F12 trip Chicago to Berkeley
As promised, flew in to O'Hare today to pick up Vince's F12. My brother in law Matt flew from Denver and will ride with me that far. Vince met us at the airport, drove us back to Big Rock, IL in his 5 series wagon. Met the van for the first time in 10+ years. Changed the few things we knew it needed (right H4 headlight bulb, flasher unit, tailpipe hanger (standard 105 part, as are many details on this thing). Got the boxes of parts from Vince, a lesson in how to start it, fired it up, and drove 1/4 mile to the gas station, where we had the first "what is that" conversation, and the kids hanging out in front of the store said, "hey, is that Vince's van?" Yes it is. Not more than one of these in Big Rock, IL, I wouldn't think.
Hit the road about 4:30, west on US 30, south on I-39, west on US 34, now shacked out in Kewanee, IL at a we-hope=no-meth-heads motel. All good so far. Cruised at 90 KPH (55 MPH), held up traffic a bit here and there, but on the US highway it's not a big deal. Thing drives well, has more power than I would have expected. Bought some Rotella diesel oil, Rain X (wipers don't work yet) and some WD-40 to go with the tools and parts we brought.
Pics show the parties involved, Vince's driveway, also full of BMWs, and our first diesel spill, the big hose at the top of the tank leaks. For you train fans, we're along the old Burlington RR mainline, lots of eastbound BNSF coal trains, westbound empties. Dig it.
Vince says expect 20 MPG, and I will hope to keep track. About 175 K so far today, late start, tired from flight, etc.
Last edited by Andrew; 08-01-2013 at 07:26 PM.