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  • dpson
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    Gary,

    Glad to hear things worked out. You're much braver than me.

    On the way to the zone meet in Gettysburg last year my van "threw a shoe" (rear brake pad) in Brooklyn, NY. Made it as far as Philadelphia for the night, found a Midas the next morning and $750 later installed new rotors and pads (rear only, they wanted another $350 to do the pads on the front). What ever happened to the $79 brake special they have in the ads?
    Last edited by dpson; 03-05-2012, 03:50 PM.

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  • rockinhawk
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    Great story Gary, although sorry to hear you broke down.
    Reminds me of the time I was taking 2 of my grandkids to a meet in North Ga. A couple of hours into the trip the center spline in the aftermarket clutch disk of the Dodge I was driving decided to come loose. We coasted into a bodyshop parking lot but there was no help for my truck. I made some phone calls and soon my daughter was on her way bringing me her Suburban to finish the trip in while her husband was bringing my trailer to retrieve the wounded Dodge.
    We sat helplessly for 3 or 4 hours waiting on them. Then the bodyshop closed and the employees left. Soon one of the young men who worked there came back with a PIZZA!! He said "I thought Ya'll might be getting Hungry." would not take any money. Not even the cost of the pizza.

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  • GTCruiser
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    So many people that want to help at a time of need! Glad your were able to recover and go.

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  • 52-fan
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    Sorry you had trouble, but now you have a great story to tell and got home safe.

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  • 47M5
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    Gary,
    Glad you and Jane made it home OK. I can imagine the empty feeling of breaking down away from home especially on Sunday but as you found out , there are some great people out there.
    Dick

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  • 63 R2 Hawk
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    A great story! It's nice to know that people are still willing to help others. BTW, that's a common failure mode for Ford disc brake, I've encountered it on three vehicles I've owned, but never on my Hawk....s

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  • 53k
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    Shows there is something to be said for small towns.

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  • kmac530
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    Nice to hear stories of human decency and kindness.
    Who says new cars are so much more reliable than old cars?

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  • Stude8
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    Gary, tell us that you found some rare 1930 Studebaker race car parts at York that made the brake problems insignificant.
    Stude8

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  • rockne10
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    Originally posted by LarkTruck View Post
    only 10 minutes from Ernie Stoltzfus ( a 29 year Ford tech)
    And...if you had purchased his Scotsman at York he probably would have fixed your brakes at no charge! LOL!

    Ernie's Scotsman is still available; wrinkled but unmolested.
    http://s57.photobucket.com/albums/g2...t=P3030048.jpg
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    http://i57.photobucket.com/albums/g2...2/P3030052.jpg

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  • BobPalma
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    Good to have that report, Gary, and good to have seen you at York. BP

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  • LarkTruck
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    Geez Gary, Gap Pa., you were a half hour from me, and only 10 minutes from Ernie Stoltzfus ( a 29 year Ford tech) wish we would have known!!!! Glad the Lancaster County hospitality shined thru for you, and you are home safe. Guess this is one of those cases where you should carry the SDC Roster with you???
    Jim S.
    Last edited by LarkTruck; 03-04-2012, 05:36 PM.

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  • 2moredoors
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    Glad you made it home. I think most people would want to help some just are more mindful and pro active than others. Glad you found some mindful and pro active people.

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  • 52 Ragtop
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    Gary,
    Glad it all worked out for you & Jane!

    Jim

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  • 2R5
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    Good story Gary , glad that you got on your way OK .........just goes to prove that there still are good people out there.

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