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Old 09-25-2011, 09:38 AM   #169
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I'll settle for Nothing less than a tractor saddle !

Hey.. you taking some Lemons to Casini ?
I could think of one hundred things to make with your lemons..
100 glasses of SLoe Gin and Tonic for starters
Tractor saddle is no problem, what color would you like?

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:51 AM   #170
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I was thinking last night, if the fall colors start, a trip back across the Trans Can is one of the best we've ever done.
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Old 09-25-2011, 09:56 AM   #171
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tractor saddle is no problem, what color would you like?

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Old 09-25-2011, 09:57 AM   #172
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I was thinking last night, if the fall colors start, a trip back across the Trans Can is one of the best we've ever done.
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Ive read this 4 times I dont understand it
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Old 09-25-2011, 11:31 AM   #173
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Ive read this 4 times I dont understand it
My screw-up, sorry. The "Trans-Can" is the Canadian Transcontinental Highway that runs from British Columbia in the west all across Canada to New Brunswick in the east. If you head either east or west at the right time of year, you will get fall colors all the way. What a road!
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Here we go, the only lag in taking the "Trans-Can" is going through the french-speaking parts of the country where they refuse to speak anything other than their "native tounge." transcanadahighway.com
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Old 09-26-2011, 09:27 AM   #175
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Getting back to the trip this was our campsite for the night.
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It is a very pleasant park just south of Bennington, VT.

In the morning we drove into Bennington to look around and we found this gas station.
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It is operated by Hemmings Motor News. They are very big in antique and collector cars. Behind the station, which is full of auto memorabilia is a free museum with some very nice cars.
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After a bit of drooling we drove over to the Bennington Battle Monument.
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It stands 306' tall and is the tallest structure in Vermont. Built from 1887 to 1889 it is 37' square at the base with 9' thick walls. There is an elevator that takes you to the 200' level. We were lucky it was a nice clear day.
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It's also a great way to inspect the top of the Hagarstream.
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From here we went to my cousin's place at Sandy Hook, Conn

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Old 09-29-2011, 08:35 PM   #176
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Well we have been lounging at my cousin Bob's place for about a week now. He has been doing his very best to fatten us up, way too much good food. While there I did catch up on some maintenance, oil and filter changes and a new Bilstein steering stabilizer and front shocks. It had Bilstein shocks and they seemed alright but we have been on some pretty rough roads and I wanted to see if new shocks would make much difference. The steering stabilizer was definitely shot so I just bought it and the shocks. The stabilizer did firm up the steering on rough roads but the shocks are about the same. I guess I just have a spare set now.

Anyway we finally headed out and we were going to cross the Hudson on the Bear Mountain Bridge
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As we headed up Bear Mountain the brakes started acting strange. We reached the lookout at the top of the grade and I decided against driving down the winding two lane road. This is the view from the lookout.
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We got on the phone to AAA to send the hook.
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While waiting we discovered that the lookout was set up for watching eagles.
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At one time we counted seven eagles circling. Most of them were juveniles but there were two adult bald eagles. It helped pass the time.

Back at Bob's place I discovered one chamber in the master cylinder almost empty. A thorough inspection of the entire system showed everything as it should be and no indication of leaks. I filled and flushed the system and still could find no problems. I took a test drive and the brakes felt better than they ever did before. I tried several hard stops and checked the rotors with an infrared thermometer and the readings indicated all the brakes were working evenly. Another inspection found no leaks. I can only guess that I was asleep when I did my finger dip to check fluid level. The master cylinder is located where you can barely reach it and no way can you see the level. I know it's no excuse but I will have to devise a better way to check the fluid level.

Anyway back on the road today we spent much of the time in heavy rain showers. It started to clear up in the afternoon and the sun came out. Here is a break between showers.
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Later in the afternoon we came up behind this guy.
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I wasn't sure what was on his roof until I pulled up next to him at a light.
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I guess he really didn't like being cut off so he installed some mega air horns. I was happy not to get a demonstration however I do understand how one can get frustrated sometimes.

Down the road we did come across some flooding.
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I guess it did rain pretty hard in some areas. We had one or two hours of sunshine but within thirty minutes of arriving at the campsite we got hit by a pretty nasty thunder storm and heavy rain. We decided not to bar-be-que the steaks outside tonight.

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I discovered one chamber in the master cylinder almost empty. A thorough inspection of the entire system showed everything as it should be and no indication of leaks. I filled and flushed the system and still could find no problems. I took a test drive and the brakes felt better than they ever did before. I tried several hard stops and checked the rotors with an infrared thermometer and the readings indicated all the brakes were working evenly. Another inspection found no leaks. I can only guess that I was asleep when I did my finger dip to check fluid level. The master cylinder is located where you can barely reach it and no way can you see the level. I know it's no excuse but I will have to devise a better way to check the fluid level.
Same thing happened to me, forgot to check the fluid and my mechanics spaced it, also. As the pads wear, that's normal. You were prolly running on either front or rears. I now have a mirror to check the fluid, but I also have all new brakes.
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Old 09-29-2011, 09:18 PM   #178
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Same thing happened to me, forgot to check the fluid and my mechanics spaced it, also. As the pads wear, that's normal. You were prolly running on either front or rears. I now have a mirror to check the fluid, but I also have all new brakes.
I've got nobody to blame but myself Mike. Maybe you can fit inside the tire but for me the only way to check the fluid is to remove the tire. Even then it's still not that easy. It might be an idea to remotely mount the reservour like some of the old Jags did. It would be nice to check all the fluids from the front panel opening. I might have to tinker with that when I get home.

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I've got nobody to blame but myself Mike. Maybe you can fit inside the tire but for me the only way to check the fluid is to remove the tire. Even then it's still not that easy. It might be an idea to remotely mount the reservour like some of the old Jags did. It would be nice to check all the fluids from the front panel opening. I might have to tinker with that when I get home.

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I've had Jags, too, that would be a great idea. Do you know which way you're coming back to the green & grey?
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I've had Jags, too, that would be a great idea. Do you know which way you're coming back to the green & grey?
Come on Mike, you're taxing my feeble brain. I had to adjust the damn fan belts and replace a head light bulb this morning. I don't even know where we will camp tomorrow night yet.

I did add a switch so I can run the A/C fan without the compressor to circulate some air up front. If I turn the A/C down so it cycles on and off it squeals the belts every time it cycles on.

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Come on Mike, you're taxing my feeble brain. I had to adjust the damn fan belts and replace a head light bulb this morning. I don't even know where we will camp tomorrow night yet.

I did add a switch so I can run the A/C fan without the compressor to circulate some air up front. If I turn the A/C down so it cycles on and off it squeals the belts every time it cycles on.

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I think after checking the fan belts on Lili's rig I decided they were ok.. ugh what a bear that job is. I cant even remember where the adjustment was? Not too hard to tighten but replacing... I needed longer arms...

Glad things are going well for you guys. Love the tour.

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I think after checking the fan belts on Lili's rig I decided they were ok.. ugh what a bear that job is. I cant even remember where the adjustment was? Not too hard to tighten but replacing... I needed longer arms...

Glad things are going well for you guys. Love the tour.

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Hey Vinnie, glad you are still lurking around out there.

I don't think changing the belts is as bad as removing the dog house to get to them, especially when traveling and it's covered with maps and misc. junk. The real problem is the A/C belt only goes from the water pump to the compressor and not around the crank. You have to keep the fan/alternator belts extra tight to be able to drive the A/C. It's crazy to cycle on the A/C and watch the fan stop turning as the belts squeal away.

Glad you are enjoying the ride. We finally got into a state with $3.85 diesel. Maybe we can afford to keep going after all. I was getting tired of the $4.00 plus fuel.

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