Well my buddy and i made it back from Michigan and so did the merc. The car worked really well. it didnt like the 11,000 altitude in colorado and then we had to go down the 6 mile 7% grades with the over drive locked in. we pulled over at the start of the 2nd downgrade and the rears were smokin. we pulled the trans cover off and manually pulled the tranny out of overdrive. had to change my skibbies after that first hill! the car did really great for about 1000 miles until we ran out of gas and sucked some rust up out of the tank. and thats where the fun began. the sediment bowl had crap in it so we dumped it and helplessly watched the cork gasket break into pieces. limped it to the next town where everthing was closed so we went to target and my friend found a silicone oven mit that thought would work cuz it was thicker than an inner tubeand made a gasket. it worked for about 100 miles until it grew then broke about double its size. did another one and it only lasted an hour or so. i found a leather work glove on the side of the road and made one out of that and greased it up to seal and it worked... for awhile. went to the next parts store bought everthing we needed except for the cork material!! remembered as soon as the motor started to stumble again about 50miles later! i found a rubber boot layin on the side of the road, used for sealing the end of a pipe somewhere in utah, cut and used it, stuck it in there and it worked for the rest of the trip,, but we did buy cork material at the very next town we got to, just incase it screwed up. the 51 made it to the 395/15 interstate where it started over heating. we came to the conclusion that one of the water pumps quit pumping, 50 miles shy of home,not to bad id say. heres some cars we found along the way and the rusty sedans i tried to find someone to talk to, about them cuz they looked like they were clearin the land to be hauled off for junk in the next week or two. if anybody wants info on them PM me and ill giv you there location in Nebraska. And these are the other Mercs the guy had hidden at his place. i can send a full pic of any of the cars if someone wants to see them better.. enjoy!!!