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    What have I learned in 59 years on this planet? 1) Love the the people in your life that truly have your back no matter what! Not because of what you can do for them, but just because they want you in their lives. 2) Take care of those people and do your best to make them proud. 3) My children and grand children are absolute gifts! I could not be more proud of all of them! (4 My wife means everything to me! My partner in crime! The voice of reason, the calm to my storm. The one true thing that when the world is falling apart, she is always there to help me through it and never waver on how she loves me! )5 Have fun!!! Do the best with the time you have! Work hard, love your life, but have fun!! It's all ends way too soon!!
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    My son, Jacob, and I had a fun President's Day trip. It was different from our normal trips. It was just the two of us and we focused on his photography. This meant taking the truck to Olds and the Drags everyday, so that he could try to capture the action. Here are some of his favorite shots from the first pass he took through the photos. He took over 15,000 photos, so it will take him several days to go through them in detail. Once that is done, they will all be available on his website. I'll reply to this thread when they are all on his website. A few things have changed since I posted his New Year's pictures. On the advice of some of the members here, he opened an Instagram account (@j.nuibe.photography), so you may have already seen these posted there. Since becoming active on Instagram, he was noticed by the Petersen Automotive Museum in LA. They asked if he'd be willing to come in as a volunteer photographer before museum hours and take some photos they need for their website redesign. In addition, he's taking a stab at selling his photos from his website. We'll see how that goes. His site is http://nuibe.smugmug.com. The President's Day content won't be on there for a few more days, but all of the older stuff is there. BTW, these are fairly low-res version of the originals...
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    Here I thought Rockwood was a nice respectable human being..... then I noticed on the way home from Glamis the other day before entering the town of Brawley..... Rockwood graffitied his name on water passages or you might call them bridges for irrigation..... give a kid a can of spray paint and look what happens! I really wish I would’ve taken some pictures on my phone.
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    I did not transport this car so I don't know if it went to the shop or not. He told me he had someone that would do it for $100 less then the price I gave him. I guess when you drop $199k on a car you gotta save a few bucks where you can.
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    I recently pulled the trigger on a Desert Dynamics car a couple weeks ago that had a blown up turbo'd 350z motor in it and the previous owner decided to toss in the towel on the rebuild. The car was in rough shape when I went to look at it but I decided that since my last car was as dialed in as I could get it, I was ready to start turning wrenches. The frame and bones looked promising so I took a shot on it and got started. The plan of attack is to take the car down to frame, clean, inspect, fix anything that needs fixing, weld up new seat brackets for rears, new engine mounts, etc. Paint the frame and arms with Steel-It. The 2D has been dropped off at Rancho to be freshened up. Replace the 350z motor with an N/A LS1 (possibly with 243 heads and a cam, or just stock, haven't decided yet) and a new CBM 9" single disk 6 puck clutch. Starting the process of putting it back together and taking my time to do everything as well thought out as possible. New wiring, new bolts, new seats, etc. I'll eventually have the shocks rebuilt but I probably won't have the cash flow to make that happen for a little while. I also would like to get a hood, windshield, and new dash made for it eventually as well. It'll take me some time to get it back together but I'm looking forward to the process. How it looked the day I bought it: After the rebuild I'll get the panels and wheels powdered. But I may do a wild wrap on it at some point. Here's a quick and dirty photoshop Idea i tossed together:
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    CBM is building my new HP Wars motor. An RHS 2000HP monster on C16. Get ready to see a lot of Tatum tail lights!
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    Wow that was quick! The desert community at its finest! Thanks everyone for the help!
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    When I did mine I was surprised at the difference it made.
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    Nice car. Very nimble and very fun to drive. This one has been around a while. My guess is this car was build in 06. That shock has a lot of years on it. I've got one too that I built in 2011. There is a link in my signature to the build thread. Another car in are group was a new build in 07. We run them pretty hard and have zero problems keeping up with most "big cars". This is a known issue on these cars. My guess is the shaft blew out at the lower eyelet? Got a pic? It happens from two things: 1. 10-12 years of going to full droop with no limit straps 2. See the pic I marked up below. At full compression there is a 6" offset in the shock because of the position of the upper mount. This put's a lot of stress on the shaft at that lower eyelet. 3. I've never heard it, but the pitting/material issues Chevy1925 mentioned could also play a role. The easy fix is to run limit straps and make a 1" aluminum bushing to go over the shaft and run it underneath the the little rubber bump stop. This has been enough in our experience to prevent this shock failure. The sway away's, while not the best in the business they are not a bad shock. We ran them on a class winning 6500lb class 8 truck for a decade and never saw a failure like this. We use our buggies in glamis and in the hard pack. We also do quite a bit of overland cross country type stuff where we see a lot of different terrain. I used mine to pre run my section of the baja 1000 last year. 400 miles from Ensenada to Bay of LA. I say this because I want you to know they are quite capable cars. And because I like telling people. My advice. 1. Never take sandrail advice from SXS guys and vise versa. 2. Don't waste the money on 2" hollows. You don't need them. I hit a witches eye a couple of years back hard enough to twist the upright up pretty good and the combo snout was fine. 3. These cars are not heavy enough or have enough travel to require bypass shocks. What would work really great on them is a well tuned coil over and a bump can. If you don't want to spend the money to have bump cans installed (and I don't blame you) Then 3a. Do the bypass in the rear, it will help. 3b. Don't do the bypass in the front. It's not necessary. Just get that coil over dialed in by a pro. 4. On tranny, the 091 has hung on this long why change? Weather you run an 091, a Mendeola 4E, or a 2D, reverse is glass. It's for backing out of the trailer and backing up in camp. That's it. Other than that, don't use it. Also, the 2D and HV24 are taller than that bus box,so your engine mounts will have to change and from the pics so will your gas tank and radiator mounts. Those tranny's also have a different dimension from the bell housing to centerline of the drive flanges so your motor will also move backwards. You'll have to modify the rear cage or your intake and exhaust also. You bought a great little light weight sand car that's very capable and fun to drive. Don't try to make it a "big car" or shove a bunch of "big car" parts on it. Leave it the way it is, understand it's limitations and when you are ready to go bigger/faster sell it and buy something bigger/faster. Hope that helps. back_tire.mp4 IMG_5137.MOV
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    We have a poster with this hanging up in our kennel area: We got a Labramutt mixed puppy from the pound to ward off the coyotes. She stays in the fenced portion of the yard and only chases them out, never beyond. Hate those damned animals.
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    Funny I saw both you and Andy's rigs in two separate video's about how crowded Gecko was this weekend.
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    2 for me. Been down the 4 seat road before and didn’t like it. Having the extra seats always meant the extra people asking if they could ride with me. “But you have 3 open seats, we can’t just pile in with you?” “We’re tired from ridin the quads all day” etc. Hell to the no. God forbid something stupid happens out there and someone gets hurt. You’ll find out really quick how “good of friends” you were with Jimmy’s brothers cousin-in-law when a lawsuit comes at you. I have 2 seats now. When I have someone in seat number two it’s called “precious cargo.” Usually my gf, or a good, good friend. My driving changes drastically. We still have fun but I really tone it down and just cruise. Yes, anything can still happen, but compared to when I’m solo- it’s night and day driving styles.
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    I used two blue sea panels. One is constant hot, one is ignition hot powered by a 100 amp solenoid 100% duty cycle. All high draw devices are powered thru weather proof relays. All wiring is TXL. All connectors are either weatherpack or deutsch. All terminals are non insulated then glue type heatshrink with heatshrink labels. The harnesses are covered in braided sleeve then the ends are heatshrink tight.
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    The 5 speed gears can handle much more power than most people realize. Without putting a "hard" number to them, I usually say they can handle upwards of about 800 HP in a typical sand application with a "not super aggressive" tire.
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    I have seen this is person and it is exactly what he says it is. Like a brand new car but better!
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    wow!! Car is really nice - what a transformation! - basically a new funco - GLWTS
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    Here's a comparison from a website. pellet vs wood burning It says pellet stoves are cheaper to buy/install and put out more heat. Here's another quote: That was from the amateurs over at energy.gov. Dude, you just have to be right, don't you? I'm buying this stove with my money. I've done the research and it's what I think works best for me and my family. This is my decision. I don't want a facking pellet stove, so please stop polluting this thread with pellet stove stuff. Buying something that NEEDS electricity, makes fan noise the entire time and man-made pellets to operate is a non-starter for me. I don't want to have to listen to a damned fan the entire time it's on. I don't care if the thing will heat my house to exactly 72* in every corner and shit unicorns instead of smoke. I'm not getting one. Since I'm a glutton: 1. EPA Wood stoves are in the 70% range for efficiency. 2. I already have a class A chimney pipe, so installation involves hooking the vent pipe (which is like $50) and setting it on the existing hearth. The absolute CHEAPEST pellet stove is $1000. Wood stoves can be had in the $400 range. 3. Wood stoves can make well over 100,000 BTUs. But hey, you found one link on the Internet to support your claim. Congrats. BTW, I can burn bio-bricks if I want the convenience of fuel storage a pellet stove gives. http://originalbiobricks.com/

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