I used to drive my '89 5.0L down from Vancouver, Canada to Arizona and back every Christmas to visit family, but finally moved back to Arizona and haven't done any long distance drives for some time. The longest trip I've taken in the last 7 years would be 6-7 hours driving into Mexico and the occasional 6-7 hour drive to the California coast. Next week, I'm driving the ol' 5.0L past Vancouver to Whistler, BC from Tucson, AZ. That's about 1800 miles one way. What kind of preparations would y'all recommend to enjoy a nice hassle free journey up to the great white North and back? Here's a few details about my rig:
- '89 5.0L hatchback, clean in and out
- Dart block based supercharged 306 build with about 4000 miles on the odometer now, conventional motor oil for the time being, just changed.
- Tremec 3550 5-speed, Redline MTL oil.
- Rear end has 3.31 gears and a Truetrac with Chevron Delo 75W140 conventional gear oil.
- Fairly new Nitto 555 extreme tires, 255-40R17 all the way around.
- Fresh brake fluid in a '95 Cobra MC (Pentosin DOT 4, I believe).
- A/C fully functional using a Sanden retrofit - works pretty good.
- I've got a PA Racing tubular K-member made out of mild steel, but I'm not sure it's really streetworthy.
- I've torn my torque boxes completely out before and have welded it all back together with multiple reinforcements, but it's just kinda scary.
- 1800 miles one way!