Jerome F 1964 Ford Thunderbird 2dr Coupe

Rt. 66 Trip

In 1947 my family moved from Chicago to Tucson. I road in back seat of a 1939 Buick, pulling a small house trailer. The Buick had an exhaust leak in which I got to inhale daily making for a misarble two week trip. My dad followed Route 66.

In 2009 I purchased a 1964 tbird in need of some love and care. Two year later my T-Bird was ready for a trip. I decided it would be a good idea to retrace my family move from Chicago to Tucson. In August of 2011 my wife and I set off to Chicago for my grandsons wedding. In the back of my mind I knew this was not my best plan to drive my T-Bird to Chicago but here we go. We followed as much of the Route 66 as possible, stopping along the way to rest the car and see the historical sites. Our trip started in Claremore Ok, we made it to Rolla Mo at four o'clock in the afternoon, with outside temps of 102 degrees. Anyone who has ever owned a T-Bird knows how the engine heat comes inside the car from the floor, well the air conditioner could not keep up with the heat. We had to stop and get a motel room so the car could cool off. The next day we headed on to Chicago. Lots of people were happy to see us on the road but at this point we knew this was not a good idea. Arriving in Chicago latter that day, as we pulled into the hotel parking lot my Bird was jumping and spitting. Not a happy car. On our return trip home we made it to Cuba Mo Where we had to stop and let the Bird cool off for the night. The next day we made it to Joplin where we left the Bird at a friends house and went home. As you might guess the second half of our Rt. 66 trip from Oklahoma to Arizona was made in our Ford Fusion.

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