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Old 12-28-2004, 05:23 AM   #15
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Tedd & Kevin's Most Excellent Adventure Part Uno

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...We will all look forward to seeing the pics and hearing about this journey.
Here are some pics of Tedd & Kevin doing their part to keep "Over 60% of all Airstreams ever built on the road"
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Old 12-28-2004, 05:59 AM   #16
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What a great adventure! Thanks for sharing the pics!
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Old 12-28-2004, 11:04 AM   #17
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Aw, the pics don't come up for me at all! What happened?
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Old 12-28-2004, 11:18 AM   #18
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Aw, the pics don't come up for me at all! What happened?

I don't know. It is webpage, and although it may load slow if you are on dial-up, I was hoping your patience would be rewarded. Any one else having problems seeing it?

Here is a link to the picture file itself. Please let me know if that works.

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Old 12-28-2004, 07:14 PM   #19
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The direct link to photos worked, but other did not. Nice looking trailer, when you don't see the damaged part. Hope you have a safe trip back. Nancy
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Old 12-28-2004, 09:12 PM   #20
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Journey at 3/4 Point Plus!

Greetings All!

The excursion to retrieve Tedd's (till) newly acquired '67 Overlander is at or beyond the 3/4 point for the journey. We departed Chattanooga approximately 9:00 a.m. (CST), today, Tuesday, with arrival at the White Haven Welcome Center in Paducah, KY approximately 12:40 p.m. (CST). Timing was such that Tedd was able to obtain his temporary registration for the coach before dropping me off at my home in Anna, IL at about 4:00 p.m - - it takes four to eight weeks for Illinois to process registration/title applications and send out "permanent" plates.

I believe that Tedd's plan was to stop at Mt. Vernon, IL for the night and continue on home after first light tomorrow. The drive from Mt. Vernon to Tedd's home should be about five to six hours.

The trip to pick up the coach (one Sunday) was puntuated by traffic slow-downs due to several instances of "involuntary parking" along Interstate-24 (through most of Kentucky and Northern Tennessee) - - the after-effects of the winter storm had left periodic patches of ice and packed snow that sent more than a few motorists into the median or shoulders where they became mired in the snow and mud. Our arrival in Nashville, Tennessee was punctuated by traffic delays resulting from a concert being held downtown - - an alternate route allowed us to circumvent much of the traffic backlog. During this first leg of the excursion, we thoroughly enjoyed the winter scenes along the route - - there were numerous ices formations to see on the rock formations that lined the highway in several spots in Tennessee as well as more than a few ices covered trees and shrubs shimmering in the sun.

As a passenger on the return trip, I can report that there were two surprieses for me. The first was how beautifully Tedd's Caprice Classic handled the Overlander - - I had expected that the coach would pose more diffiiculties for the 5.0 Liter on grades (based on my experiences with a slightly older 5.0 Liter Oldsmobile), but the Caprice just breezed through its job (I believe the steepest grade slowed our progress to something around 45 MPH) The second surprise was the fuel economy returned by the Caprice - - preliminary calculations indicated a low of 10 MPG with the Overlander with a high (through our stop at my home in Anna) of 13 MPG. The Reese Dual Cam performed its tasks exactly as designed and advertised.

Since I am something of a klutz with tools, I tried to stay out of the way as much as possible as the coach was readied for its trip to Illinois. The driveway surrounding the coach was a beehinve activity for several hours on Monday as the coach was readied for its journey to Illinois. I can't begin to say why I didn't take photos of the activity - - my camera was packed in the tow vehicle, but it never dawned on me to get the camera and take some photos.

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Old 12-28-2004, 09:27 PM   #21
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Greetings Tom!

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I don't know. It is webpage, and although it may load slow if you are on dial-up, I was hoping your patience would be rewarded. Any one else having problems seeing it?

Here is a link to the picture file itself. Please let me know if that works.

Tom
It was fantastic to have the opportunity to meet you after our communications via the forums! The photos are fantastic and capture some wonderful memories of our excursion. It doesn't seem possible that so much transpired over a period of approximately 72-hours. This journey afforded us the opportunity to meet some wonderful people including Tom, the former owner's family, as well as many people at restaurants, motels, and fuel stops along the road.

The one thing that photos couldn't capture were some of the expressions that we saw on the faces of passing motorists - - I am sure that some were wondering how the coach was damaged, but I am sure a few were shocked to see a passenger car towing a larger tandem axle Airstream. One couple in a large Brand X motorhome towing a Suburban (somewhere in Tennessee) had a particularly perplexed look on their faces as they passed us.

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Old 12-29-2004, 06:47 PM   #22
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It's home!!!

Well, after around 1600 miles round trip and a fantastic couple of guys to work with, Shell Shock is home!!

Kevin did a very good job of giving you the low down on the trip. I have to say that towing a vintage coach for the first time 800 miles was a really cool thing.

A few thoughts on the trip..
I was really worried about making it back. Kevin can attest to me ranting about that. Seeing some of the grades I would have to climb to get home had me thinking that I would have to buy bus tickets to get home.

Kevin is a great navigator and driving companion. He knows the route we took like the back of his hand. He was able to give a lot of background on the areas that we were going through and what was coming up.

Tom Williams.... Man, you are a one man Indy pit crew!!!
Tom found the trailer for me. THANK YOU!! He took a day out of his holiday and came all the way out to Jonesboro to help out. He even brought his own tools. A true pleasure to meet him. A big thank you to his wife too, for letting him out to play for the day. I have never seen four tires changed out so fast in my life.

The 1993 Chevrolet Caprice Classic with a 5.0 is a beast. The car rose up to the challenge and did the job. I had power to spare on most of the trip. I had issues keeping to 65 through Illinois. The Chevy kept creeping to 70?!?!!? I could tell when a semi was starting to pass when the wheel would pull to the left, but I got used to that.

It is looking like I will splice the rear off of the Wreck on to Shell Shock. So I will have to do some updating to my profile and other things. We will keep the Overlander as our trailer and use the Ambassador for parts. All of those I have talked to about parts off the Overlander, I will be in touch with you and should be able to get you what you need anyway, save one winder.

I have uploaded the few photos I took, to my album, under Shell Shock.

Thank you to all that have helped!!!!!.

Oh and I love trailer brakes!!!!
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:38 PM   #23
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I could carry my Dell laptop along, but am afraid that it wouldn't do us much good either. I don't have either a wireless or cell modem, and my cell phone is now eleven and one-half years old (purchased it in July of 1993 after my first one was destroyed in the flood of 1993) so it probably wouldn't support a cell modem if I had one.

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Actually if its a Motorola bag phone it will. I think I have a RJ11 that would fit it

Man you really need to catch up. I can watch TV on my 6620 Nokia.
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Old 12-29-2004, 09:48 PM   #24
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Glad to see that coach went to a good home.

My Job had me big time covered up. I had been talking to Robert about that coach a couple months ago. My job was done away with an I had to switch jobs to a sales position. 50+ hour weeks and close shift so I wasn't getting home till after 10 most nights. Thats why I haven't been on here much lately. Actually on Vacation this week.

Anyway I was going to drop Robert a call and see if he still had it this week and go look at it. Real shame what Ivan did to the coach. She sure was a pretty one.

So whats the plan on it?
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Old 12-30-2004, 02:21 PM   #25
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Make it whole again. I posted some thoughts in the "What to do with a smushed Overlander" After just putting the old Overlander wheels on the Ambassador, I just about beat the Ambassador to death with a tire iron due to the hassle it was to jam the tires up into the wheel wells!!! I am thinking less and less about keeping the Ambassador alive, she is just too far gone for me. SOm others might be able to salvage her, but I'm at my wits end. I just want to camp!!! I can see a realistic end to the Overlander project, the Ambassador (If I get a clear title) may be a few more years just to get on the road.
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Excellent to hear your going to put it back together. I was going to strip the appliance for our 59. Sell off the remaining good parts to get it to a shell. Cut off the rear and fabricate double doors and make a shed or cargo trailer out of it.
There is another 67 that has a rotten floor that should be coming up for sale very soon down here. relatively straight skin but the last 4-6 feet of floor is rotten.
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Old 12-30-2004, 03:35 PM   #27
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You have to be kidding me, I was how close to you and I didn't even think to ask you over to watch the pit crew races!!!
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You have to be kidding me, I was how close to you and I didn't even think to ask you over to watch the pit crew races!!!
Lets put it this way. If you came down I-75 you were within 3 miles of me. I live off the Chastain exit in Marietta/Kennesaw area. I work off the Main Street Exit in Cartersville. LOL
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