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Discussion in 'Rocky Mountain Region' started by mrk5, Nov 8, 2016.
Not really, no
Thought new drive shaft cured that?
Had a bunch of fun, forgot to take many pictures. only got 3 of Nate, who isn't on here...
Very nice to put faces to names. And a huge thank you to @mrk5 and @ktmoutfront and @doubletrouble for supervising the new guy... (me).
I was really impressed with how well my rig performed, but I was even more impressed by everyone else's rigs.
I have a whole new list of "wish list" parts now...
Here is the 3 pics of Nate.
Ruh roh! What happened?
Justin, your truck did great. Did everything you asked it to. And ran fast doing the trail back to front.
Wait. What? Were you channeling Mark?
Was it a ujoint that took a crap?
This was a poor pre-run check problem. The bolts for the flange between the two halves of the driveshaft all came out.
Drove to Blazer Bash and back plus a couple other trails. Ran Kelly Flats both directions. Sat in the parking lot chatting for quite awhile. Drove out of the parking lot and there was some vibration but I thought it was washboards. Once on the pavement, there was still some vibration and then I was thinking "What the heck!" I let off the gas and the vibration stopped and when I got back on the gas it was still gone so I decided just some mud in the wheels that had finally spun out or something.
Then about 200ft later all hell broke loose. BANG! RATTLE! BOOM! CLANG! I look in the rear view mirror and see my rear driveshaft rolling down the road.
I think it will be okay with a new slip yoke. The CV is dinged up but I think it's salvageable. I'm going to try replacing the yoke first and see how it drives. If it is a problem, I look into further repairs. I am glad I had HAD build me a stout shaft, I don't think a lesser shaft would have survived nearly as well.
The bolts had lock washers but obviously weren't enough. Next time there will be loc-tite involved as well.
Nate, Jason, and I were talking about how cool we think your truck is. It has just the right stance and I like the patina look of the paint.
Nothing like coming around a corner and seeing a 6' long driveshaft laying in the middle of the road.
I'm glad you guys were behind me. I'm also glad I have the ARB and 1350 CV in the front because I was able to drive home at highway speeds without an issue.
It was a fun day, I wasn't sure I would have fun being a passenger and not a driver but it was blast. Like Justin said it's nice to meet people in person and put a face with a screen name. I suck as a passenger I didn't take any pictures but I did entertain Nate.
I do like that truck,
short bed with just the right ride height, the right size tire- sticks out just enough, I like it!
The wheeling gods were not happy with me yesterday. Was going to drive wifey's Ford down to Canon City and did a quick pre-trip check on fluids etc. Found both belts loose, had to break out the tool box out of the back and tighten those up before I left. The day before it wouldn't start in Conifer after the cold snap figured out it was the battery, needed to get back home to go work on time. A guy with another 78 Ford sees me with the hood up, comes over and we talk about the trucks he jump starts me and off to O'reilly's. Driving into Fairplay I pull into the gas station, turn left and bang and cloud of smoke comes out from under the hood and steering freezes, I coast to an open area. Blown power steering line. No auto parts open in Fairplay on a Sunday. Take it apart, no chance at fixing, the line came out where the fittings come together, the inner sleeve, I think flattened out the flare and pulled through the nut. OK its now a truck with no power steering and off I go.
So it was as if I was on a wheeling run with the crew but no body there to help wrench on my rig.
Only carnage we had on the trail was a broken steering box bolt on a Toyota.
You should not be driving a Ford.
And Nates truck is considerably more dented.
Who could tell? We would need before and after detail pictures.
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