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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: DanC6Vette] #296732
12/22/13 05:24 PM
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Wow! What an adventure. Joe told me about this thread this morning. Good luck with the remainder of the trip and thanks for sharing.


Best Regards, Pat
Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Pat S] #296739
12/22/13 06:25 PM
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Blaine, are going to do any traveling on US 101 or just go up 99? If you are doing 101 then there are a lot of Chevy guys along that route. Good luck in getting home by Chistmas and Happy Holidays.


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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: 1931Sal] #296760
12/23/13 01:10 AM
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Remember that Blaine's original goal was to:
"Be Home by Christmas"!!!
xmastree gifts rudolph clausk
He's almost within AAA towing distance now! Ha ha... bigl

By the way, this thread has been viewed 4,625 times since it began 16 days ago.

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296776
12/23/13 05:03 AM
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Hey Everybody!

I drove the old 31 into the driveway at 5:42 pm. The car quickly marked its territory while me and the family went out to dinner.


Tomorrow or the next day we will be off for the final run to the ocean in San Francisco. Coming soon - a summary, many thanks, and some pics and video.

Thanks for everything - talk to yo9u soon!
Blaine

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296777
12/23/13 05:55 AM
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Congratulations Blaine on a trip well watched by all. Happy Holidays.


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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296788
12/23/13 12:17 PM
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Great News!!!!!!!

....and the crowd went wild!!!!! wave


Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296797
12/23/13 02:29 PM
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That's GREAT. We've all enjoyed watching your journey and are glad you're there safe and sound.

wave

All the Best, Chip


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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Chip] #296802
12/23/13 02:49 PM
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What a trip, thanks for letting us all ride along! Merry Christmas to you and your family.


Ed
Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296804
12/23/13 03:13 PM
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Another '31 Chevy proves its worth again!

Isn't it great when a plan comes together and culminates in a triumphant arrival at the castle? Got to eat dinner with two hands too! And the best part is we all got to ride along. Merry Christmas and Happy/Healthful New Year.


How Sweet the roar of a Chevy four!
Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296813
12/23/13 05:12 PM
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Congratulations Blaine,

You and your trusty stovebolt six gave many of us across the country new pride, faith and interest to our vintage Chevys. It was a pleasure meeting you at your stop at Hug Chevrolet in Arkansas. We are all waiting for the big celebration when you have the left coast in view.


Bob Strattan
Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296824
12/23/13 06:41 PM
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Been following your trip the hole way through. Kind of like anticipating the next issue of the g@d.Congrats and give your girls a big hug. Well done.
JsK.

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Jack Kennedy] #296826
12/23/13 06:56 PM
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I too followed you and really enjoyed it. Merry Christmas to you all xmastree and many more miles in 2014. carbana


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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: jerrygolf] #296832
12/23/13 08:25 PM
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At home -- at last. (just north of San Francisco)


Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Bill Barker] #296846
12/23/13 11:28 PM
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[quote=Bill Barker]At home -- at last. (just north of San Francisco)

[img]http://vcca.org/wow/chat/2013/Dehmlow31Home.jpg[/img] [/quote]

And certainly does not look any the worse for wear, either!!! Congrats on a successful conclusion to your trip & inspiring all of us out here in "Chatland"; as well as all those you met personally, Blaine!!! Now you need to post some photos with ALL the Girls together!!!!!


'33 MASTER PARTS WANTED ~ ESPECIALLY SHEET METAL! RADIOS & "TRINKETS; TOO.
Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Bill Barker] #296860
12/24/13 12:56 AM
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Thank you for the ride Blaine, Great adventure. Hope to see you on a VCCA Tour one day.
Cleon

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: partsonly] #296861
12/24/13 12:58 AM
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What an incredible adventure. I have followed Blaine's progress everyday. I live not far from Blaine and always wanted to a trip like this with my Father in my 32 but because of some of his health issues it will not happen. I'm not sure I would go it alone as Blaine did so I will maybe have to find some one to ride shotgun. Blaine is a true inspiration to all vintage car owners.
What a great story!

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: BeachVette] #296873
12/24/13 02:06 AM
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Congratulations on your accomplishment Blaine!

I have the unique perspective to have seen your car early on while you got it ready for the trip. You obviously got it right.

I'm glad you made your goal to get home for Christmas.

Have a great Christmas and enjoy your family.

Thanks for the adventure!

Dan from MA

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: DanC6Vette] #296876
12/24/13 05:42 AM
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As of this evening 5,042 views of this thread!! Cool. wow

Today's update: I talked with Blaine earlier today while he was at home. A newspaper reporter was interviewing him for a feature article in the Contra Costa Times. We'll be sure to let you know where you can read it in the future.

Now we've got to figure out just WHO tipped off the press about "Blain's excellent adventure". noevil
wazzup




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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Bill Barker] #296893
12/24/13 02:13 PM
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This is certainly great publicity for the VCCA and entertainment for its members. I do hope Blaine has his Touring Passport, however if not I believe it would still be available to him. I think his trip is proof to all members that there is no reason not to drive your old Chevy anywhere.


Steve D
Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: m006840] #296908
12/24/13 05:14 PM
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Blaine, What was your total mileage for the trip?


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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: 1931Sal] #296924
12/24/13 09:07 PM
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Really enjoyed following Blaine's trip from here in Australia and can't wait to read more.


"Never give up" Louis Chevrolet
Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: chevrolet6] #296927
12/24/13 10:05 PM
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Blaine & Bill, thank you for sharing this adventure with everyone online. We're all grateful for the updates and Blaine, best wishes for 2014. You've got a lot of fans out here in Chevyland!

-D

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: Daryl Scott] #296931
12/24/13 11:05 PM
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Way to go Blaine!! It's been fun following along!


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Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296956
12/25/13 06:54 AM
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Merry Christmas to all!

Thanks to everyone for travelling along with me, and certainly to Bill for facilitating the meetings and communication.

Even though I still have 54 miles to go to the Golden Gate to finish, here are a few summary numbers you might find interesting.

Total miles - 3418
13 days - 1 of those down for axle repair
27 bottles of diet coke consumed, one bottle of Peach Soda at Pops
average moving speed - 37.1 mph
highest recorded speed - 54 mph, 68 mph on the tow truck, HA!
I ate 9 hot dogs, and one corn dog
116 video clips taken
$687 in fuel consumed
3 major winter storm days 5 days rain or overcast, 5 days clear and sunny
7 complete strangers called me just to talk while I was driving
14 qts of oil consumed
ZERO flat tires
1 roadside toilet emergency
2 times I got lost - Albuquerque and Phoenix
4 sunsets made me think deep thoughts
1 axle replaced
68,000 wyndam reward points redeemed for free hotels
1 regret - don't stay at the Palm Motel in Mojave

see ya soon,
Blaine

Re: Coast to Coast in a 31 [Re: CrossCountry31] #296965
12/25/13 02:57 PM
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Merry Christmas to you and everyone else too. It is going to be a great story to read in the G&D or maybe on Bill's 1931 Chevrolet website. I am sure that he would be willing to have the story with videos on his site. Tells everyone how great 1931 Chevrolets still are.


How Sweet the roar of a Chevy four!
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