|Waterford ca. 1930. It looks more or less like this still today, but now the town is in color.|
With the speedometer closer to accurate, the seat belts in, and a trip on bigger roads than we'd been on before, I was driving a little faster. Unfortunately I found an alarming amount of shake in the car around 60 MPH. The body panels were audibly and visibly rattling, the steering wheel and gear shift shook at least a half inch back and forth in my hand. Shelly wondered (out loud) if we were going to live through it all. Below 60 it was bearable, and if I took the car above about 70 it seemed to get a little better, though I was scared to go much faster both because of the shaking and because the tachometer was showing the engine was at "red line" (more on this later).
|Are these the culprits?|
I decided to do what any sane person would do in this situation: I continued driving for several weeks below 60, or above 70, accelerating as fast as possible between the two. Will the car literally shake itself apart? Will Shelly ever get in the car again? Stay tuned to future episodes to find out!