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Thanks for the well wishes . It has been almost a month that the hydraulic clutch was replaced and my numerous test drives have gone well . It ended up that the shop also replaced the slave cylinder in the bellhousing , the hydraulic lines and the clutch actuator on the firewall so I have a complete new system . Hoping to do my first road trip up to Palm Beach within in the next week or two . From my house in the lower Fl. Keys it takes about 5 hours driving one way . Unless the weather is contrary , it is a beautiful ride with lots of cool places to stop . One of my favorites is Robbie`s marina in Islamorada where you can but a bag of bait and hand feed the many large Tarpon ( gamefish ) swimming free in the area . The drive along US 1 with its 42 bridges has been designated as a national scenic route and a You Tube search might be enjoyable for you .
 
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Flanigans is serving limited seating indoor again. Had a burger Friday after I got home Thursday night.
Lets do it! Will be good to see all of you again.
 

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Flanigans is serving limited seating indoor again. Had a burger Friday after I got home Thursday night.
Lets do it! Will be good to see all of you again.
give me a few hours notice I have to get gas first!!
 

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Flanigans is serving limited seating indoor again. Had a burger Friday after I got home Thursday night.
Lets do it! Will be good to see all of you again.
Great to see several of you this past weekend in Palm Beach .I drove up from the southern Fl. Keys for four days to take care of some of my sister`s affairs . I called Elkybuick to wish him a happy birthday and he told me that 464elky was having a few of the guys over at his garage , so I stopped in on Sat. to hang out . They were working on Jeff`s truck , sorting out some rear light wiring . Cool truck . Jeff is the member that also brings a fabulous 62 Vette to our get togethers . He won a class award at last years Super Chevy Show . Neil invited me to join the group at Flanagans on Sunday but I ended up doing some stuff with my sisters longtime boyfriend for the day . The Palm Beach area missed most of the wind and rain from tropical storm Laura as it was mostly hitting Dade and Broward County to the south while the Keys got copious amounts of rain . I left for home early on Sun. morning to get ahead of the rain going home as my wipers are a pain to use . Tried better ground ect. but did no good so far . It was a great ride as there are still fewer vehicles on the road and less people traveling down the Keys as schools are reopening or students are doing the virtual learning at home . US 1 was high and dry but there was standing water in all the highway swales and low areas . I saw on the Palm Beach T.V. news that parts of Key West had flooded including Duval Street , the main drag . My Camino ran great and was soo much fun driving the scenic highway . Man , I had really missed not doing a road trip for over 4 months and was fun hanging out with a few of the members . Like others , I am hoping that the situation improves enough to start doing out get togethers and meet ups again , like C.J.`s upcoming Marine Detachment Show in the St. Pete area in November .
 

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Call me when you get here, we can do a "distance" lunch outside Flannigans.
Hey Chuck , Sorry I did not see your post before driving up to Palm Beach . It would have been fun to also join you guys at Flanagns on Sunday . I did some things with Larry on Sunday and had to hit the road early Monday morning before the rain moved in again . Man , I dislike having to use my wipers . Been wondering how things are with your cabin . Did any of the passing storms flood the area ? When I got home , I could see the high water mark left behind by all the rain . With all the rain , parts of the Key West streets were flooded . Some to the point that you could not ride a bike through all the standing water . I missed the fun where people went out to the southernmost point , where the southernmost point is at on the ocean side of Whitehead street and the White Street Pier where the waves were crashing over the pier .
 

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There are a number of nice things about growing up and living around Key West , Florida but one that is not , is when your ride needs repair . The hydraulic clutch actuator started leaking on my 87 Camino with a Tremec TKO 5 speed about 5 months ago . Four years ago 464elky was able to rebuild it but it has gotten to the point that it cannot be rebuilt again . Keisler Engineering , where I originlly purchased the kit from is out of business but was able to purchase a new system from Silver Sport Trans that bought them out . The old style actuator is no longer available and has been replaced with a Wilwood system that looks good . Unfortunately , the size and install is more involved than the original . After a couple of shops had it for weeks I found another willing to work on it . They have been able to get the Wilwood actuator mounted to the firewall but the new style lines require pulling the trans . Now that the Keys have opened back up , it seems that everyone now needs their vehicles worked on so it is now sitting out in the sun waiting to be finished . This shop has had it for at least 6 weeks . With this pandemic , I know that many others have much more serious problems to deal with and I need to be patient but being without my Camino sure is a bummer :(
I agree that not having the ability to drive your Elky is depressing. It took me 6wks also to do the heat only to AC airbox, and interior vents and dash conversion, when I expected that I would only need 2 weekends. I still need more time to finish under the hood for my AC conversion, but at least I can finally drive it again.
Good luck to you, hope you get it back soon.
 

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Sorry to hear that things in Miami are also a little out of whack . I had a nice talk with the shop guy yesterday and he said they are hoping to have it on the rack the middle of next week . Said they unfortunately took on work that started as a smaller job that became a total engine replacement job on a 2 or 350 diesel truck . One of his mechanics is hospitalized ( non covid ) , and sadly may not come home . Building has started back up in the Keys and the other mechanic/carpenter was offered so much money that he left for construction work . He also said that just getting parts has become a hassle . They used to get next day deliveries and now it is several days or the week and it seems that so many wrong parts seem to another problem . I assume it is like this in other places . Many businesses have not reopened or workers are changing jobs . Except for Covid concerns , it is a great time to see K.W. without too many tourists and cruise ships . My wife works at a very popular/successful resturant in Key West that closed for some time due to Covid concerns . After successfully reopening , they are thinking about another closure as people keep causing problems for the wait staff , refusing to wear a mask or social distancing ( when not eating or drinking ) , and are so argumentative about the City of Key West/ State Of Florida requirements . Rude , obnoxious , lying behavior seems to have infected so many of them . Hopefully something will change soon . I wonder how things are in other places .
The same out west, people are rude, lying, refuse to be part of the solution to problems.
 
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