: Ducky visits Georgia!



ga_etc
04-17-11, 04:02 AM
As pretty much everyone knows at this point, the Thunderbird blew the head gasket on me, so it's now sitting in the front yard until I decide what to do with it. To give me the time to figure out what to do with it, Jesda and I were talking and he agreed to allow me to borrow Ducky for a while. He has some trips planned and will be off doing Jesdaish things for a while, and since he isn't crazy about just letting the car sit anyway, he said I could have temporary custody as long as I could figure out a way to get the car to Georgia. After going back and forth for a while, I decided the best plan of attack was just to get someone to take me to St. Louis to pick the car up. So that's exactly what I did. A friend and I left out Thursday night after I got off work. We left Dalton at about 11:30 that night and drove straight through to STL. We got there about 6:30am their time, since they're an hour behind.

When I got to Jesda's place I was greeted with two of the most distinct rear ends you could ask for.
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They look happy together.
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We hung out for a little bit until Jesda realized he was actually up at the right time of day for breakfast. Apparently this is extremely rare, so we went to The Original Pancake House for breakfast. My friend had his little girl with him, so they brought an Etch-a-Sketch to the table for her. She wasn't paying any attention to it so Jesda played with it instead.
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He said the sketch was supposed to be a basketball goal, but it came out looking more like a bad Abraham Lincoln Pez dispenser or something. I think he was still trying to figure it out when I took the picture.

Shortly after ordering a ham and cheese omlet, I was greeted with this on my plate.
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That was absolutely the biggest omlet I've ever seen. I swear it must have taken a dozen eggs to make that thing, not to mention your daily allowance of cheese. It was soooo good though. I managed to eat all but like 4 bites of it and half of my pancakes and I was stuffed.

We went back to his place after eating, hung out for a little bit, and went over some details and quirks of the car. Once that was out of the way I headed back to GA with the charismatic mechanical wonder that we know as Ducky.

If you look closely the Arch is in this picture, somewhere.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110415_100828.jpg
Even Jesda agreed, it's pretty much impossible to get a good shot of it while driving.

Somewhere in the most boring state ever (I'm looking at you Illinois) I was passed by this.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110415_150943.jpg
Sexiest wagon to hit the road. Period. (Sorry Ray :duck:)

Then I saw this.
http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110415_160440.jpg
That bottom one is a real Porsche 911 GT3. :drool: And I have yet to figure out what the hell a Tahoe and Solara are doing on the same trailer as three Porsches.

Kentucky has bridges!
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Getting close to home. Say hello Nashville!
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About 5 mins after I took that picture I drove into the storm I had been trying to avoid the whole trip. I was stuck in it from Nashville all the way back to Dalton.

http://i685.photobucket.com/albums/vv220/austin99etc/IMG_20110415_195942.jpg
I got home a little soggy, but Ducky made the ~500 mile drive without a hitch. I can only imagine what adventures the summer may hold for us.

Jesda
04-17-11, 05:26 AM
I would honestly laugh pretty hard if it blew a head gasket.

ben.gators
04-17-11, 05:31 AM
Nice pictures, nice, thanks for sharing....

Does anyone have seen Destroyer? I like to know what is he going to say about HG problem now.... :D His last word about this trade was the new owner of eldo will come here asking about how to change the water pump or thermostat...

Playdrv4me
04-17-11, 05:46 AM
Those omelettes are insane.

mhamilton
04-17-11, 09:28 AM
As pretty much everyone knows at this point, the Thunderbird blew the head gasket on me, so it's now sitting in the front yard until I decide what to do with it.

Wha? On the turbo Tbird you just bought? I must be the only one to have missed that... sorry to hear it.

Stingroo
04-17-11, 09:51 AM
Sorry Austin, your wagon assessment is incorrect.


Also, when you started your post about Jesda's place and mentioned "two of the most distinct rear ends", I have to admit, I was reluctant to scroll.... :lol:

orconn
04-17-11, 03:50 PM
Great pictures! Congatulations on your good luck of the loan from Jesda! A truly generous offer! Hope you can get your T-bird fixed in the meantime.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-17-11, 04:33 PM
It was very generous of Jesda to let you borrow Ducky. How're you enjoying her (him?) so far? How's Ducky's turbo compare to the T-bird's?

ThumperPup
04-17-11, 05:12 PM
Trailer with the tahoe and toyota and 3 German taxis i mean sports cars
visible

is probably going to a auction or used dealer lot
no plates on them so not sure if i would think they are private cars being transported somewhere with no visible plates

drewsdeville
04-17-11, 08:59 PM
I would honestly laugh pretty hard if it blew a head gasket.

I'd also laugh if your Caddy blew a headgasket and you both needed Ducky for the same reason :P

ThumperPup
04-17-11, 09:06 PM
yall better pray cause now that it has been mentioned the chances of it going off and happening is higher lol

gdwriter
04-17-11, 11:53 PM
Have fun with Ducky, Austin. That car has a ton of character.

Destroyer
04-18-11, 12:10 AM
Nice pictures, nice, thanks for sharing....

Does anyone have seen Destroyer? I like to know what is he going to say about HG problem now.... :D His last word about this trade was the new owner of eldo will come here asking about how to change the water pump or thermostat...The word of the day is "irony". lol

ga_etc
04-18-11, 02:15 AM
Have fun with Ducky, Austin. That car has a ton of character.

After a ~500 mile drive home and especially with just normal driving around town, I'm learning quickly. It's a good thing though. The two hardest things to get used to: ignition between the seats and the gas pedal position. Swedish people's ankles must be bent at a different angle than ours.

ga_etc
04-18-11, 02:26 AM
It was very generous of Jesda to let you borrow Ducky. How're you enjoying her (him?) so far? How's Ducky's turbo compare to the T-bird's?

So far I'm having a ball. Ducky just has so much character and is so quirky you just can't help but smile when you put the top down.

The turbo difference between the two is night and day. The TC's turbo is very much in your face. You can feel the boost coming on, but when full boost hits it's a stark raving lunatic. It's fun, but can be tiresome. The turbo tuning on the Saab is just right for the car, and perfectly matched to the automatic. It's very easy to control with your right foot and comes on very smoothly. Most people would never know it's a turbo car if there wasn't a boost gauge on the dash. And with the 3 speed auto it's almost like driving a CVT car. Once you hit 3rd gear it really takes a major slow down, or HEAVY throttle to make it down shift. But it's ok to just stay in 3rd. Ease into the gas and the boost builds quickly and evenly, providing the right amount of thrust to scoot you right along.

Jesda
04-18-11, 04:41 AM
I'd also laugh if your Caddy blew a headgasket and you both needed Ducky for the same reason :P

Heck, even if it doesnt blow, I'm getting it studded this fall. And if it blows before then, then the job will get done before then. :D

I'm in Utah at the moment on my way to Las Vegas, SF, Crater Lake, and Gary's house Oregon. The Northstar has so far climbed steep grades through Colorado and Utah without getting hot, all while averaging just under 25mpg @ 75mph. *whew*

Fingers crossed.

Jesda
04-18-11, 04:49 AM
After a ~500 mile drive home and especially with just normal driving around town, I'm learning quickly. It's a good thing though. The two hardest things to get used to: ignition between the seats and the gas pedal position. Swedish people's ankles must be bent at a different angle than ours.

I had some $85 size 13 sandals (bought them extra long to get them extra wide) that I ended up tossing out because they were too wide to fit into that weird spot where the throttle pedal is located. Its a baffling, dumb configuration. I wonder if the Swedes drive with their toes rather than their whole foot?

I think there's more boost available in the turbo. Normally, according to my local Saab buddies, the turbo needle is supposed to dip into the red. My mechanic said he was comfortable with where he set the wastegate and didnt want to go further.

There's a more precise procedure you can do that involves pressure gauges and tweaking, but that takes time, and time is money.

JimmyH
04-19-11, 04:49 PM
I still remember Ducky sleeping in my garage :cloud9:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
04-19-11, 07:13 PM
I remember my first sit in Ducky. :cloud9:

thebigjimsho
04-19-11, 09:45 PM
Oh, I get it now.

2005CTS-V
04-20-11, 09:20 AM
Very cool of Jesda to let you borrow his car like that. Great folks on this forum :D