View Full Version : Work Weekend Question
02-05-2009, 05:47 PM
Got a question for y'all. I am waiting on my transfer orders. If I get nearby then it isn't too much of a concern. But if I get a good distance to travel which I account for anything over say 500 miles from PA at the least. Maybe a bit less. Anyways how much work can be done for a long trip like that in a weekend do you think? It's possible i could get orders to California. I'd rather not but ya never know.
02-06-2009, 11:48 AM
Rich, You're talking in riddles, man. How long of a trip to where and from where? Are you doing the driving or are you asking someone to come to you?
With a Scout, figure at least one hour per 60 miles traveled, so at 500 miles, your drive time will be ~8.5 hours.
Are you talking a standard two day weekend? If you assume you have 48 hours to work with, subtract 17 for drive time and you're left with 21 for working, socializing, sleeping and eating. You choose the proportions of each.
02-06-2009, 12:56 PM
Lol Hey Bennett,
I guess next time don't do the posting when I'm falling asleep. What I'm thinking is if I end up with a transfer farther away I'd like to do a work weekend somewhere in PA most likely. Ray's if he interested in it or if I can figure out something maybe my dad's but that'd might take a work weekend just to get it ready for that lol. It'd be a great chance for help prepping the Scout for the journey along with socializing and everything since I haven't had a chance to really visit many of anyone. I'd hope that I might make one of the pinelands or carlisle trips before I had to leave but who knows. I still don't know where I am going yet.
I'm sure the truck isn't going to need too much work but I'd love multiple eyes over it to make sure. Heck it'd be a good time even just to go down to that diner and bug the waitresses. :) heh
02-06-2009, 02:14 PM
So basically you are trying to determine if you can get your truck, presumably a daily driver ready for a cross country trip in a weekend. You'ld also like the knowledgable among us to look things over and make sure you're right.
A decade and a half ago Dad came to San Fran, CA and we drove my '65 Mustang 2+2 back when my ship was ordered to the East Coast. Fun trip. I had everything worked over pretty well when we got going. Immediately before leaving I gave it a final tuneup particularly setting the points. We made the trip very well but the PA mountains were testing the tired points. Had to downshift and go slow to get up several of them. It was nice to know the weak link in that chain.
My story aside your answer depends largely on two things. The present condition of your truck and your preparation/ability to correct any shortcomings. A year or two ago someone similarly asked about a venture between FL and AK. I think they had a pretty good checklist in that thread. It would be good to read through. Try to think about what might be the weak links in your truck. I would be most worried about wheelbearings but there are so many things that may stop you. Prioritize the shortcomings you are aware of amd fix them. Finally make sure all your fluids are clean.
02-06-2009, 06:36 PM
I forgot all about that thread.
I guess not only am I trying to consider what might be good to check out but also what are good things to plan out for a work weekend. Something that can actually be done.
Well all the wheel bearings are fresh. I am in the process of having another front axle cut and turned so as long as the differential is good then that axle should be all to go. I'll just have to redo the other rear axle wheel bearings when I switch because I am moving to 3.54 gears. I have new rear brake pads to put on and all the hardware is fairly new. The distributor is a DUI.
I have a new electrical harness that is half installed already, I just have to start running the wire to all the points and make the connections. I have a few sheet metal patches that I'd like to put in before I leave but it's not that big a deal. Of course depending on how far I'm going will also debate on how many spare parts I snag from the fleet sitting around back home. If I end up in North Carolina, then I'm not too worried about things as I'd take what I need but I know I'd be back because of the engine shop on base there. I would definitely take advantage of that. The spare part list I think I'll start researching that thread.
The other thing of course is just too see old friends and meet new ones before I head out again.
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