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Old 05-01-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
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How far will you travel for parts? Wife thinks I'm nuts!

We were talking the other day and she reminded me how I am the only person she knows that will travel great distances for things she considers not worth it.

Heres my short list, not all jeep related by it shows my passion for what I drive.

Drive St louis to DC for a 1968 Pontiac 400 short block, nice trip, got to sightsee over the weekend. 860 miles, one night hotel room, lots of pictures and dont recommend Friday before Easter weekend at 330 trying to leave downtown, I'd shoot myself if I dealt with that traffic daily!

Fly St louis to Baltimore to buy a car and drive back. 841 miles, CHEAP, and I mean CHEAP motel (wife stayed home for this one)

Drive St Louis to Chicago for my current Jeep, 600 mi round trip in one day.

What crazy trips have you taken? I tell my wife it adds spice and fun to our relationship, she says it will help her case in court...lol

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:32 PM   #2
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I travel frequently to get parts to a certain city. It's about 110 miles one way, but I stop and visit the folks while I'm there.

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What crazy trips have you taken? I tell my wife it adds spice and fun to our relationship, she says it will help her case in court...lol
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Old 05-01-2011, 09:54 PM   #4
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I'll travel anywhere for a good deal, a nice part, or something i really want...

The farthest i've gone for something though was only from Bettendorf, IA to Savage, MN to buy my motorcycle. It was only about 12 hours round trip though.

Rented a truck, got to savage, bought the bike, test rode the bike, put it in the truck, then drove back to bettendorf...


I'm with ya though!
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I traveled to Walla Walla to pick up my D44. That's about a 320 mile round tripper.
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Old 05-01-2011, 10:52 PM   #6
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I drove 170 miles to buy my Jeep. Now that I have it, I don't mind the thought of driving a good distance to get something since I'll enjoy the trip now.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:37 PM   #7
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The furthest I've actually driven for a Jeep part was from Conway, AR to Southhaven, MS which is 344 miles round trip. I was willing to drive to Kansas City for something but it sold before I could get there.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:43 AM   #8
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I always just weight the price of the part/car plus the travel cost, if its still way cheaper than anything local...i'm packin a bag!
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:22 AM   #9
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flew from London to Newquay to pick up my Jeep then drove it home ( bought it unseen on ebay ) about 280 mile drive
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:22 AM   #10
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Not made any crazy trips like that. If I found a deal on an 8.8 and the gas+cost of the axle was cheaper than east coast gear supply to my door I'd drive anywhere!
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:27 AM   #11
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300 miles one way to pick up my Jeep.
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Old 05-02-2011, 08:39 AM   #12
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i drove 300 miles to pick up my HP30 that i got from a guy who regeared it to match my d44.. only paid for the parts needed to regear it, and 100 bucks for the axle and for him to install the gears..

on my behalf i stopped by cedar point on the way back home with my ex..

shoulda gotten the 33x10.5 BFG ATs that he offered me for 100 bucks on stock rims that were about 85% tread.. :/ big mistake
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Old 05-02-2011, 12:41 PM   #13
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My wife rolls her eyes when she sees it am on craigslist three states away.
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Drove 1300 miles from OHIO to MIAMI to pick up my 2005 X to make sure it was RUST FREE. Then I put a snow plow on it.
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Drove 1300 miles from OHIO to MIAMI to pick up my 2005 X to make sure it was RUST FREE. Then I put a snow plow on it.
Wanted to make sure you were the one to put rust on it? Lol salt is harsh
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Old 05-02-2011, 04:32 PM   #16
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Looking for my TJ

Here's one I think is crazy...

I drove from No. Virginia to Hampton, Va. That's a one way trip of 195 miles. That's 390 miles just to look at the Jeep, and I did not buy that one. And I drove in this!




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Here's one I think is crazy...

I drove from No. Virginia to Hampton, Va. That's a one way trip of 195 miles. That's 390 miles just to look at the Jeep, and I did not buy that one. And I drove in this!
Obviously not for the gas mileage, or is it a hybrid? Lol
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Obviously not for the gas mileage, or is it a hybrid? Lol
Hybrid!? BLASPHIMY!!!!!!

I actually did it just a little over a full tank!
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Over the winter I done a 7 hour round trip for a 302 block... Price was right.
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I drove from Kentucky to Kansas (14 hrs each way) for a buick transmission and engine that neither worked.
But finding a 3 speed manual tranny for a buick in 1957 is quite rare. Only came in plain 2-door cars from what I can find.
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Old 05-02-2011, 06:46 PM   #21
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I just (today) made a round trip of 250 miles for the frame rail I've been searching for got a complete yj frame for 175$
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:15 PM   #22
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Most recent was a gas tank skid plate about 70 miles away... price was way right...

I've already told myself first red tj tub i find between the Appalachian and Rocky Mountains, Gulf coast to canada, I'm on it.
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I make trips in the 200 round trip range all the time for parts, axles, tires, running parts from one guy to another.

Though longest was flew out to cali to help a buddy drive back an mint 1987 toyota MR2. right around 3000 miles San Fran to Bristol Ct in a two sear door stop. great trip though
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I bought my bike (2007 Kawasaki 900 Custom, brand new) from a dealer in Milwaukee, WI, about 400 miles away. The trip home was no problem, but the trip there, let's just say was "uncomfortable". I took an overnight Greyhound that stopped in Minneapolis and went to Milwaukee. After that it traveled to Chicago.

Let's just say, I don't like buses!! Or at least that bus route!!!

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