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The 1st Wind Warning

April 1, 2008 Leave a comment
And finally Winter, with its bitin’, whinin’ wind, and all the land will be mantled with snow.Roy Bean
 
The weather these last few days have been crazy.  End of March with 3 days of snow sticking around.  Last night I had a bolt of thunder go off right above my head on the drive home.  It was earth shattering.  24 hours later my ears still feel like they are full of water.  WHAT?
 
Today the ground reacted to all that crazy weather.  Northwest trees do not like unplanned wind and saturated ground.
 
What started off as a decent day ended flat… 

Jeep AFter Tree

Joy! 

 

  

First Comic

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Spanaway Moonshiners

March 10, 2008 Leave a comment
The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.Adam Smith

I woke up at 6:30 this morning to head to a "High Performance Swapmeet" in Puyallup.  We rode in style…

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Branden drove.  Since my TJ cut off the back half of his rig in the picture above I also added his mod blue prints to this post.

The swapmeet cost ten dollars to get into (when did that start happening?)   

We saw a lot of new and used parts, some rigs that were fixed up pretty nice, and a few rigs that looked like relatives of my first jeep…

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I found a few things I need (2 D rings and a new tow rope) and a few things I would like to have… but mostly I had a good time walking around the fairgrounds with a couple buddies and a lot of Jeeps.  When I saw the older rigs it made me think that having a project car would be fun.  Of course my old Willys sat for 20 years and I never touched it, so I doubt a project car is in my near future.

We tried for 2 caches on the way home, found one and got skunked on the other. 

Another highlight was the biscuits and gravy.  I also found out that Tony is not fond of Tabasco sauce.  (I still used it but in moderation).

If an early morning drive to a swapmeet doesn’t sound like fun to you don’t worry…

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JEEPTHING

It’s a Jeep thing… You wouldn’t understand!

 

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Maximum Destruction

January 21, 2008 Leave a comment
You may be a redneck if… you have spent more on your pickup truck than on your education.Jeff Foxworthy
 
This weekend I went to the Monster Truck Jam at the Tacoma Dome.  Todd a buddy of mine and I counted and I think this makes the 6th year in a row we have gone.  Part of me feels right at home and the other part of me wonders what I am doing their.  The right at home part wins out pretty quick as the sound track to the show vibrates through the bleachers and bands such as AC/DC and Metallica are snuffed out only by the sound of blown big block engines starting up.
 
This year the second place winner of the free style event was Maximum Destruction.  I think that the Max D driver was the best and he only lost to Grave Digger because of the popularity and history the Digger truck has.
 
The size of the Tacoma Dome keeps the event pretty low key.  I found the same trucks on You Tube putting on a much better show than we saw Saturday.
 
Maximum Destruction –
    
 
Grave Digger –
    
 
 
Before the Monsters 
I remember my first "Tractor Pull".  Souped up tractors that looked like farm equipment but were covered in chrome and had blowers on them would pull a sled.  The farther the sled moved, the more the weight went up on the rear axle of the tractor.  Chewelah held a couple of these along 395 in a field. 
 
Later mud racing was added.  A long drag race type event where 4×4’s ran side by side in a trench full of thick mud. 
 
Soon lifted trucks started getting popular and Big Foot made his first appearance at a tractor pull.  The truck was not built to pull and soon the found it much more entertaining to drive over the top of things instead of pull or drive in the mud.
 
Monster Truck Jams as they are called today are a lot of fun but I think that they have lost the roots of the sport and are missing some great pieces.
 
I have known a few people who have aspired to be redneck status and a few others who definately are even though their truck may not be running or is on blocks in the front yard.  However people that know me know I am way too much of a tight wad to achieve redneck status through the add-ons and tweaking of my vehicle.  I have made a few incremental improvements, but I am afraid the ratio of college loans to the fun I spend with my Wrangler will never be that close.
 
I hope you enjoy the videos 🙂
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Black – Before & After

April 12, 2007 Leave a comment
Black is still the "New Black"
 
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."  – Aristotle
 
Any Jeep owner has probably experience dulling and graying of your fender flares.  Olympic 4×4 in Snohomish recommended Duplic-Color Bumper Coating. 
 
See for yourself…
                              Before: 
 
                                After: 
 
        The Complete Picture: 
 
 I was skeptical at first but they turned out pretty good.  The paint is also a UV blocker which should have them stay dark longer. 
 
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