By William Hall, The Drive Home veteran
An early Friday morning start from a cars-and-coffee event at the Ace Cafe Orlando allowed us some much-needed repair time for The Drive Home III team in the radiant Florida sun.
Taking umbrage at my proposed pizza-box solution for the unhinged quarter window on the 1959 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, the Concours d’Elegance of America/Kettering University team swung into action. Within an hour, they had the rear seat and side panel out of the big coupe and a repair effected. After all, they did not want to disappoint their Kettering University Bulldogs””nor the Cadillac La Salle Club of New Zealand.
Similarly, a new regulator and battery arrived for the 1962 International, and driver Tabetha Hammer from Hagerty installed it, polarized the generator, and checked the installation with a voltmeter, giving it a clean bill of health.
Part of the point of this trip is that things will happen to all cars, but with minimal tools, diagnostics, and the right attitude you can turn a no-go situation around in an old vehicle. These classics were not only made to last, but also to be serviced. Moreover, the drivers didn’t get freaked out about the glitches””they just set to work and got it done.