Monday, August 14, 2017
2 Cars, 2 Car Shows, 2 Towns in one day
The title is almost the whole story. As usual I am short on time and doing this in a hurry. Wouldn't you know that the only car shows within my rather limited range for the old Merc would be on the same day. So with a little help from a trusted family member to drive the Chevy II support vehicle, I set out on the longest journey the old Merc has made since the summer of 69.
What a change, driving on paved highway without the road noise of gravel and the dust coating the interior and all who ride in it.
We made it to the first show in the morning. Not a lot of competition there. Watched the side show of mud bogs enjoying all the sound and fury of 4 wheel drive trucks tearing through deep mud at full throttle with mud flying in all directions. The smell of racing gas, or was it nitrous oxide, was in the air. I did a little drone video but with too many distractions and poor visibility in the bright sun I ended up missing the scenes I really wanted to shoot.
It was an all day show but if we were going to make the second show it meant leaving by early afternoon. Just another 8-9 miles down the smooth highway to the next town to park alongside the real classics. Nobody had anything bad to say about the rusty old Merc with it's faded paint and rust holes. I guess I'm lucky they even let me park there.
No problems until we went to leave and the old Merc stalled within the first ten feet. A little inspection and testing revealed the fuel pump bowl gasket was leaking allowing air to enter the system. Its the kind of fix I like. Easily done and making me look like I actually know something about fixing old cars.
Made it home safe and still plenty of gas left in the 5 gallon fuel tank. Video to follow when I get around to editing.