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The car was driven a total of only 1,000 miles in ten years, so think it was the ethanol attracting water. The fuel system seemed to be well sealed, but maybe wetness can get through the tank vent system???
1,000 miles in ten years could be a problem, sealed or not. How about moisture/corrosion in the gearbox/differential/wheel bearings/ ......

Takes some guts to undertake this adventure, or craziness

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Trip photo: Here I am fixing the fuel filter again! Looks like it was in Indiana, but maybe it was leaving Chicago. The sign for I90 Chicago/Rockford tells me it's Indiana or outside of Chicago.

Still early in the trip - my filter change shirt got a lot dirtier as the trip progressed! I actually got pretty good at changing the filter.

A nice sunset!
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1,000 miles in ten years could be a problem, sealed or not. How about moisture/corrosion in the gearbox/differential/wheel bearings/ ......

Takes some guts to undertake this adventure, or craziness

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Look at the receipts for the history. My car had 7500 miles in 11 years.. What the receipts told me were it had 745 of those miles in the last 7 of those 11 YEARS! That in itself isn't bad if he drove it 20 miles at a time frequently but if he never passed through a tank of gas in the summer (300 miles) there could be problems. My new gas tank was claimed to be caused from a tow operator but I know that was a fib and the SPICA shot craps.. But all is well now.
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We found a really cool museum called Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, SD. We pulled off the freeway to get lunch and of course being a car guy, I was interested to see what this museum was all about. We had a nice big lunch, then a walk through the gift shop and then to the museum. When we were told there are 20 something buildings, I almost said no - we're on a schedule, right? Anyway, we decided to see the museum. After the first building, we stopped taking pictures. Lots and lots of cool stuff. From all eras and all tastes. Here's some pictures and brief descriptions.

1. BMW Isetta - door is the front of the car and steering wheel collapses to let the driver out. I first saw one of these in Chicago back around 1983 or so.
2. Messerschmidt - cool car that reminds me of a plane cockpit.
3. Dukes of Hazard - as a kid, I loved that big Charger.
4. Smokey and the Bandit - another car from my youth - what a cool Trans Am and he always got away from Smokey!
5. Wooden car? Yes, someone built this two engine beast.
6. I was amazed at the size and look of this big Gold Convertible.
7. Muscle cars! Plymouth Superbird, Dodge Viper, Pontiac GTO, GTO Judge, Mustang Shelby GT and Challenger R/T
8. Cindy playing around in a VW Microbus.
9 Barney Fife - tough guy!

We could've taken hundreds of pictures. There was so much to see. I recommend a stop to the museum. It's not your ordinary white glove place. Great for us motor heads!

Photos coming - this is full.
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What about Wall Drug? Free Popcorn .. Free Ice Water...Free Fresh Air ... Free Shade... Free Entry... Free Bumper Sticker...Free Wi-Fi .... I wanted to pummel someone by the time we arrived. And you missed the Corn Palace!!! Oh, you have to go back.
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Last from Pioneer in Murdo

Row of muscle cars.
Playing with Barney Fife
Hippie days in a Microbus
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At our beautiful lodge K Bar S Lodge at Mt Rushmore! We pulled up to the parking lot at dusk and saw a deer in the driveway. I checked us in and they gave us a nice room for the night. Fire pit until 11:00 pm. Met a nice couple from North Dakota with their grandson. Headed off to bed for a great night's sleep. Breakfast on the patio in the morning, then off for our next adventure!

If you're at Mt Rushmore, the K Bar S is a really nice place to stay.
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On the way to Mt Rushmore, we stopped by the tourist section. We had to see the beautiful wood carved statues - made with a chainsaw!

We saw the Borgum Story movie at the tourist stop - it was actually pretty good - if you're in the area, check it out. https://www.rushmoreborglum.com/
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At Mt Rushmore. First time for both of us and we were amazed! The main walkway to the viewpoint was under construction, so we took the trail the the right and made our way up the stairs and ramps.

The bug was on my shirt, so I let it crawl on my finger - maybe not a good idea after I think about it.

The teepee on the way to the trail.
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Finally to the monument!

First picture from just past the teepee
Next picture next to the cottage - right where the trail starts
After quite a few steps and ramps, we were right under the monument!

It's hard to believe that this was carved out of granite!
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The drive from Mt Rushmore to Casper WY was nice. We took a cool mountain road south, then a bunch of small highways until we hit I80 and on the way to Casper WY. Stayed at a Super 8 Motel - okay place, clean and really nice people running it. Left Casper and headed out to Evanston WY.

On the way from Casper WY to Evanston WY. Another fuel filter clogged!

I think we may have changed a few between SD and Evanston.

At the Best Western Dunmar in Evanston, WY. They have a really neat stuffed animal display that includes a Grizzly bear, coyote, wolf, badgers, etc. That Grizzly is huge!

They provided a nice breakfast - we enjoyed it!

The sign on the swinging door to the bar had an awesome sign!

Then off to Elko NV!
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Sorry, missed another fuel filter change somewhere in South Dakota or Wyoming, before we got to Casper.
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Just replace the tank, it will be faster, cheaper and an absolute solution


https://www.centerlinealfa.com/catalog/gas-tank-spider

It’s not hard to get out and you won’t have to think about rust in the fuel ever again
Other rust you will always have to think about
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