Day 7. We may be in an enclosed car with windshield wipers and a marginal heater, but we do have one thing in common with the Thomas Flyer that won the World Race in 1908. Stewball is a stock ’67 Beetle just as the Flyer was. Jack Crabtree and Clay Miller had their cars made especially for this race-from the ground up, just as the German and Italian teams in 1908. Does this make things better or worse? Don’t know. Jack is doing an engine replacement in his Model A Ford in Dodge City. He had planned to have this engine put in before the start of the race but it wasn’t finished. For me, I would be quite insecure about changing out an engine at this point in time but Jack is a real car guy and I’m sure this will work for him.
Stewball is again “dancing and prancing” whatever was the problem yesterday, Ed has it fixed. Power is back up to normal and he ran well all day. We are finding gas now has a lower octane-91 for premium. Higher altitudes? Our glitches were of the “human factor” type. First Ed lost his car key. Not for long, but guess where he found it? On the running board on the passenger side of the car. Did I have something to do with this? I don’t THINK I had his key. Then while lined up for the start, I temporarily lost my glasses. I opened the door to see if they had fallen on the floor, and there they were, on the driveway! Glad we still had 2 minutes to our start time. #3. I fueled while Ed bought engine oil-plan to do an oil change in Dodge City-and I spilled some gas under the hood. Do you have any idea how many miles a car smells of gas after that? At least 39- the miles left to Kansas City. Still made our time yesterday. No scores yet. Perhaps they will be posted by San Francisco!
Oh, the good news. I found the “globe” we search for on our scavenger hunt after the rally day. Twice now. That gives us 10 extra points. Maybe I’m on a roll.
Dodge City next.