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    Default The longest non-stop drive?

    I have a cousin who is importing two recently refurbished 110's from the Netherlands (via Southampton). They are coming into Baltimore and we are driving them to Chicago. Both are 1985 110s but they don't have new engines, just well maintained ones with overhauled gearboxes. Lots of work done on them, and in reasonably good shape.

    I did this drive in 1999, and I left at about 5am and only stopped for gas, bathroom breaks, and once for a quick snack......but that was in a new car, not an old truck.

    What's the longest drive any of you would risk in a vehicle like this, and what sort of breaks should we give the trucks? We're both good at driving long distances without stopping much, so, the breaks would really be for the trucks themselves.

    And, on a related note, what is the longest drive anyone has done in an old Landy?

    Joseph
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    1983 S3 88" Safari SW

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    The longest drive I know of in an old landy was around the world.

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    any distance should be possible...just maintain a speed that the truck likes...which may be slower then you like. Also keep tabs on your fluids and temperatures and perform any maintenance when it is needed.

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    You should be fine so long as the trucks are in good shape. Since these will be new to you, just be sure check your fluids at gas stops to make sure there isn't an unknown leak which could pose a problem.

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    Check your fluids and make sure the gauges all work properly and you should be fine- there really is no reason to "rest" the vehicles. It is only ~ what? about 700 miles?
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    Quote Originally Posted by yorker View Post
    Check your fluids and make sure the gauges all work properly and you should be fine- there really is no reason to "rest" the vehicles. It is only ~ what? about 700 miles?
    Good point. I did over 1000 miles in a sight unseen truck which is still to this day my current driver. Other than a little nerves because of the unfamiliar sounds (don't they all sound special?) and running out of fuel somewhere in Georgia due to a bad fuel gauge, the trip was pretty straight forward.

    You should bring a set of wrenches so you can actually fill things like the transmission if needed and possibly tinker with other assorted parts like the ignition or carb but otherwise, you should be fine.

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    Other than a sore ass and your ears bleeding gravy, you should be fine. Drove from Albany,NY to St. John, New brunswick once in a day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KevinNY View Post
    Other than a sore ass and your ears bleeding gravy, you should be fine. Drove from Albany,NY to St. John, New brunswick once in a day.
    If memory servers, that was on massive tires too. Talk about ears bleeding.

    You might want to get a set of ear plugs if you are not used to the sound of one of these trucks on the highway for a few hours. It should help but I'm not one you should ask about that.

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    I just took my 110csw 2.5 NAD fron southwest france to England last week 1300 miles. This trip was via the French and Italian Alps, Geneva, Paris, Omaha beach to the ferry onto England. It sat two years before I took this trip and it performed flawlessly except for a leaky clutch master cyl and a badly worn U-joint which I just greased every day. Even climbing in the mountains it barely registered on the temp. gauge, very slow pace at times though and letting most people pass me. I just brought the basics with me, tools and all the fluids, extra fuel, a good jack and spare and my wife who speaks good French!! I would not worry too much, AAA would be a good idea though just in case. Good luck and enjoy!!

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    Many thanks everyone!.....I feel well enough reassured now. We're doing the drive tomorrow, so, it will be fun to see how it works out.

    Broadstone......very strange to read about your trip as.....I will be following a very similar route next week, although starting in Nīmes and then heading to St Jean de Maurienne and then following almost the exact same drive ......also in a 110, but in a V8.
    1993 NAS 110 300tdi conversion
    1985 90 300 tdi (from Italy)
    1985 90 prototype
    1983 S3 88" Safari SW

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    Default The Drive...

    I know you're leaving tomorrow...

    But maybe you'll get this post.

    1. Think about how many miles you put on a vehicle with no problems... e/g. I put 9K on my RRC last year with no break-downs. With that much mileage, I could have driven from where I live to Punte Del Este, South America, without even a hickup.

    2. My personal longest drive in a Landie was from San Luis Obispo, CA to half-way down Baja and back (1,500 miles) with no problems in a 1966 Series IIA SWB.

    Enjoy the ride!

    --ccec
    1993 RRC LWB -- One of many
    L-R's these past 30 years...


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