We are starting to plan the trip to and from Okteenerfest.
If you would like to travel with us, just let us know. The more the merrier. Any and all suggestions, ideas, etc.. are greatly appreciated.
We have been to Okteenerfest multiple times, and twice to Banner Elk, so here are the gotchas.
1. Registration in Banner Elk on Thursday is usually 3 to 7 in the afternoon/evening. It's better to get there early rather than late because registering on Friday is a pain in the ass. It's a lot more fun to get there early enough to get settled in, meet people, and figure out dinner. We normally make Wednesday a long day, and Thursday a short day of driving.
2. The time change. Around Rockwood, TN, on highway 40, we lose an hour. It bit us hard a couple years ago.
3. Anyone who is pulling a trailer is going to need a safe place to park when we stop for the night, both there and back.
4. Leaving DFW, Betty and I are going to trailer one car, and drive another, both trying to clear Dallas morning rush hour traffic to get to I-30 headed east. A long first day favors leaving early.
Questions for the group.
What time are y'all comfortable leaving in the morning? We found that leaving at 7am works for us.
In the past we have found hotels that were running $60 to $80 a night. What is a comfortable price range for a hotel for y'all?
Looking forward to Okteenerfest and caravaning sounds fun. My wife and I have family in the Carolinas and have made the I-20 trip to South Carolina many times. We've always done it in one shot (about 15 hours). I'm guessing we'd be taking I-30 to I-40 in Little Rock, and then it's pretty much I-40 to Banner Elk. I've driven that before but it's been a while.
I like the idea of arriving on the early side of check-in. It leaves some flexibility and we won't feel rushed to arrive on time. Roughly where do you think you'll want to stop for t Wednesday evening? After about 9-10 hours of driving? Are you thinking a similar idea for the return trip of splitting it across 2 days?
My wife and I are comfortable leaving at any time. Morning/night, early/late. Doesn't really matter to either of us. We've left at 6 am and 6 pm in the past for 15-hour drives. Where would you want to leave from?
In regards to hotel price, that seems fine.
Anyone else going with us?
I’m taking a northern route this year thru Wichita and Bowling Green. See you in NC
We're excited about Okteenerfest. We can be ready to leave anytime in the morning. We would prefer to take two days as a minimum for the long drive to Banner Elk. We are towing our 914 for comfort, it's a project and still in progress. I think we can be ready to leave by 7am in the morning. Hotel fees of $60-$80 per night are fine with us. I guess we need to make reservations quickly. We are the newbies so we are open to suggestions. Help, what's the plan? Where do you usually stop for the night? I really don't have a lot of insight to add right now, but look forward to making this trip with the group.
Here's what we're thinking so far - totally open to any and all suggestions!
On The first travel day (Wednesday) hotel arrival time that night isn't as critical so morning leave time can be fluid as Warren and Karen can come our direction, stop and meet up with us. From there we head towards Dallas on 635, stopping again to meet up with Scott and Katie - or - we all pick a place over by Scott and Katie and just meet up there? From there it's get to Highway 30 and go east.
We're suggesting stopping for the night in Hurricane Mills TN. That makes for a little over 9 hour drive the first day. There are about 3-4 hotels in Hurricane Mills with some restaurants to pick from. If that works for everybody, we'd pick the Days Inn (15415 Highway 13 S, I-40 Exit #143, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078-2358, 1-800-329-1992, actual hotel is 1-931-296-7647) (the price is right and it looks like they have room for trailers to park). The hotels in town are all close together so don't feel obliged to stay where we do - we'll all have each other's cell phone numbers to be able to communicate.
The only sticky parts are going to be Dallas morning rush hour, and Memphis TN afternoon rush hour. We've done Memphis rush hour multiple times, it's definitely easier than DFW but the road quality really, really sucks HARD - which the two driven 914's have to worry about the most. We can all decide if we want to leave DFW earlier or later to minimize rush hour(s), or not?
So, if Hurricane Mills TN works for everybody, I'd recommend we get hotel reservations now?
Scott said he and Katie are both Road Warriors, if they want to drive straight through - more power to you! If you have any issues we'll come and help/rescue when we catch up to you. I always make the joke that long distance miles in a 914 should be counted at least 1 1/2 times regular car miles, so I know I'll need the overnight break in order to arrive in Banner Elk happy and ready to play.
That makes for just a 6 hour drive on Thursday to Banner Elk - but don't forget we lose one hour due to the time change around Rockwood TN! Depending on when we leave Hurricane Mills, that'll put us in Banner Elk around 4:00 p.m. Early enough to get unloaded, settled in, meeting people and ready to start having an incredible time! Seriously; you guys have no idea just how freakin' AWESOME this group of people is!
Coming back Sunday night we tend to split the drive into two more even driving days - I'm still working on that.
Hey y'all this sounds like a plan
Well if everyone is on board with this plan, than I guess we should make reservations at Hurricane Mills, TN at Day's Inn. We're good with Day's Inn. Is everyone ok with this location?
So we just need to work on and fine tune the details of meeting up and striking out to Banner Elk.
Betty, this all sounds good to us. We are starting to plan for the appropriate clothing for a trip to the Hills. Any idea what the weather is like there at that time of the year?
Looking forward to this trip!
I'd like to say I could be a waypoint, but we're in the process of closing on our property, and moving.
I'm moving my family to east TN next month. I will be staying here in Parsons to work on 914 projects and selling/packing up my shop. I can't come to the even
Since I'm trying to sell off as much as possible, anyone is welcome to stop by and see if I have anything you might need, actually please do. I'm sure I
probably have a truckload of Porsche stuff you need
Unfortunately I can't offer the hospitality I could've just a few months ago. I might be able to offer the studio on a Murphy bed, but that's up in the air too. FWIW I'm 20 mins off I40. I could check out the local motels and see what the rooms look like, if this is of any interest.
Well, I just lost at least one cylinder on our 914, possibly 2 this past Thursday. No big bangs or anything just started driving progressively worse throughout the day. Started as I got close to work, so I couldn't really turn around. Checked cylinder compression when I got home. 1 & 3 were 115, 2 was 0, and I couldn't get a reading on 4. (I didn't have the patience to fight with trying to get the compression tester hose onto the spark plug hole). No visible damage to the case anywhere, but I haven't taken the engine tin off. Opened up the valve cover and things seem fine in there. Valve are adjusted correctly.
Still trying to figure out what I'm going to do. I had started rebuilding a 2.0L and I've got a decent amount of the parts. (Need a clutch, muffler, exhaust hanger, and heat exchangers.) I've got an appointment with Mayo to redo the heads, and I'm just going to order new cylinder jugs and pistons. The case, while dirty, looks fine and everything turns smoothly.
Either way, the 1.7L is going to have to come out to be fixed or to swap the 2.0L. I'm planning on trying to drop the 1.7L out of the car this coming weekend to get a better idea of what happened. Depending on which engine needs more work, that will decide my course of action. We'll see how much I can get done before September. Hopefully, we'll still be able to make it. If we can't get the 914 running by then, then we might take the 944, or just try again next year.
Bummer, Por-sche' is a two syllable word. We would like to have you enjoy Okteenerfest. The 944 is a good option if the 914teener can't make the trip. Just do what you can to get it together by travel time. If it won't happen, don't sweat it . Take what runs . We want you with us . If the 914 isn't up for the trip, come in the 944 .
btw....We made reservations at the Hurricane Mills Days Inn. We're looking forward to this event.
How are you coming along with your engine resuscitations? Can you give us a bref update? I hear their is a good machine shop in Cleburn. I'm here to cheer you on.
So... hotel on Sunday night coming home from Okteenerfest; I was thinking about this possibly:
Quality Inn – 1009 East Service Rd., West Memphis, AR, 72301, (870) 702-9000. About $63 per night. No trailer parking.
Comfort Suites (right next to the Quality Inn) – 850 Stephen Boulevard, West Memphis, AR 72301, (866) 238-4218. About $85 per night. Has trailer parking.
The two hotels are literally next to each other. Clay and I would stay at the Comfort Suites because of Clay's truck and trailer. This is on the west side of Memphis which means we don't have to deal with Memphis rush hour when we leave Monday morning. It also makes Sunday about 8 hours of driving and Monday about 7 hours of driving.
Anybody else have any better ideas for the Sunday night hotel?
Considering Comfort Suites in West Memphis, 850 Stephen Blvd. I called the number you gave and had someone on the phone from a web site that seemed to be running a scam. Was I phished? I was told that they had a room at the 89 dollar rate but after taxes and fees the room would cost 142.99? What? Than I asked if they had a room at a lower rate they told me no and now it was going to cost me $157 with tax and fees? Well what happened to the room we already talked about and she told me someone else must have booked it? Than as we were setting up the confirmation we got to my credit card and was told they would be charging my card today to reserve the room? What tf? Than I asked who I was was talking too and what company they worked for and they didn't answer me and hung up
Since I was staying at a Comfort Suites in Liberal KS yesterday before I left this morning, I asked them for the phone number of the hotel in West Memphis on Stephen Blvd. They gave me the direct number 870-733-9900 if you don't want to listen to the menu press 1. With my Choice privilege card and discounts my total with taxes $108. I was talking with Jimmy on the desk of Comfort Suites and my card was not charged today but only used to hold the room. If I need to cancel they want 2 days notice.
My sincerest apologies Warren! We hadn't made a reservation yet ourselves as we were waiting to get feedback from you and Scott. We used the phone number you gave in your post and now have a reservation for the night of Sunday 09/15 that is cancellable.
Again, my apologies for not calling that number before I posted it.
You guys want to meet for lunch at 11 a.m. (EDT) in Knoxville? Keep in mind this is 10 a.m. CDT...
Lunch in Knoxville sounds great.
Just booked hotels for the way there and the way back. Staying in an AirB&B in Banner Elk. Best Western is full and airB&B is half the price of a hotel.
Mayo is supposed to have my heads back to me today or tomorrow. New flywheel and clutch are installed. Then reassemble the engine, put it back in the car, and then break it in. If everything goes smoothly, I should have it up and running by Monday.
Its always something. My new Bursch muffler is cracked in the middle and blown out on the top. Strange. Have no response from the company about their warrantee on the product. They won't return my call. The muffler has not been in the car very long. . Have to find a workaround. Trying to tie up a few loose ends. Still have the old muffler if nothing else works than I will put that on. Of course it doesn't sound anything like the Bursch.
Scott, wow, those mounts were just keeping the engine in place. Just have to believe the trans mounts were keeping everything functioning. Keep focused and move forward. Know you can make the trip. Can't wait to see the smile on your face when you have her running and driving great.
Thanks you guys Bursch Exhaust: After multiple contacts I finally got primary decision maker at Bursch Exhaust. They gave me their email so I could send pictures of the defective muffler. They replied shortly after reviewing and agreed to send a call tag from FedEx for my system warrantee my defective system . Since I am taking my 914 to Okteenerfest I really wanted to have the Bursch exhaust on my anemic 1.7, 1972. I decided to pick up new muffler gaskets at Zims needing to install the original muffler I had stowed away in my attic. When I showed Arron the exhaust system, he suggested that if I could find a muffler of similar size he could graft it in place of the flimsy original. Summit Racing is located near 360 and 20. So, following his advice, Summit had a thrush turbo muffler. So now I wait for Arron's expertise to recover my Bursch for reinstallation.
As a meet up point, I suggest the McDonalds on the NorthEast corner of Glade Road and Hwy 121. It is in the same parking lot as Hobby Lobby, so there is room for the trailers. It should also make for easy highway entry.
How early does everyone want to leave? I would do sometime between 6 and 7 am, with the hopes of getting out of Dallas before the height of rush hour.
Its always something. ......
Arron came through. The exhaust system is together and works and sounds better than ever. Now I just have a million other things to get done before Okteenerfest.
Well, hooked up everything, it wouldn't start, and I've got fuel leaking from the injectors. I installed new lines when I put them in and everything is tight, so I'm thinking the injectors might be shot.
Summit Racing has replacements made by Standard Motor Products. No idea if they are any good or not. $72 a piece. I might call Summit Racing in Arlington tomorrow and see if they have them in stock.
At this point while I'd love to drive it, I'm so fed up with it that I'm thinking of just driving the 944. I don't even know if new injectors will solve my starting issue. I don't want to check spark at the plugs since there is still some fuel vapor in the garage.
Unlike their website said, summit racing does not have injectors in stock, and doesn't carry them in store.
Tried the 1.7L injectors, and 2 of them started leaking. Still can't get it to start. I'm not sure I have spark at the distributor either. Maybe I wired the coil incorrectly or the computer is malfunctioning/bad. The coul feels warm/hot, so I unplugged the wires for now.
Scotts it's more like your at witts end Thank goodness you can take a breather and have options.
Been working since dawn trying to hook up trailer to tow the 914. No go. tried a new wiring connector 6 point, 7 point no go. Got with some technicians in the area and RV people . So, as a result we won't be towing sad to say my 914 . Might be a computer issue with the TDI Touareg. We will be driving the Boxster.
Updates. Fixed the injector problem. Started and ran great, but the oil cooler leaked like mad. Replaced the oil cooler. Now it won't start, and if it does, it runs super terrible and stalls out in a couple seconds. No oil leak though. I can't for the life of me figure out why changing the oil cooler would make it not run. I've triple checked the vacuum lines, EFI lines, spark plug wires, distributor, coil, etc...
Guess we'll be seeing you in the 944 tomorrow...
You guys want to meet up with Mike at Corner 16 at 11:30 a.m.? It looks to be on our way just off I40. The address is 1640 Bob Kirby Rd,Knoxville, TN 37931
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