After over a year and a half hiatus, I am back in another VW. I just purchased a 1981 MK1 Caddy with a 1.6L Turbo Diesel from a MK2. The engine is a fresh rebuild with 6000 miles on it. The previous owner completed the swap in November of 2011 and has been driving it daily ever since with no problems. The transmission is the original transmission (170K) and the clutch has 40K miles on it.
The PO says he thinks it will make the trip no problem, but I still have my worries since my last cross country trip ended in a catastrophic engine failure.
This is my first diesel and my first time taking a car this old cross country so I am trying to get a list of things I should bring with me. But there is a catch, I am flying out there to pick it up so anything I bring with me with either have to be purchased in Utah or packed in my bags.
Some threads I searched on the Tex pretty much all kept saying:
-spare fluids (in case of leaks)
-spare clutch cable
-spare throttle cable
-a couple gallons of distilled water
-variety of metric wrenches and tools
Anything else I should add to this list?
I am checking a bag on the plane since I will be out there for 2 weeks visiting family so I have a 50lbs limit on my bag including my clothes.
I do also have AAA in case I need a tow somewhere.
My trip will be from Salt Lake City,UT. And I plan on taking the flattest route possible (IE: I80 across Nebraska).
Obligatory photo of said Caddy: