Hey all, how is the Northern Autumn?
I'm new to this forum. Seems to be lots of good info and experience here. I'm here with a bunch of thoughts, so if any of you can give me some advice it'd be great!
My plan: I'm a New Zealander who arrives in San Francisco in late November. I have a few friends across the states that I want to visit, and I want to do it "the right way": I don't want to rent a modern Ford or Toyota, I want to buy a $2,000 Camaro/Firebird/similar from the late seventies to mid eighties, do as much as possible (hike in Yellowstone, go to Zion, Las Vegas, Texas panhandle, mississippi, and everything inbetween) and then sell it when I get to New York in mid January. I'm planning on around 6,000 miles. If I lose $1,000 on the car when I sell, that's fine. I think it'd still be cheaper than renting, and in any case a once-in-a-lifetime experience in the dying days of cheap gas.
So yeah... just how crazy is that? Sound like it's do-able?
My experience so far, and my concerns and questions:
1) Multiple ~2,000mile road trips in old cars around the South Island of NZ, but usually with other people coming the whole way.
2) Never owned an American car but have worked on them.
3) Have found out alot about smogging and registration, but am still a little bit uneasy about insurance. Any tips for a foreign driver looking for cheap and nasty insurance?
4) Have discovered craigslist. Any other good places to look? How do I sell a car really fast in New York?
5) Been to the states a couple of times, I've travelled alot but not like this.
6) I am a qualified mechanic, but I haven't done it as a job in 6 years. Happy to fix brakes but definitely not keen to buy a new engine or transmission halfway. Anyone aware of any public workshops (like where you can hire a hoist and tools for a day in a worst case scenario)?
7) Anyone crazy enough to join in even part way?
I know it's alot to ask, but if anyone can talk me out of this crazy idea, or can help me with advice on any of the above, I would be very appreciative!