Saturday, 24 May 2008
I recently acquired a restored 1969 Ford Mustang convertible in an eBay auction, and now I'm trying to decide which method I should use to get it across the country, from Pennsylvania (where the person I am buying it from lives) to Oregon (where I live).

I have some flexible time right now before and after the Tech-Ed conference, so one option is to fly there and drive it back. It turns out I have family very close to where the car is (within about 30 miles), so I could visit with them while there, as well. The other option is to have it put on/in an auto-moving trailer and shipped to me, no travel to Pennsylvania required. A third option is to fly there, drive it around a bit and visit with family, and then leave the car with the transport trucking company and fly home.

There's a certain appeal to driving this car cross-country and seeing the countryside this time of year (as well as a certain amount of anticipated fear, since although it's a solid and mechanically sound car, it is a 1969 vehicle). I've considered asking a couple people if they'd like to join me on a road trip, since that would make it even more fun. But, that's about a week of flying and driving to make it realistic.

The car's a nice one. It's a muscle car and built to perform like one. Not a show car, but more like a parade-quality one (meaning it gets driven on an actual, real roadway now and then). Leaving a classic convertible exposed to the elements (and seasonal storms) on a trailer for probably three weeks as it gets hauled all over the country doesn't exactly appeal to me, so I'd want to ship it in an enclosed rig, which means bigger bucks. Flying there and driving the car back means lower cost, but it also means putting almost 3,000 miles on the vehicle and possibly dealing with older car issues.

So - Hmmm... Thoughts? :)

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Saturday, 24 May 2008 17:47:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
You could drive out and tow it back it myself behind your own truck with a u-haul tow dolly.
Tom Novak
Saturday, 24 May 2008 17:50:49 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
oops - I meant "yourself." I wasn't volunteering ;)
Tom Novak
Sunday, 25 May 2008 15:43:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Ohhh, c'mon Tom. You know you wanna deliver it! :)

Driving out and back is too expensive. Cheaper to fly there and drive back or fly there and ship back on a truck as it turns out. Darned gas prices are crazy and the trailer rental would be almost $1000.00.

Looks like I'm flying there, already got the airline ticket. Just have to determine whether I am using the return flight (it was significantly cheaper to buy the round-trip than a one-way ticket) or driving the car back home.
Monday, 26 May 2008 12:42:43 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Nice midlife crisis, DUDE!

Now, seriously.. NICE CAR!!!

Monday, 26 May 2008 23:37:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Aww, that's a beautiful car, Greg! My grandma used to have one just like it, and I remember riding around in it as a wee fella. Yeah, I had a cool grandma!

She'd speed up when we were going over this one hill in town and we'd actually go a little bit airborne all Dukes of Hazzard style!

It is a shame about the gas prices, but I think you'll have a blast driving that thing back across the country, regardless!
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 07:46:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Drive it. The car was not built to be driven around in a covered truck! It would never be able to look its car buddies in the face again. :)
Steve Sexton
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 11:34:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Cross country in a 1969 Mustang -- how can you beat that at the beginning of the summer?
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 16:38:02 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Do every red blooded man in visiting this site a huge favor - drive it back and enjoy a really great car. It looks awesome, man. :)
Matt Hartley
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 16:50:29 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Oh Yeah! SWEET Wheels! By all means, fly back an DRIVE it back, that would be incredible, put the top down and fly it back. Take plenty of Sunblock dude!
Wednesday, 28 May 2008 08:14:23 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Wow, there seems to be a consensus, heh. I am still considering the transport service route, though, because of the wear and tear on the car, the time it would take to drive back (being geared for off-the-line performance, it would rev pretty high at highways speeds and that's a lonnnng drive), and the unknowns of never having driven the car myself yet. The first time I drive it will be when I go to Pennsylvania next week. I may keep my options open and play it by ear. We'll see.
Thursday, 29 May 2008 07:54:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Greg, give it a test drive for a day or so to see how the car runs, drives etc..
have it inspected by a mechanic, then, based on results, make the decision whether to drive.
You don't want to be stuck on Hwy 20 in rural Ohio with a blown head gasket, or stuck in Iowa with a bad wheel bearing.
nice car though. I think you are going to have a blast with the car whether you drive or ship.
justin pratt
Saturday, 31 May 2008 10:26:50 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I really like your new car. My thought is always do simple things first with the new things (be the technology or anything), so I would go with your third options. Fly there, go drive around the town, and ship the car.
John Green
Saturday, 14 June 2008 19:14:29 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Update: I flew there, checked out and drove the car, completed the purchase, then left it there to wait for the big car-moving truck to make the pick-up. I bought it on a Monday and it was picked up by the transport driver on Friday the same week (and is in transit now, expected to arrive on or around June 18th). The rest of the time in Pennsylvania I spent with family, which was great. The condition of the car is pretty darned nice, and considering the low milage on such an old car, plus the fact that I don't know it, and plus the fact that it's geared in the rear end for off-the-line performance... well, the ship-it option was just the best one. More expensive than driving it the 2900 mile to Oregon, but a better choice all around, without a doubt.
Monday, 16 June 2008 04:55:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
COOL! Can hardly wit for more pictures now! Congrats Greg, Congrats!
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