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Well...

Today started with my wanting to wash the truck. But then I got to thinking that why should I wash all the crap off it, just to go bury it again this afternoon. SO I did't wash the truck, rather just admired the mud and laughed at how much fun it was.

Then my buddy rolled by and we went up on the old golf course near my home. Its a nice trail more than a pit. Had to move a wooden gate outta the way (simple log laying on two holders, easily moved) then it was all trail. Kinda bumpy, and I learned that when your front right wheel is up on a huge pile of rocks and you're damn near fallin outta the truck that you can't open the door to take a picture (I'm going back another day but I'm gonna give my buddy the camera so he can take the pics from his truck). Once I got the beast off that mound (kinda lost my clutch momentarily, gonna adjust it tommorow so that doesn't happen again), we went up the trail some more but I started having steering problems. Nursed the truck the 5 miles home, and repaired my steering.

The steering shaft on the older trucks is a crude knuckle assembly that really blows. So I put a couple of washers where the rubber joint is to try and lengthen the shaft. It appeared to be working so off we went again.

This time we didn't go to the golf course we went up on Jackson Mountain, using an OLD fire access trail. Real nice trail! (big pa s, you'd like it!!!), that leads back to a huge pit. Its not really big as far as size goes (probably 1 1/2 truck lengths wide/long), but its deep. My 35's were completely sumberged, and I was sittin on my rocker panels when I hit the deep spot. Real nice mucky nasty stinky mud too... my truck reaks, gonna wash it tommorow after all the guys at work see it.

Being greedy I decided to take a second pass(my buddy was just sittin there with his spot lights on the hole, he put his snowplow stuff on and has that low plow bar so he can't mud anymore), thats when the stuff hit the fan. I lost my steering 1/2 way thru the hole, luckily I managed to turn the wheels just enough that I made it back out of the hole. When I got out and looked my entire steering shaft was seperated from the knuckle (hence it being very crude!), and one of the two nuts that go on either side to "lock" it in place were missing.

It took us a while, but we figured out that if I wedged thick strong sticks (yes sticks! gotta love mother nature!) in there and pounded them a little with a hammer to seat them it should work. Well to be on the safe side I grabbed several branches and thru them in the bed, more sticks to fix it with <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif">. Had to stop about every 5 miles and rewedge/insert more sticks, but I nursed her home. I'm gonna take some pics of one wonderful use for sticks. Anyways, my truck is even more covered in mud than it was yesterday, that is an awesome hole to hit. And after I get my steering fixed AGAIN, and make sure its not gonna fall out or break on me I'm gonna go back up there.

Later all, I'm off to shower and eat. I'm starvin and stinkin.

-Chris
 

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Well, I must say Chris that it be better those sticks from Mother Nature than your stick cut off from your G-Friend!!!! LOL Couldn't resist! <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif">
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Yeah, she would kick my butt if she knew that part of my trip. Girlfriends coming over tommorow after she gets outta class, so I have until 2:30p.m. to get my truck runnin or think of a good reason I'm screwin with stuff again.

I spent all night tonight brainstorming and fabricating. I used two bell washers (look like little mexican hats), cut the bell off them and then cut a slit on one side so that I can bend them around the steering shaft. Put then with the slits facing away from each other for strength, then made a new clip out of cotter pins to hold the hole thing in place. Idea being that those washers will keep the shaft from pulling out of the knuckle, or atleast to make it harder for it to seperate.

Well, I'm done for tonight because the washers are in place and look real secure. I was playin with it to see if I could force it out. I couldn't. The reason this started is cause the shaft isn't long enough (not mine the old lady likes it, the trucks is to short) and it pulled out. So I bottomed out the shaft i the knuckle, and I need to weld a one inch spacer so that everything bolts up nicely. I'm gonna do that tommorow, I'm tired of messin with it and drinking a cold one.

Later all,

-Chris
 

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Well Chris glad the G-Friend is happy with the shaft, but honestly TMI !! LOL
Sounds like you have the work cut out for you (again, no pun intended!)
Isn't it funny how even though it's YOUR truck, she "they" get mad if your working on it AGAIN?!?
Sheesh, you know if you were putting that much work into THEM, there wouldn't be ANY complaining!! <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_razz.gif">
Are you positive of your dates here in Phx?
Let me know a definate!
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Yes, I'll be out a day or so before the 2nd of Feb (thats moms wedding in Vegas). But I'll be in town ATLEAST one week before I come back (if I come back east, hopefully I'll be out there for good cause Feb is the worst of the winters back east)

Yeah, my g/f nags at me for spending time on my truck. But if I call her up and ask her to come over so we can chill she is like "ahh.... I guess". Thats why I love my truck, it doesn't gripe and moan at me just does what I ask. Also it doesn't bleed for 7 days and live to talk about it (no offense to any women on here, just a joke)

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Thanks, I'll stop by Sams Club before I leave and pick up one of the army sized Asprin bottles/jugs... <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif">

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Well, I'd love to chat but I am getting ready to head up for the night. Early day towmorrow - Rain check though??!
It's been a good chat tonight though, Thanks!
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No problem... I gotta get to bed soon anyways. Gotta be at work at 8a.m. (usually don't work until 3p.m. so this is gonna kill me, I'm NOT a morning person very often).

Later man, great chattin with you too. Sleep well, think about those skirts up at ASU k?

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Well, I tried not to think of those Skirts, BUT IT DIDN'T HELP!!! <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_frown.gif">
How R U planning on moving all your stuff from Maryland to AZ with the great gas mileage your already getting?!
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Uhhh... huh.. uhhh.... He said GAS... uhh...

I plan on hiring a gas tanker truck to follow me across the country. Sheez, wouldn't that be nice? I'll be stopping every 2 hours (every hour till I cross the mountains back east) for gas probably.

I haven't really thought that part out yet. Hum... Thx.

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Sorry Jason, but Hey Chris - I don't know of any Trucks for hire (LOL) but you might not have any room to haul considering you have to carry so many spare gas cans!
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Hey 79 sorry to hear about your steering woes but glad you were able to get it back home. Those back country fixes are the best.

I had a '91 Bronco and one of my u-joints blew out on the rear driveshaft a couple of hours from home so I drove it around as a front wheel drive till i could get the u-joint fixed. I give you credit for the fix. Did you put the photos up from this excursion yet.
 

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Naa, I haven't gotten the roll developed yet. I'm gonna finish it up on Sunday and Monday since I'm off till tuesday. That way I'll be able to wash my truck before work. They tend to frown upon leaving a huge pile of dirt/mud/snot lookin **** in the parking lot.

I'm gonna try and hit that huge pit on Sunday evening or Monday afternoon. Thinkin more towards monday tho cause the pictures will comeout better.

Later all,

-Chris
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I know what you mean. I was asked at work to please wash my truck before parking it in the lot when I have been "out" over the weekend. lol
I was parked next to the company president with the truck covered in mud one day and it rained all day long. So mud washed off my truck and was all over and he had to step through it to get in his volvo. oops.
good thing he has a good sense of humor.
 

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OOPS <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_smile.gif"> Poor mister CEO had to walk thru some mud to get to his beloved Volvo huh? Awww, poor baby <IMG SRC="/board/images/smilies/icon_wink.gif"> LOL

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