Carl Heideman
Carl Heideman
8/31/20 8:50 a.m.

You’ve done it: After all of that head scratching, parts sourcing and engine sorting, you’ve finally finished restoring your car. You’ve even shown off your handiwork at several local gatherings.  

At this point, many enthusiasts are looking for the next big thing to do with their cars. For us, it comes down to two words: Road trip.

Whether you’re driving in an official tour, taking the scenic route to a national show, or just heading down to visit Grandma, a road trip is a great way to thoroughly enjoy your classic car. However, there’s more to it than just grabbing a road map and a change of clothes before hopping behind the wheel. A little prep work in the garage can pay miles of dividends.

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OldBumpy
OldBumpy
2/19/21 1:25 p.m.

I just wish I had paid a little more attention to some if these, especally the part about  "small" fuel leakes and carying a good fire extinguisher!  If I had,  I wiuld still be enjoying my '63 MGB. 
Tom

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/19/21 2:46 p.m.

In reply to OldBumpy :

That stinks. FWIW, we're working on a piece about fire extinguishers. 

300zxfreak
300zxfreak Reader
2/20/21 6:50 p.m.

I'm assuming that after loading in all those spare parts, you: A. Have a roof rack for luggage, B. Have a trailer for luggage, C. Don't take any luggage, D. Sorely need a good shower and new clothes every third day ( or at least every Saturday ).

I'm definitely down with the fire extinguisher, I've seen several really nice rides end up in ashes ( along with their spares and luggage )  :(

 

peter890
peter890 New Reader
2/21/21 6:07 p.m.

good article - but if I can add a few comments ? For carrying tools I use a leather tool-roll - keeps things tidy and stops rattles. You will also know when something is missing very quickly simply by opening the roll before you head off. Another thing is to always take a big but light-ish waterproof coat (the Aussie Dryz-a-Bone is ideal) that has a cape to keep your head dry if you need to be out in the elements. And two people can shelter under it at a pinch. Such a coat is also useful as a ground mat if you need to get under the car. If you are a long way from home, I always get my wife to carry a spare key in her handbag. Finally, a good strong torch with a good battery life is essential. 

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