Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Having a blast with a gem from the past....

After a couple nights of wrenching, and some help from dad today, I finally brought Tin Lizzy back to life. New coils, battery, spark plug, plug wires, a good carburetor cleaning, and a tow behind the Explorer is all the elbow grease we needed to get her back into fighting form. I didn't capture the initial firing up, because I was too busy trying to figure out how to actually drive the thing and not run into the back of my Explorer.

Left hand has to advance the spark, right hand has to control the throttle. The left foot has to depress the first pedal to get it into first gear, then you let off the pedal and slam the hand brake forward to get it into 2nd. The middle peddle is reverse. The right pedal is the brake. All of these things need to be probed and moved and pushed and pulled at the right time to get this thing moving.

Sounds simple, right?

You would be incorrect.

I have a video of Dad driving the T by himself after we just got back from making a complete loop around the block. After that loop, we both got out of the car and had a good hard laugh. Lot's of neighbors enjoyed the spectacle as well. I can't seem to get the video clip off my phone, and onto the computer at the moment, so that will have to wait. As soon as I figure it out, I'll post it here. Very cool stuff.

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