Hi folks, as I was driving through Arkansas yesterday on my way to California, my intake manifold cracked. At least I think it cracked, I developed a horrendous vacuum leak (lost 6" of idle vacuum) about 100 miles east of Little Rock.
I didn't see any obvious causes of the leak and it appeared to come from the vicinity of the #2 & #3 cylinder. Since I have to be at work on Wed, I didn't have time to mess with it on the side of the road nor was I near a shop. I didn't even see a good truck stop as I limped towards Little Rock. I decided shipping it was my only option. Dependable Auto Shippers were the only transporters I was able to reach a live person with and they arranged for me to drop the Jeep off at their agent's location just north of Little Rock. Luckily, my wife and kids were following me in our other car and we were able to condense into one vehicle.
Once there, the local agent took one look at my Jeep and told me he wasn't comfortable shipping a Jeep with a soft top on it, especially since the DAS folks want to ship it on the top row of the carrier. The agents told me I should ship it on the bottom or, better yet, ship it via an enclosed trailer. I'm already paying $1200 for the top-deck open carrier, if I ship it on the bottom I should save some $$. If I ship it enclosed, I spend more (don't know how much yet) but have a better chance of getting the Jeep and top delivered in one piece. Luckily, my wife was following
Was wondering what y'alls experiences are shipping soft-topped Jeeps across the country. Any suggestions? During our cross-country drive, I only saw 1 Jeep getting transported. It was a newer model with a soft top and hard doors. They had it as the last vehicle on the bottom deck. Looked like a good place to be. Anyway, I appreciate any input you guys might have.