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Rejoining C4Vette Registry (1/14)
 11/1/22 1:12pm
katanaman
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Ocean Park, WA - USA

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2001 Coupe, 1988 35th Anniversary Coupe currently used to own 1987 Coupe and 1998 Coupe


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  I am sure that I'm not the first to come back.  I now have a 2001 C5, and it's great for what Corvettes do.  But I miss my 1987 4+3 Z51, and the new owner appreciates it, too.  I am trying to get her to join this group.

  In a matter of hours, I begin an adventure.  I scored a 1988 Anniversary Corvette on eBay.  As I live just 7 blocks from the Pacific Ocean, in Washington state, picking up my new car in Charlotte, N.C. will already be an adventure.  I'm going to take a series of busses, mostly Greyhound, to get there.  I am relying on my experiences with the '87, and a couple of years in auto shop while my wife dealt with cancer treatment just up the street.

  I have put together a bunch of my most effective tools, but most importantly carry a charge card!  This late in the year, I suspect I will need to deal with weather as well.  Not really sure how this is going to end (I am hoping well!), and not even sure which route I will choose for the trip back.  I could visit NCM for the third time, before I resume my trip home.  Or I could pass through the southern states in a bid to stay a bit warmer on the road.  I'm going to have to learn new tourist traps if I do that.

  I hope to drop updates as the trip unfolds.

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Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (2/14)
 11/1/22 1:20pm
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Very cool! Congrats!  I wish you well on your adventure. Make sure to take pics along the way so you can post about it and show us.

Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (3/14)
 11/1/22 5:34pm
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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

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SOLD - 1990 ZR-1 (#682), Bright Red w/Red interior, 350ci/375hp, 6sp.

SOLD - 1970 Convertible, Monza Red, Black interior/top, 350ci/300hp, 4sp.

1978 Trans Am, 400ci/220hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops


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WOW...!!!  That sounds like an EPIC trek - in both directions...!!!

A more southerly track may be a wise choice due to the time of year.  It will be a tad longer to be sure, but potentially more "weather friendly".  Ol' Man Winter is beginning to flex his muscles in the mountains of Colorado (where I live), Wyoming and Montana.  Not saying you can't sneak through but once you decide to take a more northerly route you're pretty much committed.  I'd suggest taking a middle route to Kansas City and once there make a decision.  You can still easily go north from there but it isn't that far to go south if the weather turns sour through the mountains.

Be careful but most of all, ENJOY THE TREK...!!!



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Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (4/14)
 11/1/22 5:41pm
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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

Vette(s):
SOLD - 1990 ZR-1 (#682), Bright Red w/Red interior, 350ci/375hp, 6sp.

SOLD - 1970 Convertible, Monza Red, Black interior/top, 350ci/300hp, 4sp.

1978 Trans Am, 400ci/220hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops


Joined: 3/18/2009
Posts: 155

btw - CONGRATS on the new (to you) ride...!!!  👍



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Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (5/14)
 11/3/22 11:54am
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Ocean Park, WA - USA

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Now in North Dakota.  Last night the Greyhound negotiated about 150 miles of snowfall as we passed through the Rockies.  I now know that this northern routing (I-90) will not be a sure bet for the return trip.

Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (6/14)
 11/3/22 12:41pm
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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

Vette(s):
SOLD - 1990 ZR-1 (#682), Bright Red w/Red interior, 350ci/375hp, 6sp.

SOLD - 1970 Convertible, Monza Red, Black interior/top, 350ci/300hp, 4sp.

1978 Trans Am, 400ci/220hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops


Joined: 3/18/2009
Posts: 155

Based on that observation I'm going to guess that I-80 through Nebraska and Wyoming to Salt Lake City or I-70/US 6 through Kansas, Colorado and Utah to Salt Lake City are going to be just as iffy weather-wise.  I don't know what the weather would be like west and north of Salt Lake. 

I-40, or even I-20/I-10, and then I-5 may be better bets to avoid winter weather.  Those routes are roughly 8-10 hours and 500 miles longer but may be worth it.

Been on I-90 and I-94 across the northern plains many, many times.  I-80 as well.  Loonnngggg stretches of nothing out there.  Hope you have plenty of good reading material to pass the time on the buses.



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Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (7/14)
 11/3/22 7:27pm
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LOVE a clean '88 Anny car! That, and the '95 Pacer are my favorites of the C4 era. Congrats on the acquisition, and best of luck on the trip home! 



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Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (8/14)
 11/3/22 10:53pm
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Norsky said:

WOW...!!!  That sounds like an EPIC trek - in both directions...!!!



Epic trek for sure - look forward to the updates and hopefully some pics of the journey. Very impressive taking on that cross-country trip in a new (to you) corvette. Longest trip in a C4 was about a 1000 mile  North - South endeavor from Washington State to southern Nevada, in spring/summer time :). Enjoy the adventure and here's to favorable weather! 

Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (9/14)
 11/15/22 2:47pm
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Well.  I am home now.  I hadn't anticipated just how horrible riding Greyhound has become.  Not a very nice way to see the USA anymore.  Nasty attitudes about passenger comfort, horrible truck stop cuisines, and the ever - present need to change busses early in the morning.  When my trip ended in Charlotte, it was 5:30 am and I was so woozy from the din of the tires roaring on the pavement for 3 days.  Thankfully the seller was pretty gracious about getting me along my way that the taxi trip to his home was begun while it was still dark.  It was Saturday, and the town was heavily packed with weekend warriors who seemed from what I saw were taking advantage of a final couple of weekends before winter set in.  I was unable to make good time and seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time stopped waiting for a green light.  So, without really getting a chance to see the town, I fled, away to the flowing roads leading me back to home.  Almost immediately, I started to nod off.  I found a rest stop, and nearly passed out in my new ride.  I woke, cleaned the car up and organized a bit, then allowed myself to rest more.  A gentle rain started, and I had an immediate drip due to a bad roof seal.  Still slept for 6 hours.  I pulled back onto the highway and noticed that the roads were much less congested, and made my way into Tennessee for my first night in a real bed in 4 days.  After getting reset there, I pulled onto the path that would take me to NCM, only after removing the roof and stowing it in the back.  Nice ride.  I got to NCM a bit late in the day and decided to get more rest and come to the museum the next day.  I had a chance to visit a Valvoline oil change facility, and had the oil and filter changed.  I didn't like seeing it black that first meet, and I was reassured by the crew at the Bowling Green Valvoling place.  Highly recommended.

Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (10/14)
 11/15/22 2:55pm
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There's more!  The NCM is having a special exhibit on Callaway Corvettes, and I was surprised to see that they did an Annie up and it was on display.  I wanted to see its plaque # (mine's 0771).  I had attended a car show the Portland / Vancouver folks know well, called "Beaches", held at Portland International Raceway a few times each year.  One time I saw a CERV replica there.  This time at NCM, it was on display!  Same one!  A reminder of home so far from home!  I think that this time I was mostly impressed with the Falconer V12 somebody stuffed into a C4.  Wow!

Sure glad I don't have to feed it, though.  Eventually, it became time to wrap up my third visit to NCM and plan the next phase of the trip.  There was a nice fellow in there who is there to help in those things, and he routed me out and onto the most direct path to my next objective:  I bought Annie under the expectation that the instrument panel was broken.  My next night was to be in Rolla, home of Batee.com.  Salvation for my instrument panel!

Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (11/14)
 11/15/22 3:26pm
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 Eventually I arrived in Rolla, Mo., and had another restful night there.  That morning at the "continental breakfast", I called Bryan at Batee.com, and he graciously invited me over.  Up to this point in Annie, I only saw an occasional "7" in the tachometer, otherwise I had absolutely no info while driving.  In his driveway, Bryan sat in his lawn chair and visited while I tore my only way home apart and produced the recalcitrant instrument panel.  Bryan's nephew took it and did quick magic on it, and I was on the road by 2:00 pm.  So much nicer to have that space-age panel back up, and be apprised of all of the info once again.  This singular point was probably the reason why I won the bid on eBay for Annie, and at the time I knew it would be easy to work in a visit to Batee on the way home, but I am still thankful that Batee took my business that morning and I wouldn't be deprived of the info all of the way home.  And now the panel has a guarantee!  From this point, I linked up with Route 40 (a trucker on the bus suggested it) and made my way to the Las Vegas area.  This is where my first C4 now resides, and I had graciously been offered a place to stay the night there.  Henderson is right in L.V., but incredibly quiet.  It was a nice night and a good rest.  I had been warned about an oncoming snowstorm in my immediate future, mostly the reason why I kept the pace I did returning from Charlotte.  And I failed, a bit.  I made it to Klamath Falls, Oregon that day, but stopped because I had gone a large distance and was naturally tired, but also, because I had driven into snow that night.

  ... so here we are, in the situation I had tried to avoid all trip.  Facing the last mountain crossing, the Cascades, temperatures well under 30 degrees, in a Corvette.  I wanted to stay in the hotel until, say, June.  Nice heater, a Burger King next door, etc.

Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (12/14)
 11/15/22 3:41pm
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Ocean Park, WA - USA

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I needn't have worried.  I had been aware of a pass in Oregon, in fact, I'd been wanting to use it for 3 years now.  I had an adventure in 2019 when I similarly Greyhounded it to Lodi, Ca. to take delivery of a Copper colored Z52 1987 coupe with a cloth interior.  There, with the car my only way home, I found that the car was not as advertised and not really capable of being driven anywhere.  No fluids registered on the sticks, and the brake master cylinder was cracked and partially missing, incapable of holding fluid at all.  The seller returned my funds and brought me back to the bus station.  There, the last bus for home had left an hour or so before I got back.  Lucky for me, the station was also Amtrak, and I got a ride back home from there about midnight, in leather seating.  I was tired from the stressful, unsuccessful day, and missed a bunch of the scenery.  That's why I wanted to return to this pass.  I suspected that it wasn't well traveled, and I was right.  I was able to push the car as slowly as I wanted, and only broke into a slight drift once on the black ice.  Now that I was over the last mountain obstacle, my trip quickly unwound and it's now over.  Yesterday I did the taxes and licensing, got the "collector plate", and gave Annie a well deserved bath.

  ...it only looks bad!

  Next step is to get myself back to class and get to work on Annie's faults.  The (HVAC) vacuum system seems to be compromised and will be the next emphasis.  I want to see this car do better than the 24 mpg it delivered, and I am reasonably confident it can do better.  The interior will need to be fixed a bit (seat upholstery is bad) but I think I'll keep the floor mats with C4 logo -- they have faded into a very dark green, and I kind of like that!

Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (13/14)
 11/16/22 10:18am
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Twin Lakes, CO - USA

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SOLD - 1990 ZR-1 (#682), Bright Red w/Red interior, 350ci/375hp, 6sp.

SOLD - 1970 Convertible, Monza Red, Black interior/top, 350ci/300hp, 4sp.

1978 Trans Am, 400ci/220hp, 4 spd, Black w/black interior, Hurst t-tops


Joined: 3/18/2009
Posts: 155

CONGRATS...!!!  

What a great trip - save the slight misfortunes of the bus ride. Have taken a few treks on Amtrak but never on the bus.  I applaud you for that!

Had some fantastic road trips in our '90 ZR-1.  Wish I still had that car as it was a FABULOUS road-trippin' vehicle!  Drove it from Minnesota to a C3VR Members Gathering in Bend, OR many years ago.  A few days earlier my wife had flown to Seattle to go on a mountain trek in the North Cascades.  When it was over she took the train from Seattle to Eugene where I picked her up and together we drove back to Minnesota.  That was just one of the many great road trips made in the car.  Saw a good chunk of the USA in that Chevrolet...!!!

Just curious what path you took across the Cascades from Klamath Falls.  I imagine just about any path through them is a nice drive (except in the winter).  I had a lot of fun going west from Bend to Eugene.  Not so much going east as my wife doesn't enjoy the mountain roads as much as I do so had to tone it down a bit with her in the passenger seat.

Glad you didn't run into too much winter weather and had a safe trek.  Let the REAL fun begin now...!!!



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Re: Rejoining C4Vette Registry (14/14)
 11/16/22 11:17am
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Ocean Park, WA - USA

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The route is called Hwy 58.  I have seen it called Pengra Pass, the "Natron Cut-Off" (Southern Pacific Rr. routing that obsoleted the route paralleling I-5), then while I drove it and never saw any of these names, I saw "Willamette Pass".  I understand that the train I was in, returning me from the 1987 Copper C4 disaster in 2019, passed through several tunnels in this pass area.  I had wanted to come back and spend some time soaking in the history, but was too worried about how much worse the weather might become.  I volunteered at a local museum in Ilwaco, Wa. for about 5 years after I retired, and we do a lot of research on history, especially railroad history.  The "Natron Cut Off", while distant, had a significant effect on our neighborhood.  And it turns out that a lot of bizarre machinery we were aware of was actually used on the cut-off, specifically the famous Southern Pacific cab forward steam locomotives, and the weird German experimental Kraus-Maffei diesel locomotives.  Both pretty unusual in history.  I saw a couple of bridges that reminded me of the Feather River Canyon sights that reflect the Western Pacific activity in California.  That's a really scenic route not heavily traveled and worthy of a Corvette outing.

  If I keep talking like this, I'm going to turn around and head back out!

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