Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
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You could have a ton of problems unforseen. You could make it, or maybe not. Ah, the frustrations of mechanical breakdowns, the psychological torment of each new "weird" sound you hear, the uneasy feeling in the pit of your stomach just waiting for the "big one". How could THAT be enjoyable. So tell you what. Fly me up to New Hampshire, I will drive your car for you, stopping in Hartford to visit my brother, and then meet you at JFK airport where you can fly me back home to Charlotte. Deal???? HaHaha.
Personally, I would not be comfortable running 3200-3400 RPM's for extended times, but that is me. I think anything above 2800 on the highway is uncomfortable, not saying you cannot do it. Your engine is still new with only 400 miles on it and I don't know if running at steady highway speeds is a good idea this early on the engine. I did the same thing on my 400CI with about the same miles and drove it 800 plus miles to CT ( about 13 hours) keeping it on the highway and down to 60 MPH on average. Burned up oil on the trip and I don't think the rings really got seated doing this. There are all kinds of opinions on how to break in an engine, but I think steady speeds and those higher RPM's might not be the best at this time. Maybe a little back road driving to break it up a bit. From what I have read, decelerating is just as important to ring break in as acceleration, so varying speeds might be better, but I cannot confirm this. My current rebuild will be broken in differently with a lot more acceleration and deceleration blasts to get the rings seated and no steady speed driving for a while.
I suggest a membership with AAA having the 100 mile towing range. I always have this with any older car and it has come in handy a few times. Hopefully you have gauges to monitor oil pressure and water temp. Don't let it get to hot. This time of year up at your end is still cool, so you should have no problem. Have fun and just be sensible.