The pair will travel from Argentina to Alaska at the 70-year-old Chevrolet pickup

The pair will travel from Argentina to Alaska at the 70-year-old Chevrolet pickup

February 18, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

The length of the route is more than 30.5 thousand kilometers

A pair from South America decided to take a trip along the famous Pan American Highway, which connects the two mainlands, on an old 1951 Chevrolet 3100 pickup truck. So far, the car and travelers are preparing, they plan to start in May-July 2021.

The car was in this family for about 30 years, but finally the couple decided to “move” to it for permanent residence only in May 2018. Previously, the truck underwent a complete restoration, and also got a small residential cabin with a roof, which was installed in the body. The power plant, at the same time, decided to leave the original one – the car does not even have all-wheel drive, but this does not prevent it from traveling around South America. Travelers share all the news on their Instagram @expnaestrada

Also, the pickup was equipped with a couple of external canopies that help the couple escape from the scorching sun and rains. Inside there is a bed and a small table, when the weather permits, travelers put a tent on the roof and spend the night in it. In addition, a solar battery is installed on the roof – pickup power is not enough to maintain the operation of all accessories.

The Pan American Highway is the longest highway in the world, which is a network of roads connecting the extreme point of South America with the extreme exact North America. However, driving along this route from beginning to end is quite difficult – on the border of the two continents there is the Darjersky gap, a rather large stretch of undeveloped territory, which is covered with swamps and moist equatorial forests.

At the same time, a couple of travelers are quite optimistic and believes that their pickup will cope with any weather conditions and road surface. Now they are finishing preparations in the Argentine city of Ushuaia, where the Pan-American Highway originates. The start of the trip is scheduled for May-July of the next 2021 – in honor of the 70th anniversary of their pickup.

Traveling in an old car, and not even on the simplest route, is always fraught with a certain risk, however, with proper preparation and a bit of luck, it can end successfully. For example, in mid-October last 2019, two friends from Chelyabinsk went on a three-week journey from their hometown to Iceland at the wheel of a 1976 Zaporozhets. Despite periodic breakdowns, the car quite adequately withstood the trip and was even able to return back.