Good Morning Larry,
kind of snotty here on the top far right coast this morning.
Breezes 20-25 with gusts to 40, coming from the NE across
Belfast Bay; wave heights likely 6-8’ in the 7 mile
fetch from Sears Island to our shore. Gale force winds out
on the water.
As I was
listening to the breeze before arising I recalled the idea that we
talk about cars we’ve known and loved from amongst the list
your first meet in Newark, with day trips around the bay. One
in particular had me riding in the back seat of your ’55
with Alan Moon at the wheel.
home there was an unkindly noise from forward. Alan and
whoever else was in the front seat (I don’t recall who that
was) were concerned the everything ahead of us in the car would
somehow disintegrate and that you would have a huge motor job to
do. Being located further aft, I was not as concerned, and since I
was the youngster in the car,
obviously didn’t know very much, so I enjoyed whatever view
there was going south on whatever freeway we were on. But I didn’t
think the noise from forward amounted to very much.
judgment came from owning a similar vehicle—a ’56—and
concluding that the noise was not, as you might say, heartfelt,
but more like a 3 year old just angry about not very much.
parking lot, with the hood up (as far as those first generation
300’s could put their hoods up) there was some vehicular
bodily fluid from up high. The power steering reservoir clamp that
holds the cover to the pot had become loose and was rattling. A
single bladed screwdriver fixed it right up after the addition of
some vehicular bodily fluid.
forward a few years, when I drove the ’56 from Maine back to
New York State where it served as the wedding conveyance for a
young couple. I spent the morning of the wedding detailing
the engine compartment, since—obviously—everyone at
the wedding would want a detailed engine compartment. I
neglected to replace the screw in the very same clamp, and the
result was the same—great noise as I drove the newly married
couple from the church to the reception some 4 miles distant.
(They weren’t paying very much attention.) A quick
look and then a short length of #12 electrical wire threaded
through the clamp and twisted sufficed for the rest of the journey
and the return.
I asked on
the list server if anyone had the correct screw—and you did.
You promptly sent me the screw, and as far as I know it
still sits in the PS clamp of the ’56 wherever it is today.
is a good reminder of the 1999 300 Club Board concern querying if
a west coast national meet could be successful (too far out west?)
Texas maybe, but who would be willing to drive old iron that far?
Your mention of "Gale force winds out on
the water" triggered teen-aged memories of Jett Marina on
Lake Washington in Seattle. Each year Seattle used to go
nuts hosting the Unlimited Gold Cup races of hugely
powerful hydroplanes from all over the US. The Gale
Electrical Co from Michigan had the Gale V at my uncle's marina
and I was given a test run on the Allison motored beast. We
only got up to 125 but the ride is punishing to the extreme. Even
in the 50's they were capable of 170 mph on the lake. One
boat had a pair of extensively reworked Gen One Hemis but against
Rolls or Allison aircraft engines? DNF
C300 you mentioned made even more front-loaded noises a bit later
when I took my company's banker out to lunch in it and went to
show off the full throttle downshift at 35 mph. About a mile
later a car in the next lane shouted that we were leaking green
fluid which was expensively true. A pin not thicker than a
nail that holds the fan on the water-pump sheared and flung the
fan deeply into the radiator. Puts a new understanding of
how quiet a fan noise can be when declutched.
was not the only car company to add a power steering pump tied to
the back end of the generator. Too much activity from too
little geography could cause the bearings to be overstressed as
Kreszock and I learned driving his 300B back to NC from Macungie
PA. The memory of those hundred's of miles which were mostly
dark and raining without either power steering or fresh
electricity was told in a previous Club News and is the secondary
reason that a bottle of Hennessy VS arrives each week by
That is good use
of F.E. (Field Expedients) on the PS clamp. I learned about F.E. in
the Army. MacGyver must have been in the military.
Lefty was pleased that the 1955 car and the 1956 were similar enough that when
he was breathing life back into C300 3N552462 in the late 90's,
Roger Schaaf sold him the take-off leather from his award winning 300B at a steep
discount from new cowhide.
I am thinking Daimler Chrysler
Corp didn't know the difference when they bought back the C300 in May of 2000.
It is rare to see seller's remorse from a car company.