: Are the White Mountains in NH hard on 1995 FWB?



HUF
09-30-10, 03:11 PM
I have been planning a trip to White Mountains for years. I am wondering if the mountains are hard on a 95 Fleetwood. Still working on the brakes to make them perfect. :)

Thefleetwoodguy probably knows the area very well. Of course, any input from other members is appreciated as well.

jayoldschool
09-30-10, 04:27 PM
Your 95 won't lose a breath in the White Mountains. My favourite place to drive. My LT1 cars eat up the miles through there with no problems over the hills, and on the downslope the brakes are fine. This is usually loaded up with everything needed for a couple of weeks at the beach in Maine.

Let's see... I can probably remember all the cars I have personally driven through there (with engine):
- 71 Pontiac Parisienne (350)
- 81 Chev Impala sport coupe (267)
- 84 Cadillac FWB (4.1)
- 87 Caprice (307)
- 88 Caprice (4.3 V6)
- 93 Roadmaster wagon (350)
- 94 Caprice 9C1 (LT1)
- 94 Caprice wagon (LT1)
- 95 Impala SS (LT1)

I think that's it. All were fine, with the exception of the 81 Impala 267 V8 and the 84 FWB 4.1. Both had to be hammered to maintain speed up a big incline.

thefleetwoodguy
09-30-10, 05:13 PM
youll be fine!
there are pull offs all the way down to
cool your rotors, they can warp rather easily
the colors have already started , a bit

MudAnt
09-30-10, 08:19 PM
I think that's it. All were fine, with the exception of the 81 Impala 267 V8 and the 84 FWB 4.1. Both had to be hammered to maintain speed up a big incline.

I've always wondered how a HT4100 would perform in the mountains, considering the 307 hardly makes it up most hills at 60

RippyPartsDept
09-30-10, 08:35 PM
well if you get stranded on the side of the road at least the view will be good
http://www.thermorocks.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/white-mountains-of-new-hamp.jpg
http://www.freefoto.com/images/1218/07/1218_07_3---White-Mountains--New-Hampshire--USA_web.jpg?&k=White+Mountains,+New+Hampshire,+USA
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ae/White_mountains_new_hampshire.jpg
http://photos.igougo.com/images/p106500-North_Conway_NH_USA-White_Mountains.jpg
i was born and raised in the foothills of the white mountains ... spent lots of time up there on day trips, going hiking/camping, etc
really awesome mountain range
but i guess i'm biased

jayoldschool
09-30-10, 09:16 PM
Next weekend will be a great time to drive through and check out Mt. Washington. The trees will be beautiful. You could go to North Conway, and take the train to really see some scenery!

http://www.railpictures.net/images/d1/8/7/9/1879.1253506203.jpg

Here's a few in-car shots that I snapped on one of our drives through the area. It was early October.

Smooth, deserted roads:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/NH%20drive/Picture_0016.jpg

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/NH%20drive/Picture_0021.jpg

Trees changing (IS THAT A FWB going the other way??):

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/NH%20drive/Picture_0028.jpg

Mountains:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/NH%20drive/Picture_0022.jpg

Mount Washington Hotel, with Mt. Washington in the background:

http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e202/jayoldschool/NH%20drive/Picture_0026.jpg

These shots were taken while in my wife's turbo Beetle. It doesn't have a problem with the hills, either.


I've always wondered how a HT4100 would perform in the mountains

It was ok, but not great. With four people, and a trunk loaded with suitcases, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc, it was interesting. Since I know the roads well, I would just pick up as much speed as I could before the hill, and let the momentum carry me up while keeping the throttle the same. This was because giving it more throttle would just make noise without any real increase in speed ;)

HUF
09-30-10, 09:48 PM
Nice pictures, gents. I love mountains!

GenrlRodes
09-30-10, 09:57 PM
That reminds me a little of Western Pennsylvania where I was born and raised. I test drove a 1981 Sedan deVille with the Buick V6 engine...You think the 4.1 is bad for power. I couldn't hit 40 pulling a steep hill with the pedal to the floor. Was a beautiful car though. Brown with D'Elegance cloth interior. Wonder if that engine would out last a 4.1?

RippyPartsDept
09-30-10, 10:06 PM
Since I know the roads well, I would just pick up as much speed as I could before the hill, and let the momentum carry me up while keeping the throttle the same. This was because giving it more throttle would just make noise without any real increase in speed ;)

Back then (when i was growing up on NH) I had an 87 civic and while it didn't make more noise if i got on the throttle going up mountains and the steep hills the end result was the same as you experience
gravity's a bitch, ain't she?
I went to school in Schenectady NY just outside Albany and the trip to and back from school (especially the southern VT stretch) has tons of up and downs.

as to the original question of how cars will do in the mountains... I have a hard time remembering a car with the "this car climbed mt washington" sticker on it that looked like it really could do a hill climb of that proportion - i do remember being surprised a lot at the cars with those stickers though

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and for those that don't know the history of the 'Omni' Mt Washington Hotel here's the goods (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Washington_Hotel)... lots of big timey stuff happened there back in the day