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Drive it you fool! 31 51.67%
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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 7:37 PM Thread Starter
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Drive It or Haul It????

Okay, hoping to get feedback from the group on how I should handle getting my car from the Midwest to the West Coast. A little bit about the car and what options I am considering:

I purchased a numbers matching '68 SS back in December. The original engine is crated up and stored and the owner before me dropped a 496 into it. The car runs and drives excellent (albeit the gas mileage is terrible). What started out as a simple "let's add the A/C back into it" has turned into a 9+ month project of making the car exactly how I want it, which includes a brand new paint job being applied in the coming months. As for performance upgrades, when it is finished the car will have disc brakes all around, new tires, new jeep steering box, updated headlights, A/C, functioning windshield wipers, windows, horn, etc. New brake lines, fluids, etc.

With that brief introduction, my dilemma is this. Do I fly out and drive it back to the West Coast with my brother, or do I have it hauled out in a covered trailer? It will be my weekend and occasional weekday toy, not a primary driver. However, it isn't going to be a trailer queen by any stretch of the imagination. The paint job will be nice and done right and quite a bit of time and money has been invested both prior to and during my ownership. My brother thinks driving it would be great as we could work out/determine what bugs may still exist in it during that 1500 mile journey. I have friends who think it is a terrible idea to subject the car to that much stress. Would love to hear everyone's opinions on it, etc. The time we would likely drive or haul it would be in September/Early October, so weather should be "solid" for most of the country at that point.
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post #2 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 7:52 PM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

With all of that untested work just completed, Id have it hauled.

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post #3 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 7:53 PM
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IMO, trailer. Not because of putting it through the paces, but you'd be rather bummed if something happened before you even got it home.

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post #4 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 7:58 PM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

Trailer. You'll probably get more wear and rockchips on that trip than you will in 10 years of driving it locally.

Sounds like a fun roadtrip though.
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post #5 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 8:02 PM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

put a high final drive gear ratio in it fill the trunk with beer and road trip that thing. yeeeeeehaw. with the current state commiefornia is in you might want to leave the car in the Midwest and move everything else there
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If time and money matters ship it. I had Masneys ship my car from Florida for 1400 bucks. Would have cost me 3x that in flights and gas and time off work getting back to california.
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post #7 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 8:17 PM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

Some years ago I bought my 'Bu in Johnson City, TN. The Wife and I drove it home to St. Paul, MN (1,100 miles). It was THE BEST TRIP EVER.

Since you have not yet had the paint done, drive it. All you'll need a cell phone and a credit card. Go during the week and there'll be no trouble getting rooms without a reservation.

If you can, take Route 66!
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post #8 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 8:17 PM
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Haul it, especially if it has already been painted.
Too many crazy drivers out there on their cell phones.

Several years ago a friend bought a very nice original numbers matching 70 in California and completely totaled it driving it back to Kansas.
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The paint job has not yet been applied.
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post #10 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 9:05 PM
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Haul it.
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post #11 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 9:40 PM
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I vote to haul it too.

I did something similar...huge swap
All new everything....
it’s been Over a year since it’s been “done”
And I’m still working bugs out...
Mind you...the car has never left me stranded....just needed kinks worked out.

I still vote tow it
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post #12 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 9:48 PM
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I’d drive it. Just for the experience and the fun. Does it have an OD trans? What rear gear ratio?
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post #13 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 11:05 PM
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Haul it!
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post #14 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 11th, 19, 11:48 PM
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post #15 of 62 (permalink) Old Jul 12th, 19, 12:21 AM
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Re: Drive It or Haul It????

Drive it!!!!!!! It will be an adventure to talk about when everybody else is talking about their fancy paint job you will get all the attention when you have something real to tell. These cars were met to be driven not hauled. When you drive it home you will have all the bugs either fixed or identified. Then it will be ready for a real trip. The owner who says "I want to keep the miles down." Who are you saving it for? The next owner? Let me know I will accompany you home with her. My Chevelle sat for 37 years when I put her back on the road, she loves to run! 8,000 miles----2 years. She is now dependable. Hauling a car is for pussy's.
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