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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    60s VW camper bus (kid's favorite)
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    AMC Gremlin, don't see those very often
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    38 or 9 Pontiac with a straight 8
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    A late 50s Mercury wagon I really liked...
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Today we attended the Steamboat Days Car Show in Winona, MN. Spent a lot of time looking at other cars, which there were maybe 300 or so. What I enjoyed the most was when people stopped to look at my car when I happened to be close by. I chatted with dozens of people over the course of the day. I imagine I would've lost my voice had I just stayed by my car the whole time. I was pleasantly surprised at how many people looked at my car and asked questions. I'm always happy to talk about it
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    View from the passenger side, which to date I don't think I have ever sat there and rode along until tonight.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Taught my wife how to drive the car tonight. She likes to be the passenger, but I told her that in case of an emergency she has to know how to drive it. What better car to learn the clutch than an old Dodge with Fluid Drive! You have to try pretty hard to kill the engine. She did fine. 40mph tops, though
  8. If you can't find anything local, a good friend of mine does this for a living. He's been doing this kind of thing for a long, long time. Decades. He's a master of all things with pistons, electrical, etc. Of course you would have to send them to Minnesota. Just giving you an option. PM me if you want to move forward.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    I have a pic of a Superbird as well and can't get the damn thing to load because the file is over 3MB not sure how to convert the file to make it smaller....
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    This restored Cabover was nice
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    64 Fury I believe
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    I really liked this Model A truck. Think it was a Model A...not sure
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    30s something Ford with suicide doors and a V8
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Tonight we drove the Meadowbrook to Winona, MN for the classic car gathering at the Lakeview Drive-in. After people got some food in their stomachs they started wandering around and looking over the cars. I spent the better part of an hour talking to about 6 or 7 guys who inquired about my car. Damn it was fun! I think I inspired a guy who has been wanting to pull the motor out of his 50 Plymouth and just can't quite get going on it. After showing him all the things I had done to my car I think it helped his psyche a bit Anyway here's some pics of other cars and trucks that were there: Mine first
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    temperature behaviour/ reading, cranbrook 218 engine

    My car has a rebuilt engine, boiled and repaired radiator, new thermostat, water pump and hoses and it does the same thing your car does. Question is: how close to the "H" is the needle getting? If its really close, or touching it then maybe you have a problem. Sound advice from Don Coatney and greg g; you need to address these things to know exactly where you're at temp-wise.
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Wanted to let you know about today's adventure. We took the car to a friend's daughter's graduation party, round trip 135 miles....in the 96 degree heat. I figured no better time than today to test it out in the hot weather. Minnesota heat is very muggy, and the sun felt like it was a foot from my face. All roads we traveled I drove at 55-60mph, including the interstate (which was most of the 135 miles). The car ran at or below 180 degrees with the exception of: -A couple of very long uphill lengths of road where the engine had to work harder. If I had to guess by looking at the stock temp guage, at no time was it over 195 degrees for sure, and really probably not over 190 when climbing these grades. -Two very long road construction stop lights. The lights took FOREVER. I let the car idle in first gear with the clutch pedal pushed in (so maybe 600-700rpms?) and the car did warm up to that 190-195 spot and stopped right there....at no time did I rev up the engine in hopes that it wouldn't die, etc. I just let it ride to see what would happen. I have to say I was very impressed. I won't be leery of driving it in the heat again (gonna be in the 90s here for a few days yet). The car seems to be breathing and staying cool just fine. I'm happy with that Evans Waterless Coolant. I'm using the stock radiator which had been boiled out and repaired. Once I fill the car with gas again I'll report back with MPG results as this tank of gas has been at 55mph for the most part. At 40-45mph I was averaging 17mpg. Before the engine rebuild I was getting much better mileage at 55 than at 40-45, which kind of surprised me
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    New Member: 1953 Chrysler Windsor Deluxe

    Welcome! You'll find the members here very knowledgable and helpful; this is a great site. Nice Chrysler!
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Tonight after some yard work we drove the Meadowbrook over to a neighboring town so the kids could play at the park. Wifey and I walked the dogs. This time I drove between 50 and 55mph. Runs just as smooth at those speeds. Still averaging about 17mpg; but I remember before the engine was rebuilt at 55mph I was averaging about 20mpg, and at 40-45 about 17mpg. So I'll have to try a tank on 55mph alone to see what the mileage comes out as. I suppose too the engine isn't really broken in yet; might take a couple thousand more miles to loosen up and for mileage to improve. Not really sure. Gonna keep racking up the miles though so I find out Here's a highway pic with the moon directly ahead:
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    2017 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance

    Awesome! And love that color....
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    These cars were meant to drive and enjoy fellas, and I don't mean twice a year to some summer car shows. You ain't takin' it with ya, so drive it and be happy
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    I really like this style of hood ornament
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    Tonight my family and I were really itching to go for a long drive. We did just that, putting 100 miles on the car. We even dipped into Iowa for a bit. Car ran perfect; such a joy to drive. All negative thoughts just roll right off me when we are cruising along. Around 9pm all of us were suddenly starving so we stopped at a local pizza joint to grab something to eat. It was our first time there even though we had moved to the area last September. So I started talking to the owner and she asked about the Meadowbrook because she spotted it out the window. I gave her the whole story on it. She liked it a lot. Even better, we LOVED the pizza she made. We took it home as a carry out and we were damn near fighting each other for the first slice LOL. Perfect ending to a fun night of cruising; a belly full of some really awesome pizza Here's some pics outside of the pizza joint around 9pm:
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    Me and the Meadowbrook

    My philosophy is drive it because you ain't takin' it with ya. If you outlast the car then go buy another one
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