September 28th, 2008

We’ve been on a 2 hour, high speed, long, hard run. We need a break.
We’re in Tuscaloosa at a famous BBQ restaurant for lunch.

Dave is going to try to get the 6 back up on the trailer after lunch for a top off of the trans.

It looks like this software is working well. Can you all read it ok?

Amory, MS 11am

September 28th, 2008

The MGB, with it’s new fuel line, thought it might be fun to spurt a leak frpm the water pump. We stopped at a Walmart and got him a can of stop-leak. Dave picked up extra gear oil while we were there.

The Birmingham Club has inducted us into their club.

On the road again. More later.

“Fill the oil and check the gas please”

September 28th, 2008

The chase truck is hauling an open car trailer. With the help of a few club members Dave was able to get the front of the 6 on the trailer while keeping the rear wheels on the ground. He was able to crawl under the transmission and managed to get a quart and 3/4 of oil into the tranny. He is suspecting that somehow a piece of dirt may have plugged the breather hole in the top of the trans. If that happened the pressure would increase inside the trans when the oil gets hot and not have an outlet. The only place it could go would be out the seals. He’ll have to pull the transmission tunnel once we get home.

One of the MGB’s cracked a fuel line as we were pulling in last night. He had a nice puddle of fuel under his car this morning. A 2 inch piece of fuel line and a new clamp fixed that problem.

The club presidents sons joined us for the drive. The 17 years old picked up a stomach bug and will have to drop out of the run and head for home.

Everyone is having lots of fun and the weather couldn’t be better. The Natchez Trace drive is the kind of road old car nuts dream of. Beautiful vistas, long sweeping curves, and the sound of British engines. Looking in the rearview mirror and seeing a long row of gleaming chrome, drivers grinning, and beautiful vintage sports cars brought a tear to Dave’s eye. He really loves these old things.

Here are a few more pictures:

A posting for Afton

September 27th, 2008

Hi Afton, you’re Mommy worked very hard last night to take care of us. We are a long way from home and she made us not feel scared. We like your Mommy.

Other photos

September 27th, 2008

Helen and I are relaxing after dinner and having a nightcap, answering emails, and the like. We just found a couple of nice photos posted on the Birmingham News site showing our car. We thought you might want to see them.

Wow! The Auto Museum

September 27th, 2008

Arrived in Tupelo alive and well. We’ve picked up some transmission oil and will top off the trans oil in the morning.

We had dinner at a lovely place downtown which featured the company of a couple of very nice club members. They were so nice to us and have welcomed us with open arms.

The staff of the museum stayed late for us since we were behind schedule. What a great collection of cars! They included:
1911 Sears buggy
1929 Duesenberg
A Tucker
And a 1949Triumph 2000 just to name a few.

We can’t impress on you enough how nice people have been to us and how much they have gone out of their way to try to make us welcomed, feel at home, and help solve our problems.

Thank you all so very much you are the shining example of good.

Indian burial mounds

September 27th, 2008

20 miles from Tupelo on the Natchez Trace

Entering the Natchez Trace

September 27th, 2008


2:45 Decatur, Al

September 27th, 2008

Made a fuel stop. The winner was the Smart Car, filling her take tank with 3.2 gallons.

A picture of the Decatur bridge. On the road again.

Lunch and the first troubles

September 27th, 2008

We’re a bit behind so our lunch plans have changed. We’re in Huntsville, AL having of all things Mexican food.

The 6 has sprung a pretty good leak from the transmission. We’re keeping a close eye on it. We’ll try to figure out how to add oil tonight (you need to have the car in the air).
It shouldn’t keep us from going on.

Take a look at the Birmingham New’s blog. They have a writer traveling with the rally and he is posting just like us.

More later…..