This supplemental instruction detail is provided to allow those participating in the Plymouth Journey for 2012; helpful information intended to make your travel to and from Michigan a more pleasant experience.
For anyone traveling from Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Canada or other points East, and coming in on either Sunday July 29th or early Monday July 30th, you are invited to meet in Perry, the home of Plymouth Doctor Restoration Parts, LLC (PDRP).
If you are trailering your car, you are welcome to leave your trailer in the large parking lot at PDRP and drive on to Holland from there.
Those choosing to meet in Perry are invited to view two or three car collections owned by local residents on Monday morning.
If you are traveling from New York or Canada, the quickest way to Michigan is via the Blue Water Bridge between Sarnia and Port Huron. Once into Michigan, just follow I-69 to exit 105 (Perry, Owosso) turn south on M-52 and drive approximately 4 minutes (depending upon traffic) to 124 W. Third St. (The first street south of the railroad tracks. Turn right on W. Third and PDRP is the first set of buildings south of the corner.
Those entering Michigan via I-75 or US 23 should travel north to I-96 West toward Lansing to exit 122.
Travel north on M-52 entering the city of Perry and turning left on W. Third St. (The last street before the railroad tracks).
Please let me know if you will be coming into Perry on your way to Holland. If I do not hear from you I will presume that you are not coming and will schedule events accordingly.
If you have never taken your PJ on a tour as lengthy as this one, here are some helpful hints from your T/A:
1. While it may be July and August, it is still likely to rain. Therefore, plan for it by applying a liberal coat of Rain-Ex to your windshield before you begin your drive. Refresh it periodically as you clean the bugs off during fuel stops.
2. Your PJ may be a highly reliable driver or even a fully restored car; but that doesn’t mean something can’t go wrong as you press your car into a week of daily service.
Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you bring some “insurance” parts along with you. Items that can be problematic are:
The belt, hoses, fuel pump, cut out or voltage regulator, starter switch, light bulbs, the fuse, the coil, the starter and the generator. It is also suggested that you carry a small wire repair kit with you. So as to avoid having to drag along a hundred pounds of spare parts with you, I will be bringing an extra generator and starter and probably a few other parts in case of a break down.
Bring the small stuff you think you might need and I will have you covered on the larger items.
3. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
If you have not already done so, tune up your PJ with new points, cap and condenser as a minimum. Change your oil and filter, lubricate all of your fittings (including the one on the water pump and the distributor), check your brakes and tires. Also make sure you have all of your jack parts and a small tool kit.
4. You may have trouble on your way or on your way back. Finding help with the repairs for your PJ (If you are not equipped to do them yourself) can be a problem. It is advisable to bring your Plymouth Owners Club directory with you in the event you find yourself in a situation where you may need to call upon a fellow club member to come to your aid. Even if it is only to help you get the help you need from a reliable service provider.
5. Finally, don’t drive while drowsy; the PJ does not have seat belts or air bags so drive your PJ safely!