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Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

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10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: August 09, 2012 05:40PM

Hope you have a safe trip PJ. Thanks for all your help.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2623 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 10, 2012 07:18AM

Had a great visit with PJ. He's now on his way to Rick's...
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mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1468 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 10, 2012 10:19AM

Will welcome him with a cold beverage of his choice.

Safe travels, P.J.


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(470 posts)

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

Main British Car:
74 MGB-GT 3.4 V-6 crate, 5 spd

Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: August 10, 2012 07:31PM

My roadtrip started off well. After a very nice visit with Rob and Shelly I made it thru Houston before dawn and beat the traffic north bound on Texas 59. After about 200 miles of fun driving, the air bag on the passenger side failed and the whole front end dropped several inches. Fortunately I was quite close to Cheshire's auto and truck repair. A new bag has been overnighted, but they don't deliver to Carthage,TX on Saturdays. I just spoke with David Breedlove from Shrevepor, LA, found him in the Namgbr mutual aid directory.
Since there is no Sat delivery in Carthage , David as offered to receive the air bag package and bring it to Carthage. If all goes well I'll continue my trip tomorrow afternoon.
What a great support group, thanks to all you guys!

PJ


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2623 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 11, 2012 03:29PM

Posted an update on the roadmaster thread, meant to post it here...

Just talked with PJ. Repair is complete. He's going to grab some lunch and hit the road. David, if you're out there, thanks again for handling receipt of the Fed-Ex and courrier service! You saved the day!


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1468 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 11, 2012 04:10PM

I just got an e-mail from PJ...he is indeed on the road!


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2623 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 11, 2012 07:07PM

He sent a text message at about 5pm central - said he was in Arkansas. I like getting the updates but I'll admit it feels a bit like 'where's Waldo'.



mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1468 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 11, 2012 07:56PM

He's most likely travelling the route that Jean and I took to Palestine.

I-40 to I-55 to I-57 to I-74 to Saint Joseph.

Carthage is about 12 hours from Saint Joseph; Little Rock about 8 hours; Memphis about 6 hours; Cairo (IL) about 3&1/2 hours.

I anticipate PJ arriving here late morning to mid-afternoon on Sunday.


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1468 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 11, 2012 08:33PM

PJ is currently dining in Little Rock...he has good company, as you can see.


In good company.jpg


He will be overnighting in Forrest City, AR before continuing his journey.


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(470 posts)

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

Main British Car:
74 MGB-GT 3.4 V-6 crate, 5 spd

Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: August 11, 2012 11:47PM

Over-nighting in Brinkley, AR , after a late start, 2:20 pm, due to the repairs. Drove until dark. Another 467 miles tomorrow will get me to St. Joseph. I plan to start by 7:00 am.
Alls well with Waldo and with Roadmaster


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1468 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 12, 2012 03:30PM

P.J. just pulled a "Curtis" with the Roadmaster at Milepost 51 on Interstate 57 in southern Illinois.

Oops.

A minor setback as he waits for some AAA gasoline.

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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/12/2012 05:38PM by mowog1.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3726 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: August 12, 2012 10:36PM

What no can of gas in the back?! ;)


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(470 posts)

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

Main British Car:
74 MGB-GT 3.4 V-6 crate, 5 spd

Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: August 12, 2012 11:37PM

The nearest service center wanted $80 + one dollar a mile + cost of the gas. Boy was I glad when an IL state trooper stopped and offered to take me to the next exit (3 Miles) to buy a gas can and a gal of gas. He , the trooper, liked the Roadmaster asked a bunch of questions and said he probably not catch it. I told him a keep it under a 100 on the interstates so he could catch me, he laughed. He never said anything about the speed limit. Here is a photo to cheer one up after an interesting day in the life of a Roadmaster jockey.
MG V6 Hooters, PJ, Roger.jpg


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(470 posts)

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

Main British Car:
74 MGB-GT 3.4 V-6 crate, 5 spd

Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: August 14, 2012 06:40PM

I'm home in Winston-Salem, NC
Thanks to Rick and Jean for splendid hospitality.
Despite the hiccups Roadmaster did do over 800 miles from TX to IL averaging 15.5 MPG and was admired at every stop along the way. I was assisted by state trooper during the roadside breakdowns and they all liked the car. One even said that he doubted he could catch it in a chase. And NO SPEEDING tickets, YEAH!!!
I enjoyed my time in the roadmaster. And now we know it's got a new airbag and a new fuel pump. I'm sure Rick and friends will be able to sort out the other little issues. I would be willing to drive RM for another leg of it's tour of the lower 48 states; but I don't know about that Hawaiian tunnel. But first I've got to let my credit card cool off, it nearly overheated this week.
We have family in California, should I deliver Roadmaster to you Bill??



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/14/2012 07:02PM by lawnvett.


Todd McCreary
Todd McCreary

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: Todd McCreary
Date: August 17, 2012 12:06AM

Got my new Oct 12 Hot Rod magazine in the mail. It's got a ton of pictures from the Power Tour.

Didn't see the Roadmaster. Am I blind?



BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5812 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: August 17, 2012 11:39AM

Apparently SOMEBODY is.
(Hot Rod editors?)

Jim



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Todd McCreary
Todd McCreary

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: Todd McCreary
Date: August 20, 2012 11:52PM

Here's a nice listing of upcoming events in the Midwest:
[www.autorv.com]


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1468 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 22, 2012 09:29AM

I was contacted by HR Magazine for additional pictures.

Apparently they were not interested.

I towed the Roadmaster from Mt.Vernon, IL to Saing Joseph, IL where it now resides in my barn.

It will not start; the air bag suspension drops within 4 to 6 hours or so.

Time needed for diagnosis/fixes.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2623 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: rficalora
Date: August 22, 2012 08:33PM

Rick, the air was going down on me, but nowhere near as fast as you're seeing. I was loosing about 5 psi every few days. I did pull the hose off at the valve back by the pump to show PJ how to fill it with an air hose if needed. Maybe I didn't research the hose fully? That'd be the first place I'd look anyway.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5812 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Roadmaster Events List
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: August 23, 2012 08:06AM

I'd start with the fitting on the new air bag, the check valve, and making sure there are no side loads on the tube going into the gage and bleeder valve. Those are the most likely suspects. I remove, pressurize, dunk, then wait and watch for any bubbles. The goal is Zero.

Jim
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