Had a very busy week and a VERY busy day yesterday.
During the week, the Packard Club had their national Meet near here, about 20 miles down the freeway. I had friends come in for the meet from Commiefornia. So I went to a few events with them..
At the car show in a nearby city park, I was wandering around, and bumped into Pierce Arrow friends who were here, visiting a Packard-owning friend.. so we got together for dinner, and a tour of my cars and projects.
My friend Jeff from Commiefornia got me a ticket for the friday tour to a huge car collection in a nearby city, it was quite an experience.. 'only 8 Pierce Arrows, and 'only' 16 Packards.. but uncounted Cadilacs , Lincolns and many other older exotics as well a a healty collection of later cars. Totaling 175 cars !!!
While at the swap meet on Wednesday, Jeff got a lead on a Packard V12 engine, complete with all accessories over west of Lansing, about a 2:15 minute drive. He checked on it and got an appointment to see the engine and other Packard parts as early on Saturday [yesterday] as possible, the appointment was for 1pm.. we had to leave no later than 1:30 to get Jeff back to Detroit's airport [DTW] to catch his flight back to Commiefornia.
So Jeff also wanted to go the the CCCA classic car museum , the Gilmore museum in Hickory Corners. the museum is about 45 minutes south of the V12 engine.
So at 0630 I picked Jeff up at the hotel we drove to the Gilmore, arrived at 0900, I decided the night before to use the opportunity to visit the Pierce Arrow Musuem at Gilmore and remove the worn out and leaking waterpump from the museum's 1930 Club sedan, so I could rebuild it. So we removed the pump, got in trouble with the Museum management, for doing maintenance work on a 'show weekend'.. but hey, the tractor, hit an miss, lawn tractor, and antique lawn mowing clubs hardly paid a visit to the car museums anyway,, maybe 20-30 visitors during the hour or so I was removing the waterpump.. and I was off in a corner, not a safely problem or anything.. some people just like to 'feel and act important'' This was NOT a Pierce Arrow guy, I'd been asked by the Pierce folks to get the pump off at my convenience.. it was convenient on Saturday..
So after the Gilmore, we drove north to see the Packard parts.. got there about 20 minutes early, met the 85-ish gentleman and started digging through the piles of parts and Packard pieces.. And while I helped I kept an eye open for any Pierce Arrow pieces.. but found none..
The pile was assembled, most of it anyway, a deal was struck, then Jeff suggested that we get the last pieces out of the corner from behind some other stuff so it was all in one spot for me to pick up later this week.. he said it would only take another 5-10 minutes.. NOTHING takes only 5-10 minutes..
And it was almost 2pm already, we were behind by 30 minutes..
So 25 minutes later the pile was complete and we took off for the airport.. a normally 2: 20 or more drive.. and we were almost an hour late.. to have a comfortable time cushion for Jeff to clear TSA and catch his flight..
As luck would have it,, we wer not the only people in a hurry, I found several very fast moving cars and trucks to follow, so I didn't get a ticket and we made record time to DTW.. 1:50 !! I dropped Jeff at the curb at 4:10 for a 5:25 flight.. plenty of time..
After I dropped off Jeff, I headed south almost to Toledo to look at a Pierce Arrow that I had a 'lead' on.. I looked the car over, and visited with the owners and got a tour of their restored 1880's home, then headed back north to home,, about 2 more hours..
I got home at 830 PM,, it was a very long day..
the VW TDI Jetta did amazingly well, inspite of the high speeds, often over 95mph, the tank calculated out at 48mpg, and i filled the tank to the top of the filler neck.. Amazing how frugal the TDI diesels are..
Last night I slept for a full 9 hours.. been a long time since I slept that long !!