Day 2 – June 7 – Our new best friend Frank used his day off running the men around to two different machine shops and a welding shop and, in the afternoon, drove Nancy back to Bryan for a needed bearing and a modern car in case the repears were futile. Then, when he could have been free of us, Frank came back to be certain that there wasn’t anything else we needed. Frank and Robin didn’t know us. They don’t even know anyone who knows us. They aren’t Model T people. They are just really good people and we will always be grateful for their kindness to strangers.
One man came by on Thursday with a bucket of thrust washers and had exactly the ones they were waiting for Nancy to bring from Bryan. Another man asked what they needed and, when told they needed a squirt bottle to add grease to the differential, came back with a grease pump designed for the task. The machine shop owner didn’t charge for his services. Larry Anderson of the Goodyear store in Comanche, TX, happened to be passing through and offered to take us to lunch when we came through his town. Instead, he repaired a punctured tire from the Fordor. The list goes on and on. Finally, by the end of the second day, the axle was repaired and back under the car. We all spent the night in Temple with plans to set outt early on Friday morning. We were now two days behind.
The rest of our group had made it to Abilene the first night as scheduled and were on their way early the next morning. However, after stopping in the town of Snyder for gas, the Johnson/Capps car developed a serious problem which turned out to be contaminated gas. They were towed to Lubbock and had to flush the gas tank, fuel lines, and carborator. They sent Ken and Joyce on ahead but were unable to get back on the road early enough to catch them. So on Thursday, they, too, made an unscheduled stopover in a small West Texas town. Ken and Joyce made it to Clovis, NM, our scheduled stop for the second day. At that point, it became painefully obvious that the cars beloning to Ross and to Ken, the two with only Model T parts, were the only ones traveling without incident.
There are no pictures from this day because we were too busy running around getting parts replaced, rebuilt, re-machined, etc.