Car Show Season

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Re: Car Show Season

Post by John Brennan » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:49 am

Just curious: I thought all '89's got the mesh wheels. My '88.5 had them. Are these 'spats' original with this car?
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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Fri Feb 14, 2020 1:33 pm

John Brennan wrote:
Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:49 am
Just curious: I thought all '89's got the mesh wheels. My '88.5 had them. Are these 'spats' original with this car?
The mesh wheels are in boxes in my basement.
They're in excellent condition, but IMO they don't look that great and they're a pain in the butt to clean.

I bought the spats from Craig Madsen a few years ago. He was going to take them to Carlisle, but I headed him off at the pass.
They had just been refurbished and had not been back on a car, basically NOS. There's not a scratch on 'em and the center caps are also perfect.
Everyone that saw it after I changed the wheels thought the new wheels looked way better.
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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Mon Feb 24, 2020 1:37 pm

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Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:26 am
My employer's flag will be joining the throng on the MegaPole this upcoming season. There's plenty of room.

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Unbelievable deal on custom flags at Bestofsigns.com right now... 2 x 3 flag for $20.70 shipped. How they make any money at that price... ???
That's less than half of what the MCA flag cost, so I pulled the trigger.

Just five weeks until my car is back. :headbang
The actual item has arrived and it looks good! :thumb

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Now THAT'S kissin' the corporate butt.
They have given $750 to my other club's charities the last 3 years.
I figure I could give 'em something just a little bit bigger than a logo on the sleeve of our car show shirts.
Mark Copeland - I'm 50 miles west of Kewanee, IL

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Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
Proud member of the Iowa-Illinois Merkur Owner's Association since 2015. :cheers

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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Fri Apr 10, 2020 3:43 pm

Flag test today!

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It works!
Now, if I only had a car...
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Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
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Re: Car Show Season

Post by Bob Weir » Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:30 pm

Flags look great :cheers

What do you mean by "now if I only had a car"

And now if we only new the actual dates for car shows :roll:

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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:56 pm

Bob Weir wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:30 pm
Flags look great :cheers

What do you mean by "now if I only had a car"

And now if we only new the actual dates for car shows :roll:
My Chevy Cruze Diesel is holding down MegaPole.
My Merkur is still trapped in storage at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds until at least May 2 per government orders.
I'm actually optimistic the it will escape on that day. If it does, I have a cruise in on May 9. A quick oil change and I'm ready to go.

FYI... that picture was taken with a $60 Samsung Galaxy S5 that I just got.
That's the best flag picture yet, even better than the professionally taken ones. You can see every wrinkle.

IMO, that is the "peak phone" for someone who wants a cheap phone that works.
You can replace the battery, I have an awesome "S-View" case and my Tello plan is $10.50 a month.
Mark Copeland - I'm 50 miles west of Kewanee, IL

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Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
Proud member of the Iowa-Illinois Merkur Owner's Association since 2015. :cheers

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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Fri May 01, 2020 5:53 pm

eaton53 wrote:
Fri Apr 10, 2020 4:56 pm
My Merkur is still trapped in storage at the Rock Island County Fairgrounds until at least May 2 per government orders.
I'm actually optimistic the it will escape on that day. If it does, I have a cruise in on May 9. A quick oil change and I'm ready to go.
It does escape tomorrow! :headbang
No cruise ins or car shows and don't expect any. My other club's strategy is to actually cruise. :applause
A routine service next Wednesday and we're off! Depending on how much cruisin' we do, I may end up driving more, not less.

No MegaPole or flags, probably all year. Our cruises are closed events and when we park we want to maintain as low a profile as possible.
We're distancing and visitors might get a liitle closer than we'd like. Can't count on them behaving.

There will also be some birthday drive bys... a couple are already scheduled.
Our cars are just little more interesting than the stuff that usually drives by.
Mark Copeland - I'm 50 miles west of Kewanee, IL

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Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
Proud member of the Iowa-Illinois Merkur Owner's Association since 2015. :cheers

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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Sat May 02, 2020 12:01 pm

Free at last!

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Everything seems to be working well. A routine service next Wednesday and then we are cruisin'! :cheers
Mark Copeland - I'm 50 miles west of Kewanee, IL

'89 XR4Ti
Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
Proud member of the Iowa-Illinois Merkur Owner's Association since 2015. :cheers

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Re: Car Show Season

Post by andyofcolumbusmerkur » Sun May 03, 2020 8:27 am

Looks good :cheers
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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Fri May 08, 2020 5:54 pm

And we're birthday cruisin!! :headbang

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Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Fri May 08, 2020 6:03 pm

I think these birthday cruises are going to be a frequent thing for now.
I've got one tomorrow that hits two birthdays and another one Sunday.
I believe the above photos are the first ever taken when the car was actually moving, so that's cool. :applause
Mark Copeland - I'm 50 miles west of Kewanee, IL

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Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
Proud member of the Iowa-Illinois Merkur Owner's Association since 2015. :cheers

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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Wed May 13, 2020 7:35 pm

Party time! :applause

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Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
Proud member of the Iowa-Illinois Merkur Owner's Association since 2015. :cheers

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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Tue May 19, 2020 12:26 pm

Long line of cruisers...
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At the 5:00 mark, the star of the show appears...
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Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Sat May 23, 2020 1:21 pm

Another birthday!


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Next one is next Thursday. We were supposed to cruise a retirement community today, but it got rained out.
Mark Copeland - I'm 50 miles west of Kewanee, IL

'89 XR4Ti
Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
Proud member of the Iowa-Illinois Merkur Owner's Association since 2015. :cheers

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Re: Car Show Season

Post by eaton53 » Sat May 30, 2020 8:22 pm

Yeah, it's shiny.

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I look like I'm ready to rob a bank.

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Think I could get away with it??
Mark Copeland - I'm 50 miles west of Kewanee, IL

'89 XR4Ti
Car was the 2014 MCA Merkur Preservation Award Winner
Proud member of the Iowa-Illinois Merkur Owner's Association since 2015. :cheers

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