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My journey across the continent and back for a 91 red/saddle ZR-1

 
Old 05-15-2019, 06:09 PM
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Default leaving tbay heading for cabin

Well everybody I made my meeting in time no problem at all. After my Thunderbay appointment, I headed over to the intercity shopping centre in Thunderbay. I went to sunrise records. I bought a CD and lo and behold the CD player does not function! booooo.

I think Iím gonna spend the money and get it fixed.

Unfortunately I blew right past the Terry Fox monument. All the way back in Calgary I wanted to park this car by the Terry Fox Monument and get a photo. Oh well, guess Iíll have to buy another car later and do it then.

From here I head west to a small town called Ignace where I will spend the night on a nearby lake. I will be parking the car in a close friend garage for the night and then heading for calgary either tomorrow or the next day depending on the weather across the prairies.

Looks like there might be some snow tomorrow. I think I want to avoid snow in this car!

Hereís a few more pics


northern shore of lake superior.


googled ďcd music store thunder bayĒ and came straight here after meeting

been DECADES since ive been in a store like this!!


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so once I get Thunderbay, I was in familiar territory. As I mentioned the family has a cabin two hours west of here and we commonly come to the city of Thunderbay for various reasons during our stay out here each summer. One of my favourite places is Kaeka Becca falls. Usually itís really hot when we come here and the spray off the Falls is a welcome cooling off period for the family. I knew I would not be able to capture the car with the falls Because you canít drive close enough. So instead I ran in and took a picture enjoyed the mist on my face and carried on. Westward. Yeah the spelling of Kaeka Becca is not correct but thatís because Iím using Siri to dictate all these emails thereís no way I could write them while driving. Please excuse the poor spelling and possibly poor grammar!



Normally when Iím here itís luscious and green and Iím with my beautiful wife and four daughters.


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Loving the pictures, keep them coming. CD/Radio repair go to is Dr. Donís https://www.doctordons.com/corvetteradios.htm
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Matt, I canít help but notice that when this ZR one is on touring mode for the ride control, it feels exactly like my base 86. Sort of floaty over the bumps on the highway.I wonder if I was to get that ride tech where you can adjust the damping rate if it would in effect make a base model 86 or other base model suspension car handle like the ZR one does in the performance mode?
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Matt, I canít help but notice that when this ZR one is on touring mode for the ride control, it feels exactly like my base 86. Sort of floaty over the bumps on the highway.I wonder if I was to get that ride tech where you can adjust the damping rate if it would in effect make a base model 86 or other base model suspension car handle like the ZR one does in the performance mode?
To an extent, yes it would. I don't know exactly what the Bilstein adjustments do on that stock selectable setup: that is, do they adjust just rebound, or both rebound and compression? If the former, then the Ridetech adjustment does the same thing and you should be able to generally replicate it. Or they might be better, if they have a better split between high-speed and low-speed rates (talking about shock piston speeds here). If the stock Bilsteins adjust both rebound and damping, that's less than ideal but the Ridetechs won't precisely replicate that - they will be better. In any case, the Ridetech HQs can certainly cure a "floaty" feeling issue - I have no doubts about that. That's the route I'd go on your 86.

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Sounds like youíre almost home and the car is holding up. Congratulations!
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Great find! Enjoy the drive!
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Great trip, pics and story. Home soon.

Thanks for sharing.
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OP, your story has inspired me. I make 1,100 mile trips regularly to see my parents. I stop for gas/food only and do it in about 20 hours, give or take. No more though. I am missing way too much that the couch try has to offer. Instead of pure highways like I95 I plan to make a trip through some states to actually see the state.

Years ago I almost purchased an early 70s Pontiac convertible at auction in Carlisle, PA. Maroon with white interior. I had visions of me and a buddy or two going coast to coast in it with the top down. However it would have a function CD player. lol But we would be doing that you're doing. Enjoying the car, the road, the scenery, little stores you rarely see, and just enjoying life.

Very envious of you.

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Great thread! Looks like an awesome adventure, thanks for sharing!
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last night I slept at my familyĎs cabin. Which is cool. But of course I wasnít going to drive the car down the gravel road. So I parked at a buddies play in a nearby town and he gave me a ride out to camp. The next morning, my mom said she had found some mouse poop. Well that turned into an entire operation today that involved removing the kitchen cabinet and pulling the clapboard off extracting a whole bunch of insulation behind it, and then putting it all back together.

then, we had to fall a tree that had a widow maker on top after this winter. haul that to the fire pit, after that I thought I better get out of there or I would end up staying a few days working. I actually like the work. I enjoy doing improvements to the property. So I had an offer to take a ride back to the town where the car was parked and I took it spontaneously. This way I will be home tomorrow.

The other snag I could see on the horizon is that my City of calgary is projected to get snow falls on Saturday and Sunday. Well I donít wanna be driving this far and no obviously so, I need to make it home tomorrow. There are couple photographs of my brief lesson 24 hours a day trip at the cabin overnighting.




Itís not a Corvette but it still red. This old Honda tractor gets a lot of work around our cottage.

This is how she spent the night. Safe and with her hood up


So from a small town called Ignace, I will head to Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Stay in a hotel on the west side of the city. From there I am 14 hours home which I will do in one shot the next day.

Due to my spontaneous decision to pick up and hit the road again, I will be passing through ye beautiful city of kanora Ontario in the dark. There were some great photo op with the car on the banks of Lake of the Woods. I guess I will have to pick up another car another day and get Those photographs some other time.

before I left town, I had to stop and get a photograph of the ZR one in front of some float planes. Ownership at this business called Ignace outpost has just changed hands and I wanted to meet the new owners and purchase a hoodie from them. Success with both and manage to get this photo On the shores of Lake Accomac in Behr aviation yard. The ice came off the lake two weeks ago.


Takin at Ignace airways, Ignace outposts, in Ignace Ontario.

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Sounds like a busy day man. Be safe out there, looking forward to more great stories.
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yeah Iím actually pretty tired right now. I have about another 50 km to go and I will be pulling into a hotel for the night.

To top it off the roads around Manitoba are atrocious. I wonder where their tax dollars are going!
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Damn, Canada is big!
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LOVING the pics and story. I think that it's FBA that you flew to get a car and are driving it home. Way to go...that's getting it done! I love it.
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update!!

I am once again on the western half of the continent. So Iím feeling like Iím almost home. In fact Iím about nine hours from home.

So yesterday after making the decision to leave The cabin a little early, I transitioned out of the Canadian shield which is the boreal forest with lots of metamorphic and igneous rock outcropping that makes geologists like me horny. It just does.

I spent the night at the super eight in Winnipeg Manitoba. I waited out front for valet but nobody showed up. I awoke to a beautiful vista over the TransCanada highway looking over the prairies. I have to admit I miss the boreal forest and the lakes.

To get home to my wife and children I must cross the prairies and go all the way to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains. In the arms of the foothills.

The speed limit over the prairies is much higher than in the Canadian shield. For obvious reasons. The Canadian shield, the penalty for going off the road is Insta death. Youíll hit a rock. Here on the prairies youíd probably just come do a rolling stop in a hayfield or a canola field, not to mention the road here is perfectly straight.

Due to the increase in travel speed I stopped at a city called Brandon Manitoba grabbed breakfast and drove to a tire shop where they could re-balance my tires. Previous to this I was unable to exceed 105 km/h without a horrible shake. He rebalanced and all is well.

from there I spent about two hours on the phone with some work related business, using this hands-free I bought for the trip and itís very good. No one can tell Iím driving. Itís a Plantronics, highly recommended for people who drive and talk hands-free.

So now I am approaching the town in which my mother and father met and crew up. It is called Moose jaw, saskatchewan. When I roll through here with the children we always stop at this gigantic moose. so I think itís only appropriate that I get a photograph of the moose and the Z.

Here are some more photos to share, and oh by the way when we did the tires rebalancing, I had a look underneath the car. Looks like there is a small oil leak somewhere towards the front of the engine. So to all of my LT5 Brothers and sisters now, looks like Iíll be heading over to the ZR1 section and the registry, to diagnose and repair. That should keep me occupied for a good couple of months.


Typically I stay at the holiday in express. I find them to be new, clean, and contemporary. Iím not a huge fan of Motel six. But I was very tired and it was right there on the highway.

Itís 1962 again


I got this leather bag and absolutely love it. I think my wife got it off Amazon. Large enough to jam a set of clothes as well as your laptop and some file folders. And the quality of leather is such that it will outlast me no question.



Yes, I preferred waking up to the lake.

a sight that is becoming more common, oil by rail. The market will find a way to get it to Tidewater.
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I have been to Winnipeg Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.... Way back in 1983 spent summer time touring with my step dads music band. Some really beautiful areas in the Northwest Territory.

Im liking your Chronicles here.... stay safe driving.... .
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Default In the moose jaw. 7hrs till home.

As a kid i never understood why they named it moosejaw.

But it makes for a great photo op. Very Canadian. As I was driving through the Canadian shield a couple nights ago, I passed three! Moose on the side of the road. That was a little disconcerting as in a vette I think it would be instantaneous sayonara. Lucky for me I reached my destination shortly after dusk.

Here is the moves that will not walk out on the road in front of you. I know my girls at home are going to love this one! We stop here all the time on our way to the cabin and back.




At Moose jaw Saskatchewan they are very serious about moose. They even named their hockey team after the moves. And then the local McDonaldís even made a display. About moose. Or meese as it were.

I do not know what the white and black moose fighting signifies. But Iím sure it probably offends some snowflake somewhere. Itís actually kind of cool to see the mcdonaldís are rolling with a little bit of local Decour.
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Looks like your making good progress. The oil leak is common. Most often loose oil pan bolts at the front of the pan. A few minor items have to be removed to get at them. Still, not a big thing. Other less likely possibilities are the oil temp sender and the oil pressure regulator cover. Fixing these is covered in detail here.
http://www.zr1specialist.com/HAT%20W...0the%20LT5.pdf

Enjoy the remainder of your trip. It’s been fun to follow.
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Good trip so far. Glad to see you are having fun. I haven’t driven across Canada, but have done the US a couple of times. Great to kick back and relax and see a few things.

And it looks like you bought a good car. Much better than that junk you were looking at in Cali.

Safe travels.
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