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Leaks and more leaks

Plenty going on with the Dodge lately but not a lot of time to write about it.  Here’s a quick update:

Joel reported today via text that he hoped to take the Dodge out for a quick spin but then discovered the gas tank is leaking. He put a substantial amount of gas in it for the first time last night and, low and behold!, if you fill the tank up you discover a pinhole leak 3/4 of the ways up the tank. Something new to fix.

In the process of tracking down the fuel tank leak, Joel discovered the fuel pump needs to be repaired because, guess what? that’s leaking, too!

Oh well. We planned to replace the fuel pump anyway. Eventually. Now it might happen sooner.

Joel also reported that the Dodge continues to drive okay and then stalls out after a bit. Joel figures this is related to the carb, which he rebuilt. He’s thinking  his rebuild (his first time rebuilding one) could use a little help from our  big brother, Don who is an actual car mechanic.

Still, Joel remains positive. Here’s his text to me about the leaks, “Yeah. I’m still time and time again impressed that this car runs as well as it does right now. These little things are inevitable.”

So more work to do. Hey, we never thought this would be easy. Just mostly fun.

On kind of a fun side note, my son, Ryan, had to bring a picture to school that describes something that happened over his weekend. The picture is then used as a writing prompt for writing class. So on Sunday night, Ryan went looking for a picture on my iphone and picked this one.

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But why this picture of a car? I mean it’s gorgeous and all but what does it have to do with Ryan’s weekend?

Well, last Saturday, we were in Northfield after attending Uncle Marvin’s surprise birthday party and noticed that there were a couple of cool cars in the Witt Bros. Auto garage. So Ryan and I drove on over and peeked in the window. There was a ’64 Corvette and what I believe is a ’40 Chevy. We, being somewhat strange in that we get excited when we see old cars parked along the road, took a picture of the cars through the shop windows so we could show Joel the cool, old car (apologies to the Witt Brothers for peeking in your shop windows – it was too much to resist!).

I think it’s kind of cool that Ryan picked a car picture for his picture of the weekend. He’s rather taken with mini bikes and go carts and things that go lately and is pretty interested in the Dodge and other old cars.

I think he’s growing up to be a bit of a motorhead.

I’m pretty sure Grandpa Anderson is smiling down at us from up in Heaven at that thought 🙂

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Homecoming

So my brother and I bought a Dodge.  We decided that it would make the most sense to get the Dodge to my brother’s house in Minneapolis because:

  • Joel has a two car garage and just one car
  • Joel is going to be the main person working on the car so it makes sense to have it at his house.

Trouble was, the Dodge was in our Uncle Marvin’s garage on a property in Oronoco, Minnesota and there was no way we could actually drive it to Joel’s house because the engine is stuck, among other things.  We knew we needed to haul the Dodge to Joel’s somehow. But neither of us has a truck, let alone a dolly or trailer of any sort.

So I started asking around to find out who could haul the Dodge for us. My first stop was to talk to Mark of Witt Bros. Auto Repair in Northfield.

Actually, I need to go back in time a bit here first. When I first found out about the Dodge and wondered if we should buy it, I stopped in to Witt Bros. and asked Mark a bunch of questions about if buying the Dodge was a good idea and, if we did, what kind of work we could expect to put into it to get it running. Mark’s short answer was “It’s a done deal.” In other words, “yes, go buy the car, Myrna. It’s a good idea.” Mark and Mike (the Witt Brothers) have both been great help in listening to me talk about the Dodge and sharing information on restoration with me. They are good people.

Back to hauling the Dodge. Mark told me that I should talk to John at Northfield Auto Care and see if he could haul the Dodge for us. So I stopped in and talked to John who said, yes, he could haul it for us using a dolly system (a tow-truck system where he lifts the front wheels up and puts the back two wheels on a four-wheel dolly so each back wheel is in a wheel-cradle of sorts, then pulls the vehicle behind his truck). So we set up a date and time for the pick up and delivery.

And Joel cleaned out his garage to make room for the Dodge.

Joel met Uncle Marvin last Thursday (8/22/13) at Marvin’s garage. I stayed at Joel’s house with his son and my two kids. Joel said John obviously knew his stuff and he got right to work getting the Dodge on the dolly and started off to Minneapolis. Sadly, on the drive home, one of the already loose side vent windows  flew out and smashed on the road. But oh well. We were going to replace it anyway.

It was dark by the time Joel got home.  John was minutes behind him and drove around to the alley. He backed the Dodge into the garage perfectly – he’s obviously a pro at what he does and was very nice to work with.

Shortly after unloaded the Dodge, a neighbor of Joel’s showed up to see the Dodge. I commented to John that the Dodge was attracting attention. His response was that, yes, people love old cars and we can expect a lot of visitors from here on out.

Here’s a bunch of pictures of the Dodge getting hauled home. Click on any image to view full size or to view in a slide show.

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