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How far will your Elky make it ?

  • Cross country (Route 66 from Chicago to San Bernardino)

    Votes: 19 61.3%
  • The Bandit run (Atlanta to Texarkana)

    Votes: 5 16.1%
  • Car show, cruise (Local car hop stop)

    Votes: 5 16.1%
  • Beer run ( Not the Bandit run )

    Votes: 2 6.5%
  • From the garage to driveway ( as soon as I figure out what box the carbs in )

    Votes: 1 3.2%
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Ok so remember the poll questions are just to start the conversation, even when they are lame like this one. What made me think of this one was a couple of things, I would like to get my Elky in good enough shape to take some road trips and what is good enough shape ! As a kid we travel a lot by car, truck camper, travel trailer and then after my parents retired they travel doing antique shows( I went some till I got married). For the most part they never had many problems on the road even knowing they never drove new cars. For the most part is was older Chevy's when I was a kid but remember that 60s cars with 60,000 miles where high mileage for the day. I bet my dad drove over a million miles in his life time, out and back to California from NY when we moved for couple of years in the early 60s, dozens on trips from NY to Florida, many trips up and down the east coast and I don't ever remember being stuck on the side of the road. Of course no super highways back in the day, I remember traveling with my dad a couple years before he died and I was driving on I-95 somewhere in the Carolina's and he would yell at me if I was going over 55 !
Ok so back to the question, so how good of shape does our 40 year car have to be in to run up and down the interstate at 70 or 80 mph? Of course it needs to stop and steer, well as well as a 40+ year old car can, wheel bearing are also very important to keep the wheels from flying off in to the woods. Then there is the engine, tranny, rear end oh yeah and wiring. The question is what could you fix on the side of the road, piston through the block is a no, bent push rod, maybe, slush box not moving in drive or any gear, better call a rollback. I have never seen anyone break a ring and pinon or axle just cruising up the highway.
I started watch roadkill back in the day because they would make on some road side repairs on some very questionable vehicles, today with all the production crews and unlimited budgets it takes some of the reality out of the show. Of course our age thing always enters the conversation any more, can us older folks lay out in a parking lot trying to put a tranny back in? Of course you could buy, rent or lease a new wonder box to cruise down Route 66 but is it the same ? Hope to read some great stories about the time you drove home with a ratchet strap holding you lower ball joint together ! (True story)
 

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I don't know how far mine will go. I've had some leaks and put a used transmission in it. I think the leaks are fixed, but not sure about the transmission yet. It shifts and drives great. I haven't driven it very far yet, I didn't want to get stuck on the road far from home. I think it's getting closer to test it out.
 

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I don't know how far mine will go. I've had some leaks and put a used transmission in it. I think the leaks are fixed, but not sure about the transmission yet. It shifts and drives great. I haven't driven it very far yet, I didn't want to get stuck on the road far from home. I think it's getting closer to test it out.
Yeah I find little short trips at a time then venture out to somewhere where you know someone who has a trailer ! LOL
 

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I don't know that I could do RT66, but it sure would be fun. I used to drive semi trucks from L.A. to Texas, seen 8 SW states, and would enjoy that portion of 66 for sure. My Caballero has proven to be a very reliable vehicle thus far, but the longest trip I have taken in the last few years has been from Seattle to Vancouver, Wa. and back on the same day, about 150 each way, in about a 7-1/2 to 8 hour time frame. That was the day last January when I met my brother at his friend's house to transfer a 2.3 liter turbo Ford engine from the back of his pickup to my Caballero for my 1974 Ford Pinto project. My brother lives in southern Oregon, and found the engine on Craigslist, and went over checked it out, paid the guy, and picked it up for me. He was going up to visit his friend because he was going to pack up his daughter's belongings in Portland, and move her back down to his place. That saved me an extra 250 miles each way.
 

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My health limits me some. Personal fluid management is a reality that needs to be followed and well planned.

I have taken the El Camino from sea level, up to 6,600 feet to the Wrightwood Mountain High Car Show. That is about 90 miles one way.
I have to watch the thin air, because it can cause my sea level adjusted carb to stall the truck needing more air.

I upped AAA to 100 mile towing for trips to shows.
However after 19 years with AAA Insurance for all of my cars and home, Friday they just sent me a cancellation notice.
That's 19 years with 3 policies and not one single claim.
I live 1 mile from the ocean. I removed all but one 16 foot tall tree, and have two 12 foot high bushes. I removed the associations high fire plants from the bank between my home and my neighbor's home. One rose bush is 5 feet high. All other plants have been thinned and under 3 feet tall. The HOA spent more than $1 million on fire fuel reduction over the last five years for 80 homes.
Yet, too bad. AAA is not going to insure you anymore.
 

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Will be driving from NJ to Florida 10/17. Fixed the speedometer in May when we came up and have 1500 miles on it this summer as a driver.
Tom
make an announcement on the forums when you leave so that if you break down, you can post on the board real quick and maybe have a local member help you out.
 

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My health limits me some. Personal fluid management is a reality that needs to be followed and well planned.

I have taken the El Camino from sea level, up to 6,600 feet to the Wrightwood Mountain High Car Show. That is about 90 miles one way.
I have to watch the thin air, because it can cause my sea level adjusted carb to stall the truck needing more air.

I upped AAA to 100 mile towing for trips to shows.
However after 19 years with AAA Insurance for all of my cars and home, Friday they just sent me a cancellation notice.
That's 19 years with 3 policies and not one single claim.
I live 1 mile from the ocean. I removed all but one 16 foot tall tree, and have two 12 foot high bushes. I removed the associations high fire plants from the bank between my home and my neighbor's home. One rose bush is 5 feet high. All other plants have been thinned and under 3 feet tall. The HOA spent more than $1 million on fire fuel reduction over the last three years for 80 homes.
Yet, too bad. AAA is not going to insure you anymore.
Old Bear, YOU get a thumbs up, but your AAA agent gets a thumbs down.
 

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If I ever get mine out of the driveline shop it "should" be good to take it anywhere, though I've definitely said that before.. Hoping to make the 4ish hour trip up to Daytona for the Turkey Run in November so I guess I'll find out then!

Will be driving from NJ to Florida 10/17. Fixed the speedometer in May when we came up and have 1500 miles on it this summer as a driver.
Tom
Where in FL you headed? Region 6 will have to look out for you.
 

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If I ever get mine out of the driveline shop it "should" be good to take it anywhere, though I've definitely said that before.. Hoping to make the 4ish hour trip up to Daytona for the Turkey Run in November so I guess I'll find out then!


Where in FL you headed? Region 6 will have to look out for you.
Headed your way Jensen Beach with an over night in Santee SC.
Tom
 

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I've only 300 miles on my Caballero, so far and that has been 15 miles or less at a time. Everything is new (with the exception of the inspected transmission and rear end) so I'm hopeful that we will drive it from San Diego to Ohio next year to participate in the Hot Rod Power Tour. Planning to drive it to Reno in August 2022 for Hot August Nights.
A series of shorter trips first and we'll see about the longer ones.
 

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My 283 is an oil burner (too much smoke) but it is good to down shift when someone tailgates. If everything goes right it will have a crate 350 by next spring. I love the security of knowing if it doesn't start I can roll it and pop the clutch. It still has drum brakes so driving at break neck speeds isn't a habit but I did upgrade the master cylinder from single to dual. Plus it is manual steering, I had forgotten what that was like 💪
 

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It currently isn't going anywhere because it's up on stands without a transmission. Until 1st gear went though, I probably put 500 miles on it in the month or so I've had it.

Hoping that the transmission job (and some other "while you're at it" work) will be done around the end of October, and at that point I'll have a nice overdrive gear to make highway cruising a lot more enjoyable.
 

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One comment regarding brakes; once I got tags & felt safe enough to take the wife for a ride, we had a quick lesson on driving a truck w/o ABS. She (the Mrs) was settling in and getting comfortable after about 15 minutes in the Caballero. I was rolling along 50+ mph and the traffic light ahead turned yellow. Because she was with me, I didn't speed up and blow through the light. No, it was time for brake testing!
I have converted my Caballero to 4 wheel disc brakes and they did as designed. The wheels stopped rotating. The Mrs was no longer comfortable.
So, I got off of the brakes as quickly as I had applied them and went through the intersection. She wanted to go home and NOT ride in that truck again.
I've been married 38 years. I really had to consider her statement, not riding in that truck again, before responding. The brakes are awesome and worked as they should. The driver needs to remember they are not anti-lock brakes. They will lock up, given enough petal pressure.
She has since ridden with me....
 
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