I did get to drive the family CJ around a good bit. My siblings and I all learned to drive, and shift gears, on it. I’ll do a write up of the full restoration that we did to bring it into our family soon(ish).
So... I’m in the process of starting a land management business and have made my first purchase. Also, the first auction that I’ve won too. I feel that it’s a fair price for the age and mileage. Wild ride even if it wasn’t a bidding war. I’ll keep y’all posted on how the rest of the process goes.
You smoke that woman some ribs!
I’m more of a baby back fan but St. Louis is what the store had thawed out. I just got the Pit Barrel Cooker smoker for Christmas so I haven’t quite got it down to a science yet but each time has been better than the last.
A quick rinse and a rub:
Ready for some sauce:
Done and resting:
Served with some boiled and buttered corn on the cob. Truly, a meal of handheld food. High marks from the wife as well.
Any suggestions on a temp probe that you can view outside of the smoker?
Jeep Engineer: “We’ve designed that clip for the clutch pedal linkage that we needed. It’s metal and should last the life of the vehicle.”
Chrysler Bean Counter: “Great! I’ll find a supplier that can make it out of plastic.”
Jeep Engineer: “Why not use the metal design so that the clutch pedal is less likely to fall off during normal operation?”
Chrysler Bean Counter:
So here I was on my way home from the grocery store, minding my own business, sitting at a stoplight while waiting to turn right on red and all of the sudden... CLUNK! The clutch pedal goes straight to the floor and I start moving. I was in first gear after all but was I ready to pull into traffic? No, I was most certainly not. Was there traffic approaching? No, thank goodness.
After I composed myself I quickly (as quickly as one can in first gear) pull over to the shoulder to investigate. No clutch so it looks like we’re killing the power and stalling out. A quick look shows that the pedal is no longer connected to the linkage. No problem, I’m sure I have zip ties.... nope. String? Nope. Grocery bag it is. I wind that sucker up and tie it around the assembly as best as I can and limp to the gas station back at the intersection. Said gas station has nothing that will help for sale in their store but a nearby good Samaritan gave me a roll of electrical tape, which led to this:
This allowed me to press the clutch in the 17 times (oh yes, I counted) that I needed to in order to get home. Thankfully I caught a few green lights on the way and only shifted when absolutely necessary.
A quick 8 bucks later and I am back in business. Busted clip for reference. Also note that the packaging does not feel that this part belongs on a Jeep... the internet and visual confirmation says otherwise.
I normally carry some tools in my TJ but not during doors off season local trips. I am changing this and building a “disposable” bag of emergency supplies.
TLDR: Be prepared Oppo.
A while back my dad offered me his horse as he is downsizing from a large property with room for horses to a house in town. Said horse is 19 years old and well past his trail riding days but I fenced in some pasture and moved him over about a week ago. He has been adjusting just fine and, given that he was an integral part of our father-son activities when I was an early teen and that my wife just generally loves every animal she meets, we are stoked to have him.
It’s a bit odd when you aren’t actively seeking to own a horse but you come home from the days errands and then BAM there’s a horse waiting to be fed/loved on. I do have a saddle and tack for him so I may take him on a few rides once I get some trails cut on the property but trust me when I say, this fella has earned an easy retirement. He’s just a large, orange, hooved, good boy.
This photo was from day one... he hadn’t quite figured out what was going on yet.
I started my morning with a nice door-less drive as I needed some caffeine for myself and some fuel for the Jeep. The nearest gas station is 1/4 mile away so I ran up the street to get what I needed but then I just couldn’t bring myself to turn into the driveway on my way home. A twenty minute detour down my favorite “dry the car off” route and I had my fix. Or so I thought...
I pull up to my in-laws for Mother’s Day activities and my wife’s uncle tossed me the keys to his Cayman S before I could even get inside. He picked this up in the past few months but I have not had the chance to check it out yet. I’m pretty sure it’s a 2018 or 19, low mileage in great condition. My orders were to press the sport mode button, put my wife in the passenger seat and to be back in 30.
Being the upstanding son in law that I am I immediately grabbed the keys, yelled “happy Mother’s Day, I’ll be right back!” to my mother in law from across the fence and hit the sport mode button with a dopey-ass grin on my face. Don’t worry though, I was back before my 30 minutes were up.
Now, I am not a fast car kinda guy so I’m probably a cheap date when it comes to acceleration and handling but my body on frame fleet does not prepare one for “excitement” behind the wheel while on pavement. This was different. It. Was. Awesome.
It’s a an automatic but flipping those paddles to get some nice burbles and pops was intoxicating. I didn’t take it on the highway or blast it open for more than a couple or seconds but man, what a drive. I took it down lot of super curvy semi-residential roads that allowed for fun within a reasonable margin from the posted limit. Such a damn treat.
Oppo has recently inspired me to check out my local greenway system so once I got home I tossed the Yakima setup onto the Brown Bomber People Hauler (my mom’s old Yukon that somehow joined my fleet) so that I can throw my old college Cannondale on the roof to get across town to the trails. I have a decent amount of Yakima hardware from various vehicles over the years so I mixed and matched crossbars and towers to get what I needed.
The Yukon ain’t much, but my mom ordered it new and it just keeps on begging to move people/stuff to their destination. Shout out to my mom, she raised this oppo and rocked this brown beast for 250k miles and 22 years before upgrading to an Outback.
I hope everyone here has had a happy Sunday.
Went and visited some of my family at lake for the holiday weekend. The dog thoroughly enjoyed the fellow dog company (four pups total in the house) and boat rides.
During the slog back home up I95 I saw TWO new vettes and my first spotting of a Mach E in the wild. Younger fella driving the Mach E and he gave it the beans a few times. It’s 70 to who-knows-what sprint was pretty impressive. Now my wife wants one of course.
Got home and my neighbor had his Chevelle out and gave it a good romping as he went by. All in all a good weekend! I hope everyone’s weekend + Monday was good as well. Bonus sunset pic:
Edited to add belly rubs:
@classicdatsundebate I am jeepoftheseus but my my non-digital friends call me Will. I have been lurking on Oppo since ~2012 but finally made an account shortly before the great Kinja exit.
I drive a 1999 Jeep Wrangler TJ with the 4.0, AX15 and a Dana 44 rear. It has many parts from other TJs as well as the seats from a Hyundai Tiburon (minimal fab work to make it work too!). I also spend a good deal of time behind the wheel of my work truck (a 7.3 F350), an old Yukon (GMT400 FTW) and my wife's Outback.
I drive lots of tractors and am generally a fan of anything that propels itself through fuel, electricity, wind or human-power. I also very much enjoy the pet posts here. I love this place and huge shoutout to @curators for keeping the gears greased and the people excellent.
Jeep and dog tax for your time:
About this time last year my wife and I decided that it was time to part ways with her 2014 Crosstrek. It was doing alright for us but it had always been a bit small for road tripping purposes (especially when pets are involved). Then 2020 went and did it’s thing so any major car moves got put on hold. About a month ago my dad asked me if we would be interested in selling the Crosstrek to buy my mom’s 2016 Outback from them. I ran it by the wife and she agreed/was stoked but no timeline was set.
See, tight squeeze... how does one caption?
Fast forward to the week of Christmas and my dad calls me while at the Subaru dealership. He has found the car that my mom wants (an identical Outback but one generation newer) and wants us to come trade our Crosstrek in for it the next day. Now, we were planning to visit them for Christmas anyway but this was unexpected and they are about four hours away. We jumped in the car and made it happen.
We got in and out in about 15 minutes as my dad had done the paperwork on their new car the day before. This is officially the closest that I have ever come to purchasing something from a dealer. Mom’s new white blob can be seen behind our new white blob below.
So now we have another white Subaru... just with 40k less miles and lots more bells and whistles. I-95 is a lot more pleasant with adaptive cruise control though I must say.
@bicyclebuck Probably a good call. I did commercial insurance for four years. It had some really cool moments but overall it is a pretty crummy industry. My favorite phrase from trade shows/conferences was how to overcome insurance industry's image as "stale, pale and male". They've got a seriously aging workforce.
@barnie those Steiners haven't gone down much in value over that time, all things considered, looks like a new pair is around half that. I would imagine that any sea rated glass would be built and priced accordingly. Steiner does have a hilariously "yacht life"commercial on their site though.
@vincentmalamute haha with great power comes great responsibility. You can actually buy a tripod mount for these (supposedly comes with it but mine did not) and that would be really good for any static viewing. Without a tripod it helps to lean against something or to just press them against a clean window but its still not as hard as trying to stand and aim with a rifle so you can get a good 10-20 second steady look before things start to get shaky.
Spent some time at the beach this weekend and I would like to share what I consider to be a vacation necessity: decent binoculars.
A couple of birthdays ago my father in law bought me a pair of comically large binoculars to "count the ticks on the deer in your fields" and he wasn't kidding. Since then I have tried to bring them on any vacation where we have a view and they have been a crowd favorite.
Any binoculars are better than none, I guess, but these honkers are technically astronomy binoculars and are similar to holding up two wine bottles to your eyes. For example, here they are next to my basic-millennial-with-a-beard-IPA:
Celstron SkyMaster 15x70 is what I have and a quick google-ing shows that they can be had for around seventy bucks.
I tried to take a picture with my phone through the lens but the dual camera set up on the phone made that impossible so here is a picture of a boat that I took with my phone:
With the binoculars you could see the guys on the back prepping their lines and could easily make out boat names on the transoms of the massive sport fishers that were passing by. I even saw someone catch a smaller fish and throw it back. Yes, I realize this is slightly creepy but I vicariously fished through the boats that passed by the house we were staying in each morning. What can I say, I've got binocular money... not offshore fishing boat money.
These have been to the mountains and watched all sorts of awesome nesting birds and other wildlife, spotted planes, inspected the moon and are always at the back door to check out all of the wildlife that we share our small farm with. I am sure that there are much nicer binoculars out there and I'd be willing to bet that there is an Oppo-like community dedicated to such things (especially with birders) somewhere out there on the web but I wanted to share this with y'all and hear about your preferred "glass" to expand your scenery with.
TL:DR Extendo-vision is a fun feature for any vacation.
@exage03040 my sister’s father in law bought two GTs when they first came out. Never drove them, plastic on the seats and all. Well, one did have like 30-40 miles on it but the other had the 1.5 delivery/moved around mileage. He had a huge collection so it wasn’t surprising for him to have certain “investment” cars. He sold them a few years back and I would imagine he made a killing. I did get to sit on the plastic drivers seat though so it’s almost like I drove it… right?
Three pedals and a car that simply has not gone down in value. GT all the way.