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I'm Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Blazer79, May 21, 2003.

  1. Blazer79

    Blazer79 1/2 ton status

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    I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    Hello guys!!

    I wanted to do a writeup on my website about my wedding and how I drove 3800 miles to Mexico city, but I barely have time now (gotta feed the mrs. /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif) and I've missed this site so much that I decided to do a quick post instead.

    I got married Sat, April 5th in Mexico City in the Chimalistac church. I left Guatemala City at 3:00am Thursday 3rd. I drove about 18 straight hours without sleeping and finally slept in a town called Matias Romero, which is about half of the drive.

    I was driving with my father in law, and to make it short htis is what we had to go through to finally arrive:
    -Out of center tire assembled improperly on its beadlock, had to put the spare the next morning.
    -Blown tire (36" Dick Cepek Radial F-C) about 300miles before Mexico City, had to put the out of balance tire back: [​IMG]

    -Losing about $300 when I forgot my checkbook at a restaurant
    -Getting lost for 4 hours trying to get back to the restaurant
    -Harrased by the pollution police, because we were driving 5 minutes before the pollution curfew was over. In Mexico each day is assigned a couple of numbers. You cannot drive your car from 5am to 10pm the day with the number your license plate ends with.

    We finally arrived Sat at 2:00am, about 10hrs before the wedding.

    The next day I woke early to buy some bolts because a shock almost fell off. Two hours before the wedding there I was in a mechanic outfit, all dirty, installing my shock back.

    After all this, I finally got to the church in time and had a beautiful wedding.

    This is me carrying my wife out of the church into my Blazer. This picture is the actual representation of a dream come true:
    [​IMG]

    After the wedding we spent two days in Mexico City, then we headed for Veracruz. We got lost on our way there in a web of small roads. We kept finding the same sign of "Veracruz 220 miles" every 20 miles or so. It felt like a nightmare. We finally got there about 4am.

    My original plan was to drive all the way to Cancún, but at about 5pm we found a sign that read "Cancún 1100Km (683 miles)" and I was too tired to keep going, so we stayed at Villahermosa (losing a night at Cancún).

    The next day I drove more and finally got to Cancún where it finally started to feel like a honeymoon, not like a truck driver's job. We stayed there for 5 days and finally started driving back to Guatemala.

    This map shows all my trip.
    <font color="red"> Guatemala City-Mexico City </font>
    <font color="blue"> Mexico City - Cancún </font>
    <font color="green"> Cancún-Belize-Puerto Barrios </font>
    <font color="purple">Puerto Barrios - Guatemala City </font>
    [​IMG]

    We got to Belize's border, and had no idea what it would be like. Even if it's a neighboring country to Guatemala, I didn't know anything about Belize or its culture. It was a 3 hour drive through unmarked roads and tiny, ugly towns. When we got to the Guatemalan Border, it was closed! /forums/images/graemlins/mad.gif We had to stay one night in Belize in a tiny, ugly hotel which was supposed to be the best in town.

    The next day we woke early and drove back into Guatemala were we still spent another day at the beach of Puerto Barrios, and then finally drove back to Guatemala City to the end of our honeymoon /forums/images/graemlins/frown.gif

    I wrote down the odometer reading when leaving. It was 10,006.3 when we got back it was 14,264.4. That's 4,258 miles, but I went from 3.07 gears to 4.11 and from 30" tires (it was accurate with those tires) to 35". According to my calculations it's a total of 3847 miles. Please correct me if I did a wrong math here.

    Something I haven't told you yet, I drove all this in FRONT WHEEL DRIVE because I didn't have time to install the rear driveshaft. I just popped my NP203 into HI-LOC and drove. No problems, no chain jumping tooth, no nothing. So all you guys trying to replace it for a "stouter" NP205, don't bother.

    I also was wearing beadlocks all the time, except for the spare tire, and the off-center tire, which was disassebled and re-assembled the "traditional way" (bead inside the wheel) in Mexico City.

    I was carrying most of the stuff Grim Reaper mentions in his article, but thank god all I had to use were my two jacks and my super lug-wrench.

    Something I did wrong and kick myself for doing it is I didn't check the oil when I left. It was in Veracruz that I realized that I was 3 qts low (it uses 9, thank god).

    I did an oil change in Cancún Don't expect fancy oils there. They only carry Mexican brands, unlike Guatemala, where I can get most of the brands you have in the US.

    Right after the 454 swap, but before the axle swap, my mileage was about 7.5mpg in highway. After the axleswap, I was able to get 11mpg. I went from 3.07 to 4.11 and from 30" tires to 35". I guess the rpms going up a little helped instead of making it worse. In total I spent almost US$1,000 in gas alone, but that's still cheaper than plane tickets and we got to see amazing places in this trip.
    This is my Blazer getting loaded with gas:
    [​IMG]

    It was a beautiful experience. I'm very proud of myself because I was able to make my Blazer very reliable for this trip. I'd recommend anyone to try something like this. There are no words to describe this satisfaction I feel and add to that the satisfaction of being just married. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif

    I just had to share my experience with all the people that were my inspiration to achive this goal in my life and make my dream come true and that in one way or the other, helped me when I needed your help. Thank you all!!!!
     
  2. 87BrnRsd

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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    Congartulations on getting married. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif Sounds like a hell of a trip.
    -Harrison
     
  3. SUBFAN

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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    What an experience!!!!

    Congratulations that is something you will definately never forget....

    Good luck with your new bride and that nice looking Blazer /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  4. Shaggy

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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    <font color="green"> That sounds like one hell of an adventure! Congrats on getting mariied, but you failed to put up a pic of you and your new wife... /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif </font>
     
  5. RustBuket

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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    Congrats! /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
  6. mudhog

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    congrats /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  7. jakeslim

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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    insane trip! give a full write up after you get some rest.
    Congrats on the Mexico City marriage!
     
  8. Stickseler

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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    Sounds like a fun trip /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif...too bad your late you could have entered the Chicks-n-trucks contest with that pic /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     
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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    Congrats on your marriage. Sounds like a great trip. Would like to here more about it when you get rested up and some feeling back in your A$$ from driving all thos miles.
    rugger
     
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    /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    Wow Juan! I knew you were planning "a trip" in the Blazer for your wedding, but that sounds more like an epic journey! Congrats all around for getting married and surviving the honeymoon journey! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif The Blazer is looking good! /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif
     
  12. K5 NUTT

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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    Congrats Juan...that 79 has come along ways since i saw it first! What a trip...when i got married allmost two years ago...my 79 K5 was freshly TBI'd...maiden voyage was from phoenix az to grand junction co....to las vegas nv back to phx...best part of the hole deal was giving my keys to the guy at the casino and saying park it for me....lol.

    DW /forums/images/graemlins/usaflag.gif
     
  13. Polaris

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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    Congratulations on your marriage and also on the Blazer doing so well! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif I hope you save a printed version or something with your wedding photos. That is very unique!
     
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    Congrats /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!

    You will not forget your honey moon that's for sure! My wife and I had some problems on out Honeymoon in our 79 but nothing like that. We skyed it on some mogels in the sand and the rusty muffler gave it up. Drove 700 miles with a 4x 6 inch hole in the muffler...My ears are still ringing and that was 6 years ago. Then got a bad tank of gas and had to dump about half a gallon of addatives in the tank to get it to run.

    I remeber when your truck was a little stocker...sure has grown up!
     
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    Re: I\'m Back!!! Drove 3800miles in my Blazer to get married!!!

    Dang that was very cool. I sure do like reading stories like that...sounds like a great time all around!~!!!!!
     

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