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Car Collector Chronicles 08-12.pdf

Car Collector Chronicles 08-12.pdf

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Published by Dave Yaros
The August 2012 issue of CCC (08/2012, 6 pgs.) reports on the '55 Cadillac distributor vacuum advance repair, battery problems with the Allante, takes us on an extended cross-countries road trip in "Oldsmobiling with Ollie" and continues our look back to the year 1962.
The August 2012 issue of CCC (08/2012, 6 pgs.) reports on the '55 Cadillac distributor vacuum advance repair, battery problems with the Allante, takes us on an extended cross-countries road trip in "Oldsmobiling with Ollie" and continues our look back to the year 1962.

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Volume V, Issue 8
the side-mount post.. Perhaps I needto make use of the next larger sizebolt, but with sheet metal screwthreads. There is nothing worse thanbeing dead on the side of the road,and I do not want to be caught inthat cirsumstance again.
- Stay cool and Enjoy your ride(s)! 
 Not a whole lot to report onmy end. What with the tempsrepeatedly at 100° plus, there just is not a lot of activity goingon. Nor does it look as thoughthere is any relief in sight?I may have mentioned that Iam now officially retired. Thatevent happened on 15 June. Ihave not done a lot since. Wehave made a couple of trips toCanada, and I have read eightbooks, but not much else. Sortof “easing into it!”I recevied my rebuilt vacuumadvance back from TerrillMachine on 17 July, along withthe 57 year old diaphragm. Theold diaphragm is brittle and has3 holes in it. Gee, no wonder itwould not hold a vacuum?With a temp of 103° on the dayof delivery, any reinstall shallhave to wait.I did go to a local car show on16 July. I took our Allanté, as aform of transportation, not toshow. When I returned to thecar 2 hours later, she would notstart. I baked in the 100 degreetemps as I puttzed around tryingto diagnose/resolve theproblem. I finally had to callthe Mrs. to come to the rescuewith booster cables and tools.As I had expected, the side-mount positive battery post hadloosened, creating an open inthe starter circuit. What isstrange is that even in theloosend condition there wasenough electrical current tooperated the digital dash andonboard diagnostics? I nowneed to figure out a way tofirmly tighten down the batterycable. The bolt in the cable isfine, so the problem has to be in
 High RPMs 
on the Web
Find GDYNets on the web:
-THE FORUM http://ccc.activeboard.comCar Collector Chronicles-scribdSaved 62 -1962 Olds web sitehttp://www.freewebs.com/ jeandaveyarosThe Gray Lady -
1955 CadillacCoup
de Ville web site
A website devotedto our 1962 Oldsmobile Dy-namic 88 convertible. The sitealso has a lot of information onOldsmobiles and its founder,Ransom Eli Olds.
This web-site features our 1955 CadillacCoupé de Ville and Caddy in-formation.
A website de-voted to a myriad of interests.Foremost is extensive informa-tion on the “Steel City” of Gary,IN. There are also offerings onsteel making, U.S. Steel-GaryWorks, U.S. Marine Corps, M14assault rifle, of course Oldsmo-bile, and the tragic story of themurder of Gary, IN Police Lt.George Yaros.
August 2012Car Collector Chronicles
Car Collector Chronicles 
Car Collecting Today
Classic Rides
Reports From the Field
(1902- )
é (1987-1993)
High RPMs
GDYNetsOn the Web
Oldsmobiling withOliver
In the Year19 and 62(Ads/Events)
Forum EMail:
You have to admire, if not outright envy, this guy. His name is Oliver Sinden. He hails from Britain. I will let him tell his own story:
Hello everyone. I am a Brit travelling around North America in a 1972 Cutlass (which was clonedas 442 by a previous owner). I found the car listed on eBay in Toledo, Ohio, and am starting tohave one or two issues with the vehicle which are tough to fix on the road.I have taken a 'career break' for a year to see a bit of the world. I have always been fascinatedby North America so decided to make the trip across the pond. My uncle lives in Michigan, so Ihave a base camp. I arrived in September 2011.So then I set out on the epic journey. By this time it was October. I'd had a nervously difficultytime getting insurance; the state of Michigan would not let me event take a driving test as I onlyhad a tourist visa, and one insurance agent (incorrectly as it turned out) told me I would not beable to get insurance in MI without a US license. Eventually I found an insurer who would cover me with my British license, and subsequently I could get plates and registration. Allegheny National Forest, PASeneca Lake, NY Adirondack National Park, NYGreen Mountain, VTWhite Mountains of NHUSS Albacore, Portsmouth, NHJFK Library/Museum, Boston, MACape Cod, MANewport, RICitizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PALiberty State Park, NJ (squint and you can see the Statue)E Street and 10th Avenue, Belmar, NJ (I'm a Springsteen fan)The Delaware coast:The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel, VirginiaThe James River, VirginiaHershey, PA[Back in Michigan for Christmas,
6,300 miles travelled 
]- The Oldsmobile museum in Lansing -Of course I stopped at the Brickyard in Indianapolis, INIn Cincinnati, OH, the car iced up so badly I had to borrow a scraper to get into the boot (Britishfor trunk) to get my scraper. It still took me about 20 minutes before the car was ready to drive.New River Gorge, WVNear the John Henry statue, WV A lake in North Carolina, not far from the Virginia border The site of the Wright Brothers' first flight, North CarolinaStone Mountain, GeorgiaPalm trees in Tampa Bay, FloridaThe Sunshine Skyway, Tampa BayTexarkana, ArkansasKansas Welcome Center Heading to Breckenridge, Colorado to meet some friends for a ski holiday After a great week of skiing, and the second oil change of the journey, I headed back to Michigan,across Nebraska. This is North Platte, the largest railway switching yard in the USA.The arch across the interstate in eastern Nebraska After another couple of weeks in Michigan, during which time I gave the car a thorough serviceand detail (still not picking up on the seized fan clutch, however), I set off east to Detroit.I crossed into Canada, where I was warmly welcomed as a Brit. God Save the Queen, indeed.Niagara Falls, OntarioPole position at the Montreal Grand Prix CircuitThe Gilles Villeneuve Museum, QuebecThe Big Nickel, Sudbury, Ontario
Oldsmobiling with Oliver 
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“I am a Brittravelling around North America in a1972 Cutlass… found listed on ebay in Toledo,Ohio
Oldsmobiling with Oliver—Cont’d.
Lake Superior. The drive from Sault Ste Marie to Thunder Bay is one of the best days of drivingI have ever had.Head-Smashed-in Buffalo Jump, Alberta, CanadaThe spectacular Icefield Parkway, AlbertaKamloops Lake, British ColumbiaLions Gate Bridge, Vancouver, BCGreen Lake, Whistler, BCThe Sea-to-Sky Highway, BCOn Vancouver Island I had the first major issue of the trip. The seized fan clutch finally took itstoll. A fan blade let go. I finally had a use for all those tools I was carrying around. I removedthe whole fan and clutch assembly and continued to the next town (Port Alberni, BC) where Ilearned that parts for 40 year old American cars are harder to get in Canada than the USA. Igot myself mobile again with a crappy aftermarket electric fan which I was forced to mountthrough the radiator with zip-tie thingys. Wired to a switch inside the car, it did the job. Also Istarted to have intermittent ignition issues, which at the time I couldn't diagnose.I crossed back into the USA into Washington state.Seattle, WA (the car is in the picture):In Seattle the ignition problem became more serious. I lost all ignition on I-405. The problemwas obvious - the connector to the HEI had come off. With some help from the WashingtonState Highway Maintenance department, I got to a hardware store, bought a new spade connec-tor and was back in business.Mount Rainier, WA:Mount St Helens, WA:By the time I got to Portland, Oregon, one the electric fan zip ties had cut through the rad and Iwas having temperature issues. I decided to ditch the electric system and go back to the origi-nal setup, despite the fact my gas mileage was about three mpg better with the electric rig. Anew clutch was $30 from NAPA, and they pointed me in the direction of a classic car parts storein Portland where I might be able to get a fan. In the store (Dan's Classics) I met a fantastic guycalled Tim who offered to help me fix the car at his place. I ended up staying in his spare roomafter a whole day of old car chat and tinkering. He soldered up the hole in my rad and fixed afew other issues as well.The stunning Oregon coastThe equally stunning Crater Lake, OregonDriving through a tree in the Redwood forests of northern CaliforniaCalifornia Route 1, surely one of the best roads in the USAGolden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CAWarner Bros. Studios, Burbank, CAThe Hollywood sign from Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CALa Jolla, San Diego. (I was celebrating the Queen's Jubilee with a Union flag on the car)Salvation Mountain, CA. The desert would turn out to test the cooling system beyond its capa-bilities.Saguaro National Park, Tucson, ArizonaLooking over Juarez, Mexico from El Paso, TexasCadillac Ranch, Amarillo, TXSedona, Arizona At this point the radiator developed leaks in three places: at both end tanks, and the solderedrepair. The car still runs fine, just hotter. Instead of the 180-190 Fahrenheit I was used to, it'snow at 200 +. 230 is where I get worried and turn on the heater, but that is only climbing a hill inextreme heat. For example, Nevada route 190 out of Las Vegas towards Pahrump, NV: I wasclimbing a hill, coolant temp at about 230, when I saw smoke out the back. It turned out to betransmission fluid burning off on the exhaust. I decided to use my AAA card for the first timeother than for museum discounts and called for a tow.
“OnVancouver Is.I had the firstmajor issue of the trip. Theseized fanclutch finally took its toll. A fan bladelet go. Ifinally had ause for allthose tools Iwas carrying around 
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