This is a story of a Restoration

I restored this boat from April 2006 to October 2008. You will need to go to the very bottom, October 2008, to find the biginning. See blog archive on the right side.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Day Five, 2nd in Seabrook

Got up early to go clean the boat for Saturday's judging. It had rained a little during the night. Humidity is 100%, all my papers are damp.

There was supposed to be a Motor Tour in old cars to the Houston Space center and to the final Battle grounds of the war between Texas and Mexico. But it was canceled, so I got $100 back.

Then I went to an auction of old cars. Some sold for $3,000. A 1940 Oldsmobile sedan.

This one sold for $395,000. It is a 1935 Auburn, boat tailed speedster.

Then we had a Friday Night Party with free food and a cash bar. Good night all.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Forth Day

I am here, at Seabrook, TX. Car speedo said 1810 miles GPS said 1816, Google Maps said 1813. That was with short side trips. Actual Google is 1770 miles. Any way, it took me four days. If I hadn't stopped to see my grand family, I could do it in 3. It was so much fun to get to know my sweet great grand daughter, Abigail. Born on Lisa's birthday, 5 years old.

It was 70 degrees when I left at 10 AM local. Arrived at the Motel at 3 PM, after a stop for fuel. Wind again, but not as bad. I'll bet there won't be a wind blowing me home! 83 degrees, and a little muggy. Launched the boat and secured it to the dock, did some cleaning, etc. Only a few boats here, but dozens of old cars. Pictures the next 3 days.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day Number Three

I only had 321 miles to drive today, so I didn't leave Kansas until 9:30 local time. My destination was Dallas. One of my grand children lives just a little east of Dallas. So I spent the night with him and his family, a beautiful great grand daughter. We went to dinner, and had a wonderful visit.

Darn the wind, double darn the wind. It blew 40 to 50 miles an hour into my windshield. Slowed me down and used a lot of fuel. The day started out at 54 degrees, and ended up at 81 degrees.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Day Two

Left Fort Collins, CO at 5:50. Drove 630 miles. I had to scrape frost off the windshield. It didn't warm past 42 degrees until 400 miles later. In Wichita, KN, it was 65 degrees.

The Maroon Rocket is running flawlessly. (Knock on wood) (Hee Hee, My Wooden head.) However, I'm losing brake fluid from the reservoir. That's a puzzle.

Stopped for the night (at 6:15 CTZ) at South Haven, KN, that's just 4 miles from the OK border on I 35. I had to use a toll road....gerrrr! They got $2.75 extra taxes. A toll road should be a choice!

Traffic wasn't too bad thru Denver, a breeze thru Wichita.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Day One

Left home at 5:30 AM. Drove 580 miles to Fort Collins, CO. Arrived there about 3:30 PM. Ran into a snow storm 50 miles west of Laramie, WY. It stayed below freezing until about 10 AM. Here it is 62 degrees.

It was a good day, not much traffic.

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Yep, in the morning I leave.

Here's a picture of my Maroon Rocket. (1979 Oldsmobile 98 Rocket)

Ten days to follow.

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Today I washed the winter's dust off, took it to the lake and made sure it still ran, and put her cloths on. It's sitting out in the driveway, hooked up to my Maroon tow car, waiting for Sunday to pass.

Friday, April 23, 2010


Of course, only 2 days left until I leave for Texas and The Keels & Wheels Boat show.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Three Days Left.

Hee Hee, I can hardly wait.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Countdown Has Begun!

I'm getting ready. Only 4 days left.