Day 11 – June 16 – On the eleventh day of our tour, two differientials and one engine were removed from their respective cars and were repaired or modified so that we could continue our trip. Ken’s engine not only required the replacement of the cracked low gear drum, but also required the rebabbiting of the center main bearing. Ben Hardeman’s Ruckstell axle had almost totally disentegrated and required a total of six new gears, new pins, and a new Ruckstell case. Bill Capps and David Johnson decided that the high speed ring and pinion gear set that they had installed in their 1925 Touring car did not give enough climbing power for their load of spare parts, luggage, passengers and dogs – so they removed the unit and replaced the ring and pinion gears with a standard 3.63 to 1 gear set.
You might have noticed that we have never mentioned the development of any major problems what-so-ever with the car of Ross Lilliker. By the end of the second week of our tour, we were all ready to vote Ross as MVM (most valuable mechanic). His car has given no trouble at all, but it is a good thing because the rest of us would have been left by the roadside with a “roadside auction” long ago if not for Ross’s skills.