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Old 02-21-2017, 11:18 PM   #21
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Also bought many Model A Fords there in the last 35 years!!!!
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Old 02-21-2017, 11:43 PM   #22
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Actually that's the same as two big guys in the back seat.

Another good thing about having the Delco inside the car is I got to smell that wonderful old aroma of the tool sheds back on the farm, where all the lubricants, parts and tools were kept. The engine still has the old oil in the crankcase, and it might have kerosene in the fuel tank. These can run on gas, or be started on gas and run on kerosene.

Once I use diesel to clean this up I'll probably loose that neat old smell.

Here's a link to the Sandhills:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandhills_(Nebraska)
I don't know about over there but here, there used to be 2 types of Kero. Power and lighting. Only lighting is available these days and if you try running an engine on it, you will have to rebuild it very soon. It leaves a very abrasive residue when it burns which causes very rapid wear. I'd chaeck it out before using Kero, just in case.
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:00 AM   #23
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Also bought many Model A Fords there in the last 35 years!!!!
No wonder I couldn't spot any Model A's along the route.

I never heard about two type of kerosene, and one being bad for engines.
I think of it as being almost the same as Diesel fuel.
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Old 02-22-2017, 10:19 AM   #24
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The Nebraska sand hills can be an enjoyable experience but as mentioned be aware of the fuel gauge level & the weather report, those one lane sandy cattle trails can leave you easily stuck. My 32 dirt car was originally from the sand hills area as was my son's 32 sedan...the sedan was a body only with the rear fenders & firewall still attached however the doors had been hastily pirated by cutting the hinges. While it had been resting on uneven ground for untold years the sandy soil kept rust confined to the down hill side front section of one rocker panel....
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Thanks for posting this, it was an interesting read. I still see an old wind driven water pump most days when I'm out for a walk near my home. It needs a bit of TLC as some days it really groans when it's turning.
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I knew I forgot sometime in my road trip report, and that is the road kill count.
2cats
2 raccoons
3 deer
17 skunks
So that goes to show the skunk population must be alive and well.......well, except for 17 of them.
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I knew I forgot sometime in my road trip report, and that is the road kill count.
2cats
2 raccoons
3 deer
17 skunks
So that goes to show the skunk population must be alive and well.......well, except for 17 of them.
No squirrels or possums? Nebraska must have very decisive squirrels if they are not on the road kill list and smart too. They must bury their food on their side of the road and not the opposite.
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No trees = no squirrels.

Tom, what size engine in that Olds?
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No trees = no squirrels.

Tom, what size engine in that Olds?
Has to be squirrel road kill in Nebraska, it's on the menu:



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Old 02-25-2017, 01:52 PM   #30
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No trees = no squirrels.

Tom, what size engine in that Olds?
3.8, the best motor GM ever made. Guess that's why they don't still make it.

Plenty of power torque, and great fuel economy.
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If Steve hadn't rescued all those A's most would have been turned into some kind of hot rod. At least you can still get them a piece at a time in Denver.
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I knew I forgot sometime in my road trip report, and that is the road kill count.
2cats
2 raccoons
3 deer
17 skunks
So that goes to show the skunk population must be alive and well.......well, except for 17 of them.
Here in Nebraska a high count of dead skunks on the road is not unusual at all in February. It is their mating season and they seem to forget all caution when crossing roadways.
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3.8, the best motor GM ever made. Guess that's why they don't still make it.

Plenty of power torque, and great fuel economy.
My good friend who is a die hard Ford mechanic once told me, that that engine almost broke GM. I said 'you mean it was that bad?' he said 'No, it was such a good engine it never needed any repairs, GM wasn't selling any parts or replacement engines that thing was indestructible.' He also said 'Best motor GM EVER built."

He called it the Series I. THEN GM in their wisdom (and greed) came out with the Series II as a replacement and it was designed to fail. Tim said THAT engine was a pure piece of sh--
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We had a 3.4 in a 2000 Chev, that was also a real good engine, other than the crappy original intake manifold gaskets.
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Monday's are double coupon days at the local gas station, so I filled up yesterday. I keep a log book on all my trips, so I know the exact fuel cost, miles driven, and miles per gallon. I drove just over 1500 miles and spent $101.07 for gas, and averaged exactly 32.997 MPG for the whole trip. I was surprised it did that well with all the miles of Nebraska Sandhills. Now it's time for an oil change, so I should add half the price of that into the trip cost also.
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Tom that's still a lot better than flying, with the cost of gasoline now.

I had to make a trip to Louisville, KY. last weekend. Trip was planned two months ago around another's schedule: they had to be back to work first thing Monday A.M. I TRIED to talk them into just driving not that far but they insisted on flying out of Chicago.

Air fare was $295, then they added $77 for tax AND if you had a suitcase it was going to be $50 for each way. I just had a back pack. Carry-ons today mean a U.S. Army size duffle bag with the crap people try to take on a plane and crowd your little stuff out of the overhead. Car rental for two days was around $75 since it was picked up on a Friday which they said is a 'working day' not eligible for the weekend discount. Gas down there is $2.45 it's $2.14 up here, not a big difference. Distance of about 200 miles.

So, at 32 MPG in my new Ford it would have taken about 13 gallons tops. At an average of say $2.30/gallon and 13 gallons, we're talking around 30 bucks vs. $432 with air-fare and car rental.

Besides, the flight down was 'delayed' almost three hours for who knows why they always do that it seems, so I saved a whopping two hours at best by flying and spent over $400 for the 'priveledge'.

godd I hate airplanes and all that nonsense flying today sucks big time
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Yep, I don't plan to fly again, unless it was a ride in the Ford Tri Motor.

Airports have been such a PITA since the @%^&*& struck.
Driving lets you see some things, and gives you wheels when you arrive.
And if you get hungry, you can always cook up a little road kill.
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godd I hate airplanes and all that nonsense flying today sucks big time
My last flight was in 2007 and I haven't missed it one bit. I couldn't handle all the hassle today and I'd get kicked off a flight before they even started the engines. Besides all the airport BS, too many idiots and rude arseholes fly today and much of what they do is deliberate, just to see how far they could push someone over the edge. I've one foot already over it.....wouldn't take much.
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On the original subject regarding the sand hills of Nebraska it was a known fact that trees were few & far between on much of the rolling shifting hills but unlike the western deserts ground water was available thanks to a vast underground aquifer. The early pioneers cut the sod in sections & laid them much like block or brick construction for structures called sod homes as opposed to log cabins. It was said the lady of the home would tell the youngsters to wipe their feet before going out & not to track the dirt outside.
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We had our monthly Model A meeting last night, and I still have the Delco in the back seat. I also took a Delco Light Plant ad to the meeting, so I got a couple leads on some Delco Light Plants I can look at near by.

In trying to do research on this light plant I found some interesting information that also ties it to the Model A, as well as many other cars. Charles Kettering is responsible for making the Delco Light Plant, which was produced from 1916 to 1947, the same year Henry Ford died. Charles Kettering invented the high tension spark ignition, as used on our Model A's. He also invented the electric starter for automobiles. He invented a small high torque electric motor for the cash register, and when a friend of his tried to help a lady start her stalled Cadillac, it backfired and left his friend with a broken arm and jaw, which proved fatal. Leland of Cadillac was devastated and ordered a self starter be built. Charles Kettering was the man to solve the problem, so we have him to thank for our electric starters and high tension ignition.

Charles Kettering is second only to Thomas Edison for having the most patents.
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