Oldest Car in the Alcan5000
If you listen to the podcast, then you already know the deal - Tom and I are heading to Alaska by way of Seattle for the Alcan 5000, a 5,000 mile road rally from Seattle to Fairbanks in August 2018. Originally we had planned to take my newly-finished (but still in need of tuning) '69 Torino GT, with newly upholstered front bucket seats, a fresh 351C, upgraded cooling system (which means better heat in the cabin), new rear springs, new shocks all around, restored interior, etc. Then I sold it.
You read that right. I sold the Torino. Let me tell you, for an old car, it was surprisingly comfortable on highway cruises. I took it to West Virginia for a wedding and it just ate the miles. But it's not an option anymore. Instead, we'll be taking my long-term project '35 Ford pickup. That makes it the oldest entry in the Alcan by 22 years, with the next contender being a '57 Triumph and a '57 Beetle. (There's also a couple Mustang GT 350's from '65 & '66 on the list.)
This is likely my most ambitious project to date, as the '35 currently sits with no windows, interior, rear brakes, or running gear, not to mention the fact that the engine isn't permanently mounted, nor are the pedals, the cab, the bed, and there's no gas tank. Those are all minor items though, right? Seriously though, we're biting off a lot here. On the positive side, I picked up a $200 Columbia 2 speed rear end for it that will allow us to cruise at a decent rate, and I have a spare cab with better sheetmetal that I'm planning on using instead of the original cab. Oh, and it does run and drive (poorly) so that's a plus.
Tom has little faith, but our backup vehicle is a '65 Mustang in arguably worse shape...
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