We got back into Oregon about 8 hours ago, heres how the trip went down.....
Friday at about 4PM we all got into my dads car here in Grants Pass, OR, we drove 4 hours to the Portland, OR airport for a flight to Chicago that left at 11PM. We landed in Chicago at about 4 in the morning on Saturday for a 3 hour lay over before the next plane left for Miami.
We arrived in Miami at about 2pm local time. The original plan was to rent a car, go around and pick up the first couple cars then return the rental and pick up the third. The wait time for the rental car was like an hour and a half so we said screw it and my brother hopped in a taxi to get his car because it was the closest. He arrived back at the airport about 2 hours later in a 1991 Nissan 240sx. The 3 of us (my dad is about 300lbs, my brother and I 170/180lbs) crammed(if you know the interior of a 240 sx you know i mean CRAMMED) into the car and set off to pick up my car.
I had the directions in my phone 14741 ne 5th ave. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS VERY IMPORTANT TO CHECK FOR TYPO's WHEN PUTTING AN ADDRESS INTO A GPS SYSTEM. 14741 ne 5th ST is where we headed, and an hour later we were headed back across town for 5th ave. Whilst driving through Miami i did spot a bit of eye candy a Ferrari 599 GTO, pic below. We also discovered that Nick's 240 had a clutch master cylinder issue, every couple of miles he would have to start shifting with two hands because it simply would not go into gear(problem number 1). We soon arrived at the sellers house where my car was parked, a 1983 BMW 320i. First issue, when the seller popped the hood, there was 3 beer bottle caps sitting next to the fuse box
. More on the issues of my car later.
We then headed about 90 miles north to Jupiter to pick up my dads 1981 Nissan 280zx turbo....or so we thought. When we got there, we were greeted by the seller wife(who knew next to nothing about the car) and not the seller who was still at work. First thing my dad did was try and turn the car on, but nothing, no crank, no lights, nothing. So we went off to try and buy some jumper cables thinking all it needed was some juice and it'd be good to go. Half an hour later we returned with (the cheapest set of) jumper cables and hooked the "Ultimate driving machine" up to the 280. After a couple minutes of letting my car idle while attached to the jumpers, i signaled my dad to try and fire up the Z, but all it did was give a little half a woosy crank. My brother then told me to shut the car off because the jumper cables were smoking....thanks dad for being a cheap ass and getting discount jumper cables. At this point, its about 10pm local time, i had been up since 6am west coast of the previous day. We therefore decided to call it a night and get a hotel.... Unfortunately, all the hotels in a 30 mile radius were booked because of a NASCAR race, i think. So we headed north to Port St Lucie where we stayed the night.
The next morning(sunday) my brother had a confession, he had the title for his car, but no plates or tags or anything because the seller had lost them or something. So we left his car at the hotel in Port St Lucie and went back to Jupiter with some better jumper cables(again all 3 of us in an 83 320i...FML). When we got there, we let the Z leach off the BMW's battery for about 30 minutes before turning the key. This time, it cranked just fine, but did not turn over. After an hour or so of checking fuses and extremely ammature mechanical work we still couldn't get it going. Dad therefore told the seller he had until Tuesday morning to get it running or he'd have to walk away(We had to wait until Tuesday anyway for the DMV to open to get Nick's car going).
Please note, i had to be back for work on Thursday morning(~3000 miles away)
So Monday comes around and we drove Nicks 240 to the Port St Lucie DMV and park it there. We then, once again, crammed into the might 320i and headed for Disney World. That night (monday night) we stayed at the cheapest hotel we could find just outside of Orlando and had a meeting.
If Nick can get his car registered and ready to go tomorrow and if Dad's Z gets going then we have about a day and a half to drive 3000 miles. If Dad's Z doesn't start then we still have almost no time but atleast we have 3 drivers between 2 cars(not so bad). If neither of them get going then I'm the winner and we all get on an airplane and go home.
In the end it was decided that @$600/car in fuel it just wasn't worth it.
Tuesday morning my dads phone rings. The seller could not get the car running, 5 seconds later we were booking our flight home. My brother and I both donated our cars to charity. We landed in Portland about midnight last night and got home around 4am this morning.
To sum up, Nick had the best car, but because it wasn't legal, i win by default. If you plan on a trip like this, give yourself more then a week like we did.
3>4? Thats right, you heard me.
07 Graphite D675:
Full Ti Remus exhaust, Full Arrow/Remus Hybrid tune, Rizoma Sportlines/Bar ends/ Fluid Tanks, ASV Shorty Levers, CF Infill Panels, CF tank pad, CF heat shield, CF Front fender, CF lower chain guard, CA integrated light, Watsens 10LED front indicator, Gel Seats front and back, CW fender eliminator.