Tuesday, June 28, 2016

The Family Went Wheelin on Bald Mountain Trail

As hoped for, the family has been able to go camping a little more than last year. This trip was two days on Bald Mountain.

I am continuely amazed at how well the cruiser can take the abuse of towing a loaded 6x12 box trailer on 37s & 4:10 gears. I just put it in 2nd gear & it pulls all the way up the 6% grade hill to Shaver Lake then beat it on the trail all weekend then pack it up & drive it 2.5 hrs. all the way home just cruising the whole way. Then drive it to work the next day dirty on empty, fill her up with gas & a bath at the car wash the next day. Simply amazing! These 80s are the best family rigs ever...

Enjoy the vid... wish there was more. I need to remember to take more pics on trips.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Birthday Wheelin Trip to Dillonwood.

I was blessed enough to have the opportunity to go wheelin... a good friend suggested a new trail on his side of the valley called Dillonwood Grove. It was a fun shady overgrown type of trail. It was a get out of Dodge kind of day. Don brought his two boys & a new friend Win came in his silver 80 series.
The waterfalls was worth the 4 hour trail ride to get there.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Flares back on, broken birfield CV joint & Hume Lake trip.

I was in the creek flexing out front end to trim the fender flares to clear the new 37" tires. Then while twisting it up I over stressed CV joint & it gave way.
Funny thing was three days later we had a family camping trip planned.
I was blessed enough to get some free used parts from a good friend Donald. As I got it apart I realized that a complete rebuild was very nessisary due to the bearing damage or burnt. I had to go to Fresno to pick up new rebuild kit consisting of bearings & seals. After two days I got it back together then left next day for Hume Lake in the Sequoia National Forest. We met up with my friend Don, his family & friends. It was a great time to be together breathing fresh mountain air.

Got the flares back on & trimmed then broke a birfield... gee I wonder how.

Here is the damage.

I found that a bearing was damage & the spindle bearings looked & smelt a bit burnt.
I had to drive to Fresno to pick up a rebuild kit from Marlin Crawler with the high quality Koyo bearings, seals, wipers & gaskets.
Cleaning took way longer than estimated, but worth the time. Packing the bearings & birf.
Now putting it back together
Got it back together & on all four tires by 10 pm the day we were to leave for Hume Lake. We decided to just go the next which was a God thing because we got into the Sequoia National Forest for free because a national hiking day.
Here is some random other pics.