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Projects Fly in, Drive home in my late Dads car. Attempting 2000 miles

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Hemi Joel, Oct 10, 2021.

  1. Brizo
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 188

    from Indy

    The first thing the fan bearing will do if its starting to go is make a moaning sound for minute or so when started cold. If its not doing that now, it should make it home OK. On the other hand, I've seen them moan cold for years without going bad !
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  2. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
    Posts: 5,073

    from Ioway

    Keep 'er between the ditches!
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  3. engine138
    Joined: Oct 5, 2007
    Posts: 2,051

    from Commack NY

    Safe Travels to you and your son I'm sure your Dad with be with you all the way beautiful story RIP Dad Godspeed
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  4. reagen
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 224


    Sorry about your dad , RIP
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  5. Good choice of route. Especially the southern part. I am envious.


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  6. Hemiman 426
    Joined: Apr 7, 2011
    Posts: 671

    Hemiman 426
    from Tulsa, Ok.

    Have a safe trip and hopefully some good memories made along the way.
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  7. winduptoy
    Joined: Feb 19, 2013
    Posts: 2,548


    may you have fun, safe, trouble free journey...but if it takes a different turn, my offer stands
    god speed (except thru residential areas, kids are unpredictable)
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  8. Don’t go thru Colorado.
    You can visit relatives another time.

    Personally - I don’t think you should be
    attempting this trip in this vehicle in
    it’s current condition ….

    That said - I would take I-40 east to
    Tucumcari, NM.

    Then the two lane up to Kansas City, Kansas
    combined with I-35.

    Then to Minnesota.

    I don’t know where you live in Minnesota
    so I picked Minneapolis as a destination.


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  9. loudbang
    Joined: Jul 23, 2013
    Posts: 38,550


    We there yet? :)

    Good luck and safe travels :cool:
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  10. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,782


    Since it's the weekend now, construction conditions might be better. Or worse. Either way, google maps "traffic" can tell you...and it looks clear, at this early time of morning.
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  11. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,168

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    PXL_20211023_140200599.jpg Leaving its desert home. Thanks for all the well wishes!
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  12. @Hemi Joel

    Wish you a good safe trip, The WX shows to be good driving today.. Put that top down and NJOY !
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  13. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,168

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    I'm prepared for anything. PXL_20211023_143807083.jpg
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  14. I hope you brought an extra thermostat and an extra radiator cap. I understand these items are rather scarce! :rolleyes:
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2021
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    Joined: Jun 3, 2005
    Posts: 8,279


    May your Dad rest in peace. This is an enviable experience and life long memory for both of you that will keep his soul alive. Safe travels...
  16. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 5,658

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Praying for a safe and good trip home.
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  17. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,168

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota

    Made it to globe Arizona so far with no issues. I'm not sure the elevation here but I did see a 4,000 ft sign along the way. PXL_20211023_160600708.jpg
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  18. Ebbsspeed
    Joined: Nov 11, 2005
    Posts: 5,597


    That almost sounds like you're fishing for a load to haul.

    Joel has spent several days going over the car, fixing anything he could find that was questionable. The beautiful little black Corvair is probably in better shape than a lot of the crap on the road these days.
  19. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 7,209


    Since your son couldn’t make it, are you telling all the clerks at stops “I can’t believe I’m really doing this”? ;)
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  20. guthriesmith
    Joined: Aug 17, 2006
    Posts: 5,658

    1. H.A.M.B. Chapel

    Go man, go! I’m envious of your adventure right about now as I make just a short trip to town in my 56.
  21. 41 GMC K-18
    Joined: Jun 27, 2019
    Posts: 1,809

    41 GMC K-18

    Following along on Google Earth Satellite view. Pretty amazing terrain that the intrepid Corvair is traversing!
    Tom McCahill, back in the day, was able to test the new 1960 Corvair, but he never was able to do a road test/sentimental journey, like this one that Joel is doing !
    Full speed ahead Joel !

    corvair road test.jpg
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2021
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  22. Jay McDonald
    Joined: Apr 6, 2020
    Posts: 64

    Jay McDonald

    you are my hero for getting out of the chair and doing something like this. as theodore roosevelt said
    "it is not the critic that counts, the credit belongs to the man who is in the arena"
  23. TerrytheK
    Joined: Sep 12, 2004
    Posts: 921


    Just finished reading through this thread, and I'll join everyone else in offering condolences on your dad's passing. What you're doing, I think, might be therapy; "alone time" can be a welcome thing at times like this. It's unfortunate that your son couldn't join you but you're still enjoying the world that your dad introduced you to. Savor the memories and enjoy making new ones. Oh, and good call on taking time to visit your uncle.
    All the best to you on the road home.
  24. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 5,166


    Good luck with your trip.

  25. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,713


    Lots of Hambers around the Wichita area if you need anything. Good Luck and God speed.
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  26. ClarkH
    Joined: Jul 21, 2010
    Posts: 1,139


    Thanks for the virtual ride along! I have faith that this will be The Little 'Vair that Could.
  27. Dennis D
    Joined: May 2, 2009
    Posts: 787

    Dennis D

    Fuel mileage seem to be ok?
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  28. Cliff Ramsdell
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
    Posts: 1,306

    Cliff Ramsdell

    Funny story about that. 1972 ish I had a neighbor that bought a corvair. With in a week the father stopped by and asked if I would come over and check out the car, won’t start.

    Talking to the daughter she said all was fine with the car but the day before she noticed the coolant was low and filled it up with water since it was summer.

    You can imagine my concern being a fellow corvair owner and I asked where she filled the radiator, you know the “rest of the story”

    Cliff Ramsdell
  29. SeaMountain
    Joined: Nov 25, 2010
    Posts: 62


    Many Corvair buyers "Fly-in-drive home", Powertrains are tough! Usually all "Big problems" are the owners! I remember one car losing 56 qts of oil to make it 2,200 miles. When asked if they added straight 30 wt, guy said he didn't know they still made it! Was using "The best" Mobil 5-30!!!!
  30. Hemi Joel
    Joined: May 4, 2007
    Posts: 1,168

    Hemi Joel
    from Minnesota


    I had my first breakdown. I stopped on the east end of globe at the McDonald's to grab a little breakfast and use the bathroom. When I pulled out of there, heading uphill out of town I got about a quarter of a mile at the engine stalled, just like it ran out of gas. I made a quick U-turn and used coasting power to go back to town. Luckily the light at the bottom of the hill turned green just as I approached and I was able to shoot straight through into the gas station parking lot. My first line of thinking was either fuel filter or vapor lock. I gave it a shot of starting fluid and it fired up on that but quickly died out. Feeling the fuel pump, I found that it had got kind of heat soaked while the car was parked at McDonald's. I probably made it as far as I did on the fuel that was in the two carburetors. Using some bottled water and an ice pack from the cooler, I got the fuel pump cooled down, and with a couple of attempts at starting with the starting fluid it took off. I carefully left town, prepared for it to stall again but it did not. Seems to be running fine so far.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2021
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