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Tips for a "survivalist" road kit on long trips 3 months 1 week ago #1281

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Hi boarders,

I'm about to embark on a 1500 mile trip in a '67 122s from Baltimore to Austin, Tx. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to prepare and what to bring on longer excursions with their classic Volvos?

Much appreciated,
John
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Tips for a "survivalist" road kit on long trips 3 months 1 week ago #1282

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JohnRiddle wrote:
Hi boarders,

I'm about to embark on a 1500 mile trip in a '67 122s from Baltimore to Austin, Tx. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to prepare and what to bring on longer excursions with their classic Volvos?

Much appreciated,
John
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Hi fellow boarders! I'm hopefully about to embark on my first Volvo experience this weekend when I fly out to the Baltimore area to inspect (and hopefully purchase) a '67 122s.

If it pans out, I and my lovely wife will be driving it back to Texas (1500 miles) with us. Adventure awaits!

Hot darn - another Amazon coming to Texas - yehaaa!

Welcome to the Forum, Mr. and Mrs. Riddle.

My take on this is don't do it - can't believe I said that.

Back in my early daze it was nothing to buy a beater 120, 140, 1800 et al then trundle out as much as 1,200 miles in a '67 122S wagon (with wife #2), lay out the cash (never more than $1,500), do a quick check of fluids and boogey back to Texas then add the new purchase to the fleet (usually numbering four or five but once nine). The wagon was loaded with a stash of Volvo parts, tools, fluids, tow straps, spare wheels/tires, batteries, etc. plus food, drink, sleeping bags, extra cash...

If you buy the Baltimore 122S consider having it delivered to Austin via a reputable shipper.

Whew - got that out of the way - now to answer your question...

- Both cell phones fully charged at all times.
- Cash - let her carry the big stuff.
- Anywhere Roadside Assistance activated and number stored in both phones.
- Follow a route that stays on major highways.
- Stay together - even if you find it necessary to (temporarily) abandon the 122S.
- Let all concerned know your itinerary and route.
- If available, hook up with friends/relatives along/near the route prior to leaving Austin.
- Be prepared to tell the tow truck driver - nah, skip that.
- Avoid attempting roadside repairs - too dangerous - just call Roadside.

As y'all roll into Texas in the new Amazon (AC?) keep me in mind for support/assistance/lunch as needed.

Once the "new" Volvo is home we will want to see pics and some history on the car.

Enjoy the trip!

George Dill

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Tips for a "survivalist" road kit on long trips 3 months 1 week ago #1284

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Great to meet ya George! Glad to know there are other Amazonians around these parts.

Thanks for the honest and detailed tips. I did consider the shipping route, but the irrationality of buying a classic car seemed to deserve even more caution to be thrown to the wind and just drive it back. I'm still in contact with the seller on all the details of the car, but it's looking to be an extremely well maintained example of car that has a reputation for just going the distance. Besides, we needed a good story to tell about at least one of our wedding anniversaries.

I've been compiling a traveling kit based on the list from this link and personal belongings as if we were backpacking.
www.secondchancegarage.com/public/classic-car-toolkit.cfm

Also, just signed up for AAA with the 200 mile towing coverage.

Here's our car related list at the moment:

- US Map
- Multi-bit screw driver
- adjustable wrenches x2
- pliers, needle and regular
- Folding Allen wrench set
- Box cutter
- Gloves
- Rags
- Air pressure gauge
- volt meter
- battery jumper/compressor
- Jumper cables
- Zip ties, tie down straps, safety wire
- several gauge wire and crimp connectors
- Clear Silicone for leaks
- Gallon water
- ZDDP Classic Car Oil
- Coolant
- fire extinguisher
- flat fixer
- Ignition points, condenser and distributor cap
- assorted hose clamps
- Fuel hose, coolant hose, vacuum hose, fan belt.
- road side flares/reflectors
- black plastic bags
- wire coat hangers
- small hammer

- flashlights
- Umbrellas
- first aid kit
- rain ponchos
- Insurance Info
- Printed AAA card

- Portable Bluetooth speakers
- Rechargeable mobile device charger
- iPhones, iPads, cables, etc
- Ear plugs/Headphones
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Tips for a "survivalist" road kit on long trips 3 months 1 week ago #1285

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How will you travel to Baltimore? Any stops enroute?

When driving the Amazon to Texas how many overnights and where?

Here are a two possible routes of many…

tinyurl.com/pa4ow3w

Looking at the VCOA Chapter Locator Map…

www.vcoa.org/club-overview/chapters/chapter-map

…we see a dearth of chapters between Austin, Texas, and Baltimore, Maryland.

BTAIM, here is a list of Volvo Lover contacts twix here and there.

Corey Cross, Monkton, MD, CLCross88 at gmail dot com

Peter Kozaczek, Arlington, VA, peterjkozaczek at gmail dot com

Cole Busa, Roanoke, VA cdbusa at Verizon dot net

Andrew Blankenship, Memphis, TN, ablanke1 at cbu dot edu

Richard Ramires, Atlanta, GA, richramires at aol dot com

Chris Strong, Plano (Dallas), TX, bullitt210 at gmail dot com

In Austin, Texas, Dimitri runs a couple of Amazons and plays with an 1800ES…
Dardal at mail dot utexas dot edu

Let us roll!

George Dill
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Tips for a "survivalist" road kit on long trips 3 months 1 week ago #1286

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We'll be flying to Baltimore tomorrow evening. If we love the car, we drive it back. If we don't, we have a nice anniversary weekend in Baltimore!

Need to be back in Austing by Monday afternoon, so it won't be brutal, but will need to be efficient.

That's a great list of folks, George. I'll try reaching out. Thanks again!
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Tips for a "survivalist" road kit on long trips 3 months 1 week ago #1297

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Well, it's been a long, but wonderful weekend adventure so far. The car is everything that was promised. It's a perfectly patina'd, almost entirely original 122s with an eye toward preservation over restoration. All the right things were replaced, however, in order for it to drive from Chambersburg, PA to Texarcana, TX without a single hiccup.

Unfortunately, in order to make it back to Austin in 2 1/2 days, we've had to forego contacting or visiting any of the vcoa members on the above list. Had to skip our other friends too, except for a quick lunch in Nashville with a college buddy and his fam.

As for the packing list, I brought all the tools in a Pelican case on the plane and the supplies at an auto parts store in Chambersburg on the way out of town. Haven't needed a single one, so it must have been comprehensive enough. : )

I have used one and a half quarts of Castrol GTX 10W 30, but attribute that to running the B18 on a four speed at 70mph for 1,200 the last two days. Again, the car hasn't complained, it's just revving pretty high.

One question: what do other folks B18 derived cars usually have their temp gauges running at? Mine is sitting right on the white line next to the Hot area, but not in it. Just curious.

Alright, one last run through Texas tomorrow and then home sweet home with the newest member.

John
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