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Re: Driving home a 1940 Chevy 870 miles, Am I Nuts?
40casey #806849 Wed Dec 14 2011 10:39 PM
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Go for it, and no matter what happens on the trip, just accept it as part of the adventure. You'll be able to handle anything that comes at you, and the worst that could happen is you'd have to finish the trip on a trailer. If you have the time and the bux, go for it now, as the chance may not present itslef again in your lifetime and you'll miss out. Don't go through life thinking "woulda, coulda, shoulda"!
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Re: Driving home a 1940 Chevy 870 miles, Am I Nuts?
Tramp #807392 Fri Dec 16 2011 03:20 PM
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When i go on a long trip i worry about getting back and mine has been completely redone but things happen. one thing i have worked out in my head is how too get it back home without paying an arm and a leg. i am thinking i would go too U-haul and rent a truck and a dolly. the small ones rent for 19.95 a day and gas. i don't know what the dollies rent for but it would be a lot cheaper than a tow. Good luck. have fun.

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Re: Driving home a 1940 Chevy 870 miles, Am I Nuts?
WE b OLD #807581 Sat Dec 17 2011 04:02 AM
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Do It!!
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Re: Driving home a 1940 Chevy 870 miles, Am I Nuts?
Frank50 #807721 Sat Dec 17 2011 06:04 PM
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When i bought my 53 i had to drive it 100 miles, the conversation with the previous owner went something like this "your going to drive this home!?" me: Of course. PO "well i hope you brought strong chains" Me: nope. The uncertainty made it a very exciting drive

Re: Driving home a 1940 Chevy 870 miles, Am I Nuts?
Grigg #807730 Sat Dec 17 2011 07:04 PM
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Go for it! worst case (if the truck doesn't make it) is you call your dad and take him up on the trailer offer, and when you get it home you and your son fix it and the cycle s starts again so when you pass I it on to him he has memories.


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Re: Driving home a 1940 Chevy 870 miles, Am I Nuts?
BrianToste #809427 Thu Dec 22 2011 09:10 PM
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You'll notice that all of the replies are on the positive side of things. Just goes to show you that insanity isn't a rare occurence among most of the folks that have anything to do with these old trucks. Have fun, and know that there are a lot of us that are jealous of your chance to take a trip like this. Hope to see some pictures.
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Re: Driving home a 1940 Chevy 870 miles, Am I Nuts?
WE b OLD #810562 Tue Dec 27 2011 04:39 AM
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I seen somthing. If yiou go to the sand dunes. You travel way past the turn off to Salida/ Ponchs pass. Headed the back way into the springsI think you can turn off in Del Nort go to Center colo. then head up the gun barrel highway to ponchs pass and to da springs. It will save you a few miles. ( I heard there were wild women up thata way). When are u gonna make up your mind?? I got a pickup and a trailor if you need help. lugknut

Re: Driving home a 1940 Chevy 870 miles, Am I Nuts?
lugnut123 #810591 Tue Dec 27 2011 07:01 AM
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Go for it thumbs_up thumbs_up thumbs_up

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Re: Driving home a 1940 Chevy 870 miles, Am I Nuts?
J Lucas #810681 Tue Dec 27 2011 05:31 PM
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I think we scared him off! eeeek

Re: Driving home a 1940 Chevy 870 miles, Am I Nuts?
Red4TBob #810699 Tue Dec 27 2011 07:06 PM
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Driving it home is a great way to add fun and memories to your stovebolt truck. Here's my two cents on the topic. Drive your 216 at a slow enough speed for the engine to just purr along - without very high rpm's. Stop and get gas when your tank has over a half tank full and you see a gas station. Save the gas in the gas can for an unavoidable emergency. Join the Inliners Club and they give you a booklet with the names and contact information of members all around the country. If you have problems and cannot find a local bolter, the local Inliners are friendly, helpful folks who will know about local parts and repairs for stovebolts. We did a two week tour a couple of years ago and visited many of the same places you are going in Utah and Arizona, driving our 1954 Chevy 1/2 ton 235, pulling a small vintage travel trailer. Driving a new truck with almost no chance of a mechanical problem isn't half as much fun completing your trip in a stovebolt.


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