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Long Trip

Post by Yorgle » 16 Feb 2016, 12:02

This past weekend I logged my longest trip yet in my faithful 68. My daughter's college in Kansas holds a mother-son/father-daughter Valentine's Day banquet each year and I decided to make the 1300 mile round trip in my Cougar.
Leaving Wisconsin
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... on the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe... Some guys were working on these diesels and flagged me to drive over to them to check out the car. I really wish I had had a better camera. The car was actually a lot closer to that Union Pacific engine than it looks in this picture.
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Made it! Home of the Ravens in Atchison, KS!
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Overall, the trip was comfortable, except for my right leg, which suffered from a lack of room to stretch on the long, 70 mph lengths of I-80 and I-35. Time to start thinking about adding a cruise control to give my foot a rest.
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Post by badcatt » 16 Feb 2016, 12:09

Fun. I have not taken Ginger that far from home yet. I do go over 100 miles away quite often. Speed control would be a nice option to have.
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Post by 1969XR7Vert » 16 Feb 2016, 12:50

That's awesome Jody, thanks for sharing!
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Post by mo2872 » 16 Feb 2016, 13:25

Way cool. Looks like the repair paint blended nicely.
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Post by Local Hero » 16 Feb 2016, 13:51

Cool trip. :thumbup:

As for the stiff right leg syndrome, I used to have the same problem on long trips. So on several of the Hot Rod Power Tours, I got good at driving with my left foot on the gas and my right leg over the trans tunnel and in the passenger side footwell. I could go like that for a half hour at a time and it really gave my right leg a break. It helps that I don't have a console.
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Post by SPLINEHEAD » 16 Feb 2016, 14:02

Thanks for sharing. Your car is looking good. Back in the day we used to use our snow brush as a cruise control between the gas pedal and the seat.

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Re: Long Trip

Post by jcbingcougar » 16 Feb 2016, 15:02

I have a Zemco after market cruise control system in two of my classics. One is a Zemco ZT-11 and the other is one generation earlier. They are easy to install and relatively easy to find on eBay or at swap meets. I don't use it around town but it is a lifesaver on long trips.
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Post by BossElim69 » 16 Feb 2016, 19:59

That's a cool trip! (no pun intended) a convertible in the middle of February :thumbup:
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Post by berns68 » 16 Feb 2016, 21:47

I am curious if you took into consideration the amount of salt on the roads in the Midwest this time of year?
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Re: Long Trip

Post by Yorgle » 17 Feb 2016, 07:52

berns68 wrote:I am curious if you took into consideration the amount of salt on the roads in the Midwest this time of year?
The last 200 miles coming home were following a snowstorm, so entire car was quite literally caked with salt and brine. I spent nearly $15.00 at the car wash scrubbing it all off, top to bottom and underneath.
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BTW, I think electronic ignition is pointless.

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