Hot Rod Power Tour 2013
“A test of man and machine”
10 days, 10 states, nearly 3000 miles
Statistics as follows
People: Ed Sanders (Dad) Ed Sanders (Brother) and me...Mark Sanders
Cars involved Ed’s 1940 Ford Deluxe with 350 Chevrolet engine and my
1957 Chevrolet Two Ten 2 door sedan
Dates Thursday May 30, 2013 to June 8, 2013
Gas used in 1940 Ford $529.72 -150.70 Gallons used. Average of 17.7 MPG
Gas used in 1957 Chevrolet $491.72 in gas and 18 gas stops.
List of issues and repairs made on the road.
Dad. While stopped for gas in somewhere Mississippi a very large man comes up to us and says that he was “taken” by the local casino for over $700.00 and that he did not have money for gas. He wanted to sell his gold ring for 300.00 Dad negotiated a deal with him and bought his necklace and ring for $100.00 After returning home the ring was appraised at Zero dollars but the necklace is worth $160.00
Dad. Cell phone got wet and would not function properly. Problem solved by putting in a bag of rice to remove the moisture. This is a trick that Ed had recently learned from the Internet.
Dad. Lost hand-made cane. Problem solved by getting free wooden yard stick from Harbor Freight tools at venue.
Ed 1940 Ford. Hope Arkansas. Car bumped into curb, pushing the radiator into the fan. Radiator was repaired in the hotel bath room with pliers and generous amounts of JB Weld. This was intended to be a temporary repair since there is almost nothing open in Hope AR on a Sunday but the MacGyver repair made the rest of the trip with no leaks.
Mark 1957 Chevy. Dallas Texas developed a skip and changed spark plugs. This solved most of the skip but the end of a couple spark plug wires were burnt from being next to the headers and this was not repaired on the road. Valve cover leaking was also not repaired and leaked throughout the trip.
Mark 1957 Chevy. Little Rock AR venue was very disorganized and traffic was a mess. After sitting in line for what seemed like hours the heat damaged the alternator and the car cut off. The alternator was replaced later in the hotel parking lot. Alternator was only 2 months old and covered by warranty.
Mark 1957 Chevy. Charlotte NC. While sitting at a red light the engine died. This turned out to be that the air cleaner was touching the connector on the coil and causing a short. The result was a burnt coil and ignition module. Self inflicted damage.
Interesting things that we did on the road.
We tried to stop at every state line to get a picture with the cars and the sign but that did not work out with every state. We did get a few with the most important ones being Texas and Oklahoma because they are the longest distance from home.
We traveled the John F. Kennedy parade and assignation route and thought that it was pretty cool to have these old cars on the same street as this historic event took place on.
Oklahoma was not on the HRPT route but we thought that since we were “close” and would probably not be there again in these old cars that we would make a detour to have lunch there. This also turned out to be our first experience with the Police. They stopped by to check on us while we were taking pictures on the side of the road.
The second experience with the Police was when the 57 Chevy broke down in Charlotte. The Policeman was kind enough to take me to the Auto parts store to get a new coil.
We stopped for the night in Hope AR. The birth place of President Bill Clinton and it seemed that nobody there cared. We did not go there for that reason; it was just where we could find a hotel.
Elvis. We went to Graceland in Memphis and all 3 of us bought work shirts like Elvis had for his first job. It has a patch that reads Elvis and another one that reads Crown Electric. Elvis was an electrician helper and delivery truck driver for a short time.
We visited the car collection of Coker Tire in Chattanooga TN. There they have a large collection of “barn find cars” These are cars that for one reason or the other were put away and not driven. He keeps these cars in as found condition. Dust and all.
There was a lunch stop at Roush Yates shop in Mooresville NC and we went there for some free food and tour the NASCAR shops. They had buildings full of new and used race car parts. In one area they had several hundred used race car radiators. The food was very good and they were not only feeding the Hot Rod people but had invited the whole community to come. This stop was very organized with golf cart shuttle service. It was also nice that that everyone there was giving us free stuff but thanking us for coming. These are really nice people.
I do not remember even as a child spending 10 days with my brother and my Dad at one time. It did in a way remind me of some of the camping trips that we took as a child. In those cases we were all cramped in one place for a period of time and it would always rain. On this trip we were together 24 hours a day and it did rain as well. There were times that we all were tired of each other, I am sure but we also understood that this was something really special and a time that could never be repeated. My brother and I can both credit Dad with giving us the love for old cars. We grew up in a house where there was always something going on like taking 2 Nash Metropolitans and making one good one or the 1939 Buick that was purchased sight unseen and delivered while we were at Church. It was so bad that they wanted to dump it and go before Dad could get his money back. There was the Model A Ford that Dad and George Hall bought that was driven home with no brakes and the Kaiser that was hauled away by the junk dealer only to have the engine fall out in the yard. We owned many old $100.00 dollar cars when I was young and to see those same type cars on this trip that were now worth thousands was quite interesting.
Final result. When you can take 2 cars ,( one 56 years old and the other 73 years old), on a trip for 10 days, cover nearly 3000 miles and successfully arrive back at home with no wrecker bills. That has to be considered a success!