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  1. DMarek

    DMarek Member

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    Good Morning,
    My wife and I are planning a one week 3000 mile road trip with our TTA. Since we will be doing a lot of night driving I was hoping some of you had tried different headlight combos and better dash bulb lighting. Thanks very much.
    Dana
     
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    instro84 Well-Known Member

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    haven't changed headlights on tat buick the silverstars worked really good in my regal, maybe try meds in the dash to brighten it up.
     
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    What area of the country side are you cruising?
     
  5. DMarek

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    Good morning,
    Thanks for the advice so far. We are heading from Boston to Minnesota to visit our daughter. We are celebrating our 36 wedding anniversary during the trip. Our friends think we are nuts, just fly they say! I tell them you can't see America up close in an airplane, but you can cruising in a great car with the love of your life listening to Meatloaf on the cassette player!
     
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    Hell yeah.. paradise by the dashboard lights:)
     
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    Sounds like an awesome time! Better do that quick before it starts snowing, that's a lot of cold weather area to cover!
     
  8. DMarek

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    Morning guys,
    We are leaving next week. Our kids bought us the seat cover kit on the group buy in 2008. Finally installing them. We are installing new carpet and headliner as well to have that new car feel. Putting on new BFG Comp 2 tires as well. Hope they are not to noisy. This trip has been a great excuse to redo the car and enjoy it. Taking the northern route out but on the way home taking Route 66 in Illinois down and then through Indy and Ohio. Life gets in the way for so many of us, but not this time! Thanks guys.
    Dana
     
  9. TTA855

    TTA855 White lightning drinker

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    Have fun and congratulations on your 36th anniversary!
    I run the BFG g-Force Sport Comp 2 as well. They are relatively inexpensive and have good dry grip (I don't drive in the rain). I have never noticed any tire noise.
    I'd like to hear about what other tires TTA owners have experience with and how they perform, especially with regard to dry grip.
     
  10. DynoDave

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    Sounds like a great trip. Lots to do and see on Route 66 in Illinois. Enjoy!
     
  11. DMarek

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    Good morning,
    My wife and I started the trip Monday afternoon about 1:30 pm. Stayed in Buffalo NY. Yesterday put on 700 miles with zero problems other than the power antenna stopping. Must not have like my singing or maybe the speed! The BFG Comp 2s are a great tire. The car loves 80 to 90 mph hundreds of miles at a time. These cars are perfect for this type of trip. Last leg today. On to St Paul. Minn. Wish us luck!
    Dana
     
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    Never a good time for that to happen. I had to have mine rebuilt last year.

    They do indeed. :)
     
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    Back when my TTA was my only car and my daily driver, I had to replace the power antenna about every three years.
     
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    TTA855 White lightning drinker

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    You're a man after my own heart! And your wife is a saint!
     
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    Do the plastic cable replacement with a stainless steel cable as described on a sticky post on tb.com in the TTA section...I wrote it up..never replace it again.
     
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    Wow that is going to be a nice trip with your two best friends enjoy the trip and put some miles on that car
     
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    The fellow who rebuilt mine used that type of cable as well. I had so much else apart at the time, that I decided to sublet that rebuild. So far, so good.
     
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  19. DMarek

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    Morning guys,
    Made it to Minnesota Wed. with zero problems. This part of the country is so beautiful. My wife and I crossed the Mississippi River for the first time in our lives. Going on a boat ride today. Found a record store in Great Bear Lake Minn. with used cassettes. Now we can cruise to Disco Inferno and Gary Puckett. Starting home tonight towards Route 66. Really looking forward to an adventure on the way home, plan as we go!
    Dana
     
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    Awesome, sounds like a blast!
     
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    Yep, i am officially jealous ...:)
     
  22. DynoDave

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    Where are you picking up 66?
     
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    great enjoy it must be beautiful out there post some pictures when you get a chance.
     
  24. DMarek

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    Hi guys,
    Left yesterday afternoon. Traveled down route 35 along the Mississippi. Beautiful!! Cutting across today to pick up Rt. 66 in Joliet IL. Going to take our time, no timeframe. You people will laugh( our kids do) because we have old flip phones with no camera. We are taking pictures the old way! Will post some when we get home. We are reading maps we got from AAA. We have gotten lost a couple of times but that is half the fun. We just stop at motels we see along the way and pick the one that has a free breakfast! Car is flawless, no problems.
    Dana
     
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  25. DynoDave

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    So picking up 66 at Joliet. And taking it as far as Springfield, before turning east to head to Indy?

    Here are some of the things you might want to check our in Illinois.

    While this is not everything there is to see in Illinois, here is a list I have made of some of the interesting things to see/do. I left in a few that are a little beyond the Joliet to Springfield route. The items in bold text are in, or very near, Springfield. There's a fair amount in the area, and you might want to make Springfield an overnight stop.

    Enjoy your trip!

    Sprague’s Super Service
    http://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/r…..ormal.html

    The Old Station
    Panoramio - Photo of The Old Station - Route 66

    Swing bridge at I&M canal
    RI - I&M Canal Swing Bridge

    Launching Pad
    http://route66news.com/2010/12…..-for-sale/

    Streetcar Diner
    http://route66news.com/2010/11…..-new-home/

    First Dairy Queen designated a landmark
    http://route66news.com/2010/11…..-landmark/

    A cell built for two
    http://route66news.com/2010/08…..t-for-two/

    White Fence Farm
    The Original White Fence Farm® | Romeoville Illinois | Home of the Greatest Chicken on Earth

    Route 66 Drive-In
    http://www.route66-drivein.com…..elcome.htm

    Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation and Museum
    Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation :: Home

    Dana Thomas House
    Dana-Thomas House Foundation :: Springfield IL :: 217-782-6776

    Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
    Sugar Creek Covered Bridge
    http://bridgehunter.com/il/san…..gar-creek/

    Odell Station
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S…..llinois%29
    Standard Oil Gasoline Station
    also…
    Odell Subway Tunnel
    Odell Subway Tunnel

    Ambler/Becker Texaco Station
    Ambler/Becker Texaco Station

    Doc’s Soda Fountain
    http://route66illinois.com/Girard.html

    Illinois State Fairgrounds (the Main Gate makes is a great photo op with the car, as well as the giant Lincoln statue just inside...if you are a motorcycle or dirt track fan, this is also the home of The Springfield Mile).
    Illinois State Fair Home

    Cozy Dog Drive-In
    Cozy Dog Drive-In

    Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum
    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

    Lincoln Law Offices
    Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices State Historical Site

    Old State Capitol
    Old State Capitol Historic Site

    Note: The Museum, Law Offices and Capitol are all within a block of each other. The home is a few blocks away, and the Tomb is on the edge of town at the cemetery.

    Lincoln Home
    Lincoln Home National Historic Site

    Lincoln’s Tomb
    http://lincolntomb.org/
    http://www.illinoisroute66.org/What-to-See/Details/ArticleID/3979/Lincoln-Tomb-State-Historical-Site

    America's Playable Arcade Museum
    http://vintagevideogames.com/

    Atlanta, Ill (great little town, with lots to see and do in a very small geographic area)
    http://route66news.com/2012/04…..-route-66/
    http://route66news.com/2009/05…..surrected/

    Good site…quite a few things to see in Atlanta…
    http://www.atlantaillinois.org/
    http://www.haweselevator.org/h…..s_home.htm
    http://www.illinoisroute66.org/What-to-See/Details/articleId/3932
    http://www.illinoisroute66.org/What-to-See/Details/articleId/3930
    http://route66news.com/2012/09…..rill-cafe/
    A rare and old grain elevator
    http://route66news.com/2009/10…..-elevator/

    Pontiac, Ill - If you are coming through in a Pontiac, you HAVE TO stop in Pontiac and see the POMARC (Pontiac/Oakland Museum and Resource Center). If you are a POCI member, you will know the POMARC, and it's driector (and the POCI Magazine [Smoke Signals] editor) Tim Dye.
    http://www.pontiacoaklandmuseum.org/
    http://route66news.com/2011/05…..r-pontiac/
    http://www.route66oldlogcabin.com/
    http://pontiac.org/

    Lincoln Theatre
    http://route66news.com/2011/05…..e-honored/

    Mining and Route 66 museum
    http://route66news.com/2011/03…..to-godley/

    Red Brick near Auburn, Ill
    http://route66news.com/2011/10…..rick-road/

    The Mill
    http://www.savethemill.org/

    Funks Grove
    http://www.funkspuremaplesirup.com/

    Shadows of the Motherland
    http://www.illinoistimes.com/S…..rland.html

    Our Lady of the Highways marks 50th year
    http://route66news.com/2009/10…..50th-year/

    Elkhart, Ill.
    http://elkhartillinois.us/Arou…..llage.html

    Dell Rhea Chicken Basket
    http://www.chickenbasket.com/

    Historic stretch near Springfield
    http://route66news.com/2009/05…..ringfield/

    Lou Mitchell's

    http://www.loumitchellsrestaurant.com/
     

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