Andrick wrote:I wonder if we're going to get updates from Crash as connections permit themselves? Of course, scanned post cards from the locales he picks them up from would be fun(ny) to compile after he's pulled a "there & back again".
How's this post for an answer, Andrick? : ) Thanks for the list of restaurants, BTW, though I won't need 'em for a few more days, at least... Lots going on here in Sudbury, Ontario. heheh.. Bobcaygeon by the T-Hip is playing, not that that matters...
Looks like i should have another choice up there: X.) About 10 miles outside Sudbury, Ontario, where his car will consume part of itself and spit it out the tailpipe.
So, anyway, here's a brief update on my situation... I'm stuck in Sudbury, ONT, after only about 350 miles of driving. At about 2:30 on Wednesday morning, the cylinder head gasket in my engine finally failed between the nos. 3 and 4 cylinder. Apparently this has been a long-ongoing process, for in addition to the gasket failing, there is also a hole literally burned into the metal of the cylinder head between these cylinders. Basically, the head is shot, and I need a new one.
Thanks to the excellent engineering of older VWs, the car did not stop running at that point; it carried me another five miles to a convenient gas station, where I pulled over, unpacked my down winter bag, and proceeded to sleep in relative comfort for three hours in subzero weather. Another testament to VW's engineering: Stone cold, with two dead cylinders, the engine actually started and ran when I stuck one arm out of my warm bag and turned the key. (Did I mention that I love my VW more than.. well, not more than that... or that... hmm... more than a good cup of Tim Horton's coffee and a honey-glazed cruller, let us say. ; )
Pre-dawn attempts to revive the dead cylinders (I thought it was a frozen fuel line problem at that point) failed, so i started it up and slowly drove the last few miles to Sudbury. This is the only town for a 200 mile radius with a VW dealership, so i am very lucky in that respect.
Once we discovered the problem (something which neither I, the tech, the service manager, nor anyone I've spoken to since has ever seen), we discovered two things:
First, factory-rebuilt VW cylinder heads in Canada are cheap.. REALLY cheap. For example, the cyl. head for my car would cost $2200 in the US. Canadian price: $1070. After exchange rate: About $700. (Note to Elix, Eric, and Ilona: Sometimes I LOVE your country!!
The second problem, though, is that no one has one readily available. And so, I'm taking an unplanned vacation here in Sudbury until friday afternoon. But I called the dealer today, and they've located one in Toronto, and should have it in the morning (yesterday, they were warning me it might be Monday before they could get one...)
My tech back home says that after a short break-in period, my new cyl. head should give me back abot 10-15 horsepower, so it looks like my V-1 will get a GOOD workout across the Western states... Don't worry, Tobi, I'm watching for the fuzz!
And Sheepdog, funny you should ask what I'm doing the other two days; turns out I'm spending them wandering around Sudbury in the cold. : )
MQ, I'm more worried about finding a hidden road IN Canada, one that leads me to Hudson Bay or Baffin Island or somewhere really freaky, like Quebec...
Otherwise, this has been a good trip so far, once I got started. Made good time, had fun driving... I look forward to the rest of it, once I FINALLY get moving again.
Thanks to everyone who's been keeping me in their prayers-- I like to think that they really helped! It's so good to read everything you've all posted here... I miss you all, and i hope I can get back on again once I'm back in the US!