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We made it back from our last great adventure across the west in the CGT.
One major and one minor problem with the little coupe.
First, the car did not like being towed on a dolly behind a U-haul. When
my daughter and I stopped in Calgary, I found one "egg" on the 2 month old
Toyo's about an inch from the right rear rim next to where it says Proxes
ZF4 (I thought the egg or separation days were dead). Anyway, a Toyo
dealer in Calgary made a telephone call and they replaced both rears tires
no charge - very nice of Mr. Toyo.
Next, after I dumped the U-Haul in Victoria and picked the wife up in
Vancouver we took the scenic route along the WA state and BC border. The
car had gotten harder and harder to fire since we left Vancouver and by
Grand Forks BC it gave up. Simply, it sounded like I was trying to start
the car without a rotor.
Anyway, I replaced the d-cap, rotor, plugs and a few relays I had in my
stash. Didn't make a difference so then I pulled and checked the inject
ors; checked for an air lock; tapped the sensors gently with a very large
and serious hammer...and still no go. Checked the wiring/connections;
checked and rechecked everything I checked before. I had juice through the
injectors and spark at the plugs so technically it should have fired.
We stayed 2 nights and as I was about to call and get a tow to the Audi
Dealer in Kelowna (3-4hrs away) on the Monday morning I thought I'd give it
one last shot and it fired immediately and I have no idea why. Maybe the
temperature and humidity levels were perfect; maybe the moon was in its
proper phase. Who knows and quite frankly who cares...It has started fine
ever since, except that the OP gauge no longer works - so I'll check this
out on the weekend and I think I'm going to pull the distributor just to
have a look see.
We spotted this gorgeous '95 S4 parked in a small town called Craig in NW
CO. As the wife said "extremely rrrrred" so if it's one of you folks on
the list, nice...very, very nice. I've never seen that particular shade of
red on anything before so please share with me your secret.
On the way back we decided to forgo Denver and took the secondary roads
from Steamboat to Cheyenne. I quickly learned what "Open Range" really
meant when we came over a hill near Walden CO at 6:30am face-to-face with
about 50 head of cattle grazing on and beside the highway for about 2kms.
If anybody has a sudden craving for fresh (not quite freezer ready) beef
you know where to look.
When we stopped in Iowa City for the night and we shared a hotel and a late
dinner with a very nice elderly German couple, their daughter and her
teenage son from WI in their fully restored '84 5000S. They were on their
back from CA and the MH classics after a bit of a tour of CA. Original
owner, it has 13k on the speedo. He said he was so nervous about this trip
since the car has never been out the state nor on a major highway before.
Btw, his DD is a 10 speed bike and a pair of shoes although he also owns a
'74 VW he brought with them from Germany with 67k in 1981. I guess they
don't go very far from home. He and his father had worked their entire
life in the German auto industry before moving/retiring to the US to be
near their daughter. When he heard about MH he just had to go. Took them
4 days to get to MH from WI and they only took the interstate if they had
no other choice. FYI he had just celebrated his 83rd birthday and looked
and moved better than most of us in our 50's.
All in all the trip was ok except for those people in Steamboat who keep
calling my coupe "sniff"...a nice looking valley car. I will admit I had a
tough time climbing that hill out of Steamboat. With the 2 short kegs in
the back, 3 suitcases and a few of those hard-to-get-in-Canada parts, plus
some other stuff I picked up along the way we maxed out at about 30kph as
we hit the crest. But as I sit here sipping on a not-quite-cold-enough
brew of Dog's Breath I'm glad I did.
As of today 978,375km
'86 CGT x 2