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Old 05-30-2018, 11:05 PM   #151 (permalink)
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Fan Shroud Frustrations…

My fans are a pair of Spal 11” ultra high flow, knock you over, “you sure you really need this?” versions (or whatever other superlatives they’re using to describe their performance products these days). Part no. 30102800. https://webstore.spalusa.com/content...02800_SPEC.pdf

The cladding bodies measure right around 12” which leaves me hanging off the overlaps of the end tanks a bit.




I’d forgotten that the Ron Davis version I’d eyeballed used a shroud just like this until I spied that pic digging for info for the last post, but it’s nice that there’s precedence. FWIW, I’m also planning dedicated fan/trans cooler for the TH400. Power steering will get a finned cooler under the winch as well. Like I said, I’m putting just about as much cooling on this thing as I can.

Testing vertical placement in place.




Started a layout in 0.090” aluminum. Probably could get away 0.060” but the header and foot plates were 0.090” and this should see some heavy bouncing around.




What’s all that decorative sharpie going on there? My plan was to bead roll the hell out of this thing since it’s in a somewhat visible location and why not? I even figured out how to use washers to trace profiles and end up with a shape that would just be super rad. Then I tried out my bead roller…




Wow. Bead rolling is hard. If you want to put a step into something, the dies are too close together for 0.090”. I mean, I know I was a little higher than the recommended capacity but I figured I’d just go over it a few times. Also, you can get a get a kit for Mittler Bros for adjustable die offsets so I made my own shim before I even tried rolling.






Problem is, for a step, I didn’t have enough clamping to do this in one pass. If you’re at a partial depth, the plate wants to engage at an angle. Now you can’t go around corners and what not because it crashes into the jaws.




So I did the math. For a rectangle, bending stiffness = 1/12*B*H^3. B = base or length of bend (which is constant in this case). H = thickness. That ^3 power term means that jumping from 0.060” material to 0.090” material is about 3.4x harder to bend. Huh, no wonder I’m having difficulties…

I tried rolling a classic bead since in this case I’d be able to take multiple passes and it doesn’t engage at an angle. It kinda worked but not really.




You need to be able to “take in” material and force it to stretch locally vs. the surroundings, not just bend it. If you take too many passes it just ends up functioning like a really crappy press brake and putting v’s into the metal. Oh and you scar up the metal something serious to boot.





Backside: Standard bead at right, ugly step roll on the left.




I gave up. It was late and I was due up at Anthony’s first thing in the AM. Basically decided to finish this as a simple/heavy duty shroud. If I want to make a fancy one, I’ll need to start from material with a proper thickness and remake the shroud. Since it’s a bolt in, that might not be the end of the world.

That said, I do have about 4” of covered radiator at the top of this shroud since the fans must sit kinda low to clear my cross bar. I’m debating making my own little rubber flipper valves to help evacuate air at speed. The downside is that my intake filters will to live right behind this area. It’ll be a dual filter in a sharp Y coming off the throttle body and living just under the hood skin inboard of each shock tower. What would you do, let the filters see somewhat warmer air (fans will be blasting away underneath them either way)? Rubber flip valve in the areas between the filters? Leave it alone? Bead roll new shrouds, repeatedly until I make my bitching plan a reality?

I think I'm approaching the point I don't care and I'll just finish what I have but I'm always curious on your opinions.

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Trying to finish the shroud... I went to use my other new tool. Baileigh BB-4416 mag brake.

Baileigh BB-4416 mag brake:

Iíve known I have quite a bit of sheetmetal work ahead of me, so I bought a sheet metal brake. I liked the small footprint and versatility of bends possible so went with a Baileigh BB-4416 Mag Brake. My garage continues to be 10 lbs of stuff in a 5 lb space so I had to make a few mods before the brake would work for me.

Added risers to put the elevation of the work surface just above my weld table.








You have to add your own plug.




The brake calls for 220 V +/-5% (209-231v) and straying outside this range will void your warranty. Since my house nominally runs at 240 (and I was measuring 247 V at the plug) I got to wire up a buck boost transformer to drop the voltage into range. Iím not 100% sure if my multimeter read correctly as I ended up at 215 V rather than the 225 or so I was hoping for. I may rewire the buck/boost the alternate approach for less drop. Iím finding I want every bit of capacity I can get out of this machine.




The pedal plug was installed backward with threads not facing the connector so I got to redo that. (Thanks Baileigh, loving you guys right now).






I also built a holder for the pedal so it wouldnít be in the way on the floor when I clean up.

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Finally I used the brake to build a holder for the various dies and tooling to hang off the back. I can vouch for their limits. It wouldn’t do a 44” piece of 16 gauge stainless (manual says 0.050”), so I ended up having to section my holder to get it done.









The more I use it the more I find capacity is the Achilles heel of this machine. On a traditional finger break you can cheat things a bit and do more than you’re supposed to. On this one, you just pop the magnetic bar.

Getting back to the fan shroud write up. Remember that 0.090 aluminum I talked about? Yeah, turns out this machine’s rated capacity is probably only 0.060 aluminum at 4’ (estimating from other numbers since they don’t call out aluminum). Either way my shroud is 24” long. Cutting the “B” term in half from 1/12*B*H^3 means I’m still trying to be 1.7x the machine capacity and that doesn’t take into account the magnetism falling off with distance.

At the end of the day, I still don’t really have space for a press brake. The machine works awesome for smaller stuff. Case in point. I made some quick soft jaws I was stoked on before bolting the bead roller in a vice.

It kicks ass hitting specific angles.




Even folded the corners and marked which side goes toward the handle.




What I think I’ll eventually do is void my warranty (don’t care that much) and build clamps to aid the bar up top in those times where I need the extra capacity. I should also probably re-wire the buck boost to put myself at the top end of the allowable voltage.

In the spirit of “waste not - want not”, I used the wood crate the brake came in to make rolling storage that fits under the Land Cruiser. Makes clean up a great deal easier when needed.



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Old 06-03-2018, 10:14 PM   #154 (permalink)
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So what happened on the fan shroud? I bent it at Anthony’s. On a proper 55 ton press brake. We cut off and welded the sides since we didn’t have ideal lengths of dies to make it a box break.




M6 rivet nuts driven. 4 across the top since it hangs the weight and I like the pattern better. 3 across the bottom since a 4 piece pattern would reduce clearances vs. my links. I’m only building in about 3/8" to the axles at full stuff so better not to reduce that.





This is the filter position relative the top section I was talking about.




While at Anthony’s I also bend some scrap for the extensions needed for the side overhangs. Dummy, and working my way down with test cuts.




Shave to fit.




Those burned in fine, but then I tried to weld a brace across the backside and suddenly I had a massive taco shell on my hands.




Tried to heat it with a torch to get it screaming hot and see if I could get it to stress relieve a bit, but that only made things worse. Decided to soldier on and see what it looked like with the holes cut out since the heat affected area might have a bit less sway. I’d been planning to plasma out the middle with a circle cutting fixture I hadn’t tried yet, but now I was paranoid about using heat so I instead I broke out a jig saw and just cut it out the old fashioned way. Thankfully my taco laid right back down, but I swear part of that circle closed the gap behind the saw blade as I did it.




More rivet nuts and the brace that gave me such a challenge. Had a hard time getting it tack without filler so probably put too much heat into it. I’m still learning aluminum.




At least it fit and clears everything as intended. I really did want a brace there since it got pretty thin in the middle.




And the final final fit check before I move over to the chassis side.




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Before I committed to the burning in the new radiator mount points I remembered that the cross bar had some tension in it from various welding operations nearby (welding deformation leading to residual stress). Popped it loose and confirmed, 1/8” or more off.




Decided I wanted this to be removable without too much headache so cut and rewelded one of the insert bits. Ended up reburning the opposite end.




Now I could finally burn in my radiator supports.

Decided to make a bit more threaded area, rather than relying on wall thickness. Sometimes even the little scraps come in handy. I've been purging some of my truly randomness, but anyways.








Cross bar parts are the same except they use rectangles since it was easier to cut down square tube to match curvature.



Turns out TIG welding upside down with poor access is harder than MIG welding upside down. More pleasant since it doesn't splatter on you, but still harder.

Final fit, not much extra but it works. While I could go up more, this elevation of the fans lets me slip them under the cross bar to install from the front fully assembled.




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That's really nice, looks well worth the rigamarole you went through.
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That's really nice, looks well worth the rigamarole you went through.
Thanks, I flipped back and realizing I designed and order the radiator about a year and a half ago. Rigamarole indeed.

I'm happy with the result so I think the prior headaches will fade. I really should have had Howe build a blank shroud through. Definitely hindsight on that one.
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Fuel tank. I want to actually drive this thing--meaning have the option of road trip use not just trail duty--so I wanted a healthy tank. I made it through 3+3 rounds of CAD (3 cardboard aided design, 3 computer aided). I think the final capacity should be about 20 gallons but I did so many tweaks to this thing to get it right that I could honestly be anywhere in the 18+ range and I wouldn’t know the difference.

Where we left it...




Girls supervising last check of tank before fully welding. They like riding bikes in the street when the garage door is open.




Fit check, fill point will go in one of the access ports and tuck behind a flippy license plate bracket.




Seat Mounting should work out. The gap is so I have a place to route all the lines, vent, and wiring harness.






And last but not least...




What, you don't weld the insides of your fuel tank? More to come.

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I have another area I could use a hand with in figuring out how I support this.

I’m still working on it, but one key bit is that I modified my skidplate concept from the XJ. Rather than being a pure cover, this one will support the tank itself with some 3/8” rubber padding between the skid and tank. Frankly this is tucked in so far toward the axle it should be hard to hit and even if I get rear ended that’s more likely to hammer into a tire before it get underneath me

The skid is all 1/4” plate. It’s 100% welded out out. Pretty happy with how it turned out.




Drain holes in the corners so it can’t become a pool, one of them was enlarged as a placeholder for a tank drain I have yet to add.






Cardboard to mockup the rubber spacers. Need to figure out how much I need to support this while maintaining a drain path.




So mounting is planned to have the biggest weight supported by the skid. The trick is that I need to figure out angles inside both frame rails once I’m ahead of the axle (also from below) and a variety of L shaped tabs along the topside to hold it down. If anyone knows of kick ass ways of getting rubber isolation to stay put under a tab, please chime in. I’m thinking it needs some sort of detent as well as glue to be sure the rubber can’t walk it’s way out from under the tab. Normally I’d use straps (and maybe I still can up top), but from beneath since the links tuck in there it has to be supported on the sides only.

The topside follows the back seat but isn’t that weird.




The big twist is that I made a void space so that the links and diff will actually tuck INTO the tank at full compression. Man this picture makes me happy.




Threw some weight on it (steering valve) to keep it at the right pitch and it sits pretty nice.




Welding inside I alluded to prior is twofold. All the seams that are most likely to take an impact at the bottom and rear of the tank were welded inside and out. Overkill, I know. However, I already talked about why I didn’t do the bladder version and this had me feel marginally better about it. It’s all 5052-H32 aluminum so it can bend a good ways before failure. Material thickness ranges from 3/16 to 0.090 depending on the sensitivity of the location.




The plan is for two smallish hydramats on either side of this well. It kinda gives me a sump for free without having to weld extra baffles.

Since the center of the tank necks down so narrow I also added a vertical gusset to tie top and bottom together.




This tank is a bit of a one trick pony, but this is why making a proper tank bladder would be so hard. This is certainly the gnarliest sheet-metal I’ve ever designed. I did the whole thing in Solidworks using sheet metal flat patterns to predict bend radii. Then took some digging to find a shop with the appropriate tooling. Took a 14 page drawing to describe (and one panel still managed to get built backward).

Getting this bent was enough of a headache that it reinforces that I really should have made the stretch to buy the 4’ press brake from my old job. I think I may be kicking myself over that for the next several decades. I’m thankful to have very few life regrets but dammit that’s one. If I had proper shop, I’d pull the trigger on a press brake, tubing bender, shear, and knee mill. I want a bigger shop far more badly than I want a bigger house.

Back to the tank.

Why the two holes up top?

One will be my fill point as well as exit, return, vent, and pump bulkhead. The other lets me fill the tank with anti-slosh media and will support the fuel level sender. The oval shapes are because I inherited 5x fuel tanks from Millenworks and therefore the access panels were free. By the way if anyone needs a bladder in a box style tank or tanks. Hit me up. Needs new foam, otherwise A-okay.

Final thought. My measurements were damn close but I still ended up with the tank sitting about 1/8" higher than flush to where my seat bar is. I may end up needing to space the seat up (which means moving it forward, which screws up my front mounting for the frame). I also need to reinforce the rear seat frame itself since I'm planing to use the seat frame as the mount point for the rear lap belts. I may end up just entirely cutting out the rear most cross bar to replace it with something heavier.




As always, thoughts and commentary appreciated.

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Solid work on the tank for sure.
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Just got caught up on this one. Really love how itís turning out. Any updates?
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Hi y'all, been a while.

Wanted to let you guys know about some changes for me and the family. As of last November I’m now the Sr. Mechanical Engineer for the Keck Observatory where I've been working on this:




It's one of two 10m telescopes at the top of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii. I'd often half joked that I didn't want to die in CA (I'd lived in various parts of the state since I was seven) so now I get to prove the point.

So yeah, why haven't I been posting? We've been busy frying other fish.

New roads ahead. And here's a couple of them.







Anyways, it’s rad over here. I’ve having a ton of fun, work is good, the family is settling in well and there are so many places to explore. I’m back into working on my FJ40 (it came with) and have a bunch of catching up on posting to do. If there are any other peeps on the Big Island please say hello.

Aloha!
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Wow, thatís awesome! And congratulations! Glad the 40 was able to make the move with you. Look forward to seeing adventures on the island.
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Thanks... We do like it here a lot.

So what’s involved in moving to an island? Basically a crap ton of logistics. Keck gave me a bucket of money based on a set formula (X people, Y distance) and I got to figure it out from there. Some folks take the money burn/sell/give away everything and just show up with suitcases. That doesn’t work so well when you have tools and one non running FJ40, so we ended up renting the biggest shipping container available. More on that in second.

What do you do first? Well, first you purge, then purge some more. We were trying to sell our house in SoCal and every realtor we spoke to told us the same story. Great place, you need half the stuff to stage this well… Three weeks later we had about half the stuff (inside anyways). Sold a ton of stuff on eBay. I think there were 15 runs to the Salvation Army.






Then you list your house for sale with your chosen realtor. We went with the version that had the most bells whistles, (3D fly around, landscaping etc). On the plus side the listing looked rad and I was stoked that they used my engine block coffee table in the staging.




Listing is here if anyone cares…
https://www.redfin.com/CA/Tustin/149...0/home/4616710

One single open house later and we sold the home (really nice young family that was stoked on the deck and some of the backyard work I’d done).




While escrow was going down I was working like a dog packing. I quit my job Oct 18 with the new one scheduled to start Nov 5. The challenge: A standard shipping container is 40’ x 8’ x 8’6” tall. If you rent a 45’ high cube, it comes in at 45’ x 8’ x 9’6”.

It also normally is delivered to your house on a chassis on wheels. You don’t get a ramp… How the F do you get a non running Land Cruiser 4’ in the air? How about a 1000 lb welding table or giant steel cabinets, or any of my other myriad of heavy stuff? Answer: you have to hire heavy equipment movers. You can either have them load or be like me and have them set the entire container on the ground (after verifying that they can pick it back up loaded of course)

Give away some more stuff. That solid carbon fiber truck bed I had went to a friend of a friend and unfortunately probably burned down in the Paradise fire up in NorCal.




I also did a CAD layout of all my bits and pieces to help ensure I’d played tetris as best I could (with relatively evenly distributed loads).

I borrowed race car scaled from my friend Ash (thanks amigo!). Turns out my FJ40 currently weighs 4639 lbs with almost all of its parts inside (had a few extras, plus a few missing bits).








I can also say I hauled home 13,000 lbs of metal back when. :-)

To be continued…
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In case you missed it, the Land Cruiser got at least mostly shot in primer since I was moving somewhere wetter… Preview of my tailgate too. I’m sealing between stitch welds for future rust avoidance.




And it was the first thing loaded since it was about the last thing I’d need access to. Looks lonely back there.




I ended up building 3x raised decks inside the container so I could put things on top of things (covered hood etc).








One of my best and oldest friends came down from NorCal, so between he and the 6 day laborers I hired from in front of Home Depot, we moved the heaviest stuff: metal carts, weld table, compressor, and stronghold cabinets. That got us here:






Then the wife and I left on a 5 day cruise we’d won in a raffle the year before and had pre-booked 6 months back before we knew any of this was going down. We’ve got time, right?

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All I can say is this isnít the update I was expecting but I sure am enjoying it!!
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All I can say is this isnít the update I was expecting but I sure am enjoying it!!
Haha. Glad to hear it. Figured the long silence was worth explanation.

Continuing on...

Got back from the cruise well rested so we hit it hard again. Iím gonna let the pics do most of the talking in this post.



The aisle in the above is so I could lie down in the gap and bench press a king sized mattress toward the rear 6 inches at a time.

The mattress ended up on the roof of the cruiser (followed by bikes and surf boards), then a second level of crates went in, followed by plastic tarps.

Fun fact, humidity differences inside a container can make it rain inside nightly. There was only about 4 inches clear to the roof by the time we were done.








Buddy doing the pull-up is another of my best and oldest friends who also drove way too damn far to help me (and yes thatís the engine block coffee table behind him, it came too). Ralph was the one who joined me on the road trip to pick up the Cruiser up in Washington originally.

Kids got in on the monkey bar action.




Getting there:




Managed to carve some pumpkins on the appropriate day (island for the win), otherwise did nothing but hard physical labor for a solid week.








We closed the doors at 5:30 in the morning the night before the heavy equipment movers showed up. The last slog was something like 23 hours straight. I couldnít believe my father in law was still standing to take this pic. What a rockstarÖ

Getting closer to wrapping up this tale. For now, may you have a blessed Easter celebrating the things that are important with the ones you loveÖ

Regards all,
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Friend on another forum pointed out that we probably should have bought bulk desiccant. https://www.uline.com/Product/Detail/S-14045/Desiccants/Container-Dri-II-Desiccants-Cargo-Bag?pricode=WB0787&gadtype=pla&id=S-14045&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjePd3qrj4QIVdiCtBh38yQHJEA QYAyABEgIl7fD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

We ended up OK (maybe partly because we didn't have much free air at the roof) but it just goes to show as much research as you can put into something like this there were always ways to improve.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


So the 50,000 lb forklift shows up to pick up the container. It goes for lift…




And promptly pops a nose wheelie. They have to bring a separate forklift with a massive counterweight to increase the capacity.




At this point I’m kinda freaking out at how heavy the container is... Although the container is rated at 67,000 lbs gross, DOT regulations in CA you’re only allowed to haul 44,000 lbs on the highway. If this gets flagged we’re screwed. I’m beat up... Running on no sleep and my head is exploding with all the ways this could go wrong.

Well, with the added counterweight, Dunkel Bros (the heavy equipment guys) get it picked up and hauled back to their yard. We had 3 semi trucks/trailers in our little culdesac…






However, when they put it on their uncertified scales and it comes in at 52,000 lbs. CRAP!!! But then the driver from Matson sea freight lines shows up to drive it to the port, doesn’t ask questions and just grabs and goes. Turns out, since the container hadn’t been “officially” weighed yet, he wasn’t “officially” restricted in driving it.

The port accepts shipment and we’re off to the races.
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Effin win right there! Sounds like that couldnít have gone any better.
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Effin win right there! Sounds like that couldnít have gone any better.
I was so relieved. Just getting to some of the legitimately heavy stuff I maybe could have ditched would have been a nightmare. Like undo and then redo a week's worth of work... and do it all while it is sitting at the port? I don't even know what would have happened at that point.

It was an answer to several rather frantic prayers. I don't recommend this approach, but it all worked out, and for that I'm extraordinarily thankful.
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Old 04-23-2019, 03:52 AM   #171 (permalink)
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With the container away and nothing left but suitcases, it was time to say goodbye to our home. Pretty tough on the kids.




Hell, I choked up big time while taking this next shot and comparing how much their little hands had grown since we poured this concrete.




Hopefully I can pull off a bigger better garage someday, but this one was pretty sweet.






I had even managed to finish closing out all the gaps around the edges with stained boards sometime the month or so prior.








Man there was a lot of work into that attic…






Lil throwback to slinging 21' long 2x10's back when... Same daughter in the blue shirt above. Man, it goes fast...

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Old 04-24-2019, 01:03 AM   #172 (permalink)
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SoCal gave us a killer sunset on the way to the airport.




We actually spent the night at the LAX Hilton to be sure we were rested and to be able to land in daylight so the girls could get their first view of an island.




When you plan to live out of suitcases for 3 weeks in an otherwise unfinished rental home, you end up traveling a little heavy.




But then this view greets you:




And a buddy is waiting at the airport for you to help shuttle the bags and presents you with leis.






And you get to start work on a maintain top




And life is good.
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Moving in from the container 2 weeks later was the reverse of out with the exception that you have to pay for all profession labor since you only know one guy on the island. Conen’s Freight Transport does have a bad ass device that’s actually made for setting containers on ground (Hamer Lift).




Big ass compressor goes in the closet under the stairs.




Metal to the backyard to be tarped for later.




After all that our only casualty was a busted TV. It may have even been cracked during packing rather than transit. Oh yeah, we caught it just in time for Black Friday.



It probably helped that every last dresser got wrapped in cardboard and saran wrap to keep things from chaffing against each other. My buddy Ander built me something like 7 wood crates for saws and heavy tools. I also used a metric ton of plastic banding wrap. This stuff is SOOO good!
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It turns out Hawaiian sunsets are pretty good too.



So that’s how you move to Hawaii… By the way, apparently I set some sort of all-time record for Keck regarding heaviest container. Conen Freight Transport (who did the unload) said it was the densest packed container they’d ever seen!

Aloha from the Paynes!




Our three running vehicles (XJ, RX7, and a family hauler Mazda5) all shipped loose via barge. It costs about $1100 per vehicle to ship one out of Long Beach. Not too bad and since cars are more expense here, we brought them all.

And… here we are in the new digs. Time to get back to work.

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Little flavor of Hawaiian wheeling. I've hooked up with the Big Island Jeep Club and started running with them. Solid folks and seems like a good place for me relative to the crazy/controlled spectrum of 4x4'ers.

This run was up on Mana Rd which wraps around Mauna Kea (mountain with telescopes) on the green side. I headed up putting kids to bed Friday night for a weekend of camping at Ranger station bunk house.

Drove up in the dark and first time I'd been on this road (but man what a road!).




Only minor issue was a loose radiator cap on arrival (that's what I get for topping of fluids in the dark right before I left). Thankfully I got spotted a gallon on arrival and I was good to go.

Night wheeling was rad.










Next morning and yep, I've pretty much resigned myself to the fact I'm going to have mud in places I'll never get out. At least not without hours and hours of detailing. I'm calling it a Hawaiian rig and moving on...




Good group albeit I was the only XJ representing. Apparently there's one more in the club but I haven't meet them yet.




I did manage to rip off my cool muffler bearing though. Working theory is that I lost the bolt then the exhaust bounced hard enough to snap the mount. Bailing wire for the win.




I can't even get over how much fun the terrain is around here. The hill climb we were queue up for was rad (if quite the slip 'n slide)




By the end of day two, you couldn't tell what color my rig is.




The stoke is real.
-Joel
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Few more pics...

Another shot of that slip 'n slide...




If your underside got too dirty, you could always go rinse off.




A few folks decided to drive the remainder of Mana Rd (~40 miles) to try to catch the sunset from the Mauna Kea summit. I warned folks the rangers might not let us up with muddy vehicles but apparently we'd rattled enough off on the way over (it transitions back to dry side in route) that they let us up.

View from the top was good but kinda cloudy.




Then suddenly the sun breaks through and the world turned insanely red. Like "Eye of Mordor" the world is on fire red...




Camera couldn't keep up with the color above, but this pic might give you a better idea.








So neat! Back at camp, much fireball was drunk, much meat was BBQ'ed. Let me tell you that a big Hawaiian man playing Adele's "Someone Like You" on a ukulele while folks sing along at the top of their lungs in the middle of nowhere? Yeah, good times indeed.

Maybe you had to be there but it was fun, I promise.




I'll close this round with a few shots of the main Mana Rd from the way back into town.






This island is rad.
-Joel
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