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View Poll Results: Drive It or Haul It
Drive it you fool! 33 51.56%
Are you crazy? Haul it!!! 31 48.44%
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post #16 of 64 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 12:45 AM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

If this was still the 60's....maybe even the early 70's, I would say drive it and have a great time. In 1969 I drove my Chevelle from KI Sawyer AFB in the UP of Michigan, to my Parents home in Van Nuys California. It was a trip I will never forget. But those days have long passed. And if this can happen to these guys https://www.hotrod.com/articles/road...aratti-stolen/ God forbid it happens to anybody else. Have it delivered.

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post #17 of 64 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 2:50 AM Thread Starter
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So it is clear, paint will me done and applied BEFORE I bring it back as the painter is back in the Midwest and not on the West Coast.
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post #18 of 64 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 7:16 AM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

If you are getting as a show car, and want to show it, trailer it.
If you are getting as a car to drive, and cruise in, drive it.
One of the best things about my dad passing the El Camino over to me was driving it from Las Vegas to Pittsburgh with him.
Only do it if you are a road trip kind of guy.
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post #19 of 64 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 7:49 AM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

I tend to agree with the "drive it" guys. You bought it to drive, so this would be the best test ever. Insure it for replacement cost if it would (heaven forbid) get wrecked or stolen on the way home. Either of those things could happen right in your driveway, so what's a 1500 mile trip? Make sure you have a towing clause in the policy "just in case".

I bought my '67 El Camino 6 years ago out of Redondo Beach, Ca and drove it back to MN via the Pacific Coast Highway all the way up to Seattle, then home on I90. It was the trip of a lifetime for the wife and me. We took lots of pics all the way home and the El Camino is in almost every one of them. Memories.....

My suggestion, and this is what we did: fly in, pick up the car, then buy a basic set of Harbor Freight tools for the trip home "just in case". The tools cost around $150 including a plastic tool box and a 1/4 ton floor jack, all from HF. When we got home the tools went into my enclosed trailer and they are still there. My "good" tools stay in the shop.

BTW, the ONLY tool I used on the way home was a flat screwdriver to change a plugged fuel filter soon after we left LA.....

You'll probably spend more money feeding that 496 than anything else, but what the heck, that's what it's all about, right?

If you drive the car home, take some pics along the way and post them here when you get back. We'd all love to see them!
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post #20 of 64 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 8:25 AM
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I’d haul it. Too many variables without a proper shakedown
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post #21 of 64 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 9:02 AM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

If this fairly likely scenario would bother you then trailer it. You get a fair distance away from where you picked the car up. Suddenly you start to notice an unexpected noise. 5 miles later you are broken down on the side of the highway. Cars and trucks are whizzing past your broken down vehicle at 70 mph. You don't have the tools or parts to fix it. You don't want to abandon (and probably shouldnt) your car on the side of the road. You first search for a tow company, then search for a mechanic that can fix your problem. Then after a two day wait the mechanic bends you over for $1K. You head back out on your roadtrip after a 3 day delay and pray the car makes it home without another issue. If that would add to your adventire then go for it.
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post #22 of 64 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 10:36 AM
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After all the work done to it, (Not by you). and not being familiar with the car I say haul it.
I hate saying that because I drive mine all over, BUT, I have also done all the work to it and know it from front to back.

After you get it home drive the tires off of it !!!
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post #23 of 64 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 10:51 AM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

I am way in the DRIVE THE WHEELS OFF camp normally .... BUUUUUUUUUUT ( as DZAUTO says)... my shakedown runs tend to be AROUND MY GARAGE. I add this to FRESH UNCURED PAINT, and I'd be borrowing a Chevelle buddy's enclosed trailer between regional shows and hauling her home.

Might have a 3 hour shakedown run to a regional Chevelle show myself shortly, but hope to get a few jaunts around the garage in first. ( with 20 yr old HARDAZZ paint! )

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If this fairly likely scenario would bother you then trailer it. You get a fair distance away from where you picked the car up. Suddenly you start to notice an unexpected noise. 5 miles later you are broken down on the side of the highway. Cars and trucks are whizzing past your broken down vehicle at 70 mph. You don't have the tools or parts to fix it. You don't want to abandon (and probably shouldnt) your car on the side of the road. You first search for a tow company, then search for a mechanic that can fix your problem. Then after a two day wait the mechanic bends you over for $1K. You head back out on your roadtrip after a 3 day delay and pray the car makes it home without another issue. If that would add to your adventire then go for it. <img src="https://www.chevelles.com/forums/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumbsup" class="inlineimg" />
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

2 things come to mind.
1. As others have said, what's your time worth? If vacation time is precious to you and don't have much.....You know the answer here. I'm thinking it's probably a 3 day trip depending on beginning and end point with of the stops for gas, checking the car, etc.

2. If you are going from Midwest to Cali, you are going over the Rockies. Are you prepared for that? Is the car? She sounds like a screamer from the description you gave. Is it a Pro-touring setup or a high HP, low gears, I'll blow your doors off at this stoplight but never miss a gas station-type of car?

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post #26 of 64 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 11:17 AM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

If the guys on Roadkill can resurrect a car from a junkyard and road trip it, why can't you road trip a fresh build with good parts? If you're going to spend the money on parts to make the car a good driver (AC, disc brakes, new engine) why not drive it? Otherwise you might as well have left it alone. Even if something goes wrong, you're still making memories and will have a story to tell.
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

Unless you have to go back East to approve the work, I would pay a covered transport service to bring it to me. Then, when you get it, I would plot a circular road course around your house to start vetting out the car. This will insure that you are not more than 2 or 3 miles from your house as you test the car. You will find many small issues for a long time.
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If the guys on Roadkill can resurrect a car from a junkyard and road trip it, why can't you road trip a fresh build with good parts? If you're going to spend the money on parts to make the car a good driver (AC, disc brakes, new engine) why not drive it? Otherwise you might as well have left it alone. Even if something goes wrong, you're still making memories and will have a story to tell.
Roadkill also has a support staff/camera crew, if something breaks one of the crew takes the van to pick up replacement parts. They also have the ability to find help anywhere they might break down, rather than a shot in the dark. Once the OP is familiar with the car, by all means drive it, Iíd say drive it if he had just bought it from an honest seller, but thatís not whatís going on here. This is a mostly fresh build, a 1,500 mile one way test drive doesnít seem worth the risk.

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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

As long as your schedule has wiggle room and you aren't in a rush, I think a road trip sounds like fun! It would probably be an experience you remember for the rest of your life.

Just be prepared and bring a few things with you. As long as you pack the essentials (a set of basic tools, maybe a spare cap & rotor, a jack stand or two and a scissor jack that will lift it high enough, maybe a cordless impact wrench) then there isn't much that can break that you couldn't handle in a gas station parking lot. And even if you get stranded if a part breaks that you can't repair, summit can deliver to pretty much any address in the lower 48 in one business day if you place your order in the morning .

Sure, there's the potential that the paint sees a rock or something, but that can happen anytime anywhere. There's also the chance that something can fall off the shelf in the garage and dent the hood even when the car is just sitting there parked (this has actually happened to two guys I know).

Out of curiosity, what transmission and rear gear ratio is in the car?
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So it is clear, paint will me done and applied BEFORE I bring it back as the painter is back in the Midwest and not on the West Coast.
That's what I thought. - Haul it to prevent new paint damage.


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The paint job has not yet been applied.

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