Originally Posted by Pete04222
And don't knock the older guys! I'm one of them! Today is my birthday and I turn 41. Those offroad clubs are usually pretty tight knit little communities and it's tough being the new guy. They're like a pack of dogs running in circles sniffing butts trying to figure out who's who. But once you've proven yourself and been accepted by the pack, you're family.
Happy B-Day !!!!!!!!!!
I used to be a mechanic back then and my uncle owned (and still does) a garage and specializes in racing engines as well. I was able to pick up the engine really cheap. The Jeep I had was cheap because the engine was seized when I bought it. The rest was good so I dropped the engine in it, was a job but fun.
I was young back then and they were all much older than me, nothing against older guys but they kept bashing my Jeep. They had Toyotas, Nissans, Full size pickups and 80’s Bronco’s. I was the only Jeep. They would sit on 38+ tires with barely any engine mods if any running either 4-6 cyl in the imports or underpowered V8 engine in the full size trucks. Most had no winch, just come alongs (give me a break). They would mash the gas, dig the trail, get stuck and blow parts, then get upset and kick their trucks. I would sit and wait with my buddy in the truck laughing. I loved to crawl at low speed avoiding wheel spin at all cost (tread lightly) and I thought it was cooler to cross slow and make it than mash it and dig it ! They had ok gear but my Jeep was the “Equipment Box” if they sold it, I had it. Had an onboard welder, air pump w/tank, a 10K winch with all the straps and blocks, snorkel, all vents were up high, 2 shovels a high lift, a strapped down cooler, extra gas cans, oils, joints, spare hubs, and my tools. She was heavy so the extra power helped. I even had garbage bags for trail clean up as we went.
I was pretty good at wheeling and my buddy was a very good spotter. I had lots of fun but hated being talked down to when I researched how to build a good machine to have fun and help others if need be. Like I said, I went on 4 treks and I had enough.
I miss my Jeep but love my Sierra !