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Born Nov-26-1980
Cars, computers, bass guitar on my off time, working out, camping, hiking, blah blah blah
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Year: 2000
Make: Jeep
Model: Wrangler
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Body Style: vert
Engine: 4.0L
Trans: 5sp
From: Alaska
Color: Patriot Blue
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4 May 2012
So all the snow is finally gone and I can find my way around the junk piles here in camp, so I went exploring. Found a pallet with half a motorcycle, another motorcycle frame and engine, and a pair of three-wheeler frames and engines (look fairly complete except for most plastic and seats, and there's a seat nearby).

I've really been Jonesing for a motorcycle to do a summer commute with, but anything up here costs more than the benefit I'll get from it.

The biggest draw on this pile is the Yamaha DT250 enduro, right around 1975 model year. It'll take a lot of work, and what seems like a lot of cash to find parts for it (I'll probably do the bare minimum, not a full resto just yet...parts for that are ungodly), but I think it'll be a fun project. I'll leave the three-wheelers for someone else. Maybe grab everything and sell it, who knows? But that bike is mine.

And this is just after I dropped $500 on the remainder of my Jeep's stereo components. Hooray.

1 May 2011
So I finally remembered to get the pictures we took of our trip to Valdez off the camera and uploaded. Now that the Strat is gone, I guess I should post up whatever pics I had of the old girl...and they're definitely a sight.

Overlooking the Tanana Valley north of the Alaska Range.

Passing through the foothills of the AK Range
Pretty much the abrupt northern edge of the range...

It started raining as we reached the highest elevations and began our descent to the coast and Valdez, making for sparse images through infrequent gaps in the cloud cover.
30 Apr 2010
Final payment on the Stratus went out today. I am now clear of all car loan debt.

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6 Nov 2009
So I have grandiose dreams and ambitions. Sue me.

Anyway, I've decided that after I build my TJ to an acceptable level for local wheeling, I plan on tackling a 6x6 project. Not an M35Ax, but more along the lines of a LWB 1-ton van or pickup. I'm leaning towards the van for the interior amenities possible. but I digress.

The biggest hurdle of any 6x6 project is how to get power to the rearmost axle. I've seen a few ways of dealing with this issue. The most common I've found being a 1:1 transfer case unit hard-mounted to the intermediate axle, clocked in such a way to allow for a driveshaft to be passed over the intermediate axle down to the rear axle. it could be a standard transfercase turned around and using the rear output as the input, with the two front shafts driving the two axles.

If that's confusing, here's a thread:

front of intermediate axle:
Notice how the center output of a standard pass-drop t-case is the input here.

Side of center axle:


And the factory input becomes the output to the rearmost axle. this or the t-case is a dual-offset case (think landcruiser or Land rover) using the input to drive the center axle.

Another solution I've found is an NP205/200 combination, using the offset outputs of the NP200 in the NP205 case retaining its factory center output, giving you a t-case with dual rear outputs. One output would be into a two-piece CV driveshaft back to an offset rear axle. This allows for 2Hi, 2Lo, 4hi, and 4Lo, but no FWD. The previous arrangement would allow for an upgraded transfercase for strength. but this one would be easier to adapt with junkyard parts. I'm wondering if there are adapters out there which allow a t-case to be hard-mounted to an axle or if it would need to be custom made. I was thinking just having it done yoke-yoke with a steel frame bolted to the axle tubes and diff cover, but that would be one heavy pig. It would have to have started out as a divorced t-case with a yoke on each shaft.
I can also see about making a chain-drive over-axle box from scratch...1/4" plate with tubing welded on to hold the bearing races for the input and output shafts and the chain cogs. Might even be able to make it shiftable so I can disable the center axle and use a small ATV winch to pull the axle up so I'm not driving all 6 wheels back and forth from the trail.

I'm also planning to run 3 steering GM 14 bolt 1-ton axles (these things are beastly) with full-hydraulic rear-steer and hydraulic assist front steer (full hydro front is sketchy on the street with no driver feedback and no backup if a line blows) to keep the turning radius somewhere lower than the moon's orbit.

I just copied and pasted this from the same post I made on my local 4x4 club forum so if there's anything here that you need defined just let me know. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)

Here's a couple videos to illustrate what I want to do, but with tires 2" taller.
17 Oct 2009

My wife thinks it's ugly...I think it has character. Interior needs a little spit shine and polish but the rest of it is (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cool.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cool.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/cool.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif) (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)

In case you don't want to read the big wall of text:
1963 Jeep Willys FC-170
Dana 60's front and rear 5.13:1 gears, detroit lockers
44" Super Swamper Boggers
LS6 520hp
Atlas II transfer case
(Apparently) front and rear winches. I can't see the rear one.

nothing really top shelf but the engine so it's not super expensive. it would cost more to build one of my own than buy that.

total awesomeness. I just about came in my shorts when I saw it. Hopefully it won't sell and I'll see it back up there when I make mah millionz. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)

There's also this one but quite a bit out of my price range:

this one and the owner's previous buggy are some of the smoothest most badass rigs out there today, but dollar for dollar I'd go with the FC for its sheer character.
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