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Old 06-30-2019, 12:23 PM
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Meat Car show at St. Ignace Michigan

Oops, meant to say Neat not Meat in the title!

Yesterday we were meandering home from the UP of MIchigan and stopped in St. ignace for breakfast. As we cam into town it quickly became apparent it was the old car day there. The road along the shore there was lined both sides for about a mile with nice and very nice car. No MBs but there was a rat rod pickup with a Cummins 6bt.
My favorite in no order was a late model corvette this had been made into a split window coupe with very convincing nose and tail of a stingray, a lovely 38 Lincoln Zepher, a bright red 54 Cad two door hardtop and a very lovely Jag xk140 coupe in BRG with chrome wheels.
There was nice numbers of early corvettes and a load of tri 5s.
Good time!

Today we are in Petosky where the rock picking is spectacular. The Mrs. loves picking rocks off the beach and dragging them home!

Michigan has a load of lakes left over from the Glaciers. What a lovely place. Lots of lumbering going on. They clean out a patch leaving a few trees here and there that are worth nothing (I surmise).

I thought the semi approaching had his turn signal on to turn in next to me so pulled out in front of him with my 32' Trailer. He roared past blowing his air horn with two trailers of logs tagging behind him.

Yikes! Glad he had plenty of room.
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Old 06-30-2019, 02:49 PM
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Some of the best-looking cars ever built were those late-Thirtie’s Lincoln’s.
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Old 07-02-2019, 09:42 AM
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Exactly. The stylists were looking at it when they designed the front of the 39 Studebaker CE.
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Old 07-02-2019, 04:31 PM
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For whatever reasons. Some of the most enduring classical styles where designed in the depths of the depression era. Why I have no real ideal. Yet perhaps getting some sales meant pulling out a lot of stops. I also wondered since the real efforts seemed to start in 1932. If there was great fear of the people involved losing their jobs.

As for the semi clear cut areas you drove by. Perhaps like here they only take the softwood and leave the clusters of hardwood behind a lot of the times. I do not know what the demand is like. Lumber prices are at historical highs here right now.

It is raining on average about five of every seven days. I am having a hard time getting things done. This seems very unusual weather and hopefully will not continue. Yet the whole summer projection is for unsettled weather here.

I have yet to find a way to install an available rear sway bar on the 39 Buick. It has such a deep suspension movement it really needs one. The first Buicks to be equipped with them where the 1940 versions. Yet I seem to corner decently and not like a typical gangster car in the old movies.

The original coils springs are still used but modern type shocks. With a modern type open driveshaft and rear axel.

When I hit railway tracks at a substantial angle I feel it. It almost feels like both rear wheels have a mind of their own. It does not change directional control but it still is quite the sensation. The railway tracks have to have quite a hump there as well to do this

Another possibility is the shocks are at about a 45 degree angle. So their rebound component may be too strong. Keeping a wheel off the ground even perhaps. Even if this is so the rear sway bar would help I believe. Some of these suspension issues can take some time to get right.

I ran the car in a car club by invitation road rally once. They closed off many roads on Prince Edward Island. We did okay but I was apprehensive of going too fast. If any resident did not know the rally was underway and drove out of their driveway. Even though it was rural. The consequences could have been bad.

We started at one minute spacing. Only where I had good forward vision for a substantial distance did I really open it up. I would like to think I caught up to the corvette that started before me legitimately. The reality is he probably thought the same as I did. The guy that started behind us never caught up. The car is good at really high speeds. No sensation of road float at all.

I never had the car on a dynometer. Over bored 327 with a good cam and headers. Strong but not spectacular engine. There is one very long serious hill in our region. Most modern cars are working hard on it. I hardly feel it in comparison. What we miss in so many modern cars. You drive this for a long distance and it does not fatigue you at all. You get out and it is like you just drove to town.

The wheelbases where long then and the suspension may have been designed for a lot of unpaved roads back then. They kind of soak up and average the bumps in the road. Visability is actually superior to modern cars as well. That year was the first year of much larger glass area. You still have the center windshield bar. But the glass area is large for the vintage. Plus your view point is higher.

One of the most amusing things after I stopped at a garage to get a car wash before a distant show. They put a crew on it washing it by hand. They would not accept payment as they said we never get to wash a car like this. At the same show two older women came up. One asked the other whatever her name was. Do you remember large back seats like this. The other one replied yes I sure do. I leave it to your imagination. I just knew exactly what the two were talking about.

Reminded me of that old situation. Where the guy asks the lady if she wants to get in the back seat. She replies no I want to be with you.

As for a fun smaller car that handles reasonably and seems reasonably agile. The old 114 Mercedes coupes are still pretty much ignored. With a manual transmission and in decent shape. They still are pretty inexpensive. If you can find one. Or take an automatic one and set up the automatic shift points later. Not the same but better than they came from the factory.

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Old 07-03-2019, 12:48 AM
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Yes those coupes are nice....again, try to find one not all rusted out. West or southern for sure.
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Old 07-03-2019, 07:50 AM
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seen,a nice old caddy with a cummin's would be nice,to fit one in a w126
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Old 07-03-2019, 08:02 AM
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It was a cool car show. I happened to stay at the Straits state park on Wednesday, on my way up to Whitefish point. Lots of car people already in town then. The campground was filled with cool old iron - a beautifully restored late 50s Corvette, GTO, a really neat early 70s Ford LTD wagon hot rod. A great accidental treat for a car guy!
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Old 07-03-2019, 10:21 AM
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Thumbs up 'Tis The Season !

For car shows and the better (IMO) local meet & greets, there are several I attend in the large Los Angeles metropolitan area, always something different to see .
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I saw Lady Gaga's meat dress but I didn't know she had a meat car. Pretty cool.
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