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Post by TrendSetter on Sun May 26, 2019 6:44 pm

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So after the first 30 or so miles of driving it started tapping really loud, i assumed it was a collapsed lifter.  it would go away after a few minutes of driving, but each time it took a little longer.  I added some STP, and some marvel mystery oil, and it seemed to help for a while but the noise never quite went away.  the car seemed to be running ok so we kept going.  I had to add about 1/2gal of oil per day to keep oil at an adequate level.
we made it all the way to covington lousiana when it started smoking heavily from the passenger tail pipe and making a nasty racket so we took the next exit and checked it out in a parking lot.
heres what i found
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luckily there was an autozone 2 miles from the next hotel and they had rockers in stock.

we have gone about 250 miles since the fix and its running pretty well, the noise has gone away but it runs a little rough.  I didnt adjust the rocker properly so that's probably it.  i didnt try and dont care to.  all i care about is getting it to florida.
the odometer rolled 99999 miles today but one of the nines stayed so now it has 9000 miles on it.
surprisingly we have seen as much at 18.5mpg on a couple tanks of gas so far.

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Post by TrendSetter on Sun May 26, 2019 6:52 pm

i was initially pretty disappointed with the cars condition, never really mad but i was looking forward to a mate for the green one, which is significantly better condition.
im not sure yet of the fate of this one but ive been thinking a lot about another turbo 5.3 and t56. i definitely wont worry about messing up a pristine piece of gm history

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Post by fasrnur on Mon May 27, 2019 12:59 pm

We as car people seem to do some crazy road trips for cars that we really want. Don't we? haha Hope you have a safe rest of your trip.
Didn't you sell Wanda back to it's previous owner?
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Post by TrendSetter on Tue May 28, 2019 8:26 pm

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we finally made it home.  just over 2500 miles without incident. not counting the rocker arm.
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I offered wanda back to derek, he is planning to come pick the car up in august.  if he falls through ill probably keep it, i really like the car.

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Post by Limey SE on Thu May 30, 2019 8:06 pm

I dont think you will be Keeping her, He has a Countdown clock on Facebook for when he is Coming to get her

Very Glad made you made with little to no Incident
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Post by Limey SE on Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:24 am

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Post by TrendSetter on Sun Jun 02, 2019 12:37 pm

Rescued lol
The car is in Florida not North Korea

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Post by Limey SE on Sun Jun 02, 2019 2:12 pm

TrendSetter wrote:Rescued lol
The car is in Florida not North Korea


I know what ya mean but Wanda escaped and he is recusing her back into the fold
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Post by newmexguy on Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:13 am

If you had stayed on the Southern Route - could have stopped at the newly revamped "Thing" Exit 322 I-10 in Arizona. A real tourist trap.

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