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Old 01-25-2003, 09:18 PM
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Post Ever take your car cross country??

Any of you guys ever take your car cross country?? Have any problems? Was it a good experience?

I have my eye on this one '61 Falcon (might buy it, $1900). I was thinking about driving it across the country to NY for school in the fall. I live in CA, so maybe route 66 to chicago, then on the highway to NY. It seems like it would be an awesome experience. Then again, if the car broke down, I would be screwed.
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Old 01-25-2003, 11:13 PM
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ROAD TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would do it in a NY minute. Several times I have crossed it in my cars. Now I find its easier in the Winnebago. On one trip I lost the output shaft seal and bushing (66 fairlane) in Idaho. Went on to Wenatchee and fixed it my brothers driveway. GO for it!!! Just buy another car when you get there so you dont have to drive your car in the snow and SALT. Hate that!
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In our hobby, rods are built for many reasons by many people. Some are for show, some are for go, some are for local cruising, and some are for the wide open roads. I personally build mine for the long trips because you can enjoy most of the in between. I finished my 36 Ford Pu in 1981 in Homestead, Fla and one week later, I hooked up my bass boat, loaded the bed with tools and guns and left for Austin, Tx, as in moved. While there, I wheeled up to Oklahoma City and hooked my 36 Ford Coupe to a tow bar behind the 36 PU. No car haulers for me. 3 years later, it was back to Fla and the Coupe took up the rear behind the same litte truck again to storage in East, Tenn. 2 1/2 years later, the same little 36 PU and I buzzed to Ogden Utah in 4 days and one speeding ticket. Notice there has been no mention of any mechanical problems. 207,000 challangeing miles later, the PU is in rework and I'm thinking of another trip to the Northwest as soon as I make a shakedown cruise to the Fla Keys. Why build'em if you can't enjoy'em?!!?

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I agree, why build'em if you can't enjoy'em.
We haven't finished my wifes nova yet although we drive it every day. But when its finished it will see long road trips.
Ever read magazine articles about some people who have everything done at some rod and custom shops, then are real pleased when they get 1000 or 1500 trouble free miles? I droped the engine in the nova,fired it up,timed it,let it cool,retorqued heads,reset valves, showered, then went out and put over 350 miles the first day! all troublefree and had the satisfaction of doing it myself! Now have over 5000 miles on it still troublefree and I am sure we spent less than those people in the mags.
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Hey 54 I say go for it. Just make sure you take some emergency replacement parts along for the ride. You will probably want to tune it up before you leave. New plugs, wires, cap and rotor and fuel filters are all a good idea to take along. Good luck, hope you have fun.

Trees, sounds like you did an awesome job on that PU. Often times new cars cant even rack up that many miles w/o major problems.
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Never all the way, but I've gone from Lubbock, Tx to Dayton Nevada twice and gone all over Texas.
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I am going to take my car on a road trip when its done.Might be a few years or so...lol....but I'm gona do it
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Never been farther west than colorado or farther north than OH/PA. Before any trip of length you always want to tune up and check all running gear and susp. parts. Always take some tools and spare parts for your car/bike. You'd be suprised what parts need to be special orderd. Be prepaired, crazy things happen when on a long distance trip, expecially when your alone.
If things go right I'll be making a few trips this year. Here to TN, CO, WA, PA, OH and maby even Canada, never been there, want to go, not sure if I'll make it yet, but if someone buys all the crap I'm trying to sell I will be. hopefully.

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Hk, hope you sell your stuff. Nothing like cruising the hiways in a machine you know bolt by bolt, screw by screw and knowing you can fix about anything that does break. The vehicle I have I would leave cross country tomorrow morning and not do a thing but load up, top off the gas and head out (wife's car excluded). Hope I was not too misleading in my PU post. I have had to make two unscheduled repairs in 20+ years on the road. The first one was a blown rear air shock because dumb me had let the exhaust pipe get too close to the bladder and it blew out. You have to buy a set and I still have the spare! The other thing was a white knuckler when the right rear main spring broke under full acceleration at about 80 about the time I was in the left lane of I 15. The rear end shifted aft abruptly immediately followed by putting enough tension on the emer brake cables to lock up the right wheel and full max brake on the left wheel. Lots of smoke and squealing of tires, fish tailing and seat sucking before I got into the grass in the median. Took me a few min to figure what happened. Cranked up and found I could go backwards ok. Backed down the median til the next exit ramp, backed across three lanes of traffic, down the ramp and two 90 degree turns into a 711 for the phone call to the wife to come pick me up. Nice things about old Fords with part of the origional steering column: you can lock them up and back the thing onto a tow dolly. HK are you going to the May Streetrod show in Knoxville ?

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Trees, thanks, you and me both. Just can't seem to sell anything.
No I wasn't talking about the knoxville show. I was talking about the little meet a bunch of us east and middle east guys have been planning since last year. There was two or three threads posted about it in this section. Supposed to take place in june slap dead in the middle of TN. Just a long weekend type meet and greet and a short cruise to the 'vette museum in KY. Not sure if its still on, but theres a few months untill june. At this point I'm hoping I can go. Will start up a new thread for it, just for the newer guys

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HK count me in if you don't mind an old fart along. Hope to have my PU ready by then, but have a backup. Looking for the repost.

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I have been from coast to coast and border to border in alot of old cars and the only trouble I have ever had was back in the early 80's with a set of hotrocks(firestone)tires. bought them the day before I took off and made it to some hole in the wall town in Kansas when with in five minutes of each other the tire blew the thread off.But lady luck was on my side because there was a firestone station on the exit the the tires blew. I plan for two flats but I did not plan for four brand new junk tires.
Other then that I have never had too much go wrong.I make a long trip cross country about every two years or so.
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My grandfather took his 37 Panel truck no NY and back on a tour (we live in n.s) went w/out a hitch

and his 34 chev standard to nfld and back
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Longest trip I have taken in the Willys was 5 hrs, one way up to Pleasanton Good Guys meet. Was +100F, my air conditioner is just barely and my seats are such that my butt goes to sleep within 15 minutes. Add to that, I-5 has spots where the pavement is so bad that I literally had to slow down to 20mph for many miles to keep from bouncing off the road with my stiff suspension and you can conclude the trip was a total BLAST! Loved evey inch. The Good Guys meet was another matter but you old timers know what I think of Good Guys. As luck would have it, a week after I was back home from that trek I heard a noise in my rear end and found an outer bearing that was totally lunched - grease, balls, retainer, everyting gone except for 3 remaining balls holding the thing together.
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Did Las Vegas to Vermontr in a 65 Plymouth Wagon and from Lubbock to Mass in a 55Chevy truck during winter.
54, not to be rude, but you don't hgave a hair on you butt if you don't do this!
Go buy the Millenium Falcon, baldy!
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