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About flivver

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    Lake Havasu City Arizona
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    Touring the back roads in my 1919 Hudson. Vintage camping with 1920's equipment. !900-1929 music. American manufacturing history. Also early vintage radios, phonographs and television etc. etc . etc .
  1. flivver

    Happy Birthday Alex Burr

    Happy birthday Alex from fellow Hudsonite. Mike...
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    Camping?

    Hi Alex: Thanks for the memory jog. I had almost forgotten. When I was in my early twenties I had a 57's Willys 4x4 station wagon that I did the same thing with. The rear seat was easily removable and the passenger side of the split front seat would fold forward allowing enough room for a six footer plus. I still tent camped if I had more company with me than just the pooch. Mike...
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    Jim: I am with you. My feeling about a vintage car is, if I can't drive it where I wish to go I don't want it. The fun is in driving and experiencing the car the way the original owners did back in the day and seeing the back roads the way they did. (History in motion) Mike... P.S. Trailers are for boats. Not for something that has wheels and is capable of moving under it's own power. I do not own a trailer except for the one with a boat on it. (an older boat of course)
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    Hi Jason: When I received the car it ran but was not up to a serious drive. It took me about a year to get it to the point I thought it was reliable for a long haul. The movie studios fixed any problem they might have had with the car any way they could but not necessarily correctly. There were many things I had to undo and redo to put the car back to it's original state. Most of the things were relatively minor but numerous. Most parts are not available so a lot of searching and attending old car swap-meets along with trips to the local machine shop was necessary. The computer makes that process a lot easier. Manuals for the car are hard to find and when found are sketchy at best, lots of things have to be figured out for your self or search out someone with the proper knowledge. Fortunately there was more of my labor involved than money spent. As for getting her ready for trips usually an oil change,grease job, topping off fluids, adjusting steering gear and brakes, tightening important nuts and bolts. Soaking the wooden spokes to swell them tight, checking hoses and belts, tire pressure and re-torquing head bolts plus a general look over is about it. It probably sounds like a lot but takes me little more than a couple of hours. I enjoy it. I have never had trouble with her on the road. For just driving around town I hop in start her up and drive off like you would a modern car. Mike...
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    Camping?

    Hi All: My wife and I prefer tent camping. Preferably in a secluded natural non campground setting. (see camp picture in "RV and camping" forum under Yesterdays camp today) Mike...
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    DennyG: Yes there were very few roads in 1919 where this car could be driven any where near it's potential. I don't believe the first owner of this car had that problem as it was purchased new in Hollywood Calif. by a gentleman that worked for a movie studio. (this car was reputed to be the police chiefs car in the Key Stone Cops movies). A few years later the car was sold to the studio and remained a "movie" car to the 1950's when it was sold to a collector that had 200 plus cars. After the collector passed away in the late 1990's it was bought by a friend who later passed and the car came to live with me. This car never was driven out of Los Angles county till I took possession. I have put more miles on her than all previous owners put together. She had under 10,000 miles on her when I took possession. However the studios were not kind to her, to them she was just a prop.(They did keep her from the scrap heap where so many wonderful automobiles ended their days). Mike...
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    Hi All: A lot of folks have told me they envy my car. Well I am in envy of you folks that live in an area where the byways are easily accessible. Yes I drive the old 19' Hudson 60-65 on the interstate only because the nearest back road (66) is 70 miles away. Here in the middle of the desert there are few roads to choose from. I really hate putting hundreds of miles on the old girl just to get to the roads I can enjoy; makes the "Sunday" drive difficult. There is only one road out of town, state 95. (not to mention 6 MPG tops on the highway.) As soon as the temp drops below 100 this fall the Hudson and I will be back on the road with more pictures to share. Have many pics of past trips but they are on 35mm film, only turned digital last year. Mike... P.S. Mobilene: My car (1919) is too early for the mobster era. (mid twenties to mid thirties) However there were plenty of them still on the road for the mobsters to use later on, and were still considered fast cars even then. Mike...
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    Hi all: Yes the 1919 Hudson runs on modern fuel. Read more about the car in transportation section. (Adventure touring vehicles). Mike...
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    Adventure Touring Vehicles - What Do You Drive?

    Hi All: I drive a car that was on these roads when they were new. A 1919 Hudson 4 passenger Super Six Model "O" touring. Cruises well at 60-65MPH and will top 100mph. Has a flat head inline 288 cid 6 cyl that develops 80 Hp.(A lot for 1919) She cost $2,200 new. (A Ford was $400). This car is all original including paint. The old byways just seem better in a vintage auto. ( This is the same car in my photos posted by Alex Burr in members gallery) We also have a 64' Rambler Classic 660, a 57' Nash Metropolitan, a 65' Jeep Wagoneer and last but not least a 1960 BMW R50 motorcycle. (we are on a limited income and can't afford newer cars) I forgot the 84' VW camper that doesn't run. Mike...
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    Yesterday's Camp Today

    Hi All: I am new to this forum but have been traveling and camping the back roads since the 1950's as a youngster and from the mid 1960's on my own. Here follows a brief introduction into camping the back roads my way. The "green tent" photo with my old Model A truck (no longer own) was taken about 20yrs ago. The rest are recent. All the main equipment is 1920's or earlier. And yes this is the equip. I use on all my car camp trips. Mike...
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    Road Trips The Hard (but Fun) Way

    Thank you Alex for introducing me to this site. I can see the pics now!! I am glad you enjoyed my 1919 Hudson pics and now so will others. And yes you most certainly had my permission to post them. Mike...
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