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Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 7:54 am
by RiverPatrol
Nice to see some renewed interest from the kids. Congrats on the new grandson. Makes me realize I have been on sabbatical from mine for too long now.

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 2:01 am
by faux40
A lot later into the summer that I would have liked, but Decapitation 2017 has happened! Went for a topless drive with most of the family this evening! Aerogirl ran fantastic!


Decapitation 2017
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Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:40 am
by RiverPatrol
That's one of the Patrol's endearing qualities; you can neglect it for months but when you do finally go to start it they run great. 8-)

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:38 am
by faux40
So... I probably should fix the gas gauge. We ran out of gas driving home Sunday morning... I could'a sworn that there should have been a few gallons left. I think it's my first out-of-gas experience in 30-years. Oops. Luckily Joe was willing to run the 2 miles home and grab the lawn mower gas and drive it back to us. Joe was something like 12 when we got the Patrol. He's 16-1/2 and has his license now... and begs to drive the Patrol (uh... no...)!

Out of Gas... Doh!
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On a semi-related note. We were heading home from a family brunch to get ready for Jay's show. He did a great summer music program with the local music store (Skip's Music). The kids audition for the program and then are grouped into bands and are tasked with writing two original songs and learning one cover song. Then the program has the big show at an outdoor amphitheater in Rocklin, CA (with about 1,000 folks attending!) -- Anyway, we needed to get him to the venue in time when I ran us out of gas. No stress there!

Little-Jay, Big-Jay!
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Not only did Jay Rock the show, but the program asked him to play in TWO bands! Next week each of his bands gets to record one of their original songs in a professional recording studio. I'm a proud dad!

John

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 10:03 am
by mad4hws
Sounds like a lot of fun - What would life be like without a little drama along the way. Now you have a really cool story as well that you will undoubtedly be talking about for years to come.

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Sat Aug 19, 2017 10:18 pm
by faux40
If the Patrol engines get any more rare, Babbitting may be our last resort!

This article about babbitting bearings is cool!

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a2 ... -bearings/

John

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:45 am
by Esteban
faux40 wrote:If the Patrol engines get any more rare, Babbitting may be our last resort!

This article about babbitting bearings is cool!

http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/a2 ... -bearings/

John


Excellent read! :clap: :clap:

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2017 5:27 pm
by L60Boerne
Faux40,
Thank you for that little blast from the Babbitt past. Faulty fuel gauges on Patrols will get your attention.....sooner or later. Hopefully it is the sending unit. If it isn't, then APT Instruments can fix the gauge. I sent the gauge up to them on CCV5 Saturday. They did a great, but expensive, job on CCV4 last year.
Long live Patroits and Patrols,
L60Boerne

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:21 am
by faux40
KABOOM!

A few weeks ago, it was something like 233 degrees Fahrenheit here in the Sacramento area... Well, it was really only 114 degrees Fahrenheit (that's 45.5 degrees Celsius in case you swing that way!).. but that's really, really hot around these parts. Shortly after, I noticed that our Patrol was sitting kinda lopsided... Turns out that the heat caused the left rear tire to literally explode! I coulda sworn that I'd taken a picture of the shredded tire, but I can't find it! Anyway, the tread separated from the tire for several inches and there were tire chunks laying about! It was ugly. I'm glad that it didn't happen while driving... that would have been bad.

Today, we got Aerogrl some new shoes! Just about had to take a second mortgage to buy them... but they look, and ride nice!
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A close up!
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I chose to stick with these (235/75R15) rather than go larger... I would have liked slightly taller tires, but not any wider. I like the old cookie cutter look. The next size in the same tire would have been 1" taller AND 1" wider. I think I made the right choice!

Happy Monday!

John

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 3:01 pm
by Esteban
Tires really look great!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

I'm taking note of the tire size and brand you've installed.

Glad to know that the tire blew up with the Patrol stopped and nobody nearby.

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:53 pm
by moore_rb
114...?

Bah- You're a lightweight. I eat 114 for breakfast. :twisted:

Tires look great

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:20 am
by L60Boerne
You will love those tires, I drive over mesquite thorns every weekend with them, long lasting too.
Well done.
Double clutchin to the clouds,
L60BOERNE

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:26 pm
by faux40
No pictures, but exciting news -- Joe got to drive the Patrol to High School today (this is a one-off thing... he's won't get to drive it to school very often ;-)) -- He's was pretty surprised that I suggested it!

On another note, I'm toying with lightening up my Patrol load... I've been reading all about the Swedish Death Cleaning trend. I'm so buried in Patrols and parts its tough to get anything done! I'm thinking that if I were to reduce to a single Patrol and a few spare parts, I'd be able to make more progress... I suffer from the too many projects, too little time disorder...
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyl ... 43d2fac47e

John

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 10:27 am
by RiverPatrol
I TOTALLY understand. :D

Re: 1967 Family Patrol Project

PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 10:12 pm
by faux40
Howdy All! You're fair weather patroller... Well, perhaps just silly busy patroller. Joe is 17 and driving regularly now -- He was just 12 or so when we got the patrol
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Circa 2013. Joe's in the middle, Barritt's on the left, Jay on the right

Anyway, he likes to take the patrol to Track practice a couple times a week. I think he gets car-cred at high school for it! Anyway, when he got home and parked it, and lake Valdez formed. Dang!
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Everything under the hood is protected from corrosion now... there is oil everywhere! Its all quite shiny!

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Here's Lake Valdez

I think the nylon tubing for the oil pressure gauge is the culprit. Either the tubing itself, or the at the fitting. Where ever, it was a fountain! I haven't pulled it apart yet, but at least there is a little left in the crankcase, so that is good. I may have time tomorrow afternoon or Saturday to check. Fingers crossed!

john