UPS will not deal with a irregular shipment that is not on a stackable pallet, without adding big dollars to the price. Same issue with most freight companies that could even attempt it. The main issue is having to palletize it. I like Vons Idea of possibly having him get it on one of his next trips into houston. James (ko-lec-tor) suggested a plan that I think may work is if I can string together a few guys that live between houston and southern california and have them pass it from guy to guy until it is a drivable distance away from me to get. I think if Von is somewhat mechanically inclined he will be smart enough to remove the handle safely, then it will be easier to transport. So I think I may need a couple of New Mexico & Arizona guys, I know there is at least one CRG-er with a yellow Z/28 in new mexico (Hello Nick). Just have to kinda see who is out there on this one.
Please chime in if you have a trucker friend that makes that route, or have a sweet deal on freight, or live in the southern corridor of this venture!