Day one of our trip in th B to Brits in Paradise gathering in Key Wesr. The car took the first leg of the trip pretty well, a steady 75lbs oil pressure and the motor purred like a kitten. Jumped on the auto train at Lorton VA to kill 900 miles off the drive. Dinner with some old biddies time for some beer. Can't wait frr the drive in the sunshine to the Keys in the morning.
5:45 am sleep was a little rough, 3 hours until we are reunited with the B.
So we got the B about 9:25 and headed south to the Keys. This 16 gallon gas tank is amazing my first stop I filled up with 13 gallons which was just above E so 3 gallons in reserve. We did 381 so that equates to 29.3 miles per gallon at 75 miles per hour with overdrive, not too shabby. That gives me about a 480 mile range from full to empty We rolled into town at 5:40 checked in and went to the KYBBC meeting for the event.Tomorrow's Bocci Ball at 9:30.AM. We go to dinner and blindly pick a restaurant and just as we started our cocktails I hear an old familiar voice say Jerard? low and behold its my boss from Lehman Bros back in 1986. I haven't seen him since about 1991 and here I am 1500+ miles from home in some random restaurant and we meet up. It so weird because we almost chose the restaurant across the street instead and would have missed him. Anyway the rest of the night went well and it was early to bed shaking off the road cobwebs.
Tuesday- Bocci tournament in the AM wouldn't you know it my wife's team wins the whole tournament and she gets a trophy, I'll never hear the end of it but I am happy for her. Had to pick up a poop load of oild because the car has developed leaking side cover gaskets and the oil filter housing seal also. I guess when it rains it pours, oil that is. I don't want to pull the carbs while I am so far from home I fear some breaks and now I am at the mercy of the auto gods. I figure 8 quarts of oil for the 1500+ miles leaves me with a large surplus to get me back. Other than the leaking the car is running fine, but it really wouldn't be british if it wasn't leaking right.
Wednesday Time for mini golf about 27 miles north of Key West. Car ran fine with nice oil pressure & temp perfect.Still haven't the need for a fill up yet. Love that 16 gallon gas tank. Oil seal on passenger rear that I replaced is not leaking axle gear oil thank god. Note check the valve settings when you get back they seem a little loud. Also need to dope out the windshield washer pump it's not working
Thursday. Time for a little cruise up the Keys to Baya Honda State Park for some beach time. It a shame Irene took out the Atlantic side of the park along with parking lots nature trails and bathrooms. The Gulf side was left with minor damage hopefully they can restore what nature took away. the B performed perfectly for the drive there and back. Tonights parade went off without a hitch all the LBC's made it through without incident, then it was off for cocktails and grub.
Friday is get away day and the long drive back to NJ. First stop N Brunswick GA for dinner and a good nights sleep. Car is still performing well and giving out 29MPG although the oil leak is flowing at 1 quart per 250 miles. I'll have the new side cover gaskets waiting for me from Moss to fix this problem when I get home.
Saturday. On the road at 5:30 taking no prisoners on a mission to get home. Road uneventful, long and boring. My waze app tells me problems on 95 and gives me a better route cutting off 45 mins from the standard route. We end up taking the scenic route by passing DC and traveling through farm country and some nice twisty hilly roads. Once back on 95 traffic is flowing nicely then the waze app gives me a back road route to the Delaware Bridge, rolling through a rather interesting side of town with the mother rapers and father rapers. Finally back in the home State and the drive up the Turnpike was fine pulling into the driveway at 8:20 pm. I pushed this car hard 75-80 most of the way. I even touched 90 twice just because and she didn't fail me. Now to give her a well deserved going over to ensure everything is tight underneath and sealing up those leaks that developed. All in all was a great way to launch the driving season.