I have a burgundy GT with a 3.4 conversion and an Isuzu 5 speed. I just drove out to Las Vegas, worked for a month then drove back to NC. The car did great with no major issues or breakdowns. I changed the belts in Vegas, an expected maintenance, and an exhaust bracket broke on the way back due to the rough roads and my yet to be refreshed suspension. No big deal and an easy fix. The AC is cold but sitting in Vegas traffic it was mildly cool.
I visited the Fiero yard in Vegas out toward Nellis and chatted a fair bit with Dave.....he helped me fix my door hinge, and has a very cool way to pressurized the system to show vac leaks. I have been chasing what I thought was one but he found three I would never have found. Dave is a wealth of knowledge and a great guy. They have around 20 to 30 fieros, tons of parts etc. If you need a part call Dave at the fiero yard because they ship everywhere and have tons of parts. A couple fieros are for sale and the bonus is they are rust free cars.
I averaged about 70mph. I got around 25 miles per gallon. I refilled the tank every 175 or so miles or right around a quarter tank. I ran her almost out once and got close to 225 miles out of the tank....just to see how far I could get. I think I had 1.5 gallons left.
I drove about 10 to 12 hrs then stopped so the trip took 3 days out and 3 days back. Weather going out was epic but coming back was intermittent rain all the way with hard down pours thru the eastern mountains but the car handled it great....though I do think I would have liked newer or faster wipers? Maybe I will look into better wipers.
I also had just put in a universal electronic cruise and it was freaking awesome! Those long stretches would have killed without it.
My spare is trashed so I took it out and packed my low profile jack, jack stands,car tools, tire repair stuff, road flares, spare parts etc in the front.
I carried a medium size hard sided suit case and my work tools in the back with smaller soft sided bags and a large back pack in the front seat. Plenty of room for one person but not sure two people with enough stuff for that long would have worked. Maybe if I didn't have tools for my work there would have been room?
Here are a couple pics from the trip....of the car of course.....mostly! :lol:
Navajo trading that you can see from I-40 in New Mexico
Horney Mikes Bus at Kounts Kustoms in Vegas....a great shop and tour of cools cars!
A Masarati Merak....random mid engine!
A cool shot at a truck stop in the mid-west
Windmills i the mid west. There are fields of these things that go into the horizon. You really need to see these giant things in person to appreciate the visual.
In Albuquerque I just missed being part of this accident by 30 seconds or so. I am 6 cars back from it. A semi hit a pedestrian trying to cross 40?? :roll: The cops had us turn around and go the wrong way on 40 to the previous exit. The crazy part was watching the tractor trailers turn around....crazy.
A cool rest stop in Texas.
Here is a photobucket link to more pics:http://s279.photobucket.com...%20Road%20Trip/story