I had been planning to leave for weeks now. I had the route all set. All the stops were planned out. I was gonna start at the Santa Monica Pier – the “end” of Route 66 – and take it all the way to Flagstaff, AZ hitting all the important Route 66 stops along the … More Update on The 55
December of last year, just before I left for Colorado, The 55 died on me. It all started with the Torque Converter Clutch not engaging in the transmission. And not only was it not engaging, but it was downshifting the transmission into 3rd gear. Jimmy the transmission-guy & Holley figured it out and now they’ve … More Old Car Frustrations
The new engine is in and it is a running and driving machine. Well, it is running… And it does drive. But the damn thing wouldn’t let the torque converter lock up on the freeway. At 60 mph the tach reads 3100 rpm. Not good. Over the years I’ve become friends with some of the … More The 55 2.0 …or is it the 6.0? SEMA, Pleasanton and the Duel in the Desert.
Here’s the latest on the new engine. The brake lines are in. And so is a line-lock set-up that had been sitting around on the “around-to-it” list for years. I’ve noticed that I’ll gather up things that I want/need for the car and then never get around to installing them. One project becomes two and … More The LQ4 Part Two – It is alive!!
If you’ve been following along you know I put a lot of miles on The 55. And if you’re keeping track, we’ve been thru 10 states and 17 National Parks since last May. From the top of Pike’s Peak, 14,115 above sea level to the bottom of Badwater -282 below sea level. From the Bonneville Salt … More The LQ4 / The 55 2.0
I got up the next morning and hit I-40 West towards Albuquerque. From I-40 we exited Central Avenue which is the old Route 66. Central Avenue is Route 66 gold if you’re looking for cool stuff like the Tewa Motor Lodge. I also spotted a super cool man hole cover celebrating Albuquerque’s tricentennial anniversary. If … More Albuquerque, Petrified Forest National Park and Some Snow
Monday morning we got up early and hit the road. It was a grey outside. Overcast, cloudy, wet and cold. But we were out on the open road. “Get the motor running. Head out on the highway. Looking for adventure. And whatever comes our way.” From the Texas Motor Speedway we took Highway 114 North … More Oklahoma, Cadillac Ranch, and more Old Route 66.
From Abilene we took The 20 straight into Dallas Ft. Worth. I’ve grown to love the city of Dallas over the years. I got to spend 28 days straight there during the great State Fair of Texas. Good times with Big Tex – that guys know’s how to party! But I’d never been to DFW … More Dallas/Ft. Worth in The 55
Car show season is back. And I couldn’t be happier. My first show of the year is the Goodguys Rod & Custom 9th Spring Nationals at the Texas Motor Speedway in No Limit, Texas – Dallas / Ft. Worth. It’s a super cool venue – the infield of a full-on race track – both NASCAR and … More On The Road Again in The 55
I got back from Northern California late on Monday.Rested on Tuesday.Washed and refueled The 55 on Wednesday.And left for Scottsdale, AZ early Thursday morning.My plan was to hit Joshua Tree National Park on my way out to the Goodguys season finale in Scottsdale, AZ.I took The 10 out of Los Angeles and onto Highway 62 … More Joshua Tree National Park, Goodguys & CSX3170