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Old 01-03-2004, 02:37 PM
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Did you run into any of those huge snowplow trucks doing 90mph in Utah?

I was caught in a blizzard 2 weeks ago near hwy 14 Duck creek area in Utah, I was in a little crappy rental Cavalier at night and literally couldnot see the road 5 ft in front of me, my g/f looked out the right side of the road (actually cliff) and I looked to the left and kind if zig/zagged blindly back across the lane to each sideand forth until we had to turn around (did not see one other car dumb enough to be driving the road then) and drive 40miles back to the next town and stay the night until the blizzard passed the next morning.
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...and I'm sure the good Doctor is please.
Drive it!!!!!
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Motion, I'm curious how it handled in the snow and the type tires you were using?
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Motion, I am heading down to San Diego from WA next week and am expecting to see the same kind of stuff on the way thru the Siskiyou's. Excited about the trip though not about driving thru that stuff. Had a friend who was driving along going over White Pass in a snowstorm and his windows were fogging up so he opened his window. Next thing he knows is snow completely fills his car knocking his glasses of in the process. A snowplow had come roaring by. He laughs about it now.
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Oooo, fun stuff. When I get home I'll post pics of my adventure along I-5 last weekend when the big storm hit.

In case you're curious, cable chains on low-profile 50 series tires are not very fun. Niether me or the car was happy about that...
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Ok not much comment from the Colorado P pilot crowd. If you are intending to drive during winter in your Pcar or any other nice car here, you just have to get a clear bra mask, simple. The CDOT believe small, sharp pebbles are best for traction (in cahoots with the windshield replacement vendors) and they literally coat the roads with this sanctioned debris. That said, nothing beats an turbocharged Audi with good snow tires (Blizzaks for me) in this world. The SUV nimrods are usually the ones on their roofs in the mts. My '72 911 (clear bra encased) sleeps fitfully in the garage but then she knows her time will come in a couple months again.
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you just have to get a clear bra mask, simple.
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What do you mean by a "clear bra?" I have heard about the "rubber paint" that you can put on a car as a bra, and then peel off when done. Is that what you mean? Or is this some kind of vinyl thing?

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The clear bra is the 3m covering, Stone Guard
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You mean that clear vinyl covering that is semi-permanently attached? That is fine for the hood, but it isn't going to do much for the painted bumper. And I think that it would work well for a daily driver, but for a sunny time early car, I don't know that I would like that.

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Larry

I don't think they make a kit for a pre 73 911 bumpers, but the kits do cover the hood and bumpers on the 74 up 911s, not completly as no covering for the lower valence but the bumper top and bottom, hood, mirrors and headlight trims.

I have it on my F-car, it works well to protect the paint from chips but you can see it, I plan on putting on the 930, I had a bra on my prev SC and it was a PITA, I like the clear bra better.
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Wheee! Here's some photos of my winter adventure. I headed south on Sunday the 27th and managed to hit the Siskyou summit just before they closed down all southbound traffic. Made it just past the rest area after Yreka before I decided the storm was too crazy and headed back to the rest area to spend the night. Got escorted to weed by the state police the next day, and managed to get moving south again around 6 monday evening.

Spent the night in the slightly cramped 'Porsche suite' at a rest stop:


Luckily I had my sleeping bag and cold weather gear.

I wasn't stuck in this photo, but when I tried to leave I drove right into a big drift and got high-centered, just like the subaru behind me:


What's wrong with this picture:


How it should have looked:


It's hard to tell, but the hazy white in this photo is blowing snow. The winds were the worst part of the storm. Of course, if it hadn't been so windy we probably would have had several more feet of snow:


It was a fun trip. The porsche did great in the snow, except for the chains on the low-profile tires. You can feel every cable when you're driving on bare/nearly bare pavement. If the snow is deep enough then they're fine though. I think I'll get some 15" fuchs and put some softer high-profile snow tires on if I take it up in the snow any more.

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Looks like fun

I took my old SC up to Slc Utah from Vegas about 3 years ago got caught in a Blizzard at night,had to shut off all fresh air and cranked the heat all the way to keep warm, it worked well, oil temps were cooler than I wanted

Did the cars heat keep you warm and how were your oil temps?
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Did the cars heat keep you warm and how were your oil temps?
I had my jacket on, but the car kept me reasonably warm. Luckily temperatures weren't all that cold, in spite of how it looks. (at least I didn't think so, I didn't have any way to check temps) The wind was by far the worst part. Oil temps hovered just below 170. I had to let fresh air in to keep the windows unfogged though, because all the rain up in Oregon managed to find some leaks and get my passenger-side carpet quite soggy.

Waiting for somebody to pull me out of the drift I drove into in the morning, I would occasionally start the car up to warm up the interior. I kept a high idle with my foot to get the warm air moving, and it warmed up the inside pretty well. I do have SSI's, which I hear have good heat exchangers.

All my friends thought I was crazy for taking the porsche, but I bought it as a daily driver, and that's how I'm going to drive it, darn it. Heck, it was worth it just to do a donut in the empty parking lot after I went snowshoeing!



I just wish I'd done a few more. She wasn't warmed up, though, and I didn't want to push it. Oh, and in the pic above I drove without chains, and it did pretty well especially considering the tires.

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Looks like fun

I took my old SC up to Slc Utah from Vegas about 3 years ago got caught in a Blizzard at night,had to shut off all fresh air and cranked the heat all the way to keep warm, it worked well, oil temps were cooler than I wanted

Did the cars heat keep you warm and how were your oil temps?
Boy, you are lucky to be alive. Thirty years ago, my cousin was camping in Canada with a friend. On their way back, they got tired, so they pulled to the side of the road, and took a snooze. It was cold so they left the engine running and the heat going.

They found them the next day, dead from carbon monoxide poisoning. Like I said, you are lucky to be alive, especially since you turned your fresh air vents off!!!

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Dan, I'm heading that same way on Friday and thats the stuff I am worried about at the Siskiyous. I have a set of cables for the 9's on the back and have been emboldened somewhat by seeing the cables on your car. That parking lot does look inviting for a few doughnuts, probably couldn't pass that up. Any other tips to ensure a sucessful drive down to San Fran to meet the wife and then PCH to San Diego? Dan T

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