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Old 09-05-2012, 08:48 AM   #1
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Ryan's 'Rivera Junkie' post had me laughing out loud and thinking seriously at the same time: Driving a totally new-to-you car, that you don't know at all, thousands of miles back home. Sure, most of us have done it at one time or another... But your...

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Old 09-05-2012, 09:15 AM   #2
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check the transmission fluid level too.
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:24 AM   #3
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I love these adventures and have done it a few times over the years. A buddy of mine gave me some really, good advise that I've used with success. If you fly in to get the car, get a large, heavy duty cooler and fill it with your tools and typical spare parts that you made need and some fluids. Then ship the cooler to where you're going to pick up the car. Then when you get there, you have the needed parts and tools and then you can fill the cooler with food and "fluids" for youself! Sounds simple but has worked great for me more than once.

It's funny how you never really relax until you get home and how wore out you are from being on high alert for the duration of the trip! What a kick ass adventure though!!! GO MAN GO!!!!
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:26 AM   #4
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I love these adventures and have done it a few times over the years. A buddy of mine gave me some really, good advise that I've used with success. If you fly in to get the car, get a large, heavy duty cooler and fill it with your tools and typical spare parts that you made need and some fluids. Then ship the cooler to where you're going to pick up the car. Then when you get there, you have the needed parts and tools and then you can fill the cooler with food and "fluids" for youself! Sounds simple but has worked great for me more than once.


That's brilliant!
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Old 09-05-2012, 10:10 AM   #5
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2000 miles of fear, fright, and fun man... Times two no less... I'm certain one of us will break, but I'm also pretty confident we will get home one way or another. Adventure.
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:01 AM   #6
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as always have FUN, lifes way to short for the drama and bs, a small fire extinguisher for the enexpected is a good thing also. Be safe, you driving the green or blue one first leg?
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:08 AM   #7
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I flew out to Sacramento, Ca from Sioux City, Ia (one way ticket) when I bought my '50 F1 289, C4, 9".
Drove it to Cyprus that day and a few days later headed back to Ia. I hit rain in Fontana of all things....turned on the electric wipers....they swiped 3 times and stopped........found my way into downtown Fontana got pointed to a garage.
Wiper motor was toast. Had one delivered by my sister that day. The fellow put it all back together.......no rain the rest of the way back and no other issues.
It was a GREAT trip!

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Old 09-05-2012, 11:33 AM   #8
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I've done the "road trip" more than once, and always had fun. I can't remember any of them turning really bad, but I always go prepared. And then there were a few times I just knew there was no chance to drive it and drug the trailer for insurance. Enjoy Ryan!
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:46 AM   #9
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:00 PM   #10
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Stress and anxiety aside, it's those mishaps and incidents that make for better stories, after-the-fact... so, in that vein, here's hoping that yours are both minor and hilarious.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:29 PM   #11
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Be safe!
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:35 PM   #12
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Done this more than a few times... Have fun and be safe!
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:37 PM   #13
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I've done many times..always turned out ok.
Best one was taking a greyhound bus to North Dakota in early spring where I bought a 65 el-camino from "Eyeball"...ran through a snow storm on the way up but it had melted off by the time I came back through.
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Bought an old Cessna once sight un-seen and flew it out of Love Field Dallas all the way to Central CA. found the guy I bought it from had put the bulb for the Gen light in the glove box so it wouldn't show it wasn't charging. Made it home, just had to charge the battery every time we stoped.

Good luck, be safe!
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Old 09-05-2012, 04:15 PM   #15
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Around 1990, I bought a decent '60 Pontiac in Jacksonville, FL and drove it home to Minneapolis. Had the wheel bearings replaced before departing (ball bearings=$$$), but didn't catch the leaky master cylinder until I was on the road. No problem; I bought a can of brake fluid, and topped up the master every time I stopped for gas. Brrrrr!
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:44 PM   #16
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I bought a 34 Ford Fordor in the Phoenix area last January and drove it to Seattle. I left on Friday afternoon and got home Sunday night. On Saturday night I stayed in Danville and woke up to a flat left rear tire. We put 40# of air in it to get me to a nearby tire store and I ended up driving it all the way home. On Monday morning the tire was flat again. When the tire shop broke it down the valve stem fell off of the tube. I guess because tubes run hotter than tubeless it added enough pressure to seal.
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Old 09-05-2012, 05:50 PM   #17
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My wife and I took my dodge custom on a thousand mile trip to pick up her 60 caddy, checked everything but the wipers and high beam lights. Return trip was wet and got dark before we got home. I was not very popular when I left her behind for the last 50 miles and she ran out of gas. Cars made it home, I nearly didn,t.
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Old 09-05-2012, 06:03 PM   #18
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Old 09-05-2012, 09:12 PM   #19
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First time I tried such a feat I ended up with a flat and no spare...man did I feel stupid! Second time around no issues, but you better believe I checked for a good spare prior! Live and learn!
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Did someone already mention AAA?
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