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mrvermin August 26th, 2012 09:14

The Trip Thread
Ok, Have you left for the Fest yet?

Post travel diaries here.... Picts.... The route you took.... Interesting stuff that you saw or that hapened to you while on your way to the Fest....

Come on, I know a few have left already :cool:


Lug_Nut August 26th, 2012 19:04

Left Saturday morning for THMalloy in Cumerland, RI for B99 biodiesel, but I didn't have my usual 55 gallon drum trailer this time.

I was delayed there by another TDI owner also buying fuel. Good thing we chatted! While comparing coolant fan operation when the A/C was on I opened my hood to see the oil fill cap on the fuel pump! I had loosened it Friday evening thinking that I'd top off the oil, but the oil level was OK.

Got to Asheville, NC where at 3 AM some sleepy (under-the-influence?) driver that had just passed me spun into the guide rail about 100 yards ahead of me. No serious damage was apparent, just a big skid mark. Yes, I bet both types of skid marks! His rear bumper was pretty well scuffed but didn't look to be torn or dislodged as he took off. I had to get off my brakes and back on the fuel because of traffic behind me when I heard a big 'POP'. At first I though I had run over something that the crasher had left in the road, but it was the turbo connection at the outlet of the 'pancake' pipe that had come unclipped.
I pulled over, got out the tools I had brought, and was under the car when an ambulance pulled up. Apparently another driver had called in the spin accident, and by now I'm the only one left at the scene. I'm OK, I explained the accident and that everyone else had left, so the ambulance left. Then Mayberry's finest pulled up and I explained it again.
The Asheville B99.9 station opened at 8 so I had time for a quick nap before they opened and I could fill up.

I continued down and called home from somewhere around Birmingham to check on the weather in New Orleans and it wasn't looking good! So I cranked up the speedo to 80+ MPH to get here as quickly as I thought I could. I burned more fuel, but the early arrival tonight means I can get an early start tomorrow and hopefully get on the road in the afternoon rather than in the rain and wind on Tuesday. I'll not head further south to a biodiesel station even closer to the gulf, but will just head straight north and get what I can where I can.

The early departure from New Orleans may put me in Ypsilanti a day early, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, is it?

VeeDubTDI August 26th, 2012 20:05

A day early would be fine! I'm getting into town at 4pm on Wednesday.

Quite the adventure you're having. :cool:

Lug_Nut August 27th, 2012 12:52

"Twice" in a lifetime
... And you may ask yourself "Where does that highway go to?"
and you may say to yourself "My God! What have I done!?!?!"

In Miss, and headed north.

VeeDubTDI August 27th, 2012 13:09

Whatcha building Jon? :D

paramedick August 27th, 2012 17:28

Another Sonnet?

I had a customer come in the other day and ask if I would be interested in an Opel GT.......

VeeDubTDI August 28th, 2012 14:43

Car is packed with A/V equipment... clothes and miscellaneous items are going in tonight. Hitting the road bright and early tomorrow!

VeeDubTDI August 29th, 2012 05:49

Heading out the door right now! :)

VeeDubTDI August 29th, 2012 08:07

Just entered PA! Cruising right along. Gorgeous weather!

Lug_Nut August 29th, 2012 10:21

Well the wheel shake at 60 turned out to be a bit more than just a lost wheel weight. I mean, the wheel balance doesn't get worse climbing and go away completely, at the same speed, when coasting in gear now, does it?

I stopped in to Paramedick's to see if my suspicions of a worn CV were validated, and unfortunately it was.
We pulled the right side axle and cleaned the dried grease out and saw deep galling in the inner hub (axle side). The balls looked good and there was a bit of burnishing on the outer hub (flange side). No axles were to be had by then (stores closed at 8) so I re-filled the joint with new grease, left the Sonett and dolly there, and headed up to the Dayton area where I had a room waiting.

The plan was to have an axle brought to the 'fest and I'd use the tools borrowed from Paramedick to replace it there, and to head back to "Vur sales" after the fest to retrieve the SAAB and dolly.
In Dayton I located an axle, yes, a re-man, but I checked it before paying. The stock clerk wanted to know if I was going to buy it before he took the box down from the shelf, because he didn't want to put it back if I didn't want it. I replied that I wasn't going to pay for crap parts and if he had confidence in his product he shouldn't have concerns. It look quite good, not a re-cut the hub, slap a new boot on it quickie, but had what look like new inner and outer, new race, and a proper retaining clip rather than a circlip.

So by 10 I had the old one out, by noon I had the new one in.

I'll shower up, then test drive it, return the trashed one for it's core value refund, and see if I can return the borrowed tools and get the SAAB and dolly today.

VeeDubTDI August 29th, 2012 13:27

Sounds like an epic adventure.

I'm in Ohio now - 30 miles left to go on the turnpike. Should be pulling in at 5pm.

VeeDubTDI August 29th, 2012 15:01

Just arrived!

nkfry August 29th, 2012 15:23


Originally Posted by VeeDubTDI (Post 3916849)
Just arrived!

That 5 PM guesstimate was spot on! lol

Welcome to the wonderful land of MI.

VeeDubTDI August 29th, 2012 17:05

I've only made this trip a few dozen times before. ;)

At Aubree's having food with GeekDrew, Sprocket and Sprockette. :cool:

Lug_Nut August 29th, 2012 18:26

Reunited again. The tandem is in the lot here in Dayton.
I'll fill up at Jatro biodiesel again, and now that I have the "trunk" with the jugs I can fill those too.
Then it's on to MI.

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