- The sweeping shot
of the parade which that still comes from is worth
damn near everything we went through to get not only
the car out here but the whole family. When else would
my car be in SNOW?! Alright let's get to the
- So up first, the
parade. Feel free to look at the people outside to
realize that it was indeed cold and we're not babies.
No heat in the time machine is a pretty shitty issue
to have on top of all the other non-working gauges.
The rocker-arm just evaporated our testing or break-in
time. And we can't do it the rest of the time that I'm
here because as we speak Kenny is installing the front
suspension. Yes, I did the entire weekend (over
350 miles of driving) with no break-in miles
completed, no tuning, no alignment done, no front
suspension (the left front shocks are bloooooown) and
for the race on Sunday, that is indeed a necessity.
The gauges, though awfully important as we found out,
aren't necessary to fix for the 1/4 mile.
All that being said it was very surreal to be hanging
in the CD101 Ice Cream truck (sorry, CD102.5 - hard to
get used to that) again after 20 years. The clutch was
as awful as we presumed, but we found a way to dig in
our heel at a sweet spot and ride it without gas that
was feasible. I'll still never do it again but again -
with the snow falling? How epic did that look. The
shitty weather killed turnout a bit but people still
had a good time. My kids stayed home and played in the
snow for the first time in their lives (video soon)
and that was a very good choice. You say parade to my
kids and they think Disneyland. This would've been
awful for them in every possible respect. HA. They'll
be able to check me out at Clintonville Academy on
- The Saturday night
gigs were pretty rough as not only is there no heat,
the driver's side door doesn't close all the way. It
actually hasn't in quite awhile, but it doesn't matter
when it's sunny and 70. Raining and 33? Yeah, that
fucking sucks. So there's a cold breeze on you while
you drive and water drips in. So no matter how badass
you are, you get a chill. Driving nearly 90 minutes to
a gig and back is all about survival. Getting to the
second gig of the night was a pretty massive exhale...
but I then had ANOTHER 40 minute drive to get
home because Jess & Jeff live pretty far outside
of Columbus. Made it home around midnight and
collapsed. So much stress.
- The car performed
pretty well! A couple of stalling issues and of
course having no idea how much gas is in the car is
scary, but all of that will soon be fixed. Of course
that leads into the break-down...
- Not sure if you
can hear it in the video, but when you fill the car up
all-the way, the gas leaks out. Like,
A LOT of gas leaks out all over the ground.
It has done this for as long as I've had it. As long
as I never filled it up more than 3/4 of a tank,
it was never an issue. Now of course, I can't do
that since I have no idea where the hell the gas
is at. When I filled up in Dayton it looked like
it was leaking out up top within like 4 gallons.
I figured I was filled... and clearly,
I was not. I drove the remaining 120 miles
home that night and of course as you saw in the video,
ran out of gas on the way to my Sunday gig. As
annoying as it was, thank GOD it was just gas.
I was on the phone with Kenny troubleshooting
everything (because I was so sure I had
filled it up the night before) and after nothing
coming up we had no choice but to see if it was gas.
Whew. Adding to all the gas issues is that we really
have no idea what the gas mileage is. It seems insane,
but maybe I only get 125 miles to a tank? That
would be about 10 miles a gallon. That can't be... but
we won't know for awhile.
- The Sunday gig was
craaaaaaaazy. We ended up only being 20 minutes late
(amazingly the first time I have ever been late
to a gig in 3 years) and that only added to the
moment. There was already 100 people lined up for
pictures and Jess was driving with me and we both
looked at each other in awe. I gotta say, that
might be the most VIP moment I've felt in that car.
Usually I'm early so there's no one waiting. This was
crazy and it NEVER stopped. Must've been over 500
people getting pics and all the money went to charity.
Pretty badass. Kids got some hotdogs and then got to
see Nana... good time all around. I'm gonna have to
make a big video of just all of their visits and all
the shots of the car sitting at my childhood memories.
- For now I hope
Kenny is knocking out the suspension alright and we
can get everything aligned tomorrow before I need
the car again for my Clintonville Academy assembly.
WHEW. What a week!