Trip to Phx, AZ to test the repairs

Living the #CopCarLife
In Phoenix, AZ outside the @TreehouseBakery
After all the repairs, this 300+ mile road trip (road test) went well , no issues, no leaks

Brakes & the gas leak are the next project

Lunch on the road

Lunch on the road in Phoenix, AZ

https://www.happycow.net/reviews/pomegranate-cafe-phoenix-22101

 

Vegan Monte Cristo at the @PomegranateCafePhx in Phoenix, AZ
Wow, this was an amazing sandwich. Their menu was full of interesting options, so I asked what their special was, and this sounded good.. I don’t think I ever ate a “real” Monte cristo, so I have nothing to compare it to. . But this was great!
And the mustard potato salad was worth a trip itself
The restaurant is just a mile or so off I-10 on the south (Tucson) side of Phoenix .. so it will be a regular stop in the future

Phoenix Trip Dec 2016 (SAR Show)

Phoenix Trip Dec 2016 (SAR Show)

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Headed up to Phoenix for the SAR show & Gun Show 20161203_073728

Had to fill up with gas, had a little trouble with the hood not opening, but it worked its self out. (Note to self, lube the hood latch)

Then added a few quarts of oil

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Found a GREAT parking spot20161203_145245

Stopped for food, and the cop car wouldnt start. A quick look under the hood made it clear it was the battery disconnect had come loose, so an easy fix20161203_160155

Stopped at a Vegan place on the south end of Phoenix, Great Food !!

What do you eat then?

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The airplane graveyard in Tucson 20161211_072422

2016 Red Dawn Filming Locations

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Headed to Northern New Mexico to see the locations where they filmed Red Dawn

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This was an excellent drive and fun to see the rocks from the movie

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20160419_172654Before the trip, an oil change and top off the fluids at the chain-shop, then a full tank of gas and we hit the road to see New Mexico gun shops & the Red Dawn movie filming locations

 

 

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2016 SHOT Show

This was a great year at the SHOT show. Our 11th year attending as media, but  the first year we were able to bring the dog. The drive up was great and un-eventfull20160117_162243Las Vegas is always a fun place to visit
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Good parking this year

The car started to leak some fluid from the rear driver side wheel

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So, after the show, I decided to fill the differential at a local shop ($7 cost of fluid is all they charged)
and see how bad the leak did on the way home
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The car only got a few hundred miles (to Kingman, AZ)
Used the AAA 200-mile tow to get the car down to Phoenix, to a friends driveway

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We stayed in a Walmart parking lot overnight, and started the day at the local auto parts store

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Rented the tools to replace the rear axle seal.
And did the repair in a friends driveway in Phoenix, AZ

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Turned out to be an in-expensive fix, (under $10 in parts)

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Loading the Trunk

Road trips in the Cop Car have plenty of space for gear

From top to bottom / left to right:

  • Paper towels & first aid next to spare tire (Padded Seat on Spare Tire)
  • Smoke Signal, Sleeping Pads, AMP-3 First Aid Kit (Black Roll-Up), Ammo Can Seat / Storage, Box of stuff for trip, Camo Bag of Clothes, Tool-Backpack
  • Camo Backpack, Socket Set, Square bucket of road tools (Jack handle, Fire Ext, etc), Floor Jack & Empty Gas Can

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With a slight re-arrangement for some extra bags, Jack Stands & Suitcase

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2015 SHOT Show

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Another trip to Las Vegas for the SHOT show
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Prep for this trip was easy, as the car was running well

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Back home and a carwash to get all the road dirt off20150119_125537  20150122_072604

The trunk for this trip, all the basics, and plenty of room for the gear for the show

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Oklahoma Tollways

Living in Arizona, I get used to NO toll-ways. So driving them in Oklahoma was annoying and costly when we missed an exit and added 36 miles to our trip before hitting the hotel outside Tulsa, OK

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Missed an exit, needed to drive 16 miles to turn around, then pay to get back on and again to exit at our original exit20121014_211645