Already did it, no one got hurt.
I already completed this trip safely. I really wanted to see what other members thought about my crazy idea, but didn't have a chance to post until after i got back.
7:00pm on friday
I called u-haul to see if they had a tow dolly to rent. Guy on the phone was really nice, i simply lied and told him i would be using the dolly in town towing it with my dad's truck (he's never owned a truck).
A few minutes before close i come in (driving my 626)to pick it up, sign, and get the low-down on how it works. The guy was really cool and said..."hey you're not gonna tow with that are you?" I just told him i needed to pick it up on my way home from work because i live on the other side of the tracks. "just as long as you think it will tow the dolly home..." I guess it comes down to the fact that he didn't really care and they were about to close. I rented the dolly for all of saturday. I just had to have the dolly back by 7am on sunday.
Plenty of time.
Everything is hooked up and ready to go. Had to troubleshoot the trailer lights wiring. If anyone ever has a problem getting everything to work on their trailer lights...you simply need to purchase a converter. 5 wires in, 4 wires out. Inspect oil, brakes (new set of pads installed a day earlier), coolant, grab a few sandwiches one beer (the big can) and a pizza and take off for NJ.
2:45am Saturday morning
Awake in a crzy state to my friend david pulling off in Ohio for gas only to hear a sound like the front end was coming apart on the passenger's side. As he came down the exit ramp something came loose maybe a wheel bearing or something but it was not right. At the time we were both pretty worked over, we slammed the beer and crashed out. We didn't even crawl under to take a look...we just leaned back and were out...until....
4:27 in the am
Freezing my azzz off. Dave starts the car and it seriously feels like there will be frost in the car.
damn we better get going, we should have been in jersey by now. How is it that a few hours ago we could see our breath but right now i am sweating in this car!!! What could be going on with this car.....of snap./../. I forgot to tighten the top caliper bolt on the pass side. Quick fix: steal bolt from subframe and put in bottom since torque when stopping is on the top bolt. Gas up and hit the road.
BTW at this point i figured i would put duct tape on the spot on the trailer that says limit 45 mph cuz it had no problem going 90.
Arrive in Old Bridge NJ, meet seller anthony and quickly load car and move everything from the trunk of my 626 to the mx6 (jack stands, jack, spare clutch, tools, empty beer and monster cans) BTW it has a mazda factory 6 disc changer in the back of the mx6 that just needs the canister that hold the discs. Check out anthony's other rides and wash up.
Roll out of NJ, not as bad as i thought it would be. Biggest fear at this point is getting up the mountains and out of the city without incident. Haha look at that! the guy in front of us is towing a civic with his truck and we are passing him with funny looks. We take and alternate route out of NJ (west 78 to 33N to head back up to 80W to avoid the start stop of the city).
Filling up we realize we didn't eat all day. time to take a break and hit up bennigans for a burger and brew. Nice people at the benny in Bloomsburg, PA. Dave had two harp's and i had two black and blu (cuz of another thread on this site:tup
with a shot of Jamison. Load up and head out, dave's driving with the car on the back for the first time.
Drive past a lebaron with TWO cop cars pulling it over. Glad we are not THAT guy!
Oh shit those cops are pulling us over now. What did we do?
Cop: well for starters the car you are towing doesn't have plates....
Dave: yeah well we just bought it in NJ it is his car (points to me)
Me: do you want to see the title? or the bill of sale?
Cop: That's really not the issue here i am not questioning the ownership of the vehicle. Problem is in PA you need to have visible trailer lights and there is no plate on the trailer. That's the issue here.
Dave: It is a uhaul trailer. we're not responsible for any of that. It is a rental, do you want to see the contract?
Cop: that's not really necessary. they didn't give you any magnetic lights to mount on the back side of the car did they?
Dave: Nope. Nothing like that. We....
Cop: just sit right tight.
At this point another officer comes up to my window and asks for my license, I oblige since i'm a christian. they ask dave to get out of the car as they do they say no i know you guys have been drinking i can smell it on you.
Dave: Well we did just pull out of bennies and got pulled over. We had a brew with dinner. Just one.
They make dave blow while i sit in the car. Later he tells me they asked him how old his passenger was (me) same age he replied, " his b-day is -----" yup that's right the other officer says. Dave blows .03 legal limit is .08 but cop still asks us to pull over for a while. Nice...at least they were cool about everything.
back on the road
on the way out i managed to get between 20 and 23 mpg but that was hauling azzz. on the way back i got 18.6mpg the first leg (before bennigans) but then 16.5mpg after that.
8:44am safely arrive in kzoo. Unload car and drop tired dave off at home. I take off to drop the dolly at uhaul. Same guy is there when i go back to return dolly. I tell him i forgot to wake up early and return it...."am i going to get charged," no way man he says. you're all set. Thanks again.
haha! foiled uhaul's stringent policies once again.
thanks for reading....karma to you if you finished!
I would do it again too, but not without knowing my car like i do. I have rebuilt just about everything on this car.