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Blew a head gasket 300mi south of LA...I'd like to fix my truck here in
town but I'm having trouble finding a way to get it here.
U-Haul says their equipment is too small. (dolly...flatbed).

A buddy(sherrif) said a flat bed of theirs would work that their
limit standards are way high.

If anyone knows a good mech in El Centro or there abouts, I'll
get it fixed there. Right now its at a toyo dealership waiting a diag
on Monday morning.

any suggestions???

lxed.
 
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IF other things are equal (big if), local repair is better.

Personally, I'd pay up to a few hundred to have it towed home on a flatbed tow truck. (Admittedly, I have no idea if a few hundred is enough to get it home...)

Do NOT let anyone tow it on a dolly.

Good luck,

Curtis
 
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Good point on the local repair. Nice to know the shop that repairs it is just down the street in the event something goes awry.

Also, if I forget to tell you, have them flush the cooling system liberally before refilling it to get the grit out of it. Similarly, change the oil a few days later to also get rid of any residual coolant or crud in the oil.

DougM
 

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ask the toyo dealer who they use for their auto transport. maybe you can get it backhauled to LA on a delivery run.
 
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I happen to know for a fact that you can squeeze a lifted 80 onto a Uhaul auto transport. You may have to air down and buy some larger ratchet straps to go over the front tires (walmart, etc), but it will do you job and get you home. You'll have to find a buddy witih something to haul the thing. You may have to get creative with the Uhaul rental place and I'm not advising you to exceed their posted weight limits....I just happen to know someone that has done so successfully. Good luck.
 
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I'm thinking the Uhaul route....

I'd sure like to get it home to my mech and
maint a few other things while its opened up.

You guys are swell with all the help.

thanks
steve
 
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All these blown HGs are giving me the willies.

I have taken to checking my overflow bottle every morning! I'm gonna wear out my hood release!
 

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There is a guy named Victor Gillespe who happens to be the Mayor of Hotville and he owns the only Tow Truck company in that town. Holtville is a few miles South of El Centro.
He is a very cool guy and let me keep my Taco at this tow truck facility while I rode my XR600 through Baja.
The towing company is called

Holtville Tucker Towing [FONT=verdana, sans-serif]
478 Pine Avenue
Holtville, CA 92250
[/FONT]
760-356-2886

Betcha he knows a good mechanic. He is, after all, the mayor.

Good luck.
 
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FYI If you need a rental to haul your fj80...

I ended up bringing it home....
So heres the digs...

5300+lbs of truck was put on a tailer that holds only 3900lbs.
I have only 285/75/16 Nittos and the width would have been
ok for real 33's even..not sure about 35's. For the tire strap I had
to air down to less than 5lbs to get the strap around the tire. NOT ok for
35's...you would have to modify a strap system. My wheel base
....119??...I think (fj80) anyway it fit length wise by just under
a foot. I pulled it w/a chevy disel 32ft ?moving truck from Budget.
The trailer also from Budget, with I believe the same specs as UHaul.

I drove 250+mls with an avg freeway speed of 60mph. All that without
incedent. Not even 1 wag, and lots of bumps on hwy 86 into Indio.
Cost was $45 trailer, $55 trk, 25cents per mile. I traveled rt
500mls so $125 for milage...add insur of $30. 24hrs. The rt cost was cheaper
than UHaul one way, and I would have had to get down there in my other
car and have my wife drive it back. Uhaul has a policy of no rt. Maybe
per franchise?? Now....$13-$1500 to have a quality head gasket repair.
It's possb I will recoup the cost of getting my truck home by not using the
dealer in El Centro where I was towed to. Est $1800+ from my local dealer.
So there you have it. Would have been a better story stuck on the John
Bull trail in Big Bear, but I was only going to Tombstone for some family time.
Next run ....moab 2006, I hope
Happy trails, as Richard Cunninham would say(MBA).
 

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