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Road Trip
#1340491 Sat Jan 04 2020 11:25 PM
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Wrench Fetcher
Well Monday is the day. I'll be driving my 46WP from Columbus NE to Buffalo WY. I'll be taking the back roads and figure 2-3 days. The weather looks like it will hold so plan on sleeping in the back and eating at greasy spoons all the way. Good times!

Pat

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1946 PW Grain truck, 1966 C10 long stepside, 1972 C20 Custom Camper Big Block, 1975 C10 Silverado OE big block.
Re: Road Trip
Playher #1340499 Sat Jan 04 2020 11:55 PM
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Way awesome. Good luck and have fun.

Re: Road Trip
Playher #1340549 Sun Jan 05 2020 04:38 AM
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Sounds like fun!
Good luck, and have a safe trip!


Rich

'47 Loadmaster

Life is like a roll of toilet paper--the closer you get to the end, the faster it goes!






Re: Road Trip
Playher #1340568 Sun Jan 05 2020 01:45 PM
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A couple years ago retrieved my '54 630 GMC from Kansas City to CO, had a nice drive across KS and CO in early September., on highway 36, had some rain, had to stop and install cardboard thermostat, 6 to 9 mpg according to mileposts, nothing fell off, nothing broke, nothing caught on fire. Had a nice time.

Ed

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'37 GMC T-18 w/ DD 4-53T, RTO-610, 6231 aux., '95 GMC running gear, full disc brakes, power steering, 22.5 wheels and tires.
'47 GMC 1 ton w/ 302, NP-540, 4wd, full width Blazer front axle.
'54 GMC 630 w/ 503 gasser, 5 speed, ex fire truck, shortened WB 4', install 8' bed.
Re: Road Trip
Playher #1340646 Mon Jan 06 2020 01:20 AM
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Good luck. About 15 years ago I bought a 1972 427 C50 tractor in Phoenix and drove from Middle Tennessee with my son to drive the Chevy back from Arizona. The owner said the carburetor was bad and would not recommend driving it all that way. I asked him to change the oil and I would bring a carb with me. So we set out on Friday morning with the goal of being back Sunday night. We drove all night and was there Saturday morning. The old truck was in good shape being a truck used to haul cotton in Arizona (I didn't realize they raised cotton in the Southwest). So my son put the carb on we started the Chevy up and headed east. We took the southern route thru southern Arizona and then went North up to New Mexico. We got up to Tucumcari at which time the bottom radiator grommets loosened up and allowed the fan to come in contact with the shroud. We removed the shroud and limped into a motel. We then went to the local parts store the only one open and got an aluminum fan we thought that would fit. Back to the motel and tried the fan. It didn't fit (should have gotten an electric fan). We tried to straighten the damaged fan and put it back on. We ate and went to bed at the motel. Up the next morning at the crack of dawn and headed toward Texas. Right outside Amarillo the water pump came apart and the fan went into the radiator and tore up everything, This was on I-40 with construction going on with no place to go. We had to jump over about a 5 foot ditch to get off the road. It was hairy! I finally got a wrecker big enough to haul the Chevy to the wrecker yard. I payed them and we headed back to Tennessee because my son had to be back at work on Monday morning. They were charging me $75 a day just to store the truck at their yard (what a rip off bunch in Texas, don't look for cowboys to help you). So we got back to Tennessee and I called my dad and asked if I could use one of his trucks to go get the Chevy. My Dad had retired from the trucking business but still had one Kenworth left. I didn't have a commercial license so he decided to he would go along. I borrowed a fifth wheel hitch set-up from one of my Dads friends (it must of been made in the 40's or 50's and was pretty scary) We headed west to get the Chevy. We got there ok and I hooked the Chevy up payed my ransom money and headed out. I drove all night with my Dad in the sleeper and got up only to drive the rig across the scale stops. We made it ok and pulled in Murfreesboro let the truck down and my Dad drove to south Tennessee home. I got the Chevy running with all new parts. It was a hell of a trip. So good luck and make sure your cell is charged.

Re: Road Trip
Playher #1340657 Mon Jan 06 2020 02:29 AM
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Sure hope I have trip like you did ED and not so much like the one you did icfman. I'll be taking the back roads and old highways the whole way so country folk will stop and help IF there are any. Sometime these back roads out west dont have a lot of traffic. I've got a bunch of tools and such but not a lot of spare parts. Cell phone charged and fingers crossed.


1946 PW Grain truck, 1966 C10 long stepside, 1972 C20 Custom Camper Big Block, 1975 C10 Silverado OE big block.
Re: Road Trip
Playher #1340679 Mon Jan 06 2020 10:37 AM
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Sounds like a memorable journey. Good luck!

Re: Road Trip
Playher #1340683 Mon Jan 06 2020 11:23 AM
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Road trip sounds good Don king and I found lots of bar and grills no greasy spoons enjoy the trip


57 3200 pickup 265 V8 with service tray
Re: Road Trip
Playher #1341060 Wed Jan 08 2020 03:46 PM
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Road trip done. 780 miles, 40mph, 10.4 mpg. Had a nice ride. Nice and slow in some pretty country. Only issue I had was the loss of the drive end bearing in the generator. Not bad for a truck that old that sat for so many years. I was surprised get such good mileage! Here is a few pics.

The pic with the grain elevator is North Loup NE where my dad was born.
The one with the old bar is Lost Springs WY
The one with the old gas station and the one with the flag pole is Van Tassel WY. Interesting point, the flag pole and the marker is the site of American Legion Post #1. First one in the US.

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1946 PW Grain truck, 1966 C10 long stepside, 1972 C20 Custom Camper Big Block, 1975 C10 Silverado OE big block.
Re: Road Trip
Playher #1341061 Wed Jan 08 2020 03:56 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Great adventure. yahoo


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
ā€˜65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (Iā€™m #2)
ā€˜39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe


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