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Title: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on February 17, 2014, 02:29:35 PM

 I received the flyer for the FCCI the other day, so it certainly is a go!

 So, I booked our room. Maureen and I will be staying at the London Hotel and Suites (formerly Radisson) for 3 nights. Of all the places we have stayed, this one was the best for us. Going with something we know, no disappointments.

 I will call Steve and check in and see if our spot is still available for this year. Looks like we're going to get over run with Mustangs again.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on February 17, 2014, 02:31:35 PM
I don't mind the Mustangs. I am dressing my car in it's Sunday best. The stangs can do what they want but they are still just stangs. Popular because they were cheaply priced. I wish I received a flyer!


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on February 17, 2014, 02:33:27 PM
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 http://www.fleetwoodcountrycruizein.com/



Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on February 17, 2014, 02:37:42 PM

 Bad link...

 Anyway, a few years ago they had some Mustang celebration. they came on hordes and took over everything, then by 1 PM most of them had packed up and went home. A lot of folk were somewhat annoyed.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on February 17, 2014, 06:07:48 PM
It will be like that at those shows. Mustangs are a dime a dozen as are Corvettes and Cameros. Put on a do
celebrating them and they come out of the woodwork. They are so common they aren't really a specialty car
any more.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on February 17, 2014, 07:40:16 PM

 And they draw the crowds of the unwashed. But if that's what you want to do, then that's the way to do it. I just hope these guys don't command the show and then leave early leaving big gaping holes in the field.

 I can appreciate Mustangs, Camaros, Corvettes and such for what they are. There are some pretty desirable and rare models in the ranks too. But with them bring a ratio of maybe 50:1 of the garden variety types that we get so tired of looking at. And among them are the clones and wannabes.

 However, Mustangs have always been derived from bottom feeder econo car mechanicals and structures. they were pounded out like cultured bacteria. Elements that would make any other car a so-so on the landscape. It's the way they were marketed, and the semi sexy clothes they were dressed in that make them what they are.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on February 18, 2014, 06:59:04 AM
Cheaply made, cheaply sold, marketed well, sometimes fast but usually not. Just enough fast models stuck here and there to keep people dreaming that maybe they are all fast. None of them good handling cars unless extensively modified making them a race car with a mustang shell.

That said, I owned one, a brand new 1995 model and I liked the car for what it was. Not something I would keep after it's best before date.

I just added up the sales figures from initial release until 2013.... 4,381,446 (This is missing some model years). I then added up the Cadillac sales figures and it's actually much higher (Excluding some missing years and all models). Not that this means anything I suppose. I was just curious.

Oh yeah, the total Cadillacs sold during the same time frame... 8,828,692



Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on February 18, 2014, 08:04:28 AM

 Yeah, within the ranks of the high profile models, the ones featured in all the buff books, in TV shows and movies, are those base models with no aspirations for anything other than econo cars in a slightly fancier suit. All those 6 cylinder and base V-8 models.

 The suspensions on these were at best described as flimsy and uninspired. And yes, it takes a major reworking of the suspension and the bodyshell to make anything from them. That was the theme right from the first right through the Fox body era cars. The current Mustang relies on a decontented version of the old Lincoln LS platform.

 One thing that got me about the early versions and how cheap they were was that the gas tank bolts into the trunk floor and actually forms the trunk floor. Compromised and potentially dangerous.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on February 18, 2014, 08:48:13 AM

 Oh, and on those numbers. The Mustang raked up over 770,000 sales for the '65 model year alone, then topped one million once the '66 model year was finished. Commendable in anyone's books.

 But then the arena got crowded for 1967 with the Camaro/Firebird hitting the floor, the Javelin and even competition from in house, the Cougar. Not to forget Plymouth's renewed attempt to dig in with the restyled Barracuda. Sales dipped, and through the 70's the segment was a shadow of itself.

 Cadillac saw some of their best years ever during this time. the 300,000 mark was beat in 1973. While Mustang sales peaked, went into the skids, recovered and finally settled in, Cadillac kept selling in good numbers.

 But to go to any car show, you'd never know it. There are always several examples of any given generation of Mustang, but often you don't see any Cadillacs at all. Even in shows where there are several hundred cars, you may see only a few Cadillacs, but at least a dozen or more Mustangs.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on February 18, 2014, 03:02:11 PM
Lee Iaccoca didn't make very many cars under his leadership that I consider exciting.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on February 18, 2014, 05:23:25 PM
He was responsible for the Falcon too. Him and Robert McNamara headed that project. He also did the Continental Mk III. But Iacocca insisted on the glitz and his wishes were met at the opposition of the Lincoln division whick feilded theri own concept. He was the king of kiche for sure.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on April 05, 2014, 09:57:24 AM
 I contacted Steve Plunkett about our spot at the show. All is good. I just have to let him know as the date arrives how many will be there.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on April 05, 2014, 11:08:26 AM
This year with me working in Oshawa during the weeks, I don't know how likely I'll be able to get the time. If I have a spare weekend, I should really spend it getting the house ready for sale.  But who knows, maybe it'll be ready by then.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on April 05, 2014, 04:30:46 PM
I will be there.  :dwarf:


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on April 05, 2014, 05:52:36 PM
I will have 2 caddies and one "junior member" car (57 chev).


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on April 06, 2014, 08:35:42 AM

 There's 3 plus mine and Gareth's so we're at least at 5.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on April 06, 2014, 08:48:39 AM
Are you counting members or cars? 


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on April 06, 2014, 08:58:27 AM

 Cars. Just so that I can give Steve a number.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on April 06, 2014, 10:27:27 AM
3   Sam
1   Mike
1   Gareth
1   Joe
_______

6

 +wave+


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on April 06, 2014, 11:23:09 AM
I guess there's no need to say that I'll be there........... I guess I just did.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on April 06, 2014, 11:59:02 AM
I should make us some window signs?


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on April 06, 2014, 12:34:35 PM

 That would be cool.  -yes-

 Hey, has anyone made accomodations?

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on April 06, 2014, 01:27:53 PM
I guess there's no need to say that I'll be there........... I guess I just did.

GJ

 -uh-  Sorry, just I "assumed"   :whacko:   t/s/k

I'll go beat myself with a limp noodle now   <doh!>

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on April 06, 2014, 01:31:43 PM

 Assumed right.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on April 06, 2014, 03:50:26 PM

 There's 3 plus mine and Gareth's so we're at least at 5.

 Mike

Actually, NOT assumed - READ it here   :poke:

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on April 06, 2014, 04:28:13 PM
I just took a look at my list of things to do. I think at this point I'll consider myself as coming but anything might come up.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on April 06, 2014, 04:28:49 PM

 Cool!

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on April 07, 2014, 02:21:53 PM

 That would be cool.  -yes-

 Hey, has anyone made accomodations?

 Mike

I'll be booking a King Suite at the Travelodge again.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on April 09, 2014, 09:26:36 AM
I will be there but I don't know if I will do an overnighter.
I pretty sure Tony will be there but not sure what he will bring. He has a really nice original '75 Fleetwood Brougham
with about 25,000 miles on it that he got last year. It has a few minor niggles he wants to sort out first.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on April 09, 2014, 09:27:21 AM

 Nice!!
 
 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 20, 2014, 01:24:55 PM
Just booked my room at the Travelodge. $73 Canadian booked online.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on May 20, 2014, 01:59:27 PM
I couldn't get a room at the Travelodge. That was a month ago, I booked a King Suite at London Hotel and Suites
 
GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 20, 2014, 02:01:41 PM
Strange, I called and they had rooms. Then she told me the price and I laughed and went and booked at getaroom. I have my confirmation.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 20, 2014, 03:58:20 PM
I called the Travelodge as well. Apparently they are doing renos there and all they had left was a suite so I booked at the Super 8.
I stayed there last year and it was OK.  $89 with tax.
I talked with Steve today and he assured me that my car will be ready for Fleetwood. The fender holes have been drilled for the spear
and the car is going to primer tomorrow.  Looking good !

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on May 20, 2014, 05:29:40 PM
That's good news!

We'll have to see if I can make the show.  We're putting in an offer on a house today that would require us to have a June 5th closing date, so we'd be in the midst of packing if the deal goes through.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 20, 2014, 10:35:26 PM

 I'm at London Suites as well. Same idea as Gareth. It's the start of our holidays and wanted something nice. they treated us well when we stayed there three years ago. No others have been able to compare. Super 8 for me was a disappointment. The coffee maker did not work, and then the shower did not work. I told the receptionist and got a so-so reaction from her.

 Well I do hope the house deal goes well for you Jon. But we'll miss you at the show if you can't make it.

 So, let me see whop will be there.

 Ron
 Joe
 Sam
 Gareth
 Myself
 Jon(?)

 So five, possibly six? Who else is planning to attend?

 I'm going to call Steve in the next little while. I was hoping for a solid 10 if we could.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 21, 2014, 08:07:51 AM
The Super 8, where I stayed last year was OK. I certainly wouldn't give it any awards but it served the purpose for me. Because of my car possibly not being
ready I let it go too long too before finally deciding to go, so I got what I got. As long as it's clean and the shower works I'm happy, however, if Pam were with me
then we would probably look elsewhere. My room last year had a hot tub that didn't work and few other things weren't up snuff either but it was just for 1 night.

As far as getting more members to Fleetwood I would suggest seeing if "Grampa" is going. He is a local Hamilton member and he has that gorgeous black Fleetwood
to show off and I will call Ray Barr to see if he is going as well. Tony wants to go but he says none of his cars are ready for the road but I will work on him.

RON   


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 21, 2014, 08:12:34 AM

 Excellent. It would be great if they could make it.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 21, 2014, 09:50:58 AM
I will have 3 cars at FCCI

2006 DTS
1981 Eldo
1957 Chevy (junior member that parks "in the back" for protection)

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 21, 2014, 10:11:00 AM

 Wow. 3 cars! Cool. I was hoping to tell Steve 10 cars. But then we always have those that come along for the ride too. So maybe I should put it to between 10 and 15?

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 21, 2014, 10:27:16 AM
Sounds good! whoo/hoo

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on May 21, 2014, 02:16:40 PM
I invited anyone that wants to join us on FaceBook so we might get a few from there.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 21, 2014, 05:09:28 PM

 Cool. A big display of Cadillacs would be really nice.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 21, 2014, 06:29:41 PM
I'm assuming we are doing something on the Saturday night?  cheers%


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 21, 2014, 06:29:59 PM
I spoke with Ray Barr this afternoon about Fleetwood. Ray has the red '78 CDV/white top who was at our last meeting.
He said he was probably going to go but it would more than likely be with the other club he belongs to the Riff Raff Cruisers of Hamilton. Ray has been
a member of that club for a long time and is more comfortable around them than he is with us, partly because he doesn't use his computer that much
and his other club is in Hamilton. Also because I am the only CISO member he knows.
I sent Grampa an email but haven't heard back from him and Tony wants to go but says none of cars are road ready yet this year so it's iffy for him.

RON




Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 21, 2014, 10:33:44 PM

 Thanks Ron. Lets hop that Grandpa and Tony can make it. I understand about Ray as well. But we'll most likely meet up with him anyway.

 And yes, Joe. We will be doing something Saturday night.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 22, 2014, 04:35:53 AM
Maybe we should discuss where/what we will be doing. The area restaurants and bars may be very busy due to all the out of towners in the area. Perhaps making a reservation somewhere asap is in order?


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 22, 2014, 07:59:02 AM

 Not that bad. We can usually just walk in. But the place where we are staying has an excellent restaurant called Smokin' Bones. We can all congregate there if y'all like.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 22, 2014, 09:59:29 AM
Didn't we do Smokin Bones last year too ?
They put us at a table upstairs. The food there was good.

RON



Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 22, 2014, 10:10:40 AM

 Yep, that's right. We did.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on May 22, 2014, 01:20:48 PM
That's why I got a king suite so we can congregate there. After dinner we can have a few  drink/o/beer.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 22, 2014, 06:03:28 PM
Good news !  Grampa (Dave Street) will be there doing an overnighter with us. I hope I can get Tony to come but if he does it would probably
be for just one day.

RON




Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 22, 2014, 10:44:35 PM

 Excellent! It will be good to see Dave there.

 I got a big corner suite too.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on May 23, 2014, 07:44:08 AM
You two are going to have to flip a coin. Either that, or half way through everyone gets up and switches from one suite to the other.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 23, 2014, 08:42:15 AM

  -uh-

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on May 23, 2014, 11:40:11 AM
We will just have to see who has the most room.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 23, 2014, 11:53:33 AM
I do   :poke:

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 26, 2014, 10:42:11 AM

 Looking at the long range forecast which now goes into the weekend of the show.

 Friday, June 6 19 Feels like 21
60%  Chance of thundershowers
 
Saturday, June 7 19 Feels like 21 
40%  Sunny
 
Sunday, June 8 19 Feels like 21 
10%  Mainly sunny

 Looks promising!  whoo/hoo

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 26, 2014, 10:46:37 AM
This thursday is poster rolling night.  I can't go as we have tickets to Cirque de Soleil, but if anyone from the group want to attend, contact me and I'll give you the contact info (the group needs to know how much pizza to order).

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 26, 2014, 10:52:21 AM

 What's poster rolling night?

 Is that where you all get together to roll up the posters handed out at the gate?

 Again, a work night for me.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 26, 2014, 10:58:36 AM
Yes, Mike AND it takes place in the "salon" just to the right, inside the gate.  It also give you the opportunity to get an unrolled poster suitable for framing (Michaels sells poster frames cheep cheep).  It starts at 7 p.m.

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 26, 2014, 11:03:42 AM

 If I were close by and I was not working I would be there.  -yes-

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 27, 2014, 09:50:39 AM

 I just called Steve. We are good for our spot.

 As usual we have to be there early Friday afternoon to set up and rope our spot off. On Saturday we have to be in before 7 AM. It would be beneficial if we could arrive together. Sam, since you live close by, maybe you could head straight there and see that all is OK? Dunno what time you can get there, but the earlier the better.

 I had a nice little chat with him. He's still pretty excited about his Transportation Unlimited '49 Coupe deVille. He wants us to come into the Salon on Friday to check it out. And he has a little surprise for us........

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 27, 2014, 10:05:38 AM
Hi Mike

Weather permitting I plan on parking 2 of the cars the Friday night and bring the 3rd car there in the morning. As for being there at 7??  YIKES!!  <lol>  Why?? 

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 27, 2014, 10:12:34 AM

 The weather looks promising.

 http://www.theweathernetwork.com/14-day-weather-trend/canada/ontario/london

 Early arrival is best. It looks like we'll be over run by Mustangs again, and I really don't want to risk having any of them infringe on our space. I'll see you on Friday then anyway and we can make last minute plans then.

 I just looked and found that the FCCI has a Facebook page. I made a post on there announcing that we will be there.

 https://www.facebook.com/events/593159084097843/

 And also. Gareth, will we have flyers to hand out for our show?


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 27, 2014, 10:32:24 AM
I can be there for 7 AM Sat. I didn't realize you'd be setting up Friday or I would have booked a double overnighter.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 27, 2014, 10:40:35 AM

 Yeah, we found being there and setting up Friday assures that we keep our spot. Once it's set up and roped off it's unlikely that anyone will jump in there.

 Is it too late for you to book Friday?

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 27, 2014, 01:34:48 PM
Anyone book a room with two beds (Or a sofa) and only have one person for Friday night? My hotel can't extend my stay into the Friday. I didn't realize it included Friday as well.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on May 27, 2014, 02:22:29 PM
I am waiting to hear back from Wendy about the flyers. I told her that we need them for the Cruise in.

Joe, I have a sofa bed in my suite. It might be more$ as I would have to register another person, but your welcome to it.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 27, 2014, 04:42:55 PM
I have 2 guest rooms - 1 with an oversize queen, and one with a pullout king - if anyone wants to stay here.  We have cats, so if you have allergies, avoid our home.  Also, any smokers MUST smoke outside.

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 27, 2014, 05:45:35 PM
Sue, i would be very happy to take you up on your offer for Friday night. It sounds cheaper than the previous offer that I am very grateful to have offered to me. Less expensive is better.  ;D


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on May 27, 2014, 06:06:07 PM
 =rofl= Joe,  you'd better learn her name before you arrive.   :poke:


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 27, 2014, 06:07:50 PM
Lol, i think you are right! Sorry Sam. Was thinking about a friend from my other car club.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 27, 2014, 06:10:08 PM
Sue, i would be very happy to take you up on your offer for Friday night. It sounds cheaper than the previous offer that I am very grateful to have offered to me. Less expensive is better.  ;D

Who is Sue?

I guess the other thing anyone considering coming out here should know is we're 4 kms from hardtop.  Yup, that means 4 kms of gravel road.  I drive VERY slowly down that stretch (under 40 km/h).  If it's dry, the only thing I need worry about is dusting off the car upon arrival at the show.  If it's wet, well, you get the picture  -uh-

We do have a nice dry indoor spot or 2 for parking as well.

So "Jim", still want to come out? <g>

SAM


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 27, 2014, 06:12:35 PM
I would be honoured to take you up on it. My car has been on gravel a few times before.  ;D


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on May 27, 2014, 06:18:31 PM
Dang I'm feeling sorry for myself. I just don't see how I'm going to be able to make it.  I guess if the developer backs out of our house purchase I'll have the time, but it's looking like that's not going to happen (I certainly hope not). If all goes to plan, we'll be picking up the keys to the new house next week and we'll be starting the move over that weekend.  -uh-


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 27, 2014, 06:24:06 PM
I would be honoured to take you up on it. My car has been on gravel a few times before.  ;D

I sent you a PM with contact information.

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 27, 2014, 06:38:39 PM
Joe, are you alone?  With a companion?

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 27, 2014, 09:25:25 PM
Sam (Sue), I am alone. I asked my wife and she wants to work on the yard. I guess I will be at Steve's on Friday afternoon and then at your house afterwards, so I dunno.

What time should I be at Steve's? Afternoon starts at 12 so I can be there whenever.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 27, 2014, 09:44:48 PM
Time of arrival is up to our fearless leader, Mike.

Since Joe is alone, we still have room for 2 more (1 queen bed, not twins).  Breakfast will be cereal, coffee, tea, toast etc; and DIY as I will still be sleeping if my guests are leaving to be at Steve's for 7 a.m.  I don't mind company; I just HATE mornings!!

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 27, 2014, 10:32:43 PM

 So, it looks like you two are hooking up! Cool.

 I like it when things work out. But I have a fold out in our suite too, but I'm still waiting to hear from my brother and sister in law. Not likely they will get a room at this late juncture. So they may stay with us.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 28, 2014, 12:23:33 PM
Because it seems like everyone is going on Friday and doing the entire weekend I decided to change my reservation to include Friday as well
as Saturday.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on May 28, 2014, 12:37:51 PM
Joe, are you alone?  With a companion?

Sam

He forgot to mention his Teddy bear. la/la

I just heard back from Wendy. The Flyers are done. I'll pick them up tomorrow.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 28, 2014, 05:12:55 PM
Because it seems like everyone is going on Friday and doing the entire weekend I decided to change my reservation to include Friday as well
as Saturday.

RON

 Excellent!

I just heard back from Wendy. The Flyers are done. I'll pick them up tomorrow.

GJ

 And excellent!

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 28, 2014, 05:19:10 PM
I agree on both points. Ron and I can make another convoy of two.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 28, 2014, 06:06:23 PM
How are we going to do it Joe ?  Age before beauty or beauty before age ?   :cruisin:

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on May 28, 2014, 06:48:12 PM
Wait,   are we talking about the cars here?


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 28, 2014, 07:18:04 PM
Wait,   are we talking about the cars here?

Jon: I am certain it's cars. He didn't say anything about top or bottom.

Ron: Up to you. You can go faster than I want to but I think you like to take it easy.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 28, 2014, 08:20:55 PM
What time do we meet up at Plunkett on Friday?

Sam

and

Age before beauty, always.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 28, 2014, 08:26:32 PM
What time do we meet up at Plunkett on Friday?

Sam

and

Age before beauty, always.

Sue: Does that apply to the car or the driver?


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 28, 2014, 08:30:48 PM
What time do we meet up at Plunkett on Friday?

Sam

and

Age before beauty, always.

Sue: Does that apply to the car or the driver?

WHO THE HELL IS SUE?   -scratch/



Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 28, 2014, 08:36:56 PM
What time do we meet up at Plunkett on Friday?

Sam

and

Age before beauty, always.

Sue: Does that apply to the car or the driver?

WHO THE HELL IS SUE?   -scratch/



heheh why you are!  ;D


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 28, 2014, 08:50:50 PM
What time do we meet up at Plunkett on Friday?

Sam

and

Age before beauty, always.

Sue: Does that apply to the car or the driver?

WHO THE HELL IS SUE?   -scratch/



heheh why you are!  ;D

Guess you'll be sleeping in the barn, eh?   :poke:

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 28, 2014, 08:55:51 PM
What time do we meet up at Plunkett on Friday?

Sam

and

Age before beauty, always.

Sue: Does that apply to the car or the driver?

WHO THE HELL IS SUE?   -scratch/



heheh why you are!  ;D

Guess you'll be sleeping in the barn, eh?   :poke:

Sam

I am happy, at least you didn't tell me to get lost.  :D Thanks Sam!  bananna'


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 28, 2014, 08:58:07 PM
Top or bottom what ?

On the highway I usually like to stay in the passing lane but on the 401, where the speed limit is meaningless and 85-90 mph is the norm I slow it down.
Although I have driven that fast out there I think I'm almost abusing that pathetic lump I have for an engine. 65-75 is a good cruising speed for my car.
It'a a Goodwrench engine and a good one at that but steady speeds of 80 or more can't be good for it especially when it's not used to being out on the
highway.  So a 2 car convoy it is ! It could be a 3 or 4 car convoy if Dave Street and Ray Barr go when we do.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 28, 2014, 09:04:59 PM
I'm generally not going to go above 55 or 60 so maybe I have to go first or watch you disappear. I *could* go faster but my car is a bit elderly.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 28, 2014, 09:10:20 PM
How about I put a reflective farm implement triangle on my rear bumper and follow you with my 4 ways flashing. <lol>

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 28, 2014, 09:16:29 PM
I can try driving that speed with you. For me though that's like walking but I'll do it.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on May 28, 2014, 09:17:07 PM
How about I put a reflective farm implement triangle on my rear bumper and follow you with my 4 ways flashing. <lol>

RON
I think the HT-4100 Badge would suffice.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 28, 2014, 09:24:53 PM
Hahhaha, you may be able to go faster but it takes a long time for you to get there.  $sun$


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 28, 2014, 09:36:34 PM
Geez, my engine isn't that bad. It's a great motor, just gutless that's all. What I mean by pathetic is that the only way I can do a burn out is if the front tires
are on a white painted line on a wet road.
The triangle is not for me. I'd be providing escort for a slow moving vehicle and just warning following traffic. Going with Joe means I won't be gobbling all my
gas to get there.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 28, 2014, 09:43:17 PM
It's not the engine. It's that damn pollution control. 60 is fast enough that I don't feel unsafe and I can go faster if needed.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 28, 2014, 09:47:49 PM
Hahhaha, you may be able to go faster but it takes a long time for you to get there.  $sun$
At 60 mph yes it would take longer to get there. When your'e going that slow you need one of those new Google cars that drives itself then you can have
a nap on the way and be refreshed when you get there.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 28, 2014, 09:49:14 PM
Hahhaha, you may be able to go faster but it takes a long time for you to get there.  $sun$
At 60 mph yes it would take longer to get there. When your'e going that slow you need one of those new Google cars that drives itself then you can have
a nap on the way and be refreshed when you get there.

Yes please!


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 28, 2014, 09:58:06 PM
It's not the engine. It's that damn pollution control. 60 is fast enough that I don't feel unsafe and I can go faster if needed.

Well, there nothing I can do about the pollution equipment. It is what it is and I doubt it can be improved to be better.

Your car is easily capable of much higher speeds but for me not having seat belts, 60 would be plenty fast enough.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 28, 2014, 09:59:59 PM
I'm off to bed, g'night y'all

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 28, 2014, 10:33:55 PM

 Good banter.  <lol>

 Well, I'm sympathising with you. I coming in Victoria which is about as powerful as your HT4100, Ron. It can cruise along at about the same speed quite happily. So Gareth, with your powerhouse, will you lead or follow? Or just meet us there?

 I'm looking to be on the field around 1 PM. It shouldn't take long to rope off our area, then we can be off to the Salon to see Steve and his '49 Coupe deVille.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on May 29, 2014, 01:28:49 PM
I'm thinking I'll leave 2 hours after you and still be the first one there.
 I just can't drive my 94 under 120KM on the HWY. It won't let me go that slow.

Picked up the flyers today. I asked for 2000 but they gave me 200 <huh?>
 Jon, are you still in touch with the university? Maybe I could get them done real cheap?

GJ

Note: corrections have been made


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 29, 2014, 02:09:55 PM
I was going to tease Joe and tell him we should leave Hamilton about 9 to be there for 1 but that's mean.  :jest:

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 29, 2014, 02:23:05 PM
Tease away, my 76 year old antique out accelerates your car all week, even though it might take me a week to get there.  :rant:


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 29, 2014, 02:45:23 PM
 <looney>  Mine has the 6 litre   =rofl= with all the CA emission controls as well.  Wanna race??   :poke:

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 29, 2014, 02:50:55 PM
Yes, I'll race, in my 300C. :-) 13.262 1/4 mile at 108mph.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on May 29, 2014, 04:22:17 PM
I'm thinking I'll leave 2 hours after you and still be the first one there.
 I just can't drive my 94 under 120KM on the HWY. It won't let me go that slow.

Picked up the flyers today. I asked for 2000 but they gave me 200 <huh?>
 Jon, are you still in touch with the university? Maybe I could get them done real cheap?

GJ

Note: corrections have been made
Yeah, I'm still a student, the problem would be picking them up. They were cheap for black and white. If I get the file to them first thing tomorrow morning I might be able to pick them up on my way back to town.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on May 29, 2014, 04:43:17 PM
Yes, I'll race, in my 300C. :-) 13.262 1/4 mile at 108mph.

300 cc what?  Lawn mower??   /devil/   nya/nya

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 29, 2014, 05:09:46 PM
Not quite but here's a treat for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Moc61_OZ5G0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Moc61_OZ5G0)

and this :)

300C (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kMWP99QjwHo#t=84)


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 29, 2014, 05:52:30 PM
Tease away, my 76 year old antique out accelerates your car all week, even though it might take me a week to get there.  :rant:

I'm sure your car could beat mine, no question there. And yours could probably stop better and faster too.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 29, 2014, 05:54:25 PM
I honestly don't know. How fast is your car? Mine sure isn't very fast.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 29, 2014, 06:06:33 PM
Not quite but here's a treat for you.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Moc61_OZ5G0 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Moc61_OZ5G0)

and this :)

300C (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=kMWP99QjwHo#t=84)

Lawn tractor racing is big in the US and the UK. I've seen them race on TV and those things are fast.
The nice thing about it is it's not expensive to get into. I don't know if there is any of that racing anywhere locally.
Imagine cranking 50 hp or more out of an engine designed for 5 hp.
One of those machines could blow the doors off of Joe's '38 and probably give Gareth a run for his money too.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 29, 2014, 06:08:36 PM
I wonder how they'd do on a road course hahah


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 29, 2014, 06:43:20 PM
I wonder how they'd do on a road course hahah

They do run them in road course races in the UK where that type of racing is popular but here it's pretty much roundy-round.
Those road course machines are not your father's stock lawn tractor. They are rather sophisticated racing machines.

RON 

 


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on May 29, 2014, 07:21:26 PM
I was thinking more those ones from the youtube video. Actually just hyped up lawnmower. I think they'd love to flip on turns.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on May 29, 2014, 08:30:24 PM
Well yeah they do. When you get a 250 lb good ole boy redneck sittin' on top driving, they are very top heavy. I've seen them flip over going too fast into
turns but nobody seems to get badly hurt.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on May 30, 2014, 10:57:56 AM
Yeah, I'm still a student, the problem would be picking them up. They were cheap for black and white. If I get the file to them first thing tomorrow morning I might be able to pick them up on my way back to town.

Taken care of, the region made the mistake through lack of communication.
 I'll have 1800 more by next week.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on May 30, 2014, 01:39:01 PM

 I got lucky today. I stopped in XS cargo looking for the tents they were out of stock on. There was a fresh batch, so I grabbed 2.

 So, we're good for tents now!   whoo/hoo

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on June 01, 2014, 10:38:51 AM
Exellent! Everything is falling into place.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 01, 2014, 10:44:15 AM

 I was worried....

 My sister in law called to book a room at London Hotel and Suites and asked to have a room that was close to ours. They could no find my reservation. So, I called them and gave them the confirmation number and it was in another system, but it was there. Their online system. So all is good there.

 So my brother and sister in law (Kim and Rick) will be coming also. However he is still waiting for some parts for his '76 CDV so he won't be coming with it, but in his truck instead. They will ride into the show with us then.

 So, a couple more and a bit merrier!

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on June 01, 2014, 10:51:04 AM
What is your room #? I will call and request a room close by when I call in my confirmation.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 01, 2014, 10:56:23 AM

 I don't know. I'll have to call and ask.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 04, 2014, 08:54:12 AM

 Two more days!   whoo/hoo

 One more day work and I'm on holidays!   whoo/hoo

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 04, 2014, 09:12:52 AM
Holidays ! That's the only thing I miss about working.  No long weekends or vacation time to look forward to.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 04, 2014, 09:40:26 AM

 I can understand that. But you also don't have the letdown of that first day back after holidays or the long weekend.

 But we're going to enjoy ourselves.  Doing it up at the FCCI then a week at the cabin. We're really looking forward to it.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on June 05, 2014, 05:02:48 AM
GOOD WEATHER this weekend! YES!  :dwarf:


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 05, 2014, 05:18:49 AM
It better be good weather. 2 years ago I didn't go because of the weather. You go to all the trouble making a spotless car and it gets dirty just driving it
to London on wet roads.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 05, 2014, 05:37:50 AM

 I can understand that. But you also don't have the letdown of that first day back after holidays or the long weekend.

  Mike
Maybe so but then you have the next long weekend or holiday to look forward to. You don't have that once you retire because you're on a permanent
long weekend or vacation. When you and the wife are both retired then you can come and go as you please, you don't have to wait for anything.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 05, 2014, 07:42:25 AM
GOOD WEATHER this weekend! YES!  :dwarf:

 Yes!!!!  whoo/hoo

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on June 05, 2014, 09:32:35 AM
FYI Everyone attending the FCCI show this year.  2 things to note:

1.  Mosquitoes are out in record-breaking numbers this year.  As our assigned area is near the woods, bring "OFF" or any other type of mosquito repellant as well as protective clothing, or prepare to BE lunch.

2.  Last Sunday the same venue was used for Paw-looza, the largest fundraiser for the London area pet rescue groups.  Dogs were welcome....and everywhere.  Watch where you step; especially those of us wearing sandals.

Another suggestion is sunscreen as the weather is co-operating and it will be sunny and not overly hot, which are great conditions to get a sunburn.  I will have sunscreen with me if you forget to bring some - also some mosquito repellant.  Hats are also a great idea (BYO).

I will now exit out of "mother hen" mode and get out there and wash DCC.  I spend 4 hours on her yesterday just doing the places the dust sticks to on the door jams, trunk etc. places that can't be simply hosed off.  Today is the easy part - just a good wash and wax.  The other 2 cars are kept clean and are easy to get ready for the show.

See you all tomorrow   +wave+

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 05, 2014, 01:33:25 PM

 Good tip Sam. I have sunscreen, but never thought of mosquito repellent. Damn, I'm getting bitten in the house!

 Running around picking things up and getting all packed. Victoria is all spit an polished, and all gassed up and ready to go. Just a matter of loading her up.

 Yep, see y'all tomorrow! We're planning on leaving at or before 11AM, so we should be there between 12:30 and 1.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 05, 2014, 02:45:02 PM
I'm ready to go too, at least my car is, but first Joe and I are going to do pier 4 tonight. It's their first weekly cruise night of the season and it will probably
be quite busy. In the morning I'll pack and Joe and I will head out maybe around 11.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 05, 2014, 03:17:28 PM

 Have a good time!

 Got bug repellent, and while I was there I figgered I'd better grab another card for the camera. 8GB should do it.

 Charging batteries, packing. Still lots of room in the trunk. All the display stuff is in the back seat so I can just yank it out when I get there without having to unpack everything to get to it.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 05, 2014, 08:30:33 PM

 All packed. All stuff fits in, a few nooks and crannies for smaller stuff. The little air compressor stalls out at 65 psi, but it still sits OK.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 06, 2014, 03:47:25 AM
Mike;
When Rene brought me the parts for my car he also brought along some stuff of yours. 4 blue collapsible crates, some small white plastic tubs. a small
green tub with a lid and your come-a-long ratchet tool. I had planned on bringing them to FCCI to give you but after seeing the load in your car I doubt
you will have room for them.
Should I bring them with me or leave them here ?

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on June 06, 2014, 06:28:33 AM
Just about ready to go! Ron, I suppose I should show up at your place just before 11 then we can get on the Linc and get going.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 06, 2014, 07:58:07 AM

 Ron,

 I completely forgot about that stuff. However I will be leaving the table and tents for Gareth to take home. But still I won't have room for the stuff. I can get it from you at a later date if that's OK. I'm heading to the cabin for a week after the show and I'll need the back seat for my brother and sister in law to ride into the show.

 So, just some last minute packing and we're off and running.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 06, 2014, 08:21:16 AM
Ok    I will bring it to Doon in August.

My car is good to go. The problem is transmission related, most likely the neutral safety switch. I think that came up once before and I bought a
switch but it was never installed.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 06, 2014, 08:22:45 AM

 Have you pulled the codes?

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 06, 2014, 08:40:48 AM
Yeah- Tony did that this morning the reset it. It was code 29
It sounds as if Tony will be at FCCI tomorrow. He needs to check a couple of things on his car first.
He will be bringing his blue '76 Eldorado con VERT able.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 06, 2014, 03:34:02 PM

 That would be good if Tony makes it.

 All set up. We are a bit down on room this year, and Steve was somewhat testy. So we are, for today anyway, staying out of his way. But no issues for 9 cars. I forgot to get pics, I'll get some tomorrow.

 Everyone has checked into their rooms. I await dinner plans and await Kim and Richard's arrival.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 06, 2014, 04:34:48 PM

 Sam. Are you there?

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on June 06, 2014, 07:04:17 PM
I'm here - what's up?


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on June 07, 2014, 08:10:51 PM
Ya'll better be enjoying yourselves there with the weather we had today. I drove 800km making a couple trailer loads of stuff to the new house. I discovered 4000lb trailer, 120km/h, and air conditioning is about the limit of the cooling capacity of the truck. It wasn't overheating, but it was the first time I'd ever seen the gauge past the half way mark (usually it sets just a little under the half way line).


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on June 07, 2014, 09:00:48 PM
Any of you guys having fun?  FCCI is usually such a boring occasion  =rofl=

During set-up we were all "test driving" each others' cars.  Joe started it off with offering to let us drive his '38 (!!!).  I was the first to try (I'm not stupid - when a guy says do you want to drive my car there IS only one answer).  For the record, I'm the only tester NOT to stall his car  :poke:  Joe tried my '57 Chev and drove DCC for me to the show.

We had helicopter rides going overhead all day; and a couple of AF planes went over a few times, too.  There was no way I could walk the whole show! 

A bunch of us had dinner tonight at SmokeNBones.  Lots of food and laughter.

I'm exhausted and heading to bed.

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 08, 2014, 05:38:49 AM

 Yes, such a boring time..... <lol>

 Man, what a show this year. I didn't even really get out to see anything. The crowds are just too much. But today I'll make my rounds. However there is rain in the forecast for today. May have to get those tents down so they don't get wet.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on June 08, 2014, 04:22:55 PM
I had a fantastic time. Talking and browsing, cleaning the engine bay in DCC etc etc

It rained CRAZY on the way home. My car was running GREAT so I kept it at 75mph all the way... no problem!

I think it cleaned my lifters out a bit.. when I finally stopped at home it was as hot as I have ever seen it but they were as quiet as can be.

90 minutes at 75mph is a pretty good stress test for a 76 year old car. Proved it all works as it should.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 08, 2014, 04:33:17 PM

 Damn! 75 MPH? That's smoking for that car! Victoria is hard pressed to keep up that pace, but I know she do it. Now you know everything is as good as it can be. These cars were designed for high speed comfortable travel.

 I had a great time once again. It was awesome to see everyone, and chat to my heart's desire about Cadillacs. We had a great display once again, and the Mustangs didn't bother me a bit. We had a lot of folk come directly to our display by-passing the Mustangs parked in front.

 After my chat with Steve today, I think this may be a go next year. He was thrilled with the numbers. 4,500 cars. that's a lot by any standard. And he was in very good humour too.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 08, 2014, 06:44:25 PM
Any of you guys having fun?  FCCI is usually such a boring occasion  =rofl=

During set-up we were all "test driving" each others' cars.  Joe started it off with offering to let us drive his '38 (!!!).  I was the first to try (I'm not stupid - when a guy says do you want to drive my car there IS only one answer).  For the record, I'm the only tester NOT to stall his car  :poke:  Joe tried my '57 Chev and drove DCC for me to the show.

Sam

I was not among those testers today. In fact of the many times I've been in Joe's car I've never driven it. The chance has been offered to me but I turn
it down.  One day I will though.
My drive home wasn't so great. I had to stop on the 401 several times to refit a wiper blade that came loose. Apparently one of the parts that keeps the blade
on the arm failed allowing the blade to slide off the pin. I eventually stopped at the truck weigh scales and got a strip of Scotch tape. I put the blade back on
and wrapped the tape around the blade and the arm to keep it together. It worked until I got home. I stopped at Parts Source and got new Bosch blades.
$50, what a rip !
I wish there was only one universal style of wiper arm instead the four or so we have. You buy new blades and they give you several different attachments to
choose from to mount the blade. Why do they make things so difficult for us ?

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on June 08, 2014, 07:49:08 PM
Despite having the shortest drive home, I probably had the most problems.  My 81 Eldo decided to "lose" reverse today, and had to be pushed into her parking spot (how embarrassing).  On the way home, my windshield wipers (which were working just fine thank you) folded themselves neatly into the hood after 2 km, and refused to move   at    all.   She is currently nose 1st into the garage.  The mechanics will be here in the morning to check it out and if it's not a simple fix, they'll push her out of my garage  :irked: so I can drive her to their garage .... sigh ....  You know your car is a problem child when you have your mechanics cell phone number and they answer your call on a Sunday afternoon.

It was great walking around the show with Mike (Saturday) and Ronnie (Sunday).  I learn SO much from these guys.  Ronnie found a pinstriping guy that fixed my driver's door for only $15!!  I would have paid more in gas to get to them, so that was a HUGE find and bargain (thanks again, Ronnie).

Joe is HIRED as my detail guy - I think he'll work for pot(tery) so we'll both be happy. Joe, maybe next time you can drive Cali - AFTER she's spent a week or 2 in rehab   cursin>

I met Ed, and Sue (better known as CarFreak on another board) and it was so great to meet them and learn about her life and vehicles.  She's a beautiful lady, inside and out.

I talked with Jim for a bit, but he was zonked, so we let him catch a few zzzzz's.

Unfortunately the show ended with a fizzle as the day was overcast, and then it rained early in the afternoon.

Next week we'll be at http://www.guelphlionsclubs.org/index.cfm?page=carshow  weather permitting   $sun$

Stay dry   :poke:

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on June 08, 2014, 08:04:43 PM
Ron, driving in that rain without wipers... not a fun proposition! $50 sure is steep!

Sam, both counts, terrible... I have to wonder if the two problems may be related to some electrical issue. It seems very coincidental to me. I hope it's not something complicated or expensive to fix. I'll detail your cars any day. Don't forget, I am also the official screw tightener.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on June 08, 2014, 08:09:58 PM
Ron, driving in that rain without wipers... not a fun proposition! $50 sure is steep!

Sam, both counts, terrible... I have to wonder if the two problems may be related to some electrical issue. It seems very coincidental to me. I hope it's not something complicated or expensive to fix. I'll detail your cars any day. Don't forget, I am also the official screw tightener.

HEY!  That was supposed to be OUR little secret!!   s.h.h.h

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 08, 2014, 08:43:59 PM
I was lucky that it was the passenger side blade that failed. I didn't want to take the blade off for fear of wiper the arm itself scratching the glass even though
the end of the arm has a plastic tip.
As far as the price goes I am sure you are paying more for the Bosch name more than for the actual blade itself. Personally I think most wiper blades now are just
cheap crap made of plastic and low quality rubber. This last pair of blades, I put on my car late last summer and they began to chatter almost right from the start.
I do not remember what type they were from CTC, they have so many. They cost about $18 each and were supposed to be good blades. Sometimes they would
chatter and sometimes not and I am not expecting these new ones to be any better.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on June 08, 2014, 10:35:08 PM
I get blades at Costco, they're not expensive and I really like their performance.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 09, 2014, 04:54:57 AM
We just got a Costco card but the store isn't that close to us and is in an shopping area that is very busy so we tend to avoid going there. Pam and I
went to the store to check it out and the store itself was very busy and what they sell were in quantities just too large for us. Gasoline prices were good
but the store is about 15 minutes away and not easily accessible from the highway so unless we are in the area it's just not worth our while going.

RON  


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 09, 2014, 05:42:30 AM

 Wipers only fail when it rains. So if you drive your car in fair weather, they will work just fine.

 Having said that, I have to admit that GM wipers in the 80's seem to be powered by black magic. Also I scored some really good blades from NAPA. I find pretty much anything you buy from Crappy Tire is junk. I'm lucky to get the summer out of them let alone a winter.

 Sam, I fear that the issue is in the transmission itself. There is no electrical involved in the shift to reverse. These transmissions were all mechanical, but with certain electrical add ins for TCC, and the modulated displacement. It may be an internal linkage issue, the pan will have to come off for that. But trying myself, there was a definite detent as it went into reverse, but nothing happened.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 09, 2014, 06:29:50 AM

 I downloaded all the pics I took on Photobucket. Have a look see.

 http://s273.photobucket.com/user/guidematic/library/Fleetwood%20Cruize%20In%202014?sort=3&page=1

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on June 09, 2014, 03:31:26 PM
Wow! What a weekend.
 I can't remember the last time I had that much fun.
It was great seeing everyone together and I got to drive Joe's 38. What an experience that was.
 In return I let Joe drive my 94 back to his hotel, and he wrung it out good.
We had a fun evening in our suite and I got quite a lesson in photography. I'll be practicing what Joe taught me.
 I took lots of photo's but I have to re size them to post here so I'll do it later. Go over to our FB page to see the album I put there.
 One more thing, Someone has the box of flyers for our August show and my business cards.
 They probably got put in someones trunk so they wouldn't get wet. Let me know so I can make arrangements to get them back. Sam, I'm going to try to go to Guelph next weekend to promote our show. I'll keep you posted as to whats going on.
Cheers for now.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on June 09, 2014, 03:36:09 PM
I had a fantastic time. It was very nice to get to know the members I hadn't met before. Sam and Bruce are just great people, just great. I forgot to show off my feet!!!!

I enjoyed starting my car for those interested and letting them hear how the old flatheads ran.

Since I got home I pulled my points out. Cleaned them thoroughly and put them back in and now they are lined up so the two contact areas are perfectly in line. Then I reset the gap and the timing and it has never had this much power (Not since I have owned it!) I got a chirp out of the back tires, I will have to be careful, don't want to break something. It could get expensive.

Gareth, I really wanted to drive your car properly but I was afraid of breaking something. You car has the power and handling to do some amazing things, things it probably has never done before. Maybe next time.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on June 09, 2014, 03:39:24 PM
Joe, you did drive it properly whoo/hoo, but I wasn't going to turn the traction control off. shake/head
 I'd be putting new tires on...... again. <doh!>

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on June 09, 2014, 03:40:10 PM
No I didn't. You don't know. hehe heee  ;D I wasn't about to push things and break something, I don't know what the rubbing sound is from. Next time I will show you, if you want. Your engine is begging for some performance driving.

EDIT: I wouldn't wreck your tires if you turned off the TC. That dastardly pulsing of the TC due to a slow computer. It's a function of the age of the processing power of the controller.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on June 10, 2014, 02:32:22 PM
Kevin reprogrammed the computer for me. Changing the TC was part of it.
 I can override it with my foot now, but don't like to unless I'm pulling away from a stop in the rain.
As for the performance driving, I do push it from time to time but the LT1 has been known to make mincemeat out of the 4L60E on many occasions. I had to put a new tranny in my 95 Caprice and it had the L99 (4.3L)

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on June 10, 2014, 04:50:45 PM
Post Cruise News    censored/   censored/   censored/

Tranny needs re-done to the tune of ~1500 (local guy, not Mr. Transmission or similar) being overlooked by my regular garage guys.  Once that is done, the wipers will be repaired, the rocker arm covers removed, de-greased, repainted, new gaskets, etc.  I hope to have the car back by Saturday.  If not, no Guelph show for me.

 shake/head

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 10, 2014, 05:58:29 PM
$1500 bucks ! WOW !  Man, that sucks.
It's amazing how fast things can get done but don't hold you're breath for Guelph, however I do hope you will be good to go by then.
I have a small trans leak which is probably the main seal but because of the cost and the amount of work to do it I put in a can of Lucas trans stop leak
and it seems to have slowed it down somewhat.

Good luck !
RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: HavanaJoe on June 10, 2014, 06:15:41 PM
That's terrible Sam! Oh the woes of old cars, we are keepers, not owners.  bow/down Bow to the old car and the mechanic. It sure feels nice when they run right though.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Jon on June 10, 2014, 10:12:56 PM
Dang that's bad news sam.
I had to do a complete overhaul of the transmission in the wildcat a few years ago. It was shot, so while it was open I did everything for peace of mind.


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: 57chevyowner on June 11, 2014, 09:08:04 AM
Cali is getting a complete "makeover" now that the tranny is out.  No point in going cheap! I plan on putting a LOT of miles on that car   -yes-

Sam


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: EXCRUISERGUY on June 11, 2014, 12:11:41 PM
That does suck, but that is a really good price to have your tranny rebuilt.
 I'm hoping to make it to the show on Saturday but I don't want to be the only one there.
I'll cross my fingers and hope everything goes well for you.

GJ


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 15, 2014, 03:49:58 PM

 I just got back to town. We had a great and relaxing time at the cabin.

 Sorry about the trans, Sam. But I had a strong feeling it was deep in and would require at least removal. But I didn't  want to scare you with the news.

 Gareth, I have the flyers and your cards. I put them inthe car to keep them dry. I'll bring them by tomorrow.

 I'll catch up with the rest later.......

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 15, 2014, 03:57:15 PM
It's about time you got back Mike. It's been a VERY quiet week with you away. Glad to see you all new and fresh again and ready to get back into the grind.
Welcome back !     rock:on    bananna'  bananna'

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 15, 2014, 05:38:01 PM

 Thanks Ron!

 Yeah, back to the grind is what I'm afraid of, but I wanted to check in and see what was going on with y'all. I'm still off tomorrow, but Maureen has to be back to work.

 I wish we had today yesterday. 11 degrees and with a really cool, raw wind off the lake, we stayed in most of the day. But I got caught up with a lot of my reading.

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 15, 2014, 05:54:29 PM

 Just had a shower.....first since last Monday. I was getting just a bit gamey.

 That feels sooooo much better!

 Mike


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: Ronnie on June 15, 2014, 06:20:43 PM
Yeah, it was cool and windy here too. Joe and I did that church cruise yesterday and it really didn't warm up to where I had wished I had worn shorts.
However we had a good day. As usual Joe's car was one of the more popular ones there. I suppose it's the colour and the rarity of it and I think
Joe just loves showing it off. I don't blame him. There always seemed to be a lot of folks checking it out and taking pictures of it all day.
This was the church's 4th annual cruise and was by far the largest attendance of cars yet. Last year was my first one and there were maybe 60 or so
cars there. This year there were over 100. Where else can you go to a cruise with free admission, a free sit down breakfast and BBQ lunch, a dash
plaque and a tote bag. The tote bag was empty but it was a freebee and I wouldn't be surprised if next year the tote bags actually toted something.
One of their church members has his own oval track race car team and had his car there. He fired it up and did a few slow laps around the parking lot.
Another member runs an old school front engine dragster and had that there too. He didn't drive but he did fire it up and assaulted everyone's ear
drums when he cranked up the throttle.
After that Pam and I went to that BBQ at the Warplane museum for the night time air show and BBQ. That was really different but I'll tell you about it later.

RON


Title: Re: Fleetwood Country Cruize In
Post by: guidematic on June 15, 2014, 06:38:28 PM

 Wow! That sounds like a great show.

 Mike