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Driving Pikes Peak in Vintage Mustang

Have any of you driven Pikes Peak(tourist style not racing the hill climb) in your Vintage Mustang(carbureted) or other non EFI car?
May be headed that direction this year in the '65 and thinking of making the drive up PP. I know it will be running pretty rich going up that hill.
If you have, any suggestions?

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I haven't but it wasn't very long ago that everyone who took that drive did it with a carburetor and probably never gave it a second thought.

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I've done it and the only thing I noticed was the stick car didn't want to idle properly at the top. Once it got back down a few thousand feet it was fine again and needed no attention. The road is also fairly steep in places so it could tax the drum brakes going down.

Its a beautiful drive but be sure to keep an eye on the clouds before you decide to make the full journey. At 14000'+ the top of the mountain is often "fogged in." It can also be 20 or so degrees cooler so a light jacket may be warranted.

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I haven't driven it in a Mustang, but I did drive it in a crappy under powered rental car and it made it ok so I think you'll be good. Just watch the brakes on the way down.

Oh, and look out for the local wildlife. This is one of the actual signs on the side of that road so you know what to look out for:
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The road is also fairly steep in places so it could tax the drum brakes going down.
Thanks for the heads up. It's a GT(so front disc) and a 4 speed(so good old engine braking). Not sure I would want to drive it in a vintage AT with Drums.
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Last I heard, you cannot drive the Pikes Peak Highway. There is a construction project at the top which limits parking. Therefore, you now must hike the Barr Trail or ride a stupid mini-bus to the top. You can't even ride the historic Cog Railway. It recently shut down and the owners don't know if they want to invest the money to bring it back.

I've talked to a few people who managed to drive up last year, but only because the buses weren't available, or something. But I wouldn't count on it. Of course, things change all the time, so definitely give them a call to see what's up.

https://coloradosprings.gov/pikes-pe...ours-and-rates

https://coloradosprings.gov/pikespeakshuttle?mlid=41856

The web site doesn't make it obvious that you can't drive to the top; likely on purpose.
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Oh, and look out for the local wildlife. This is one of the actual signs on the side of that road so you know what to look out for:
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I didn't know Uma Thurman had a home up there!
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Did it as a passenger in a 1971 Buick Estate Wagon in 1971. That big, loaded down probably 3 ton boat was panting heavily at the top! My dad never saw a huge boulder along the road that he didn't need to take. 3 new tires bit the dust on that trip! A Mustang should be a piece of cake!
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Thumbs Up Mountain climbing

Haven't done Pike's Peak but I've done Mt. Evans several times in my 64. It's higher than PP. Just west of Denver! I've also done Mt. Washington in the 64 as well. Not as high, but the road is a lot worse! Coolest part of Mt Evans- it was 95*+ in Denver. We were snowed upon on the top! Never had a problem- stock 289 w/ a 4100 and over 400,000 miles that I've driven it!
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That looks like fun. I've always enjoyed hearing about Old Smokey from Hoonigans doing the climb. That truck seems like a pretty sweet machine...

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in the mid 1970's I drove the Pan American highway from Santiago Chile to northern Colombia in a beat up K code coupe. There were numerous peaks that made Pikes Peak look like a mole-hill. Never touched the carburetor once.

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When I lived in Colorado for 5 years, I never rejetted my car, mostly out of ignorance. I drove it as a daily driver for almost a year with no real problems except when I ran it on the track. Snow was always fun with horsepower and limited slip! It would flood at times when it got really hot, especially on the track and I would have to turn the fuel pump off for a minute till it cleared. I think the gas was boiling and the car needed a phenolic spacer, I've learned quite a bit in my tenure here on VMF. The highest I got was likely around 10k, there was a bluegrass jam at the Old Millsite bar on the peak to peak highway I would drive the Mustang to on Saturday nights and jam till the wee hours.

You should be fine, will likely notice she gets winded easier but if it floods and you don't have an electric fuel pump, just let it cool some, turn off the AC, turn on the heater - you get the idea...

Its funny how you get used to things so quickly, when I moved to Upstate NY, I couldn't believe how much power the car had and the flooding problem went completely away.
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Never got a chance, my brother drove it in a rental of some unknown origin and loved it.

I did however drive 14,000 ft to the Mauna Kea Observatories in Hawaii in a rented Jeep. In the picture, I am not simply resting my hand on the door of the Jeep, I am somewhat holding on to it. My nerves were frayed from from driving the winding road and from trying to suck in enough oxygen at the altitude. The guard rail in the background is one of the few sections of guard rail on the way up. There is a gift shop halfway up where they recommend you acclimate yourself for at least 20 minutes before proceeding the rest of the way. Not sure how long we were there but I should have stayed longer, I was seriously light headed and knew my wife couldn't drive us back down.
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I've hiked up to 11,711', but only driven as high as I80 gets across the Rockies.
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I've never done it in an old Mustang, but I've been up the hill twice in old Lincolns..

First time in the mid-70's in dad's 1972 Mark IV..

Second time in/around 2010 in dad's 1930 Model L Sport Phaeton.. LOL

Both journeys successful.

She will get rich, just don't lug it at low-rpm..
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