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Pictures: Muddy play day at my place

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mountainexplorer, Apr 23, 2006.

  1. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    Since I no longer have official two lane mud pits in the field, I have now opened up one of our backroads on the property to a few of us to play at. It's only for about 2 months in the spring theres mud and water here; the rest of the year it's dry.
    Since nothing in "the Fleet" is together that I play with, I took the Bend Oregon red '83 Chevy and decided to throw 40's on it and drive it around. It was a big improvement over the dinky tires I had on it to move it around. This was the first time I've actually driven this truck other than a few miles in Oregon and off the trailer and into the garage up here.
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    We also had a Dodge D-50, Ford F250 with a 6.9 Diesel- we stuck two of my 35" Swampers on the back of it), and my old red '84 K20 on 36" Goodyears. Everyone else was a no show.
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    At first we just played around a little on the road that leads into my "storage clearing" and on the east edge where a spring run-off from melting snow has made it a bit muddy. I broke through to a big hole on the main road making it difficult to get back out or in that way.
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    The rest of the "mud course" I had planned is an old road that has ruts and water in them, and it loops back around down across the seasonal run-off/swamp and back into the field.
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    On my last pass I bounced a bit as I hammered the throttle and then suddenly it acted like it popped out of gear. I ended up shattering the coupler between the 465/205, or I sheared off the splines. No power out of the T-case to either driveline in 2 or 4.
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    But it was still a fun day.
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  2. koldsimer

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    Nice pics Allen. Keep us posted on what broke in your 465/205 combo. That coupler and the 10 splines worries me sometimes.
     
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    that looks like a ton of fun :bow: :bow:
     
  4. mountainexplorer

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    Yeah, my friend broke 2 couplers in the Big Crew Cab when he owned it. I've never broke one yet myself.

    I didn't think that a Goodwrench 350 would have had enough power to do that, but I guess being locked front and rear with 40's could have added enough stress.
     
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    Do you know what condition the coupler was in? I've heard that if the splines or the shafts are the least bit worn it lets go a lot easier.
     
  6. mountainexplorer

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    This was my first real time to drive the truck. Up to that point, there was no abnormal clunking or loud noises. It just went all of a sudden.
     

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