Well I sold my 71 Divco to a gentlemen in Hawaii and he (Paul) and his brother (Warren) came out to my place a week ago to overhaul the mechanicals so they could drive it across country to the West Coast and then ship it via Barge back to Hawaii to their Pineapple farm. Sound crazy, sounds fun to me. This post will continue to be updated as I told them I would share this trip with all of you as they head across the country. Over the last 7 days they changed all the fluids, put on a new carburetor, fuel pump, axle seals, filters, changed the points, hoses, added a oil pressure gauge, and had new wheels made (because no one would work on split rims or had those tires) and put new tires on the Divco. They did all the work themselves in my garage, and then they headed out today at 10:42 am from Taylor, Michigan. Day 1 - They sent me a text at 5:00pm today saying they were in Michigan City, Indiana which is approximately 200 miles from my place. Everything is working well and functioning as it should. They are taking the back roads (highway 12) the entire way so speeds are between 45-50 mph. Not sure how to post pictures, so if someone knows how, please let me know.
Day 2 - Friday, June 10th - The Divco (Pineapple Frosty Mobile - www.kauaisugarloaf.com) continues it's westward trek despite it's first minor breakdown in Mauston, Wisconsin. They had to pull into a grain elevator to add water, but everything is fine. They had to add a coolant overflow tank to eliminate the problem. They were on the road again very soon. They ended the day in Menomonie, Wisconsin, but not until their first encounter with someone who just had to look at the Divco. They had stopped to buy a new drivers seat (oriignal very uncomfortable for hours of driving) at a Tractor's Supply store just after fueling in Tomah, Wisconsin. They were talking to the guy and asked him where the nearest Home Depot was so they could buy a drill to install the seat. He said to just come by his shop and they could install it there. Turns out the guy restores cars and has quite a few Hurst Oldsmobile's. Once onthe road again, they are heading towards Minneapolis/St. Paul to spend the night.
Day 3 - Saturday, June 11th - The trip ended in Bowman North Dakota today, but their intention was to make it to Montana. They had to stop in Bowman because the weather was deteriorating rapidly, and in fact there was a tornado in a little town just up the road from them. They crossed three states today logging a total of 473 miles. Highway 12 is in much better shape the further west they go. The landscape was pretty consistent all the way through Wisconsin to midway through South Dakota, then it begins to change to rolling hills. The farms seem to be less prosperous as you move west, changing from well-maintained homestead houses with new tractors to ramshackle trailer homes and raggedy old pick up trucks.
Day 4 - Sunday, June 12th - The day ended in Helena Montana tonight with a few issues along the way. the voltage regulator was acting funny so they replaced it, then the speedometer cable broke, but otherwise still running like a top!! Turned out that tornado in Baker, Minnesota damaged quite a few trailer homes, but the Phrosty mobile came out unscathed!!! People that drive around in that kind of weather are crazy!!
Day 5 - Monday, June 13th - Took off early today and made it all the way to Spokane tonight. They are staying with some friends tonight, so should be a good time and a good time to relax!!
Day 6 - Tuesday, June 14th - They made it to Jim and Lorinda's house last night in Mead, Washington, just outside of Spokane. Jim and Lorinda had just flown in from their cabin in the North Cascades on their Cessna that they use to fly to and from. They did a little reconditioning on the Divco and drove to the drop off point at the dock. They will finish the vehicle arrangements in the morning and then fly back to Hawaii if they can get a flight out tomorrow.
Day 7 - Wednesday, June 15th - They made it to the docks at 7 am and by 7:40 am they were in a cab heading to the airport. The Divco is in line with it's big brothers also waiting to get on the barge! The Divco is tired of the freezing weather in Seattle and is ready for some Hawaii sunshine!!!!