northernz

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    Okay all is well! The car is at the bodyshop today for final wet sand and polish, Mike will finish up trim and any last details Fridayand Saturday if necessary, appraiser will be at Whitehead on Monday morning to get a new agreed value for my insurance company and then we're off! Going to take the advice from you guys and head down to the Interstate south of Chicago and then over to South Dakota, Montana and back up into Canada through Glacier Park.  

    One question I have regarding toll Highways,  how does a visitor pay the tolls? Is there a cash/credit lane or do I need a pass?  Really looking forward to the adventure! I may take my ipad along and post some pictures along the way. Thanks for the route advice from everyone, looking forward to it!

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    Mark - I was at Whtehead's this morning and your baby is most definitely at Florida Garage for the wet sand and polish. I was hoping to meet you and watch you roll away in the sweet Z but won't be around next week due to work. Safe travels and enjoy the reborn Z.

     

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    Thanks Hank! It's been a long haul and I can't quite believe it's almost over! Mike has discovered a driveline vibration over 80 (Kmh or Mph he didn't say!) that will need to be sorted before departure. He also said I will be very happy with the power the motor is developing! Too bad we couldn't meet, thanks for the thought though!

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    Okay all is well! The car is at the bodyshop today for final wet sand and polish, Mike will finish up trim and any last details Fridayand Saturday if necessary, appraiser will be at Whitehead on Monday morning to get a new agreed value for my insurance company and then we're off! Going to take the advice from you guys and head down to the Interstate south of Chicago and then over to South Dakota, Montana and back up into Canada through Glacier Park.  

    One question I have regarding toll Highways,  how does a visitor pay the tolls? Is there a cash/credit lane or do I need a pass?  Really looking forward to the adventure! I may take my ipad along and post some pictures along the way. Thanks for the route advice from everyone, looking forward to it!

    Mark,

     

    In Illinois there is a cash lane.  You will pay twice the toll, but you don't have to have an I-Pass.  I believe Indiana and Ohio have cash booths as well. 

     

    I live in a NW suburb of Chicago, if, heaven forbid you have car trouble in this area.  I even have a car trailer that I could pick you up with.  

     

    I will PM you my cell number.

     

    Marty

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    I think you could drive on highways all the way across Canada w/o a toll.

     

    Land of the Free :)  .... and high taxes 

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    "Land of.... high taxes" , I think we're about to get a taste of that, given our election results! I told my son he should have tried for the NDP nomination for our riding, they were electing anyone who wasn't PC! Hey Chris, funny you should ask about the final, for real, definite pickup date, I just had a long chat with Mike, he was at the shop on a Saturday working on the car. Bottom line? He is not 100% happy with where the car is at. He has MOSTLY sorted the vibration, it was the RT diff mount being so stiff at the front, the stock mustache bar bushings were flexing and causing the vibration.He partly solved this by using later model washers on the bottom of the bar, but needs more time to drop the bar and do the top ones as well.Even worse though, the transmission appears to be vibrating as well and making "odd" noises! I was skimping on the tranny to keep costs down and because I don't mind the four speed, but he has a rebuilt early 5 speed on the shelf for "only" $1500. The final drive ratio won't change so nothing else needs to be changed out. On the plus side, the motor is very smooth and strong, and sounds fantastic with the Fujitsubo exhaust! Mike says it turns heads whenever and wherever he drives it!

    So, as frustrating as it is to delay AGAIN, I have managed to accept that it is probably the right way to go. I think I was getting tunnel vision!

    Thanks for all the replies and offers of help.

    II'll keep you all posted this week as to wether the drive is on next week, or shipping it is the way to go. Mike has promised more pics so I'll get those up too!

    Mark

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    I had a similar problem when I put the R/T mount in, the only way I fixed it was poly mustache bushings.

    $1500 !

    Do you want me to post a a WTB ad in the forums of OntZCar for a 4 or 5 spd?

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    Hey Chris, yeah only 1500!! Not sure there is much of a market for early 4 speeds in need of a rebuild! I'll probably bring it home a try my hand at rebuilding it myself.

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    Mark:

    Isn't the remote restoration process fun? It will be worth in the end I promise. Sorting out the details and the associated pain are temporary.

    If you do find a 5 speed in Ontario, leave that 4 speed out there. Pick up one from me on the way through. My wife will thank you. You can have it for 1500 micro-dollars (15 cents). Heck I'll pay you 15 cents to take it away.

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    Jim, yeah, this is a blast! I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football! As you say it will be worth it in the end. Mike has a rebuilt 5 speed on the shelf ready to go, so hopefully next week it will be finally be done. However, my leave is almost over then, so it looks like I will be shipping it home. At least it will be in pristine condition when it gets here! As for the old tranny, I think I will just forget it! I will let you hang on to yours, I know where to find one when I want it!

    Mark

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    Jim, yeah, this is a blast! I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football! As you say it will be worth it in the end. Mike has a rebuilt 5 speed on the shelf ready to go, so hopefully next week it will be finally be done. However, my leave is almost over then, so it looks like I will be shipping it home. At least it will be in pristine condition when it gets here! As for the old tranny, I think I will just forget it! I will let you hang on to yours, I know where to find one when I want it!

    Mark

     

     

    Mark, I have two spare 4 spds too... let me know if you need one.

     

    Mark

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    Thanks wheee! I'm going to post in general discussion the appraisal of the car, you may want to update your insurance!

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    LOL, mines not worth much more than the $100 I paid for it at this point!!

    Sent from my iPizzle ringy dingy device....

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