All, Next week I am slated to embark on a 2400 mile journey in a 1982 Trekker. This is the yellow one posted in the for sale section of the site. After working out a satisfactory deal between both parties it was discovered that one of the cylinders was not holding proper pressure. The seller has gone above and beyond normal modus operandi to help make sure the trip home goes as smooth as possible. Replacing compression bearings and rings, honing cylinder walls, valve grinding, cleaning up seats, replacing gaskets, timing chain replacement kit etc. With time and funds allowed I will basically have a rebuilt 22r. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, this trip is not composed of sight seeing or vacation stops. Basically fly out there and get it back. I anticipate the entire trip to take 5 days from Ohio to Cali to Ohio.
So, with the age and sheer uniqueness of these vehicles, who here believes this might be one of the last great Trekker treks one of these vehicles will see? Suggestions as to what to take would be welcomed. I plan on shipping some travel items to Cali to avoid fly fees and for loss prevention. Regards, Baumber
Thanks for the tip Paul, but I'm in no mood to spend what would be at least $1500 to ship it to my door. Yes it is called UShip and am sure would be helpful in a pinch. I do plan on stopping in Ft. Collins, CO to visit a buddy and give it a good once over before getting back on the road. I was able to get a nonstop ticket to LA for $130 and by my best figures i will be spending approx $400 in gas. That is a 1/3rd of the price, and I could use a little time off for bad behavior.
this is awesome !!! I love it !! ;D ROAD TRIP ... wi-fi should be a must .. to post on the way and keep us all up to date .. It's great the owner is going to look after the engine stuff .. hopefully all works out ...
I really look forward to hearing about your trip
I have a couple of trips planed for my Trekker when I get it done ..
Sounds like an adventure to me, hope the trip back home goes well. My Trekker has over 200,000 miles on it and I think it would make a trip like that with no problem. I would take a gas/water can, rope, duct tape, cash, cell phone and a four leaf clover for luck!!!! Have fun and keep us up to date on how the trip goes..
Thanks guys! It should be interesting.. I will definatly take the means to keep you updated. I'll consider this my blog for the trip. No sat phone and doubt it will be necessary. Not sure whether I'll take 70 straight through the Rockies or veer north on 80 and drop down to Fort Collins. There seem to be pros and cons either way. 70 seems to stay close to habitation then makes the long climb up, but the route to 80 and a lot of it's stretch seems to travel through some fairly barren areas. I plan on sleeping in the truck or on the ground. I will work on a list of items I know i'm taking and items I need to pickup before embarking.
Well, I'm just getting settled in LA with family. 4 hour flight went off without a hitch but I'm looking forward to seeing the terrain I just flew over up close. Tomorrow starts early with a 240 mile drive north to meet my new cohort and seller. Good night for now and will post up tomorrow with pics.
I'm alright fine and so is "Puddin". Sorry for lack if updates. I found it was hard to do a blog with my schedule and traveling alone.. I will post a proper update with a few pics soon. Until then know the truck performed virtually flawlessly and I love the new acquisition!
Well, I set out of San Louis Obispo at about 4 pm on a Friday with varied wear on 32" BFG AT's. This, in a vehicle that had just over 200 miles on a rebuilt 30 year old 22r surrounded by lack of luxury items such as operable AC, cruise control, radio and smooth suspension. I can handle no AC which is part of the reason I headed with the northern route rather than the Death Valley Route... I can handle the lack of radio as I had made a concerted effort to load my phone with entertainment and GPS apps. Smooth suspension? Ha! This is a 30 year old truck with flat springs and updated Rancho's which I'm sure only stiffens the ride, but at some level you have to know the job when you take it. I figured I could handle the lack of cruise.... After much deliberating and map checking I decided to connect to 5 going north toward Sacramento and connect to 80 to visit a buddy and as it turns out Ft. Collins is right about halfway on the 2400 mile trek Google maps estimated. I was planning on being in FT. Collins Colorado by Saturday night. The ride to 80 was quite uneventful and I was able to soak in a small bit of scenery between gas stops. As I wasn't familiar with usage/mileage just yet I was stopping fairly frequently to fill up to try and calculate what I was getting. Even this was not real helpful as I soon discovered there is technique and pump patience required when trying to fill up. Due to the filler neck shape on the tank the gas pumped won't settle like other vehicles. The pump continually shuts off as it thinks the fuel is topping off unless you literally try to trickle the fuel out of the pump. It's for this reason I really wasn't sure how much fuel I'd used as I didn't know what a full tank was. It was well after dark before I went through the Tahoe National Forest.