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oregonroses
05-28-2010, 11:11 PM
Enjoyed a great cruise at the Northwest Overdrive (actually, saturday's drive was with the Antique Auto group) and my great-grandmother's '48 Land Cruiser did very well. With 'Miss Daisy' (my six year old daughter) talking up a storm in the back seat we followed some beautiful Stude's from the hotel to the McMinville airport and back. First really long drive I have had with this vehicle and I was impressed.
What does this have to do with the title? Well, due to the distance I was traveling and need to get home, I trailered my '48 to the event and back. Upon reaching home, I jumped in the Stude to roll it off the trailer - and the brake pedal went to the floor with minimal return! Luckily, I was able to pump the brakes enough to stop me from rolling into the garage - but I shudder at what could have been if they had gone out on the drive!
Now, this isn't a vehicle that has sat for 10 plus years, but instead has been driven regularly by my grandfather and uncle, and has never given an indication of brake trouble. No obivious sighting of brake fluid pooled on the trailer or vehicle or obvious linkage dangling - I hope to have some time this coming week to dive into troubleshooting.
Anyway, just a cautionary tale from a rookie for those other rookies that may post out there.....

P.S. first post, so not sure how the attached picture is going to look - hopefully not too big!

***UPDATE****

According to my mechanic friend, it turns out my rear wheel cylinders were shot, master cylinder was bone dry....hence the no stopping ability! Yeehaw.....fun times.

Chris_Dresbach
05-28-2010, 11:16 PM
Brakes, yeah... I know the feeling! They almost completely quit on the '40 at the May meet. (Just ask Matt) lol

studeclunker
05-29-2010, 01:01 AM
Have a shot and calm down. This kind of thing happens with these old vehicles. Thankfully, it didn't fail on the road. I had a Rambler's brakes fail on me in heavy traffic. There's a reason people call the parking brake an 'emergency brake.';) Think of it this way, at least you kept your head and pumped the brakes.:) Though you had a clenching moment at the end of the day, the rest of it seems to have been great. Which one is your car in the lineup?

StudeRich
05-29-2010, 02:04 AM
I am pretty sure the Land Cruiser would be the Peacock Green one, fourth from the left, there appears to be a hidden White car between the Tan '40 or '41 Commander or President and the number 1 car the Maroon Coupe.

DEEPNHOCK
05-29-2010, 03:11 AM
Leave it to two Stude pilots to park their jets in front of a glass window....sheesh :rolleyes:

Rerun
05-29-2010, 06:13 AM
Leave it to two Stude pilots to park their jets in front of a glass window....sheesh :rolleyes:

Obviously the planes are on static display.

Small world, though... The plane in the rear (Tail# 90137) is an F106A bearing squadron markings from the 49th FIS based at Griffis AFB, NY. This plane was assigned to the 48th FIS at Langley AFB, VA during my tenure there. It's good to see that it has survived. Many memories!

oregonroses
05-29-2010, 10:20 AM
I am pretty sure the Land Cruiser would be the Peacock Green one, fourth from the left, there appears to be a hidden White car between the Tan '40 or '41 Commander or President and the number 1 car the Maroon Coupe.

You win, StudeRich. That's mine hiding out there, fourth from the left. Hopefully someone posts pics of the other vehicles that were involved on the Sunday drive as there were quite a few more rolling down the road that day.

oregonroses
05-29-2010, 10:33 AM
And here is a front on picture for a different view: (Now mine is the fifth from left, corrected from my previous post)

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr222/oregonroses/039.jpg

And getting ready:

http://i486.photobucket.com/albums/rr222/oregonroses/038.jpg

studeclunker
05-29-2010, 12:41 PM
Peacock Blue? It looks more a green to me. Yet blue, green, or otherwise it's still beautiful! Ah, to have just one car that nice!:cool::p

j.byrd
05-29-2010, 02:06 PM
Excellent, Mr. Oregonroses, good report, great pics, good tip, and it took me over a year of lurking, then till the forum changed to be able to post pictures. Welcome aboard, neat place, this. John

Mark57
05-29-2010, 03:31 PM
Roger - Glad to hear the brake problem was not "fatal". Here's a link to my earlier post with a few more pics from last Sunday. :)

http://forum.studebakerdriversclub.com/showthread.php?41056-2010-Northwest-Overdrive-PICS!

woodysrods
05-29-2010, 05:28 PM
Okay you started out with the thumbnail attachment and progressed to a real full size picture. How do you do that? Or is this going to remain one of thse Forum secrets for an elite few??
Brian

ClaymoreWW
05-30-2010, 05:45 AM
I believe the thumbnail is hosted right on the forums and the full size are linked from an external host. No mystery or secret ;)

--george

oregonroses
06-15-2010, 11:29 PM
Woodysrod-the thumbnail views were under the "manage attatchments" option, then by the second posting I realized I could link from my photobucket account for the larger sized view.

woodysrods
06-15-2010, 11:41 PM
I never posted a lot of pictures before because of photo bucket. I would like to put pictures up from my hard drive not photo bucket.
Good Roads
Brian