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Event Coverage The Hudson Adventure

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by squirrel, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. That is a lot of miles in an old car, 400+ per day. Back when we drove old cars we were putting maybe 100 miles a week on them and they were only 10-20 year old cars at the time.
  2. rtp
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 127


    Thanks we will all sleep better now.

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  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,339


    yeah, I have a modern aftermarket cruise control that I have installed for a short time on a bunch of different cars. My leg gets tired of holding in one spot for all day long ten days at a time. Keep in mind that most of these old cars aren't very comfortable to start with.
  4. dwollam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2012
    Posts: 823


    Jim, I saw the Hudson at the Nugget in Wendover but had no idea it was yours or that you were doing another LeMons! Wish I had known, would have looked you up to meet you.
    Enjoy following along on your adventures.

  5. Thanks, Jim. I have thought of installing one on the '50 Buick. Was concerned it would be difficult and not reliable. BUT if you change one from car to car seems as if I am too worried. Maybe too chicken?:D. Care to share which one you use?

  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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  8. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 12,893

    from oregon

    With a torque tube you shouldn't have a speed control issue!;)
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  9. dirty old man
    Joined: Feb 2, 2008
    Posts: 8,353

    dirty old man

  10. The last semi truck I drove had a cruse control and all the bells and whistles ect. back in the day keeping your foot on the pedal for about 500 miles a day was tiring. I have a bit of Jimmy leg in my right leg sometimes when I go to bed. And I think the accelerator pedal is the cause. Many trucks had a cable operated throttle. I have one on my 66 GMC pickup. Sometimes I ran hard and carried two log books. would finish my run and return home Zombied. Always called the wife and told her Is would be home in a few and to have her pants at Half Mast when I came thru the door. I would sleep a couple of days with intermittent breaks.
  11. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,280

    from So Cal

    My old service truck had a throttle lock on it, so when using the pto or running the underhood air compressor you could raise the rpms and engage the throttle lock. I used that all the time for cruise control. You have to be careful though, it doesn't automatically disengage when you apply the brakes, you have to manually release it.
  12. All right, be nice! :). Wanna race?

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  13. Fabber McGee
    Joined: Nov 22, 2013
    Posts: 791

    Fabber McGee

    Haha, I have a similar story. When I was in high school, one of my buddies had a girlfriend whose folks had a cabin on a lake about 40 miles from town. They'd go there about every weekend. So, of course we'd go too, to hang out with her and her friends. He had a mid 50's GMC with a tired old six that would barely make 50 mph. Well, we were always in a hurry to get there, or to get home so we ran the old truck wide assed open at all times. Seemed like a lot of trouble to hold the throttle to the floor all the way, so we would pull out the hand throttle. That worked fine, except it would ease in slowly and we'd gradually slow down. The obvious solution was to pull it all the way out, then bend it a little so it couldn't go in by itself, haha. There usually wasn't a lot of traffic and thankfully, no "Giant Swamp Monsters" (moose) stepped out in front of us. Still there must have been angels on our shoulders because slowing down or stopping was not something that happened immediately, haha.

    Thanks for the tour Jim.
  14. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 3,859

    from Ioway

    Farmers and ranchers used to set throttle lock to put the truck in a slow crawl across the fields or pasture and then climb out of the cab into the truck bed to throw bales of hay or whatever to feed cattle and horses. Probably not OSHA approved.
  15. RHRH3P
    Joined: Mar 7, 2007
    Posts: 137


    That’s an amazing amount of miles. Thanks for sharing the adventure.
  16. Where you hiding it or is that cable that comes from lower passenger side of firewall @ about a 40 degree angle upward then 180's back downward it?
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  17. 48fordor
    Joined: Jan 16, 2009
    Posts: 139

    from York, PA

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  18. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,339


    I have the 51 shop manual, got it from the previous original....

    The clutch is pretty wild on these things, I finally got to see one in real life yesterday at Al's place. He was working ona 50 Commodore and had the parts on his work bench. Very interesting.

    The cruise is shown in that picture, the box on the left side of the picture, bolted to the inner fender. The cable is kind of funky but it works.
  19. 32 Spitfire
    Joined: Dec 26, 2008
    Posts: 976

    32 Spitfire

    Some fantastic ideas ......

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  20. Been ther & done that only dad& I husked corn by hand in the field. Ours was a home made truck from a 4dr T
  21. I have used two cruise control units from Monkey-Wards on in my Jeep J-4000 & the other in a Winnie 30' motor home. They used a magnet also. I really liked them.
  22. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,339


    The older Perfect Circle cruise was a good one, I have pieces of a few but last time I tried to get one working, it didn't. They're a bit more complicated to install than the Globalcruise. They do pop up new in box at swap meets and ebay every now and then.
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  23. I was just about to make a comment about your fine head of hair .
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  24. Crosley
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,032

    from Aridzona

    In the photo ; the radiator patch seems to be holding up. #win
  25. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,339


    yeah, no problems with the radiator, fortunately! I got a few comments on the JB Weld repair, most favorable.
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  26. belair
    Joined: Jul 10, 2006
    Posts: 8,193


    Looks like a mobile guillotine if that hood goes down.
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  27. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,339


    The hood supports work very well, it does not want to fall down. It's a design I wish other companies had copied.
  28. Newton that apples were fine until...
  29. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 4,844


    That Rube Goldberg mousetrap windshield wiper setup with the cables and pulleys reminds me of the entrance to a fat girl's house. No steps or handrails, just a ramp with pulleys and chain hoists.
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  30. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 44,339


    I made a video about that a while ago...notice it works pretty well with no wiper arms!


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