Today we took a long round-trip road trip in the Boss’s Tesla Model S 85 to visit a much larger specialty bindery and learn a bit about how they do things and what we might be able to so to streamline our own processes... Long story short: any real gains will require the purchase of much expensive machinery and a significant rejiggering of how we handle seasonal demand and employment... but lets talk about the other stuff that happened: we took a 450 mile road trip in a large, electric luxury sedan, oh did I mention we stopped to look at a 1932 Rolls Royce 20/25HP Carlton Coupe that’s for sale?
First you must load the Roadtrip Peacemaker Package into the Tesla computer... Then, with about an 88% charge you start driving south...
about 150 miles later you stop at a SuperCharger station in Brattleboro VT for half an hour or so while we eat a late breakfast. We could make it one way on the charge, but there’s no SuperCharger at our destination and if we don’t top off here we’d have to charge for 4-6 hours at a level-2 “Electric Vehicle Charging Station” to make it back this far again... We stopped at the same SuperCharger on the return trip, this time for about 45 minutes, putting about 250 miles of charge into the nearly depleted battery for our return trip. Extensive use of the heater impacted our mileage somewhat (as much wast heat as is possible is captured from the Battery/Inverter/Motor cooling system, but the resistive heater and heated seats got a bit of a workout on this cold, rainy day.) Hilly terrain and a lead foot (did I mention the Tesla is a goddamn rocketship?) also contributed to making the return trip “close” with only 1% charge left on the display when we got home. There’s some reserve after 0% though, so we weren’t too concerned. Over all the Tesla is a rapid, comfortable, quiet conveyance and the speed at which the SuperCharger can cram fresh electrons into the battery pack is truly something.
Can we talk about this little Roller we stopped to look at? It spent most of it’s life prior to the (still incomplete) restoration in the middle east, doing duty for the CIA and Foreign Service. Legend has it, it was even used during the Six Days War to evacuate some VIP’s across the Desert and may have been sat in by the Shah of Iran.
it’s a rare Carlton Coupe body, and although I couldn’t get a good angle on it in the small garage where it currently sits, it looks like this:
awww! isn’t that a cute little engine! It’s only 3669cc and 6 cylinders, which for a Rolls is pretty small, And as Bill Cooke from Vintage Garage says: “When it’s running right, it’s one of the quietest little engines you’ll never hear!”
Coach-built body... needs a headliner and such...
Transmission in unit with the engine in traditional Rolls Style. oh... hey something is missing here...
Front seats are outside the car and need to be reupholstered badly.
wood is solid though! (AND NO RUST AT ALL!)
Then we went to home of a Pinball machine restorer, talked about the various Williams platforms and their virtues, played a few games of Taxi and Pin-Bot then set off on the return trip as outlined above.
Not a bad day of work, eh? (it was a long day of driving though... thankfully we had a swift, quiet and comfortable ride...)