Capri Rocky Mountain Adventure

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  1. Crash & Burn

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    Packing now, the car is all cleaned and serviced ready to leave Tuesday morning for a 2600-mile round trip to Colorado for some NOS parts, mainly windscreens, ultra rare in the U.S., that the seller won't ship. Some other nice bits are likely to join them in the load, so the passenger seat and rear seat bench have been removed. It's Hien, my daily that will take me, and we'll be about 5 days seeing different scenery and stopping to load up with pics. The computer map says 18 hours driving time each way, and there will be no good radio stations for most of it, but the motor is sounding good! By the return, the car will have passed the 315,000-mile mark.

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    Jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee Sus Gaz, its gives a whole new meaning to just nipping out to get some bits! Sure is a big country. Paul.
     
  3. Crash & Burn

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    Loaded camping gear, in case I want to save a bit of money for fuel. I'm guessing that will cost about $450, but this ride has been in mind for 9 years now. Our Interstate 80 is going to get a nice one-Capri show. :guitar3:
     
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    Sounds like a cool road trip! I'm sure it will all go well! Keep us updated!
     
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    We will need plenty of photos!
     
  6. Lord Flasheart

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    Plenty of pics needed Gary :headbang::

    Would like to do that kind of trip :smokin:
     
  7. Crash & Burn

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    Plenty of pics promised. The car felt good on today's final shakedown. I've found an alternate route (Highway 50, a little shorter, but not recommended by the computerized navigator, will find out why) for the journey there, will use Highway 80 coming home so I get some variety.
     
  8. BigJ

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    I envy you doing this Gary.

    1300 miles would see me in the South of France I think. Is Americashire really that big? :stunned:
     
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    Have a safe and pleasant trip Gary, my daughter has just returned to California after living in Durango for 3 years.
     
  11. Clockwork Orange

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    Bon Voyage, and safe return ...
    pack plenty of blankets & cushions to keep them screens safe - and DONT lay them flat on top of each other ! (hehehe - how do I know these things - young & stoopid I was first time transporting a couple)
     
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    Thanks, all, I've got two self-inflatable camping mattresses, blankets, bubble wrap and a sleeping bag, to modify the special box he has which sounds too big to fit well in the car. I'm taking a plywood base and bungee cords, hoping to make a firm surface to strap them to as a padded bundle, standing upright. I've hauled one flat in the back with no trouble, but this will be three or four. (I'll try to get one fitted there.)
    We get these cars, we say, because we like to drive them. I really like a nice clean windscreen when I drive, especially for the kind of scenery this trip will have. :thumbup1:
     
  13. caprimk3

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    I wish you a nice and safe trip Gary :thumbup1:

    I'm with you in your spirit, I love really long drives :rolleyes:
     
  14. Crash & Burn

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    Thanks, all, just rolled in, within seconds of the Friday night radio blues show starting. Car did a most admirable job, my driving was perfect of course, despite one mystery animal clobbered by my front wheel near Laramie, Wyoming (I was trained not to swerve). Got to turn on more radios and collect the details, but the full story, after this message from our sponsors....
     
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    It's always the same when it comes to picking up spares. They're never around the corner and if you live up north the spares are way done south and visa versa. Safe motoring dude. :thumbup1:
     
  16. Crash & Burn

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    Left home Tuesday at almost noon to avoid traffic on the way out of town. Took Highway 50, an old route to see why it wasn't recommended. I'm not sure I could tell why that is, as I like the road a lot...
    The first view of Lake Tahoe from a bit over 10 miles away...

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    And the lake from across the road. You can see the change in water colour as it deepens, and this road I'm on will go all the way around the lake if you want, 70 some miles it takes.

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    Then into Nevada, which was like driving across the moon, perhaps except for the lush vegetation shown here...

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    So then I drove a ways, and started feeling bad for portraying the whole state of Nevada as such a void. As luck would have it, I found this relic of some elaborate past society...

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    There was a little sign there, too, with a British reference to a time before such structures were built that nice...

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    And took this just before passing from Nevada into Utah -- Still pretty much of nothing but this scenery seen, and I had to move the car just after this pic because you see all that sand n front of it? Imagine a quick wind, and a good dose of it blowing all over the car's interior...

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    In Utah, the moonscape gains a little artistry. One for the ladies...

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    And a few more on the way through the state...
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    Those pics of just Nevada and Utah represent over 400 miles of extremely desolate land, but the drive was totally fun because there were sometimes dozens of mile before another car was spotted in either direction. It felt like they had spent a lot of money building that road just for me. That first day, I went 722 miles in all.

    The next morning, I passed into Colorado, and spotted this train for Fran. It was about two miles long, and kept reappearing along my rout for the next eighty miles or so...

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    And earlier, I mentioned the dearth of radio stations on the route. I solved the problem with modern technology, and those same blues CDs that I foisted on a few of you lucky folks on my first infiltration of the UK..

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    I stayed Wednesay night at a motel just past Vail, Colorado, which looked so financially foreboding from the highway, I didn't dare turn off and cruise through town.

    So on that route, the total distance was 1336 miles. When I got to the destination Thursday morning,, I meant to get you pics of the shed where the parts came from, full of NOS parts, but my camera battery was warning of failure, and all Capri parts sheds look pretty much the same. The seller did take me to meet another Capri guru who will remain nameless here, but he showed me his Capri archive, a set of binders taking about five feet of shelf space, all original factory documents, pics, charts, service bulletins, amounting to the most extensive collection of Capri literature I've ever seen, even on this forum! He had interesting stories, and I wish I had more time to spend there helping him reassemble his Mk I. It will be a special car again one day, and already has a special history.

    We finished our visiting Thursday evening and I hit the road at a little after 1900 hours, intending to drive north as far as Cheyenne, Wyoming, get a motel, and leave from there direct on Interstate 80 the next morning. Soon it was dark, and Cheyenne came too quick for the car -- it was having such a good time and the night was so suitable, I drove all night. But soon after leaving Cheyenne, it started to rain, and the winds were heavy. I heard a strange clatter and briefly saw my passenger wiper blade twist itself off the pin and blow away. I thought about how I had wanted to fit one of the windscreens before driving home, and was suddenly glad I didn't, because that passenger side of my existing glass was getting scratched by the remaining arm stub. Another 60 miles or so later, the mystery beast attacked. My best guess is some kind of wild rabbit that ran just like a miniature bear, but faster, and then, thump thump, and there went the other wiper blade! I had to speed up to over 80 for the first time on the trip, so the wind would clear the windscreen, and luckily, the rain soon stopped.

    Early Friday morning, I stopped to nap at a rest area in Utah, and then resumed the trek. Soon, I passed a place called Oasis, Nevada, where apparently mobile phones don't get any signal. I want to move there. And not long at all after that, came this, but I was having too much fun to stop and look closer -- .

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    And still in Nevada, I realized I would owe the customary pic of the cardboard parts box. As I took this, I thought of the guy who approached me on the way to Colorado, at a filling station, to tell me, "That's a beautiful car. Too bad you don't have the seats for it"... But it is a bit larger box than our usual, and this is pure American cardboard...






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    The road home, 1298 miles done in 18 1/2 hours, and the fuel consumption averaged 23 MPG (American gallons).

    I developed a new rear axle bearing leak but have a quick fix here at home for that. Other Capris spotted during the trip: None.
    Other cars spotted that I'd prefer to be driving: None.
    I know whenever I retire, I'll be taking more rides like this, in a Capri. No reason why not, so please, all of you, I highly recommend you try this at home.

    Pics of the loot tomorrow or whenever I get a victim to help me squeeze that box out of the car....

    Oh, and car-wise, I should mention that everything from Lake Tahoe east was at altitudes over 5,000 feet, I think, and Colorado mountain passes were between 10,000 and 15,000 feet, where it was hard to breathe, for the car and me both. Absolutely dependable performance, but slow and mellow, all the blurble was gone. <_<
     
  17. kez60

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  18. Doyle 4-5

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    Some spectacular scenery there Gaz.
    Your road trip makes my drive this week from home to Copenhagen and back seem quite local.
     
  19. Clockwork Orange

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    excellent trip and great reporting technique :thumbup1:/> .. well done Sir
    I would need to travel north-south twice to get those distances ... or head to the french-spanish border via the Newcastle-Ijmuiden ferry ...

    Open the Box !!
     
  20. Lord Flasheart

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    Fantastic pics & write up Gary ..... thanks for sharing mate :headbang::/>
     
  21. caprimk3

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    Fantastic trip report Gary :thumbup1:

    And those pics are just mind blowing, had to steal a couple of them to look at for the future!
    Want so bad a trip like that myself :thumbup1:
     
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    fantastic Gary, thanks for sharing your trip with us.
    sounds like a great time and one to remember[​IMG]
     
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    Jealous.com, fantastic pictures, and whilst you had a purpose to your trip, you certainly seemed to enjoy it as well. :thumbup1:
     
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    Great story Gary, thanks for sharing with us :thumbup1:

    Makes life seem somewhat dull this side of the pond.
     
  25. Crash & Burn

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    Ah, the purpose. Here's a few shots just taken of the loot. NOS exhaust parts that will save money when I'm finishing Eloi..

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    The big box, four tinted windscreens, rubber seals for each, and chrome locking strip for both Mk I and Mk II. And in the smaller Ford box visible is an NOS radiator for Eloi or Sista..

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    But I know how you all covet our big American bumpers -- Look! NOS, a rear bumper cover to fit any of my three cars that might get hit by one of those "Honor Student parents" we have here.

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    He had a lot more, but looked like he can send most of it in boxes if I need it later, and he had all the original Ford microfiche parts listings to confirm the propriety of every part. Way more fun than going to a dealer. All this was in his basement, with his collection of old model car kits, many still unopened, hundreds of them, kits of cars from the 40s through the 70s. And in his garage, a Mk I receiving the Ford 4.0 conversion, with some special suspension mods added.
     
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    Think the furthest I've travelled for Capri parts is Worthing, a 260 mile round trip. But THIS ...........x10 the fun! :lol:
     
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    Wow that looks beautiful. I'd love to live in the states, I'd be there in a flash if it weren't for the missus. Awesome.
     
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    Get this guy signed up to the forum :thumbup1:

    A 4.0 MK1 sounds great :drool2:
     
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    Great trip! I went to Bonneville in 2005 and the salt fever urges me to come back...one day.

    Long trips in a Capri is something I sort of miss - my car is way too uncomfortable now. I need to get going on the other Capri...

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    Thanks for the pics Gary. Really enjoyed reading about your adventures. I'd love to do a trip like that in my Capri but I don't think I could cope with all that traffic! :lol:
     
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    "The road home, 1298 miles done in 18 1/2 hours, and the fuel consumption averaged 23 MPG (American gallons)."

    That's 27.6 MPG UK not bad at all

    Thanks for the great photo's reminded me of my trip from Las Vegas to San fran via death valley and the Pacific Coast Highway

    Rob
     
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    Superb photos and narrative! :thumbup1:

    Can't really say anything else! It does make our trips look a tad on the boring side, however!
     
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    Fantastic capri adventure Sir! sounds like the old girl did very well, excellent pics and narrative, I think we all would have liked to have come too! [​IMG][​IMG] its taken me 2-3months to do that mileage in mine and it's worn her out, now shes blue smokin' like a chimney!
     
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    Thanks for sharing Gary, beautiful scenery on your Northern Loop, I would drive from Southern California to Needles Arizona and then on to Flagstaff, then north East through the Navajo Nation to the 4 corners and then down into Durango Colorado a magnificent scenic drive.
     
  35. Crash & Burn

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    That sounds close to the route I did about 40 years ago, more of the painted desert scenery, and was maybe a prettier drive than this one just done. Time and cost, however, kept me furhter north this time. I hadn't been to Denver before, though, and expected it to be a more attractive place than it is.
     
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    That looks like a fantastic trip. I've always had a dream to drive all the way across America in a muscle car. One day I'll do it but in reality it will probably be in a sh1tty rental haha.

    Oh, and this picture is awesome:

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