Welcome to the THE H.A.M.B. forums.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

Go Back   THE H.A.M.B. > General Discussion > The Hokey Ass Message Board

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 10-10-2012, 01:17 AM   #1
Ryan
Administrator
 
Ryan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 1995
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 14,452
Default Road Trip Revival: Part 5



Norm and I left Baltimore pretty early on Sunday morning. If you were in the area, you probably saw us. The smoke pouring from Norm's exhaust was hard to miss, but we motored on anyway partly because I think Norm and I were in denial of sorts. "It's ...

To read the rest of this blog entry from The Jalopy Journal, click here.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 01:32 AM   #2
williebill
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: in the garage
Posts: 1,420
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Think of the poor mosquitos Norm killed.. Climate changing hoodlums
__________________
East Coast styling then,now,and always

Sell me your Appleton 552s...they look ugly on your car
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 02:02 AM   #3
Hitchhiker
Old School HAMBer
 
Hitchhiker's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Seattle,WA
Posts: 5,300
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Wow! he called it! Sounds like you guys had fun....
__________________
Instagram: Wallingford_Hot_Rods
offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)
Old 10-10-2012, 02:11 AM   #4
stude_trucks
Old School HAMBer
 
stude_trucks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Berkeley, CA
Posts: 4,758
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

I love road trip stories like this. I've done the buy an old car long distance sight unseen and get on a plane and drive it back a couple of times, both with my wife before she was my wife. She married me anyway. Both times, we just went and almost literally just jumped in each car and started driving back to CA. Honestly, I'm not sure I did much more than check the oil before heading out and not too sure I even did that either time. Blind optimism does sometimes works out.

My wife is a planner, but that is about all of the planning I'm good for. Both times the Sparks/Reno area caught us with some short lived, fortunately minor car troubles. But both cars ended up being nice cars to own and started off with a memorable trip. I don't have either car any more. But I'm still married, 2 kids now, and still have the memories.

PS, I'd love to have a kick ass sweet looking Riviera like either of those cars. Both great scores. But, in my lame opinon that isn't worth a pile of ant poop, I think Norm got the better car.
__________________
..and yelled out your going to the wrong place he is a Chevy guy, but they went there anyway. PJ@STT

Last edited by stude_trucks; 10-10-2012 at 02:20 AM.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 02:21 AM   #5
Flowmeister
Alliance Member
 
Flowmeister's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Calgary, Alberta,Canada
Posts: 2,479
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Enjoyed the story.
Glad nothing really catastrophic happened,
and you both got home safe.
Gotta say, judging by the reflections in your pictures,
the cars look pretty damn nice!
__________________
I'm done with old trucks, Unless I find another one.

My '33
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=800388

'39 GMC COE
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=698949
online   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 04:47 AM   #6
Drewfus
Senior Member
 
Drewfus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Newcastle, Oz-trail-ya....
Posts: 2,414
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Great story and memories for the future to cherish, however, given the experiences you've previously talked about with Riviera's, I don't think you mentioned if you're excited by what the car re-kindles, or even if you're glad you bought it? Along the way I'm sure you had many WTF am I doing moments, but are you glad you took that leap of faith?

Cool car, great to see it now has a new chapter in it's life.

Cheers,

Drewfus
__________________
"actions speak louder than words...."
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 04:54 AM   #7
rust
Alliance Member
 
rust's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: holderness nh
Posts: 194
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

well told story. great cars. this is what its all about!
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 05:59 AM   #8
shivasdad
Alliance Member
 
shivasdad's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 160
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Loved the description of your moment (hour) of bliss. I use that in the vein of Joseph Campbell's meaning of bliss. Namely, the quasi-religious feeling one gets from being in the moment of doing and being what you are. Different for different people, but it's a glorious feeling nonetheless. That you experienced it is great and I appreciate you sharing it with us.
__________________
www.windingroadclassics.com

Last edited by shivasdad; 10-10-2012 at 06:01 AM. Reason: Spelling
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 06:39 AM   #9
wally426ci
Newbie
 
wally426ci's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Baltimore, MD
Posts: 63
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Great trip and great story man. Thank you for taking us with you. I hope you guys come back next year! I love NPR, expecially This American Life. I can picture exactly how that felt.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 06:46 AM   #10
Model A John
Alliance Member
 
Model A John's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: wichita ks
Posts: 1,607
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

You're quite a writer! I always enjoy reading your about your adventures.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 07:01 AM   #11
outlaw256
Senior Member
 
outlaw256's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: falkville al
Posts: 2,029
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

gotta say boss im alot of jealous.i love doing that kinda stuff. done it twice in my life and both were many yrs ago.the wife and i are planning on a 2 lane highway trip from alabama to california in a few months in a ot 67 impala. awe just finished this old girl up and went for a 400 mile test run. scared to death the whole way...lol she drove all of it. but i was worried about the car not her driving.you couldnt have drivin a 10 p nail up my ah hell you know the rest...lol glad you made it back and safe to boot....
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 07:28 AM   #12
ROBERT JAM
Member
 
ROBERT JAM's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: RED LODGE MT 59068
Posts: 695
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

thanks for sharing your "excellent adventure"----fun
__________________
Hot rods are driven!! 32 ford (hemi power),28 roadster (flathead power)
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 07:30 AM   #13
vivalahotrod
Alliance Member
 
vivalahotrod's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: In my full shop
Posts: 741
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

I need a good road trip....

Viva
__________________
MEXICAN BY BIRTH...HOTRODDER BY CHOICE
Quote:
Originally Posted by Crystal Blue View Post
Note to self....... keep cordless drill away from pecker
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 07:38 AM   #14
1929rats
Member
 
1929rats's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 519
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

great story! I think everyone should try a cross country jaunt in a car older than them in their lifetime. Ive been lucky enough to do this multiple times. Tenn is a LONG state, Ive driven that rte 40 from end to end buying cars in AZ and bringing them back to Mass when I got out of school....broke down a few times in two different cars, but, those memories last a lifetime and I wouldnt change them for anything...once again, congrats on the 65.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 07:48 AM   #15
general gow
Moderator
 
general gow's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Taunton, MA
Posts: 5,793
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Glad you too got home safe and sound. You had me worried about Norm, I hadn't heard that part of the story yet. Yeesh, that coulda gone bad...

Old cars are an adventure. As of dinner time last night, all 3 of my cars were not road ready. The 54 was loading up and running like crap, and wouldn't accelerate beyond about 40mph. The truck has an electrical gremlin that won't let it start. Short somewhere? And the rambler had a vacuum leak.

I got the 54 sorted with a carb tune and some new plugs. I got the Rambler sorted with some vacuum repairs to the carb. Runs great now. But, when I took it out for a test drive, the master cylinder started hemorrhaging fluid out the back. No brakes on the Rambler.

And, the truck still won't start. At least the '54 is running good again so Becky could get to work. And I'm here writing a book about this while a wait to bum a ride to the parts store...
__________________
Alter Boys CC

Last edited by general gow; 10-10-2012 at 07:55 AM.
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 07:54 AM   #16
seatex
Senior Member
 
seatex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: outside o' Austin Tx
Posts: 1,837
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

glad you fella's made it back okay...........................now, about that Thunderbird........
__________________
Nobody is tighter than the "Loosers" !
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 08:10 AM   #17
BLAKE
Alliance Member
 
BLAKE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Austin, Texas
Posts: 2,425
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Quote:
Originally Posted by BLAKE View Post
Stress and anxiety aside, it's those mishaps and incidents that make for better stories, after-the-fact... so, in that vein, here's hoping that yours are both minor and hilarious.
This is what I offered back on 9/5 when you announced this Bodacious Boondoggle™... nothing if not prescient.
__________________
World's Crashest Yay-Hoo!
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=827&dateline=12511444  14
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 08:47 AM   #18
Tman
Old School HAMBer
 
Tman's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Beautifull Black Hills of South Dakota
Posts: 29,701
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Great roadtrip tale my friend!
__________________
www.compulsionrodandcustom.com New website up! Product listings updating weekly!
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 08:56 AM   #19
Malcolm
Alliance Member
 
Malcolm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,461
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Good stuff - glad you guys made it home without any major problems!
You didn't cry when you skinned your knuckles? I mean, afterall, you ARE Cryin' Ryan, right?



Malcolm
__________________
http://instagram.com/hoesing#
offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2012, 09:28 AM   #20
Ryan
Administrator
 
Ryan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 1995
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 14,452
Default Re: Road Trip Revival: Part 5

Quote:
Originally Posted by Malcolm View Post
Good stuff - glad you guys made it home without any major problems!
You didn't cry when you skinned your knuckles? I mean, afterall, you ARE Cryin' Ryan, right?



Malcolm
Come on man... Of course I did.
__________________


Ryan Cochran

"Skating the same line since 1976..."
.................................................. ....
www.jalopyjournal.com - www.garagejournal.com - www.gearjournal.com - www.fordbarn.com - www.DOGFIGHTmag.com
offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump

Sponsored Links (Register now to hide all advertisements)


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:44 AM.