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Old 08-28-2014, 07:07 PM   #151 (permalink)
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Gonna have more time at home and even less to wheel, for some time anyway....

Don't quote, not phishing for comments, just venting....

Don't "know" any of y'all here, personally, but offer this advice.

If you've kids, give 'em an extra big hug.

Have been blessed with two scary smart, healthy kids, and, up until two weeks ago, neither had suffered from more than allergies or a cold.

All changed in the blink of an eye, starting with a slight swelling two weeks ago, that led to a solid week of test, then a very invasive biopsy last Friday, to confirmation of our worst fears diagnosed this Tuesday, ending with an appointment with pediatric oncology this morning.

She's going to be fine, since stated "if you get to pick your cancer, this is the one you want" and is holding up much better than I am, already saying she's going to "tattoo" her head and not worry with wigs or hats, which is commendable for a 14 year old freshman girl.

Can't fawking believe it.... hell, can't even speak without breaking down .... she and my wife are troopers, thankfully.

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Sorry to hear that

I'll be praying for your family.

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Mine and my family prayers are for you and yours. Thats all i can say. Lords will be done, the one who knows best
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Whoa... my prayers go out for your daughter, your self and your family.
Having lost a brother at the ripe old age of 18 while only being 20 myself, not from cancer but from an accident, and now 49 with children that are 18, 14, and 11 I have come to realize the mortality of our beings, it has reduced me to tears on more than one occasion. Youth is a powerful thing, never daunted by the inevitable.
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Don't post a lot in here, but have been following and enjoying this thread. Just wanted to chime in from the other side of the world and wish you and your daughter the best mate.
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I have a daughter who started high school last week.
The fright and unknown your family faces paralyzes me.

Our prayers are with your family.

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Damn man, that's terrible. Having only one child so far, a 16 month old, this is something I think about all of the time and can't imagine what you're going through. Stay strong for her brother.

My wife is an RN at an oncology clinic here in Houston, and unlike me, she shoots straight and doesn't bullshit. So if you need a sounding board or just want more information, shoot me a pm and I'll get her to respond.

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I know you aren't looking for comments, but I had to say something. We may not "know" each other, but we have been talking for years. My heart is breaking for your daughter, you and your family.

My daughter turned 5 in April. Before she was 2, she was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. For a little over a year, we gave her weekly shots of a super low dose chemo (can't spell the damn name of the drug). She was clear for about 6 months, then had a flair up in 3 joints before her 4th birthday. We decided to try joint injections this time. Long story short, the injections triggered something in her body and she ended up being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. For those that don't know, T1 has nothing to do with eating sugar or being overweight. Her immune system attacked the cells that produce insulin and killed them. She will live the rest of her life tracking her blood sugar level and injecting herself with insulin or else she will die.

I'm not trying to compare stories, I just want you to know that I completely understand what you are feeling. You see your little girl fighting through something you can't even comprehend and there isn't a damn thing you can do about it. The pain is indescribable. If it helps, I will tell you the fear and pain numbs. Your daughter will become your hero as you watch her kick cancers ass with grace that you or I could never muster. Just know that I will be praying for you and if there is anything I can do, I'm a message away. Even if it is just to vent to someone who can relate.
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I will tell you the fear and pain numbs.

I replied to the message before reading your post. You know exactly how defeating a feeling it is to see a child endure what none should, and the feeling of helplessness that ensues.

Good to know the above, because it's manifesting as anger, yet there's nothing to be angry at, but want and need to hide until it DOES numb.

I know all mean well, but only so much I can take, and I don't care to hear about how much stronger she'll be after defeating, don't care to hear about it being a better cancer to have, really don't care to hear anything.

Hate to hear of your daughter 'a bad family's struggles, Chad.

Just doesn't seen right that kids can be forced to bear these burdens....pisses me off to no end, in between bouts of balling like a baby.
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Just so you know, a punching bag helps. Along with a lot of tissues. And a place where nobody hears you cry, cuss, and punch at the same time.
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Everyone w children took a deep breath when you posted. I wish the best for your family Chris.
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I'll be praying for your family.
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Don't post a lot in here, but have been following and enjoying this thread.
It'll get back on track, soon, so stay tuned.

I've gone rounds on the particulars of the build, but have discussed it seeing California as a canvas for Metalangelo.

It'll be THE most epic FZJ73 on earth, when he's done.

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Thanks.

One of my few closest mates is in NSW.

May never meet the man, in person, but from the earliest fears expressed by the pediatrician, that saw her for the swelling, he's been providing support from the other side of the world, and very thankful for.

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Thank you, sir.

Here's what's scary.

I've several buddies that have offered similar, be it wives, sisters, mothers, uncles, three or four specifically in pediatric oncology units.

I am not blind to the world and we all know there's immense suffering amongst children throughout, but I had no idea that so many suffered from cancer in youth.

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Morgan's asked me for over a year why I don't build a jeep (not a Jeep, but the broader the term describes).

73 is close enough, right?

She's very shy in public and had made mention to her mother that she was embarrassed when I dropped off or picked up in the (now deceased) 80, "because all the boys stared."

My wife didn't seem to understand the pain that caused me, nor my reply "because it's fawking cool and they want it" as justification for.

Bahahahaha.

I've already told them both (mother/daughter) that her first car WILL be a vintage Cruiser, of some form, since it embodies all that a young female driver needs:

Slow
Manual
Steel, and lots of it
Uncomfortable (as fawk) interior
Easy to spot in a crowd OR seclusion
Plenty of potential for tracking device installation.

I've threatened with a Pig for over a year, threatened my (now dead) 80 (with obvious suspension improvements BEFORE handing over the keys), no way it's gonna be the 73, so mebbe I'll keep the FJC, so you can Sol-style it (with a cage), or even a mundane 40 build...with a cage and barrier between passenger and driver seats.

Side note:

Was chatting with Sol, who thought I was crazy, which I am, but told him you needed a real challenge......and an SA'd FJC-UTE was in order.

They can't get any uglier, so a cabbed/tray back, V8 on 40s, 112" WB, FJC could be kinda cool....and no back seat which serves a purpose, if passing down to a daughter. Hahaha.
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I know a lot of y'all have kids, so you understand what it's like to be a parent and protector.

This situation is unnerving....

Morgan is the picture of a healthy, early teenage girl.

When I said this the first time, after I had to really think about it, but I thank God that this manifested somewhere we could see it, otherwise it may have gone undetected for years.

There's not many instances where otherwise healthy kids are subjected to CT scans that would show internal inflammation, so I don't know how we'd have ever known what was going on inside of her body, until it was in an advanced state.

That's scary shit.

When they ordered the first scan of her neck on 8/19, we thought they were being overly cautious, borderline insane, but stated that, because she showed no signs of illness, they felt prudent.

That was inconclusive, so ordered another CT scan of chest and neck (8/20) along with labs, at this point, we were growing concerned.

This scan showed other areas of inflammation and, when they stated a biopsy was necessary on the neck mass.

Biopsy surgery goes down (8/22) originally said by surgeon that a small 1/4-1/2" incision, small tissue extraction was ordered, should take an hour and he'd literally wait until pathology inspected the sample, deemed large enough to conduct the study.

Took two and a half hours, a 1 1/2" incision, and they removed the entire node. At this point, the gut wrenching fear began.

He'd scheduled a follow up and pathology results review for 8/28, which was a lot of time for worry.

Get the call from the physician Tuesday afternoon (8/26) that "we need to come in" and we both knew....

8/28 We're meeting with pediatric oncology.

9/3 She'll check in for a PET Scan, a full body CT scan, bone marrow extraction, and port installation, the latter literally a port to her bloodstream that'll serve for all chemo treatments and blood draws.

After these tests return, they'll determine what the most focused chemo treatment to be, and begin the week of 9/8.

Two days in hospital receiving, then a 3 to 4 week break.

Two more days of chemo after, another 3 to 4 week break, then they'll start over with the testing and adjust the chemo treatment from there.

It's said they Hodgkin's Lymphoma responds to chemo very well, but obviously none know it can say how long the repeating schedule may be.
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Saying a prayer for your family... hang in there!
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Plenty of potential for tracking device installation.

....and no back seat which serves a purpose, if passing down to a daughter. Hahaha.

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Maybe a matching chastity five point belt, too.....

I recall unspeakable acts occurring in an '83 280Z, so more protective measures may be in order. Ha.
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Have always appreciated the diversion Cruisers and conversations surrounding, provided. Necessary diversion from reality.

Realizing I'm the one that inserted a harsh reality into this thread, and will continue to, as time progresses (with good news of her successfully kick this shit's ass, along with her speedy recovery) it's difficult to think about much else, but trying.
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Partially regurgitated from a Mud post of Mud, as I know some of y'all really H8MUD....

Was trying to find a low(er) range gearset for the part time case, similar to the Marlin (Mark's) gears I had in the 80, which I though kicked ass, although I don't know any better, not having wheeled anything with a true crawl aspect.

Maybe ignorance can be bliss....

I'd posed swapping an H150F first into the H151F, since lower range typically in HZJd, along with a low range for the HF1A.

Rick D explained the entire H150F countershaft gearset would have to be sourced, which is as expensive as a used tranny, along with the reasoning the HF1A couldn't be lowered, since the idler shaft is integrated into the gear, itself.

So, began pondering what I'd wind up with, using what I had for the 73, compared to my 80, from a numerical standpoint and butt dyno.

Used:

http://www.4lo.com/calc/gearratio.php

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A343F (FZJ80)
1st 2.804:1
2nd 1.531:1
3rd 1.000:1
OD .753:1

H151F
1st 4.081:1
2nd 2.294:1
3rd 1.491:1
4th 1:1
5th .881:1

HF2A (FZJ80)
H 1:1
L 2.488:1

HF1A
2H 1:1
4H 1:1
4L 2.488:1

Mark's HF2A (FZJ80)
4L 3:116:1

Diff Gears (FZJ80)
5:29:1

Tires
37s

So, in my FZJ80:

HF2A 4H 1:1
Mark's 3:116:1 L
A343F 1st 2.804:1
Diffs 5.29:1
37s

Final ratio 4H
1st-14.83:1
2nd-8.09:1
3rd-5.29:1
OD-3.98:1

Crawl ratio: 46.22:1

Would run 2,900 RPMs at 75mph
Calculated using above,

RPMs at 75mph 2,713

Same calculator:

HF1A H 1:1
HF1A L 2.488:1
H151F 4.081:1
Diffs 5.29:1
37s

Final Ratio 2/4H
1st-21.59:1
2nd-12.14:1
3rd-7.89:1
4th-5.29:1
5th-4.7:1

Crawl ratio: 54.06:1

Calculated RPMs at 75mph 3,174.20

Net result, the H151F/HF1A is affords a low(er) low than Marlin's gearset in the HF2A.

With 5.29s, it looks like 2nd will be first and highway speeds will run the 1FZ into the 3,200 RPM range, which it'll do all day, no problem.

I realize none of that is impressive, compared to alternatives, but is in line with FZJ73s and makes me happy, which is all that matters.
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So the questions, based on final ratios with 37s and 5.29s:

If supercharging, should 4.88s be considered for on road driving?

Or 39s, instead? Cuttin' mo' metal to free up the real estate they'll require with a lower lift?

By calculations, with the belly height I'm thinking, should only lose 1" compared to my 80. Don't know how the shorter wheelbase will come into play, though.

In the spirit of maintaining mechanical, non electrical running gear, casually looking for cable locked diffs and levers.
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