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Let us know if you want some old smelly cars to escort along the way. I for one will be in NE Ga next weekend in my Silver Bullet 89 Carrera.

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Also, a forty year old car is never going to have zero issues - just zero serious ones if it's well cared for.[/QUOTE]

Otter, 100% correct. I wouldn't wan't one with zero issues just zero issues that will prevent us from making it home! I'm looking forward to finding out about all those issues and hopefully learning how to correct them on my own.

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Let us know if you want some old smelly cars to escort along the way. I for one will be in NE Ga next weekend in my Silver Bullet 89 Carrera.

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Dave that sounds like a blast! I'll start a new post when we pick her up in Ohio on Saturday just in case anyone wants to follow along on our adventure. If we're in your neck of the woods I'd love to bump into you and any other P-cars that want to say hi.

Cheers!
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I'll add my experience with my car just so it's out there and people will realize it's a possibility.

I owned my sc for app. 6 mo when I had to go to a funeral which was 300 mi away.

I had been driving the car locally but hadn't yet put any serious miles on it and I had no reason to doubt that it was up for the journey.

200 mi. into the trip my car quit and I had no choice but to have it trucked back to my home.

It turned out to be the CDI box that gave up the ghost.

I not only had it repaired but also purchased a second good unit to have with me at all times.

So, I would suggest that you try to borrow a second unit (CDI) to take along with you.

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A "don't do it" ; as it will be a new-to-you car, you may think of checking gas mileage as you trek south .... just don't hit the trip odometer while the car is moving - it's a quick way to potentially strip the plastic gears.
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I drove my 86' home to Calgary from Seattle and the route was approximately 700 miles. It was a great trip and there were zero issues (other than sweaty butts, no AC). I was prepared with the usual retinue of small tools, oil etc.

I dunno, I think it is natural to be excited and nervous about a long trip in an unfamiliar old-assed car, but don't overthink it.

Get the essentials, get AAA and get after it.

Oh, and as for driving it? Like a few others have already addressed, I've got 65K miles under my belt in the car and it is not some super unusual thing that handles and behaves dramatically unlike every other car. Gradually build speed etc, but that is the same in any car you're driving for the first time.

But most importantly, enjoy the ***** out of it.
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Good luck on your trip. You got the PPI on the car, now you get the PPI on the fiancé.
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You got the PPI on the car, now you get the PPI on the fiancé.
Yes! Well said!
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Good luck on your trip. You got the PPI on the car, now you get the PPI on the fiancé.

LOL so correct If you two are still speaking at the end of the trip she's a keeper.
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Thanks again everyone! We're super pumped. Shockingly she's just as excited about the adventure as I am. We have a great route planned with some spectacular curvy mountainous roads! It will be hard to temper my enthusiasm and keep the RPM's low but I am really going to try to take it easy on the old girl at least till we get closer to home. I'm sure will get up to the 5000 RPM mark at least a couple of times but I'll be as gentle as I can till we become acquainted. Here is our route home. If anyone wants to be available for advice on the way home, please feel free to PM me. If not, that's ok too. I plan to start a thread when we start our journey in case anyone is interested in following along. I really can't believe that a 20 year dream is about to come to fruition. It's a little surreal and I have to admit it has been a little hard to concentrate at work! Thanks again to everyone here that offered advice and encouragement. I will be pestering you all in the months to come as I can't wait to begin wrenching on her whenever the opportunity arises. I hope to go from having no clue to competency in the coming years. This is really happening!
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You have two drivers, I would hot shot it and go non-stop. I did PHL to Miami fly down and drive back solo. That was fun. Hot shotted a bunch of road trips with two drivers, Nashville and back, northern Ontario and back, Indiana and back, even did a cross country where we only stopped in Denver when we broke down.
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A "don't do it" ; as it will be a new-to-you car, you may think of checking gas mileage as you trek south .... just don't hit the trip odometer while the car is moving - it's a quick way to potentially strip the plastic gears.
Internet myth that was debunked years ago
Debunking the trip odometer reset myth once and for all.
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I am really going to try to take it easy on the old girl at least till we get closer to home. I'm sure will get up to the 5000 RPM mark at least a couple of times but I'll be as gentle as I can till we become acquainted. mg]
Going to 5k is not going to grenade the engine. If it does, the the engine was already shot, and will grenade anyway.
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Looking at your overview map, I’d suggest you travel further west out to get to the Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon south of Knoxville,TN. https://tailofthedragon.com/
311 turns in 11 miles and a sports car and motorcycle enthusiasts bucket list item. Photographers take photos all the way along the Tail and they’re available for purchase on their websites.

Why head over to the coast? I95 is awful.

You could even spend the night in Nashville, buy her a pair of boots to memorialize the trip, and head over to Chattahoochee National Forest area the next day for the Tail of the Dragon.
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Going to 5k is not going to grenade the engine. If it does, the the engine was already shot, and will grenade anyway.
Exactly! I try to warm up my motor and hit red line every time I drive it. The 911 likes to be "used".
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Tommy Z Looking at your route it looks like you are getting on the I-77 and running it all the way down to Columbia. Not sure if there are some specific places you have to hit but that is a bunch of driving straight. The 911 will cruise Interstate at least as good as any other car but the real joy of a road trip is less traveled roads.
I'd look at diverting so you spend less time on big flat slabs and more time in the country. The back roads are so much more adventure. If you pick a route between say, Huntington WV and Asheville NC you will get a bunch more beautiful country and less freeway. (That does get you in the area of the Tail of the Dragon but it is a little over hyped unless you want a really aerobic road.) There are a bunch of wonderful roads in that area that won't disappoint.

Also plan on checking in on your way south because there might be a lot of Pelican people along your path.
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Internet myth that was debunked years ago
Debunking the trip odometer reset myth once and for all.
... suggest to read the full thread, not just the opening post. Happened to my '79.

Have a great trip!

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Looking at your overview map, I’d suggest you travel further west out to get to the Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon south of Knoxville,TN. https://tailofthedragon.com/
311 turns in 11 miles and a sports car and motorcycle enthusiasts bucket list item. Photographers take photos all the way along the Tail and they’re available for purchase on their websites.

Why head over to the coast? I95 is awful.

You could even spend the night in Nashville, buy her a pair of boots to memorialize the trip, and head over to Chattahoochee National Forest area the next day for the Tail of the Dragon.
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Once the engine is up to full operating temp, please don't just shift at 5,000 and below. The power band really comes on at 3,800 or so and goes up. Don't bounce on the red line, but at least go to 6,000 regularly. The engine is made for it. They were designed to run at redline for 24 hours straight.
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Once the engine is up to full operating temp, please don't just shift at 5,000 and below. The power band really comes on at 3,800 or so and goes up. Don't bounce on the red line, but at least go to 6,000 regularly. The engine is made for it. They were designed to run at redline for 24 hours straight.
Thanks Glenn. I have never been one to baby my cars, I'm only trying to be cautious as she's new to me and we are going to be a long way from home. That having been said knowing myself, I'm guessing that a few hours into the drive I'll feel comfortable and confident in running her through her paces. The guy who did the PPI and a few minor repairs before we are heading up to get it drove to and from his shop 45 + miles each way and said he gave it a good workout and it's a great running 911.

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