Fun Run Memories
Once again I'm a No Show. Had hoped to get together with someone to share driving
and expenses but it's not working this year. So in honor of the fine occasion here are
a few pics from recent drives. Before I had a digital camera, I took Kodachrome slides
and D8 video, there are boxes of that stuff, not unpacked since move to AZ.
So first pic is from 2008. There is a nice copper colored Kadett (?) at the end of
the row, but I can't find any more pics.
Next 4 from 2011. I think Dieter S. took a pic of each car and driver that time.
Last pic here is from 2012 near Sacramento.
More Memories and Ramblings
Here are some pics at OGTS from 2013.
Some of you may remember my friend Richard Walsh. He rode to Gil's at least
one time with me, and also to Rohnert Park Aug 2015 on Friday for OMC 35th.
He was a car guy, although his car of choice was a '69 Dodge Charger (He had 2),
and was well along in restoring a '69 Dart. He was always on for a car show and a
good tasty beer, the best kind of friend. Richard died suddenly in November 2015.
2 pics are at Hofbrauhous Las Vegas, after MOPAR event at the track March 2015.
Thanks Roy for the pictures. We'll try to get some good ones this year for you so you can be with us in virtual reality.
Today is Nor Cal Fun Run Adam. What? Well if tomorrow is Fun Run Eve, then what came before Eve? --- ADAM.
Have tomorrow off to prep the car, make the potato salad and buy last minute necessities. I hope all of you are prepping as well. The weather tomorrow is showers but it is supposed to be partly sunny and dry on Saturday. Highs in the low 70's. Looking forward to a great day.
See everyone bright and early at the Auburn StarBucks.
PBBoy12 look forward to meeting you tomorrow at 8AM at Starbucks in Auburn.
Looks like we're bringing:
Alex-Croissants with Apple Jam
Neil-I'll bring some diet soda and brownies and fruit.
What else are people bringing? (Other than appetites?) lol
Oh yeah and Alex and I will be in his GT with me as the pilot him as the co-pilot.
Up early getting ready to pack up and head to Auburn. The roads are wet here in the foothills since we had heavy rain yesterday. Not complaining we need the rain. They reported snow to 5000' but we are not going that high so I do not expect to see any plus the roads were all warm so it would melt immediately. Drive carefully everyone.
FUN is the watch word for the day.
Thanks T-Ray for organizing this, leading the run, and getting us all there in one piece and at the same time.
Only two road side rescues. Not bad. The first was a loose nut holding the Petronix in place. I'll let Alex tell you about the second one.
And thanks Gil, for hosting this and putting on a great feed.
Special thanks to Mike from Team TinyVette. Just as Alex and I followed Alan onto highway 99 North on our way home, the clutch cable failed as we we're in third gear on the freeway onramp. Third gear of course would not be able to achieve and sustain a freeway speed. Alex and I pulled his GT to the side of the freeway to find the clutch cable had failed and was loose.
By 8:04 pm with only about 30 minutes of sunset light left, we put a call in for towing with AAA. Not 5 minutes later Mike pulls up behind us. He had taken a slightly different route home than Alex, Alan and I. Thank goodness he did because it put him behind us and had he not been, we would be waiting 90 mins for a tow truck in the dark on a dangerously busy freeway!
Mike and Alex worked together and found that 2 of the 3 E clips holding the clutch cable in place had popped off. Mike found one on the ground and they were able to reinstall 2 of the 3 E clips. Thank goodness we had more than just 1 E clip holding that cable in place!!!
Earlier in the day Paul had issues with major oil leakage and we stopped several times to check and fill. Patrick had trouble with his carburator flooding and a nut that fell off and jammed a moving part along with misfires. Both were corrected and afterward his car ran great.
All of these challenges were overcome because we work as a team. No Opeler Left Behind!
Why get AAA when you can get Team Tinyvette?
Gather 'round kids! This is gonna be a long one!
So on the way back from Gil's, Neil and I were cruising along Highway 99 in my GT along with Alan in his GT. Neil was just about to shift into 4th, when he could not find the clutch pedal, and stepped on the brake pedal a few times trying. I knew that something was wrong, and had caused the clutch pedal to fall to the floor. We pulled over, abandoned by Alan, and I discovered that the stirrup end of the clutch cable popped off of the pedal. After a little Opel Sutra I put the cable back on, but the pedal still remained on the floor. I thought either the cable had snapped, or the end had popped out of the clutch fork. After a little investigation, it turned out to be the latter.
Turns out that one of the E-clips holding the cable housing to the firewall had popped off, and the resulting slack caused the ball end of the cable to pop out of the clutch fork.
Not too long after we pulled over, Mike saw us stopped, turned around, and pulled over behind us. He got under the car, popped the cable end into place, then helped me reposition the two remaining E-clips to tighten up the cable. Meanwhile, Neil was in the car calling AAA, but we asked him to test the clutch out, and the car easily went into gear and moved under its' own power. Neil cancelled the AAA tow, and with Tinyvette hot on our heels, we headed back to Sacramento, splitting up with Mike after a while.
Many thanks to Mike for the free roadside assistance, to Gil for hosting at his lovely home (and for the free parts!), to Terry for organising the trip, and Neil for chauffeuring me to and from Gil's.
Not a bad ending to an excellent day.
Last edited by ubernoob51; 04-24-2016 at 02:15 AM.
Argh!! Too bad that E clip didn't let go before getting on the freeway. I would have noticed that and circled back to at least console you two as I was not carry any clips with me. However, I have since included a couple in my carry along tool kit.
So, when you tried to pass me on my right as we entered the ramp, were you trying to get ahead of me to hail me over? I naturally interpreted it as an invitation to a drag race and responded accordingly. Sorry about that!!
Thank you, Gil and Patricia, for being wonderful hosts. It was great meeting several new open friends and catching up with the usual suspects.
Caption to Post #77: "OK, guys, now push the Tinvette off it's nose and back on all four wheel!"
Originally Posted by grslightng02
Last edited by althewiz; 04-24-2016 at 02:58 AM.
I posted a bunch of photos on the OMC Facebook page. I don't think you have to join Facebook to view this. If you do, let me know.
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