Saturday, June 17, 2017

21.5 Miles Today

I drove to Santa Clara this morning to attend the monthly technical seminar hosted by the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America (Phew, that's a mouthful!).

Good tech tips were shared and I now know what it's like to install windows in a Model A Ford Tudor! :)

After taking the "long way" home, I ended up with 21.5 trouble free miles for the round trip drive.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Coffee Run

Made a quick run to Starbucks this morning. The Woody fired right up without issue and ran great. I stopped at the gas station and put four gallons in the tank and it fired right back up.

I think the brakes are bedding in nicely and are about due for an adjustment again. Fronts were at ~160 degrees rears at about ~115 degrees. Still a little coolant coming out of the radiator cap, but it's not overheating. Measuring the radiator it's at about ~130, and the block isn't over 165, even at #4. Going to continue to keep an eye on it, and plan on re-torquing the head soon.

Two other things I need to investigate.

  1. The speedometer is 5mph off. Not sure if it's the rebuilt speedo, or the drive gear.
  2. The brakes are not completely returning after applying moderate pressure. My plan is to replace the return springs with the 1931 style and see if it makes a difference.
All in all a nice uneventful ride!

Zigzagging my way back and forth I was able to rack up ~14 miles driving to a coffee shop 2 miles away :)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Serendipity on a Saturday Drive

Took the woody on a little longer shakedown drive this morning, and was able to put on a few event-free miles. We took the back roads from Sunnyvale to Alviso, and made a quick stop at the old Bayside Canning Co. to check the temperature of the brakes. There we noticed a historic landmark plaque stating that the Bayside was the 3rd largest canning operation in the US in 1931... the same year the Woody was built.

The ride home was good, as well. We got up to 55mph for a short while, and the car ran great. We did have a little mist from the radiator at one point, but I believe it was from being slightly overfilled vs. overheating. The block and radiator temps were right in line with what I have experienced in the past.

51.9 miles since the rebirth of the woody!