I went to San Diego California and all I got was a sun burn and this 1993 Corrado SLC.
The trip started with a flight to San Diego, my wife came with me. The plan was to fly in, hang out in SD for a bit then drive home to Detroit. I was basically convinced that we'd either be a stronger couple after this, or divorced.
A friend picked us up from the airport and we hung out in old town SD till the seller of the car met up with us. Here's a picture of Todd in the car when we saw him pull up around the corner for the first time.
That night we met up with a few old friends from San Diego at the Stone Brewing Company. You may recognize some of these SoCal knuckle heads.
The weather is always perfect in San Diego, so we tried to make the best of it while we were there.
Unfortunately, we couldn't stay in San Diego longer (as much as we would have liked to). With a 14 hour drive ahead of us till the next planned stop we were pushing it staying as long as we did. So it was a quick fuel stop and we were on the road, east bound and down.
The lack of radio wasnt too much of a problem at this point in the journey because we had the windows down and the wind noise would have made it near impossible to enjoy the music anyway. The reason we had the windows down was because the AC had been removed. No AC through the desert was inconvenient. We saw as high as 115F. It was hot. Luckily the Corrado did well and both coolant and oil temps remained well under control.
Just out side of the Chrysler Desert Proving Grounds in Yuka Arizona was this... silver thing.
Relief came as we approached Flagstaff Arizona. The mountain air was fresh, smelled like pine trees and almost 60 degrees cooler.
We stopped for fuel and a quick bit to eat, then made the rest of the way to stay with my good friend Cisco in Albuquerque.
The next day in Albuquerque we started the car to a grinding scratching awful noise coming from the under the hood. This is me making a sketchy "I dont think we're going to make it" face:
The bearings in the accessory belt tensioner pulley had had it, my guess is (maybe old age and) the extreme heat of the desert toasted it. My old friends at Konstruct Performance in Santa Fe came through for us big time. Not only did they come into work on a Saturday, they pulled a tensioner off of their personal car to give to me. When we got the old part off it was pretty obvious that it wouldn't have made it much longer.
We spent the rest of the day and the next morning with my brother in Santa Fe. My brother, dog Cody, and I:
Car(s) at my parents house:
Back on the road leaving New Mexico:
Followed by a lot of this (the same route as the old Santa Fe Trail):
We stayed with Josh in Wichita Kansas... and his little dog too. (Kansas/Wizard of OZ pun intended.)
Breakfast just outside of Wichita, the sky was still glowing pink from the sun rise. At first I was like... "lol" and then i was like... "that sucks."
The entire state of Illinois and most of Indiana was under construction. It delayed us by nearly 2 hours. Disgruntled, tired, and generally just done driving at this point, I didnt really take too many pictures. Here's one last shot of the car fueling up at the Michigan/Indiana state line:
Total trip fuel economy average was 30.6 MPG.
Here's some specs on the car from the for sale ad.
Motor / Drive train
-OBD 2 conversion (97 passat ECU & harness).
-Polished Intake Manifold (upper & lower).
-Momentum Motorsports Phelenic Spacer (sandwiched between the head & intake manifold).
-1.8T Air Intake Temp Sensor.
-42 Draft Design Upper Intake Tube.
-Stock air box with Secondary Air Injection.
-Mocal 19 row oil cooler.
-C2 head spacer 9:1 compression.
-ARP Head studs.
-82c Fan Switch
-80c Thermostat, cover, housing, & elbow to crack pipe.
-Gruven metal crackpipe.
-Black Samco coolant hoses.
-USP Motorsports Stainless Steel Clutch Line.
-Gruven O2A Quickshift Bracket.
Electrical / Lighting
-New Optima blue top battery with Hella shutoff key. (Battery is mounted on pass. side in the trunk.)
-New Hella VR6 Euro Head lights (relayed) with working city lights.
-Factory Hella fog lights & turn signals. (un- cracked)
-Factory tail lights custom painted all red with clear coat.
-Euro spoiler control module (spoiler comes up @ 78 mph).
-KW variant 1 Coilovers.
-Autotech rear sway bar.
-Autotech style rear upper stress bar.
-Eurosport front stress bar.
-DE brakes 11.3 (front & rear) Brembo rotors with factory VW pads.
-Stock 15" Factory Speedlines.
-Manuel window conversion.
-Euro seat belts with center console.
-Shaved "Oh $hit" Handle.
-Raid 280mm leather steering wheel with L2 quick release hub.
-Momo shift knob.
-Black seude headliner.
-Black suede sunvisors with black 944 clips.
-Custom Black power window switch delete covers.
Body / Exterior
-Scirocco 1 Mono Wiper.
-FK badgeless grille.
-Shaved passenger side mirror.
-Shaved front side markers.
-Shaved rear vw & corrado badges.
-Shaved exhaust cut out & tow hook on rear bumper.
-New Rear Euro tub.
-Verdict Motorsports Black anodized rear wiper delete.
-Spoonfed Tuning Rain tray.
Wish me luck.