Dawned another bright blue sky, cool day. Off we went on the QEW, heading for Port Huron and the USA. About 2 hours out, disaster struck the little black coupe. Smelled a hot smell, was trying to figure out what it was and thunk, the Borg-Warner overdrive shifted itself out of overdrive, permanently. Pulled off and looked under the car, the overdrive box was hot and smoking. Didn’t look good. We let it cool down some and determined that it rotated freely, so topped it off with oil, and did a test drive. Seemed to be okay, did not heat up any more, so we proceeded to Detroit in direct drive.
Tonight, we (John and Judy and Bob and Pat) are staying in Lincoln Park. We have decided to forego our visit to Greenfield Village (which will give us an extra day to get to Rushmore) and we have revised our route of travel to stay off the interstates, and figured out a way to get around Chicago on secondary roads, since I am not interested in pushing the car too hard on the interstates.
Now that the overdrive has thunked itself, I hear two stories of similar happenings, one from Dave J. and one from Bill R. That’s the bad news, the good news is that it is probably okay to continue in direct drive.
Dave J., Will L. and Ted K. are in Dearborn, and will go to Greenfield Village, etc as planned. Dave is having either an engine or a transmission problem, making a racket under load in 2nd or 3rd gear, but okay in overdrive at 55 mph. He will decide tomorrow whether to make a stop in Bloomington for major repairs. Jack and Don are staying with a cycling buddy somewhere northwest of Detroit. The eastbound group (Bob H. and Ray F.) have made it to Salt Lake City. Stay tuned, life is getting more complicated.
As we crossed over the rivers linking the Great Lakes, we were on some really high bridges and could look down at the freighters. Wow!