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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Chipper] #296006
12/13/13 03:38 PM
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Eaton, Ohio
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Blaine,

Have you measured to confirm you need the smaller 1930-1931 axle?


Doug

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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296008
12/13/13 04:03 PM
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Broken Axle update

On my way to Ohio with a rental car! yuck! to see a guy about an axle - FORUM TRIUMPHS AGAIN!

HE mentioned he would like to get his asking price, I told to reach in my wallet and take all he wants - I am in no position to dicker - we had a good laugh.

Its all apart and under cover in the parking lot now, I should get back this evening and will try to do what I can since it is raining and snowing tomorrow - I might need to upgrade to a room with a hot tub !!!

More news later
Blaine
Cross Country 31

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296037
12/13/13 10:20 PM
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I can already tell that it is not going to take long for you to look back on this adventure and laugh! Let's hope your wife is as understanding the first time it happens when she is along. My first big trip with my wife(GF at the time) was to Flint Mich. for the 50th anniversary meet. Before we left, I had a talk with her and explained that things often did not go according to plan and that support and a sense of adventure was required. If not that, then bring a good book! Sure enough, she was out there push starting my '51 in the heat, and taking pictures while I emptied the trunk to get tools and a fan belt out on the side of the interstate. She added that she is "done push starting old cars" to her wedding vows... but has happily broken that vow numerous times. Maybe I should be worried about the other vows??!!

Keep plugging away... you never told us what your deadline is for being home?


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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: brewster] #296038
12/13/13 10:25 PM
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Hey Blaine, Where exactly do you live in the Bay Area?

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: brewster] #296048
12/14/13 12:37 AM
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My wife is not only understanding, but a willing participant. When we were first married, I once had a radiator hose come off a Land Rover in the summer in CA. Once I patched the hose, the only water available was from a dirty nearby irrigation ditch. I told here I was reluctant to put that in the radiator, but went over and filled up an empty soda bottle anyway.

By the time I returned, she had taken off her underware and was holding it out the window so I could strain the ditchwater with it.

Now, that's hot, aint it??

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: BeachVette] #296049
12/14/13 12:39 AM
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I live in Brentwood - in the east bay. Where are you??

Blaine

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296066
12/14/13 04:00 AM
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I just talked to Blaine... He's back at the motel with a new (used) axel and bearing all ready to be installed. (Thanks to Glen!!!) He's going to install it in the morning and hopefully be on the road asap.

He'll post HERE tomorrow before he leaves... and more PHOTOS and VIDEO will be forthcoming. Promise!!!

Also.... after tomorrow, he'll have a better understanding of what his route will be (OK City???) and WHEN he might be there.

It might be nice if a couple of DUDES could tailgate him down the road for a ways..... just thinking!!! And don't forget yur camera!!?!?!

---Bill B
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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Bill Barker] #296069
12/14/13 04:13 AM
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We'll be staying tuned and if possible will shoot video, just need a couple hours lead time. Blaine has my cell number.

As for First in paying 2014 Chat Chapter dues... carbana

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: 37Blue] #296079
12/14/13 09:06 AM
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I'll be standing by in Tulsa if I can be of any help or run escort as Blaine enters Indian Country.

Since 37Blue is staying in contact, I'll depend on him to shout out to me when he knows more about the timeline or need for assistance.

Bob, 918 724-2435


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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Bill Barker] #296087
12/14/13 03:02 PM
12/14/13 03:02 PM
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Alvaton, Kentucky, USA
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If he is coming down Bluegrass Parkway to I-65 or US31E or W to get to I-40 to go to Oklahoma City, I would be happy to follow. Just let me know. I'll update my profile with my cellphone number. I'm just outside Bowling Green, KY but I can follow him just about anywhere in Kentucky with notice.

Ron

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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Oldiron] #296089
12/14/13 03:18 PM
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Ron, et. al.
Your offers are what the VCCA is all about, taking care of family! We have good members all along his route. One is ~ 15 miles from Lexington but apparently not home when Blaine called.

If Blaine gets stopped near you he can wait until next spring and drive on the Southern Spring Tour in Bowling Green. It is a tour for 1912 to 1954 Chevys. The '31 will fit right in. We can bring what ever parts he needs. About 10 years ago we changed the rear axle on a '28 Chevy in the parking lot one night. Car was back on the road next morning.


How Sweet the roar of a Chevy four!
Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296152
12/15/13 12:20 AM
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Good Evening Chevy Friends!

I had a good run today after installing the axle - got on the road about 11AM

I am now in Russelville - just to the west of Bowling Green. Oldiron, gonna call you in a few minutes here to catch up with you.

There may be video coming shortly - Bill has been kind enough to post em for me - clips today of installing the axle, and a little test of the repair.

I stopped at the Kentucky Arts and Craft center and got some great footage of a guy playing a hammer dulcimer. I also stopped in Nancy, KY for a little lunch, gas, and tightened up a hose clamp on my fuel line.

Today was the first time I got a little tired while driving, so I called a few friends to chat myself awake.

At the Arts and Craft Center, after talking to the musicians, I wondered around looking for something to bring my two girls at home, which lead to a pretty good bout of homesickness. I have been away working since August, and while having a great time on the road, I am eager to be with the family as well.

I made a quick video - once again on the topic of driving snacks - this time featuring "Hostess Mini Donuts"

Heading out for Memphis tomorrow, then along either side of Interstate 40 going due west. Its probably a good time to do some service, and change the oil - I have not gone that many miles, but the hours of running time add up.

See ya,

Blaine
925.325.8051

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296156
12/15/13 01:21 AM
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i'm truley sorry i didn't log on before you came close to cumberland md as i'd have offered u a pit stop. if u do it again, get with me and we'll start the party all over again. mike

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Mike McCagh] #296169
12/15/13 04:22 AM
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Two videos for everyone.

ONE -- Fixing the broken axle in the motel parking lot.



TWO -- Quick test drive before hitting the road again.




Please note the weather conditions. December in Kentucky.
snomank

ALSO -- Follow his progress at THIS LINK -- click on any PushPin to see a pop-up with more information.

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Bill Barker] #296179
12/15/13 08:08 AM
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Enjoyed seeing the big red "X" again. bigl bigl bigl

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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Bill Barker] #296188
12/15/13 01:50 PM
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Great Videos!

Looks like you could make the Tulsa area by this evening. Joe and/or Bob, are on deck. I'll plan on meeting you Monday in OK City area.

Checked the weather and forecast for the coming days along I-40/Route 66. They're saying 50's and 60's with dry, mostly clear skies.

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: 37Blue] #296200
12/15/13 03:59 PM
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He is in Russellville KY not Russellville AR. Looks to me to be two to three days from Tulsa.


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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Chipper] #296202
12/15/13 04:29 PM
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Just talked to Blaine. At 10:00 Am CST Sunday (12/15) he was 100 miles west of Memphis on I-40. He's going to post a rough itinerary about lunchtime today. All's going well.


Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296208
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Hello to Everyone - coming to you live from Humbolt Tennesee, where the current temperature is cold enough to make Burger King feel better than it ever has!!

It has been great to hear from you all while I am traveling - its the most unique thing to have complete strangers call me up and talk like we have been friends forever!

Bill has continued to work the magic levers here on the forum to upload a few videos each day - big thanks to him - there is no way I could take the time to do that while on the road right now, so thanks!

Also heard from folks in Oklahoma and New Mexico today about getting together in the coming days - cant wait!!

ROUTE INFO - passing through Memphis late today might make it to Forest City AR. Tomorrow - past Fort Smith and stopping at a Days INN (redeeming rewards points!) somewhere in OOOOKLAHOOOMAAA, where the wind comes sweeping down the plains!

Anybody want a real time live update? Just call the "Snacks Across America in the 31 Chevrolet" hotline. If I am not in the middle of a corn dog or a bag of Funions, we can talk in person!

see ya,
Blaine
925.325.8051

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296251
12/16/13 03:24 AM
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Blaine, ChrossCountry31

From your mid-day post it sounds like you should be in eastern Arkansas for your Sunday evening stop. I have alerted Ed Vann, a VCCA members in the Fort Smith area where you will probably be tomorrow. We thought it would be good to alert someone along the path before Oklahoma City in case you need some help or a rest stop. Ed is in sales with the Hug Chevrolet dealership in Charleston,AR,about 20 miles ESE of Fort Smith. He and the Hug family are avid VCCA members and Chevrolet collectors. They would be glad to see you if you want to stop by and could probably give you some service help at the dealership. There are several other VCCA members along I-40 between Little Rock and Fort Smith Ed could put you in touch with if needed. Ed has your phone number and will be contacting you.

I-40 between Memphis and Little Rock is notorious for heavy truck traffic. You might want to consider some blue highway alternative such as US 64 and then AR 22 west of Little Rock.

Hug Chevrolet is on AR 22 (south side of the river) about 20 miles east of Fort Smith. Address is 415 Main St (also AR 22) Charleston, AR 72923, 479 965-2369, www.huggm.com. Ed Vann's cell number is 479 629-5636.

I'm located in Tulsa which is north of your path so I probably won't see you as you pass through. The same is true of cordman who is located in the same area as I am. We have been collaborating with 37Blue 1n watching your progress and being ready to help if needed as you pass through Oklahoma. I understand that 37Blue is planning on meeting up with you when you get to the Oklahoma City area. It sounds like you should have good weather for most of the week as you move through our part of the country. We wish you the best and hope you have a pleasant adventure and get home to your family before Christmas. God speed to you and your Chevy.


Bob Strattan
Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: 30ChevyOkla] #296253
12/16/13 03:33 AM
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Blaine

I'm approximately 1-1/2 hours from Henryetta and/or Okemah, Oklahoma that you will pass through on I-40. If you need anything while in that area feel free to contact me. (918) 346-9877. We have a good member in Shawnee, Oklahoma just east of Oklahoma City that we can call if you need anything close to there, he does not use the chat site so he would not know about this adventure. I know he recently bought a 1930 that would have parts that could be shared.


cordman
Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296260
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Hey Everybody,

Leaving Brinkley in minutes - headed for Charleston to meet Ed Van - thanks for passing the word on to the club members - its great to have some stops, and possibly help if I need it.

Thanks for the advice about traffic as well - had a near miss in Memphis, and an ugly exchange with two big rigs going through a one lane construction zone - I cant blame the truckers, they are at work, and there is no doubt that I am a nuisance to them on the freeway. So I am gonna take the advice of our club members here and take the suggested route.

On into Oklahoma by afternoon and will arrange a visit with some of the guys there - looking forward to it.

See some of you soon!
Blaine
925.260.9442

PS - no video today, but I'll forward something tonight

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296261
12/16/13 01:35 PM
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Eaton, Ohio
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Blaine,

Glad you are moving along, and thanks for the Mid-America geography lessons for all of us. I had never even heard of Charleston,AR, before, and now I know right where the Chevy dealer is there.

Be careful, stay alert, and keep the great videos coming when you can. I can sort of see an article coming in the Generator & Distributor........Hmmm, maybe with videos someday in the on-line version......

Thanks for having us along.

Last edited by 46 Panel; 12/16/13 01:36 PM.

Doug

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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: 46 Panel] #296277
12/16/13 06:12 PM
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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Bill Barker] #296283
12/16/13 09:51 PM
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Blaine, I missed the first few days of your report, but I am on board now (figger I'm sitting on the bags on your rear bumper). It looks like you might miss Oklahoma, but we have a great VCCA region, The Heart of Route 66, with some great members, especially in the Tulsa and OKC areas. Old Rt 66 and I40 are considered the most direct route to California. You might want to look over your maps again. Good luck.
....Sam


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