My dad and I got home yesterday from the biggest trip in the known history of the New Yorker. The Carlisle rush started about two weeks ago when we finally got the car back from the local mechanic after a two-week exhaust install. After this, we installed some aftermarket valve covers that we felt would nicely match the black breather and chrome headers.
However, this proved to be quite difficult. After we finished the install with rubber gaskets and let the permatex seal, we decided to take a short drive to test it as we did not see any oil smoke. Yet, when we got home, the passenger side heads were soaked in oil and the engine bay was full of white smoke. Luckily, it did not run too low on oil (only lost about a quart). My dad worked on cleaning the headers, which required the green side of a sponge and a lot of soapy water. We also tried increasing the torque on the valve covers, but the leaks continued. I then removed the passenger side valve cover, and we had to slowly remove the RTV from the head and valve cover. We tried a recommendation from our mechanic and used a cork gasket with no RTV, just some sealant to hold the gasket to the cover. This worked perfectly and sealed up the oil leak.
After this, we had the windshield installed on July 6, which was the day before we left for Carlisle (big thanks to @bigmoparjeff
for the recommendation for a windshield site).
Wednesday morning, we left for Carlisle. The drive went really well! About 7 hours and 360 miles in total, and we went to some cool destinations such as Warrenton, VA; Gettysburg; Chambersburg; and Mr. Ed's. That afternoon, we reached the Comfort Inn and were greeted by some awesome cars including a Belvedere, a Dart, and a Road Runner. On Thursday, the car was rain tested for the first time (without wipers) and we realized that the roof/windshield leak in multiple spots. So we did get the rain treatment inside the car, but it did not stop our trip. We went to the AACA museum for the first time, which was really awesome! There were some very cool Dodge's there as well as one Chrysler and many Chevys.
On Friday, we got ready for the show, giving the windshield a thick coating of Rain-X and glass cleaner. Getting into the show was pretty easy, as it was a lighter crew that day, and I ended up next to a Dodge Mirada (The Dart moved mid-day) and a Plymouth Road Runner in the Barnfind Category.
Friday went really well but was rained out at the end of the day, leading to a wet interior once again. We had dinner at a BBQ place in Carlisle, with the tightest parking I've ever done.
However, this is where some problems started. On our way back to the hotel, the car started to have some running issues, bogging immediately off idle when given gas. At one point, it stalled in an intersection and took a few minutes to get restarted. We could not figure out the problem, so we just decided that we would have to live with it until we got home. However, it went away Saturday morning without any clear reason why.
Saturday was absolutely insane. The day started off with the NYB hitting the big 77k.
Meeting all of the C-Body guys was really cool, and the picture turned out great. It was also my first time ever seeing another formal New Yorker in person. It was also great meeting some younger car owners, including one guy who owned this epic New Yorker two door.
Also saw this C-Body with a really cool breather/valve cover set up.
I also saw this stunning green '74 Imperial in the survivor tent, but there was no owner with it, unfortunately. The Survivor tent also had some really clean C-Bodies from the late 60s.