I got off work Thursday night around midnight and headed home. When I got there I loaded the el Camino down and then realized I had forgot my medicine at the shop. So at 3:30 in the A.M. I decided to do a shake down run with it loaded for Barber’s. I got back home about an hour later and my wife left with me, following behind in her Prius.
the sun came up and lots of fog with it until we got to Birmingham , then it seemed to clear up.
we made it to the event about 7 in the morning. And all went well. Until I went to pull out of Buccee’s . It struggled to start but finally did, and we went on into the event.
I unloaded the bikes and went about the day, we found a pw50 for my little one for real cheap and had to snatch it up. They usually go for between five hundred to 1200 in our area, so at 325 it’s a steal. My wife left before me as I went to the upper swap meet to see if I could find some pw parts. While up there I ran into Ken Kaplan of Kaplan cycles in Connecticut. Had a chat and loaded the elco back up and went to head out , it was a 30min drive to the farm where we had gotten an air bnb. And about fifteen miles from my destination the car started to act funny. I pulled off an exit trying to make it into a loves truck stop , and it died. A Good Samaritan helped me to push it into the lot and I tried to start it again, it started and died just as I pulled into an actual spot. I called my wife and she came to were I was , we took the battery off and headed to a nearby Walmart, to exchange the battery. Only problem was the automotive section had closed and there was no one to test the battery. One of the techs had just gotten off duty and he said we should be able to just take it to the customer service desk and exchange it. So we tried , but they refused because they needed a receipt from automotive saying it was dead. My wife had the foresight to remember the guys name off his name tag and they paged him up to the front , and he lied and said he tested the battery but forgot to get the receipt. But they gave us a new one anyway, I hooked it up and the car started and ran all the way back to the air bnb. I woke up the next day and never messed with it.I unloaded the xr1200 and rode it to the event , this morning after church I got to the elco and started it and removed the battery cable and it died. So we drove it to autozone and bought a new alternator. I sent my wife for food and it took her longer to sit in the drive thru line than it took me to change the alternator and exchange it for my core charge refund.
i didn’t bring a breaker bar with me and ended up having to use the trailer hitch for extra leverage to loosen the belt. Fired it up and removed the battery cable after a few seconds, and it ran. Only thing was it was smoking a bit and leaking oil from the oil pan right above the starter and exhaust, so it was dripping onto the exhaust and causing it to smoke.
Here she is broken down momentarily at loves.
a small pic of the farm and someone’s future breakfast.
a pit stop about eighty miles from home. My mini me just had to ride with dad in the el Camino the whole way there and back.
A little pic from the back from a wife that was losing her mind following me, wondering if it was gonna make it home or not. When we stopped I checked the oil and it was at a good level. So we kept on trucking after getting some food for our bellies.
Just two wild and crazy guys. Lol All in all it was a good trip, I took into account Murphy’s law before we left. Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong , and tried to plan accordingly. I took plenty of tools and ten gallons of ethanol free gas. Just in case the gas hand didn’t work. But, it does. And it seems to be fairly accurate. I used an entire tank of gas coming back and my wife’s Prius had two bars missing from her fuel gauge. Next year we are gonna upgrade the shocks and just take three dirt bikes. What a crazy weekend , full of memories. My favorite, hearing my kid say “ Hey Dad, I love your el Camino” I replied me too pal. What a great weekend.