Discussion in 'Builds and Fabricators Forum' started by timsresort, Dec 27, 2020.
X3. Such a nice Jeep.
Today I want to go for a good highway run up a pass. First, I checked timing, and the fact that there was none explained the sluggish feel it had at speed. (Wasn't sure if that was the 6 psi tires). In order to move the distributor where I need it, I had to pick it up and over a tooth, so the vacuum canister doesn't hit the fan. Did that, and put about 8 degrees in it, it already sounds much happier. I took it up Echo Summit (elev. 7300') at highway speed, and it ran much better, especially since I aired back up. At home, I took the top off and started installing snaps on the cage for the sun shade. (Had to order more).
We are starting conversations about outfitting the jeep for the big trip. I started a list, jack, tools, first aid, fire extinguisher, strap, etc. Nick sent this, a new genuine Hi-Lift. I'm thinking about here.
I will have a week to think about it more, I'm taking my wife to Hawaii tomorrow to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Our first trip since becoming empty-nesters. Aloha!
Alright, I'm back. Work is brutal after a nice break. But this made me smile, a 3B with a PTO winch on the t-shirt for the 70th. I am the only guy, that I know of, on this trip, that fits that profile.
Had a few minutes to mount a fire extinguisher. And throw some gear in the tux to see how it fits for the Poor Boy Run, in 2 weeks. Also got the tailgate stencil applied. Very important.
Without that you would be stuck in 2wd!
Continuing the canvas project, this is a little kit I made for my military vehicles. Snaps, grommets, Lift-the Dots, etc. I get all my supplies from Northwest Tarp and Canvas, (great ebay store, BTW). The tool is the Hoover Press-and-Snap tool, one of my all time favorite time and anxiety savers. It has changeable dies for all kinds of fasteners and grommets.
I usually get the black finish on the fasteners, looks good on anything.
Installed 5 across the front bar, drilling and tapping 6-32 screws into the cage for the male snap.
Another 5 across the back, and 3 on each side.
It turned out great. My friend John made this canvas for me, and is coming on his very first Jamboree with us next month. I think it is a nice finishing touch, and Nick and his passenger are going to appreciate it on that 85 degree day at 6500 feet.
Windshield down wheeling with sun shade totally changed my life! I don’t think I could ever go back to windshield up wheeling….
Looking good. Will Zeph follow Ernie and ditch the OD for the rocks after his trip??
I know, me either. I have even left it down in a summer thunderstorm, it was entertaining watching the water slosh from one side to the other.
I don't know, but he has been shopping for one of those newfangled things with 4 doors. Hopefully we can sway him to the land of no computers, no safety, the smell of 90 weight and the sound of an oddfire at about 500 rpm.
Need to get the jack mount done so I can paint the rack. I made an extension to hold the butt end of the jack, and a tab for the upper end.
Finish welded everything, masked off the latches, painted with Steel-it. I love that stuff.
When you need the jack, you don't want to be searching for a wrench, so I am making some hand operated bolts.
The final product, rack back on with greased bearings, tire back on (that was fun by myself), can holder on, jack attached.
More testing with Nick in the drivers seat. Went back to our local off road area, it was good to get him some seat time.
On the upper pile, he slid off the line, which in his defense was really dug out. It swallowed up the rear 37" tires and grabbed the diff, and we had a pointy rock behind the axle tube, threatening the rear brake line. Couldn't go back or forward, so it was a perfect time for a winch clinic. We went over the PTO controls and technique in this perfect setting, not holding anyone up, no one around.
It pulled pretty hard, until the cable to hook clamps failed. We found the clamps, cut the frayed cable and reinstalled with the few tools we had. After that, it pulled the jeep out, and drove to the top. As we headed down, I told Nick about the "never saddle a dead horse" rule of cable clamps, and got the weird look you get when your son thinks you're making stuff up. Frankly I don't know if they were installed correctly, but I will fix it correctly before the trip.
Looking good! Could you explain the dead horse thing?
Absolutely. The term stuck with me all these years, and what happened the other night with the cable pulling out is a first for me, so my guess is we had a saddled dead horse.
I will post when I fix it this weekend. 10 days until the trip, still a few things to do, not to mention food and gear and work.
Before I get to the winch line, I noticed we did do some damage on our little excursion the other night. When we had the jeep hooked in there, a rock pressed the brake line against the tube and the anti wrap mount.
With the upcoming trip, this was a good chance to break out my trail kit for fuel and brakes. A 30 cal. box with tools, fittings, clamps, lines, electric fuel pump, clutch slave cylinder, all to make a basic trail fix. And this is where my double flaring tool lives, so why not see if I can make this fix with the kit. (the beer did not come with the kit, but it should).
OK I cheated, but if this had been a trail repair, I would have made a patch section, not a complete new line. But you get the idea.
I fixed the dead horse problem with 3 clamps, all with the saddle on the live end.
And the launch sequence has commenced. 72 hours out, as of this morning. Food shopping, food prep, serviced both jeeps, all fluids, a thorough nut and bolt check. also flushed all old brake fluid out of the 3B. Checked all cook gear, spare parts, personal gear. Since i believe a washed jeep runs better, I did that too. Then how will it all fit? Spent some time on that. Having the same drivetrain in both jeeps helps a lot for spare parts, and being able to split up the cook gear, food, and beverages between 2 jeeps helps. The food will go in my ARB fridge in the 3B, (with solar charging). The drinks in a good old coleman cooler in the tux. We will both have day bags, with the first lunch and dinner, and drinks. This keeps from having to untie to get into the goods while on the trail. We expect an (at least) 14 hour day weds, getting into the springs well after dark.
The 3B has the majority of the parts, tools, welder, ARB fridge, stove, propane, some dry goods, so it is already loaded pretty good.
The night before the trip was Nick's birthday, so cake was in order after a nice dinner out in South Lake Tahoe.
Weds. morning, loading, gassed up, iced down, lunches packed, check the list one more time.
A quick stop at the motel where our buddies were staying to gather up the group. Just 5 rigs on this run, after a few dropped out for various reasons.
We were presented with our commemorative cups for the run. These were great for hot (now), and cold (later).
Have ALL the fun!
We got out of South Shore about 8, went through the newly burned Echo Summit and Wright's Lake Road area, made a few quick pit stops, and arrived at the Loon Lake dam at about 10. Had to stop for the RT sign, Nick and his college buddy.
At the entry kiosk, we aired down to 7 lbs., windshields down, hubs locked, 4 lo.
We hit the gatekeeper at about 11, and went through so quick, I did not get a photo. So far I am liking how the tux is doing. Entered the bowl shortly after, and we are motoring.
After the tough little stair steps getting out of the bowl, we came to everyone's favorite, Whale bones. The LJ's in our group went right up the left side, the CJ's go to the right.
You can see where they drilled and popped the tip of the rock, that was covered in body paint.
It doesn't look like much, but it's a little ***-pucker spot. I know some guys like @Norcal69 pay attention here. Nick was twisted here enough to get into the RF fender with the tire, that we were not previously able to do on the RTI ramp.
Wow I wish I could go there sometime. looks like a lot of fun.
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