of cruising from Ford Road down to Northline and back I decided to hunt for a place to park. I ended up just south of the Ecorse Road over pass in the parking lot with a bunch of other cruisers. After taking some time to set up my canopy, chairs and coolers I went ahead and cranked up the stereo and settled in for a nice afternoon of cruise time. It turned out to be a great day out.
I took a break and took a walk over to a diner that was close by. And I had a killer Reuben sandwich and meal. A large glass of ice tea and it was nice. I love local cafes!
Another cruise down and the Dream Cruise is quickly upon us! August 20! See ya there!
We are currently on Wayne Road just north of Cherry hill at Marquette. All set up music chairs canopy, whatever. It’s noonish and we are watchin’ the cars! Steve, Liam and myself. The 65 is still not behaving itself so we are spectators again. Wun Tunn Zoop is providing the comforts. But life goes on. We are here enjoying the day.
I am collecting all my goodies,canopy, music box, cooler and chairs for a day out. We are drying out from a record rainfall o Monday that has brought all the major roadways to a stop. Some had 2 feet and some had 14 feet. They were even using dive teams to check the submerged cars and to inspect the roadway and bridge footings.
But with that said WOODWARD is just fine! So the show will go on! I was out Saturday and Sunday briefly and the crowds were already gathering. And with today’s excellent weather Fred and I will head out to be part of the problem. Film at 11!
Just remember the great blackout didn’t stop the Dream Cruise so a bit of rain shouldn’t be more than an inconvenience!
The Downriver Cruise was great fun. I happened to hook up with my buddy Larry and his rat truck on the way down the Southfield Freeway heading for Fort Street. Once we established he was hungry it was on from there. We stopped at a local coney , The Busy Bee Coney Island, for a bit of breakfast and to chat and figure out the plan for the rest of the day. The wake up food was great.
Crazy Larry at the wheel
Then it was on to find a spot to land and set up shop. A canopy and music box, we ended up on the South end of the cruise route in an open lot. And there we made our headquarters for the remainder of the day. After wandering the area , which was way packed, I went for a ride along on a couple of loops of the route. Great fun the truck is a blast to ride in, a bit scary but still a blast to say the least! We stopped at multiple locations along the route to check out the sites.
It was a nice day for cruisin and watchin the cars. Not having the 65 was not a bad thing. I must thank Lawrence Crawford for the rides in “the truck”! We had a good guys day out.
The cruise traffic was lighter than in years past but still lots to see and do. The Gratiot Cruise was a similar scenario. Light all day. I am not sure why but that appears to be the trend. But we have lots more cruises to go. With that one out of the way it’s on to the next one, The All American Cruise on Wayne Rd. July 12.
I picked up the head yesterday from the Hastings Auto Parts machine shop.It was excellent! And they were able to fix both the broken stud and the damaged ear bolt hole. Super!
During the tear down I was looking at all the other associated parts and made the decision to fix a nagging issue with the radiator. The last time it was serviced, over 20 years ago they did a crappy job of soldering the side rails to the tanks. Actually both top flaps had come apart. And since this is the mount point for the radiator I opted to have it repaired. Right , this time. I contacted an established local radiator repair shop that does classic radiator, Ferndale Auto Radiator Repair, and made arrangements to have it done right. I should get it back sometime today.
And while I was at it I went ahead and put in a new water pump. Being a 6 cylinder it only has three bolts for mounting and with all the other stuff out of the way it was a quick swap. So now that is out of the way. While it really wasn’t giving me any problems I will clean it up and keep it in stock as a backup.
The Down river Cruise on Fort Street is today!
2014 Cruisin Downriver
Unfortunately I will not have the 65 ready for today’s Downriver Cruise. But Fear Not! Fred and I will hit the streets in the PT. I am sure I will catch up with more than a couple of my cruise buddies today so away we go! The weather is super and that will make for a long day of hangin out on Fort Street! Film at 11!
That’s the reason the 65 konked out the other night
Well, sometimes a problem can be there for a long time and you just don’t know it.
What Happened After a day of cruising Woodward it got to be evening so I decided to do a big loop [8 Mile Rd. to 15 Mile Road and back]. Well things were cool for the most part. i made it to 15 Mile and turned around and headed back. Now about half way back I decided it was dark enough to turn on the headlights. So I pulled the switch and on we went. Everything was cool till I got to 9 Mile and went to turn onto 9 Mile. She just quit. She wouldn’t key start so a couple of guys got me push started. Cool to have a stick some times. I got a couple of more blocks pulled the headlight switch and instantaneous shutdown. After having Faye Dean come to me and bring a jump battery I managed a few more blocks before another shutdown. So I said time for some road service. They were there and got me back home safely. It was after 11PM so I called it a night and retired to tackle it in the morning
In The Morning – I attacked the problem early. I yanked the battery and the alternator and toted them a couple of miles over to my local Advance Auto at Shaeffer and 8 Mile to get them “blessed”. Both checked out GOOD. Excellent! Now what?! So I got a new voltage regulator and I already had a new start solenoid in stock so back to the shop.Back at the shop I went ahead and replaced the start solenoid and the voltage regulator. While I was rummaging around a checking things out I went ahead and redid the battery cables and start cables. Not really needed but you know what they say “If it ain’t broke don’t mess with it!”. Well, its broke so I took the opportunity to freshen things up a bit.
The Diagnosis from Dr. Bob -Then it was crank it up and grab the ole’ meter and looksee at what’s going on power wise. Sitting raw the battery was 12.3 volts, good for a surface charge. Started it bumped up to 13.3 volts. Good again. Alternator is online and crankin. Now I started turning stuff on. Wipers , no biggie. Radio, no biggie. Parking lights, minor draw. Headlights, Crapola! Dropped all the way down to 12.3ish and started to slowly fall off. Revved the motor and it kicked back up to the 13.3 mark! The key to this phenomenon is that many years ago I did a halogen headlight upgrade complete with a dual relay system for better lighting. This car was originally equipt with incandescent lights. So the relays are needed to get around the headlight switch limitations to keep them from “winking out” when the switch overloads. Never had a problem before this time. And in 18 years of the Dream Cruise I have been OK. Well, not this time!
Houston! We have a problem. And it goes something like this. Sitting still and idling is not a problem. Idling with the lights on is a problem! And anyone who has been to the Woodward Dream Cruise knows that it can be one gigantic 5 mile long parking lot! And I had to deal with about 2 miles worth the other night in the darkness and that was the end of my power. So at this point what it comes down to is that while I have never done a whole lot of headlight driving but when I did it was at posted speeds NOT zero! Not a problem. Zero is a problem. 2 hours of nearly zero is a definite problem!
Everything is actually working as advertised. Which is a good thing. I didn’t really have a failure. Unfortunately I simply forced the power draw issue like never before. So there is a power flaw here and now that I have a handle on it I will be paying attention to the headlight thing for the next few days at least and in the mean time I will be looking for a reasonable alternative alternator to embed that gives me a bit more at idle.Might be a tough one. Unfortunately with the old school externally regulated alternators they really don’t kick in till 1000-1200 rpm. This may take some looking but I will find a solution. I will also be mounting a voltmeter in an inconspicuous location to keep a better eye on things.Well, at least I will know when it gonna konk out! Stay tuned.
Just a side note. Thankfully I have only had to use this service twice in 10 or so years but I want to thank Hagerty Insurance and their roadside assistance team for getting me out of a jam in a timely and professional manner. Two thumbs up to you! The phone response was super and the tow service provider was very aware of the needs of a classic car an treated it with the utmost of care. It was brought home safe and sound. Once again two thumbs up to them too! Actually a very good ending to a traumatic event. If you don’t have Hagerty Insurance for your classic / collectable you may want to check them out. These are car people!