This past Turkey Day, we loaded up the Mercury for its first long road trip, which at the end of the trip marked the 1,000 mile point since the build first rolled out of the garage.
And hit the road to go see family in Southern MO. We made a side trip down to the farm to goof off for a bit and it gave me a chance to take it off road for the first time, though I’m not going to say that it was anything challenging. So we started out with wide gravel roads…:
So how are things going after a 1,000 miles? Pretty good actually. I still need to fix some nagging road issues such as a drive shaft vibe and tire balance, but otherwise, it eats up the miles pretty well. It does suck down the fuel while doing so though, at last count it is getting about 11.25 mpgs since the cold arrived.
Once I get my balance issues sorted, I’ll be moving on to the more off road orientated things to get it ready to wheel for real (rear tow point, skid plate, etc). I’m starting to get excited about that!