Taking The Twins For A Driving Lesson

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Taking The Twins For A Driving Lesson

Gary Lewis
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Facebook told me that 8 years ago today I took the grandtwins for a ride in Rusty, the '81 F150.  In fact the caption says "Did some off-roading with the twins in "Pop Pop's rusty old truck"."  What's odd about it is that this very morning Holly suggested I take them for another driving lesson in Big Blue.

We did that last summer in the church parking lot (where the show is held) and I just put it in 4 low and 2nd gear and let them putt putt around.  Not sure where we'll go this time, but the picture was taken in the pasture at a friend's house so we might go back there and let them drive in the pasture.

We shall see, and I'll have more pics.  But here they are 8 years ago today:

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Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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1986F150Six
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Gary Lewis wrote

We shall see, and I'll have more pics.  But here they are 8 years ago today:

And there you were 8 years ago, today!

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BigBrother-84
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Nice moments!


Every 8 years isn't too much for driving lessons!
Jeff / 1984 F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 5.8L/w351 4V 8' bed.
Restored 2019-2022.
Nicknamed «Big Brother 1984», due to its soooo-looong shape & nod to George Orwell's famous novel.
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Gary Lewis
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Yes, there I was - 8 years younger.

We are set for another trip tomorrow, so I'll get another pic or three.  We are going back to the same place where we went for that pic, the field of a friend.  But last summer I let them drive around the parking lot at church in 2nd and 4 Low, which helped a lot with their idea of driving.  Tomorrow we'll have a lot more room in the field.
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Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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Ford F834
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Old pickups make great memories!
SHORT BED 4-DOOR DIESEL: 1986 F350 4x4 under construction-- 7.3 IDIT ZF5+GVOD

STRAIGHT SIX 4X4: 1981 F150 2wd to 4x4-- 300 I6 close ratio diesel T19, hydroboost brakes, Saginaw steering

BIG F: 1995 F-Superduty under construction— converting to 6.9L IDI diesel ZF5+DNE2
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Gary Lewis
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Well, we did it!  Same field as 8 years ago, but today they were in charge. I put it into 2nd gear and 4 Low and they operated the clutch, the brake, and the steering wheel. We putt putted any place they wanted to go, up hill, down hill, through the ditches and around the trees. And they never once killed it.


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Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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ckuske
Great picture Gary, looks from the faces that a fun time was had by all!  Memories made all around.
Chris

'84 F-150 XL 2WD Flareside, 302 w/ AOD transmission, Motorcraft 2150 feedback carb w/ CA Emissions, EEC-IV w/TFI, factory A/C, speed control - Info about me and my truck - My project thread
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grumpin
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That’s awesome!
Dane
1986 F250HD SC XLT Lariat 4x4 460 C6 Sold
1992 Bronco XLT 4x4 351W E4OD
1998 Suburban LT K2500 454 4L80E
1998 GMC Sierra SLE K1500 350 4L60E
2000 Nissan Xterra XE 4WD 3.3 RE4R01A
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Gary Lewis
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Thanks, guys!  We had a blast.  Each kid drove as long as s/he wanted to drive, and there were plenty of turns and obstacles to negotiate.

The EFI system really makes this easy.  With the idle RPM set to 650 the ECU keeps you there, uphill and down.  And in 2nd + Low range it just goes and goes and goes.
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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Machspeed
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Beautiful grandchildren, Gary! And..... you've not aged a bit....LOL!
John

"Blackie" - 1986 F150 4x4 - Mildly warmed over 351W HO - Original owner
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Gary Lewis
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Thanks, John.  But you might want to re-read Luke 4:23.  
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Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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BigBrother-84
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Gary Lewis wrote
Well, we did it!  Same field as 8 years ago, but today they were in charge.
Always fun to see growing kids!
Time goes so fast!

There was clearly a lot of joy and love in the truck's cab today!

Gary, you're building your grandchildren some endless memories, that's great!
Jeff / 1984 F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 5.8L/w351 4V 8' bed.
Restored 2019-2022.
Nicknamed «Big Brother 1984», due to its soooo-looong shape & nod to George Orwell's famous novel.
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Gary Lewis
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Thanks, Jeff.  We have a lot of fun together.  

Just now my granddaughter and I got to talking about dust explosions and I explained that even steel will burn if ground fine enough.  She said her brother would love to see that, so later today we'll scoop up some grindings from around the bench grinder, get the propane torch, and see what happens.  
Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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BigBrother-84
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Lol!  I LOVE that kind of real life lessons.
Jeff / 1984 F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 5.8L/w351 4V 8' bed.
Restored 2019-2022.
Nicknamed «Big Brother 1984», due to its soooo-looong shape & nod to George Orwell's famous novel.
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Dorsai
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I assume the next experiment after that will be proper thermite?  You're definitely the cool grandpa!
Matthew
1980 F-150 Custom 2wd longbed, 300-6, C6, 2.75 rear axle
Atlanta GA
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Gary Lewis
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No, I don't think we are going to play with thermite. But we did do the ground steel experiment:

Gary, AKA "Gary fellow": Profile

Dad's: '81 F150 Ranger XLT 4x4: Down for restomod: Full-roller "stroked 351M" w/Trick Flow heads & intake, EEC-V SEFI/E4OD/3.50 gears w/Kevlar clutches
Blue: 2015 F150 Platinum 4x4 SuperCrew wearing Blue Jeans & sporting a 3.5L EB & Max Tow
Big Blue: 1985 F250HD 4x4: 460/ZF5/3.55's, D60 w/Ox locker in front & 10.25 Spicer/Trutrac in back, & EEC-V MAF/SEFI

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BigBrother-84
This demonstration definitely ignited the flame of science in their eyes.
Jeff / 1984 F-350 Crew Cab 4x4 5.8L/w351 4V 8' bed.
Restored 2019-2022.
Nicknamed «Big Brother 1984», due to its soooo-looong shape & nod to George Orwell's famous novel.
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1986F150Six
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Good stuff, Gay!
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grumpin
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Cool! Neat to see the look on their faces!

I want to do that!
Dane
1986 F250HD SC XLT Lariat 4x4 460 C6 Sold
1992 Bronco XLT 4x4 351W E4OD
1998 Suburban LT K2500 454 4L80E
1998 GMC Sierra SLE K1500 350 4L60E
2000 Nissan Xterra XE 4WD 3.3 RE4R01A
Oregon