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  1. 21 points
  2. 20 points
    As some of you know we lost our leader recently. Been a struggle but we push on. The last 4 months have been a challenge putting it mildly. They say it takes an Army, well My Dad taught his Army well and we fight on. It's been almost 2 years to the day since we bumped our heads and decided to build a new Factory. Big Project but we are very proud of the result. We are now fully moved over an operational. Gil would be proud !!
  3. 17 points
    😩🤔 I went to COSTCO during this crazy corona virus time to buy a bag of food for the dogs. Already in line, a woman behind me asked me if I had a dog. I stare at her....Why would I be buying dog food, right? So I told her no, I don’t have a dog, that I was starting the dog food diet again, and that I probably shouldn't because I ended up in the hospital the last time, but I lost 15 pounds! I told her it was the perfect diet and that all you have to do is carry the kibble in your pockets and eat one or two every time you feel hungry (I have to mention that practically everyone in line was interested in my story) . Then she asks me if I ended up in the hospital because the dog food had poisoned me. I answer, of course not! I was admitted because I bent down to smell the ass of a bulldog and I was hit by a truck. I thought the man behind her was going to have a heart attack because he was laughing so hard. ...Let’s continue promoting reading! Now that you read this, I have to confess, I made this up to make you smile. It's your turn to copy it and make someone else laugh...
  4. 17 points
    Lately it seems there's been a lot of bellyaching about changes in appearance to the board. Hell, I'm an old fart and probably stuck in my ways, but I had no problem adapting to the board. I just click "Unread Content" at the upper right and I see all of the new posts. Pretty simple. The search function actually works great now, as opposed to a few yrs ago, so it's all been improvements as far as I can see. The bellyaching invariably leads to some speculation about board traffic. Sure, people have left the sport, some only read and rarely post, some are on FB, IG, whatever else. That's fine, we all have our different things we like or don't like about social media. The thing I'd really like to address is attitude. It's how some people are approaching things, it's how they're saying things. Rather than complaining about how few posts, try and be a positive influence and start some threads yourself. There are a large number of members I appreciate for the number and quality of the threads they start. They're too numerous to list and I don't want to leave anyone out, but you can clearly see who starts threads and a lot of them turn into really informative, thoughtful discussions. I want to thank all of those guys for starting so many interesting topics! I'd love to see more people participate, ask questions, share more info and by all means, post if you agree with someone said, you're not limited to only posting if you disagree! This brings me to the major point: how some of us have been treating Slappy. I'm not pointing fingers, because I haven't thanked Slappy enough over the yrs so I'm also guilty. Keep in mind, this is a not for profit website. It costs thousands of dollars per year to run it. Moderators don't get paid. Slappy spends thousands out of his own pocket to sponsor events like Vet's Weekend, the Golf Tourney, EPOs, upcoming concerts in the dunes - why? Because of his love for all of us. He loves duners and he loves Glamis Dunes. He wanted a campfire you could join via your computer and your phone to share stories, pics, plan upcoming trips, help each other decide what to buy, help each other fix our toys and even deliver stuff to each other for free. After 2,000 posts you're a member of the Brotherhood, but it begins long before that. Slappy has succeeded in sharing his love for all of us and the dunes via this website, so I'm asking everyone to please keep that in mind when you have a concern. Sure, you could bellyache, but how about phrasing it as a constructive comment? Let's treasure this great gift that has been bestowed upon us and nurture it, participate, be the change we want to see, feel free to post more threads, ask more questions, provide more answers, share more info. Keep on posting jokes, planning trips together and bench racing. Someone said something about some of the older threads were hilarious. There's no reason current members couldn't be even more hilarious! First you have to think of each other as brothers, show a little respect and keep it funny! In conclusion: no, nobody hacked my account. I was gently reminded by another great member just how much Slappy sacrifices to give us this great place. He never talks about it, he never complains. I just feel that we could start showing Slappy our gratitude with good deeds and good will. Pull on up to the fire and share with the rest of us!
  5. 17 points
    I'll play. WTF are you doing wearing rubber gloves for an antenna swap?
  6. 16 points
    After 34 years in municipal engineering, the last 17 years at a Water District in San Diego County, I'm retired. I just left my exit interview, gave up my keys, my ID, and slide rule (what's that?) and am waiting for 11 am for my final lunch. After lunch, its a quick 18 holes at Temecula Creek Inn and then home to momma for a celebratory dinner at a local restaurant. Our plans? Pack up the house and then beat feet out of Cali. Please don't ask why, I don't have enough time to type the list. We're off to Michigan to enjoy the outdoors. We bought a house on 16 acres with a 1 acre stocked pond and woods with deer, turkey, fox, and other misc. fur bearing animals. It will be nice to hunt and fish in my own backyard. Its 13 miles from Michigan International Speedway and close to several public lakes, hiking, hunting, and fishing areas. My first goal is to vote out the America hating Muslim sympathizer Rashida Tlaib. It will be nice to be in a place where my vote may have meaning, unlike conservative votes in Cali. You'll see my buggy up for sale soon. Take care everybody, I've enjoyed the banter, arguments, and keyboard heroics throughout the many years and will check in once in a while.
  7. 16 points
    Liberty and freedom is worth fighting for. Please remember those who have sacrificed everything so we can enjoy anything. I’m proud to be an American and I’m humbled by the sacrifice so many have made, remember them, honor them, and rever the Flag and those by whom it has been made possible to stand in this our time.
  8. 16 points
    Wow I've been on this forum for almost 15 years I've seen the good the bad and the other... seems like alot of negativity every time I come on here now used to be alot of good information some of my best friends in life I met from this site ....now it's just lots of bitching and complaining and definitely alot of hypocrites.... I personally dont care if you have a 300k sand car or 1600 cc Volkswagen if your my friend I will help you the best I can . There is alot of hate for some reason for people that have nicer things ....talk to them there not all bad ....there are ahole that have a tent and ahole who drive 750k prevost .....that the world we live in . Unfortunately some one can get hurt or worse killed by a 30 mph vehicle or 150 mph vehicle .....let's help each other instead of bash .... I could sit here and talk shit about all the people on here that save spots are on every dune ride they shotgun a couple beers but I dont ....come on people let's work together not against each other do we really want more laws in the dunes ?
  9. 15 points
    Guy in FORD Super Duty has obviously been in yore shoes...(Walking on side of road)
  10. 15 points
    Always interested to read the after show comments. Some have value and some are completely ridiculous. Truthfully we rarely build a “SAND SHOW CAR “ we do try to bring a broad range a cars to represent to the public what we offer. Perception is an interesting thing.Did anyone see the G52 in the ally way between the 2 buildings. We had a G52 our entry level car in a very function over frills spec . Literally solid black. All I did was put a red interior instead of black and Grey and people thought it was one of the most expensive cars we had. All perception !! Yes the SXS market is on fire and and we would be foolish to not offer something unique in that market to meet a demand. Making money is not a bad thing and no not all SXS owners are idiots. Robbie’s deal is a cool car and advances the category. BTW I KNOW THAT A GUY OR GAL DOES NOT NEED TO SPEND 300k on a sandcar or 70k on a SXS to enjoy the dunes but some do. Heres the take away GOD BLESS AMERICA , our demographic right now mimics what we saw at the show in that 80 percent of our sales this year will be domestic.
  11. 14 points
    Throughout my life I have been called alot of things , had many heated discussions because of my beliefs , because of my view on the world , our country , and because of those confrontations in things I’ve sat back a bit to hide in plain sight . I Had many arguments about Chinese manufacturing, watched my machine shop lose business , my friends machine shops lose business , or priced / regulated out of business . I have watched my own product line , friends product lines copied by greedy untalented Americans using China manufacturing only for those finished products to appear on amazon as originals for a cost I can’t even buy the materials for . Have witnessed busloads of Chinese buyers on real estate tours around so cal (China hills ) formerly chino hills , Rancho Cucamonga , to buy up real estate , entire new housing tracts and new condo buildings . Heard horrible stories of working class home buyer after home buyer losing out offers on houses to all cash Chinese buyers . I have lived next door to what we discovered was a Chinese birthing house . In the past have Argued the morality of these things but Figuring to save a couple years of life expectancy I’ll just live my life with a degree of nihilism to isolate my beliefs to focus that my mindset with those that are close to me who believe similarly and not to give a sheet any longer outside of my circle to make my life easier . So a couple years later this event has made am awake to the reality that’s the wrong way . It’s what they want . They want the patriots the conservatives, the gun owners , the builders , the welders , the machinists , the mechanics and a whole lot of other tradesmen to be silent . They want us to not educate others and our youth on the constitution, our bill of rights .they don’t want us teaching our trades . They have taken this out of most high schools . It’s too dangerous ,and not vital any longer because of Chinese manufacturing. And whose buying up America??? They want us dependent on them . Their overseas bullshit and those politicians making billions from us being and increasingly becoming just a buncha consumers . They want us to give up the fights , they want us to be owned . For me This time is more than just the corona virus itself and a communist country’s malicious acts against the world and their Trojan horse tactics of defeating democracy . For me this is the time for America to get ourselves back in the game . Investing in and educate our youth to secure the American way of life for the future . Investing in producing again to secure the future success of our country . Getting back to the basics in American life . Buying American and supporting small business . Defending our constitution. Its The only way I see going forward for myself . How are you gonna move forward ! Dj
  12. 14 points
    We've been holding out for several weeks and unveiled it this weekend. It was for sale on here and I had it secured within 5 min. Picked it up ten days later. Been drooling on it ever since. It's one bad ass sand car. Love the v8 power. Getting used to the weight and plan on making some adjustments to the turning brakes and rear tire spacing.
  13. 14 points
    Before Ron Pratte bought Paradise and half of Gordons they used to frequently go to Buttercup. There would be a circle of 20 - 30 of these "million dollar rigs" all pulling a matching stacker with their dunebuggy.com cars and fancy golf carts or rhinos ( pre RZR days ). Anyways we would always make comments just like the dude in the video about these guys. Rumors would float around about if people camped in their spot when the high rollers got there, they would pay them to pack up and move so they could have the spot. Well we tested that out one year while on spring break. Well some dude shows up in a pretty nice H1 Hummer, and started walking around the area looking very intensely at the ground (we later found out he was looking for nails and firepits and such). We thought here we go, time to get paid. We even left some stuff still packed up anticipating this moment. Well, as we had hoped, he approached us and to our surprise he let us know that there were about 15 riggs about 15 minutes out that would be rolling in and were probably going to surround us. No money was ever offered and he was as polite and honest as could be ! We thought lets just hang out and see what happens. Sure enough just like the circus this big convoy of Diesel pushers and stackers came rolling in. They did surround us, yet they made their circle including us in it. Each driver that parked by us came and asked if they were too close and made sure we had room to leave or do what ever. We sat in our chairs and watched in Awe as each bad ass car was unloaded after the other, my kids even stopped digging in the sand long enough to watch these impressive machines get unloaded and strategically parked in a line right through middle of camp. We watched the Hummer guy ( what we referred to as the butler) proceed to chop and stack wood right next to a decent sized hole he had made for the fire pit. Long story short, each one came over and introduced themselves to us and our kids. Invited to sit by their fire, included us in their potluck dinner, gave us rides all week long in their sand cars and one lady even brought my kids fresh backed cookies from her RV. ( see comment from earlier post ). That week was referred to as Disney Dunes as we had a great time with some funny characters and got to ride some of the nicest sand cars at the time. Pratte flew in and was escorted to the spot by the butler and he hung out for a few days. Got to know him and his wife (fiance at the time). We have visited him at his house at Gordons many times since and have been given many tours of the property as well as invited to run the Honda pilots on the back track. I guess I could have moved that day and then bitched about the A-Holes and their high dollar toys, but then my story would have turned out very different now wouldn't it have. My kids are now in their 20's and they still remember that week we spent at Disney Dunes !!
  14. 14 points
    Most of you know that my father passed away on New Years Eve. It has been a very strange road I've traveled since; a road i've never traveled. The day after my fathers ceremony in February, my mom developed a cough. We wrote it off as just exhaustion and a combination of all that had been going on. But this cough persisted when she got back home to Texas. My mom is probably the strongest person i've ever known; a Marine. She always did her best to make sure WE, her boys, didn't worry about her. A few weeks had passed, and she told us she was going to the doctor. Dan, Jeff, me, and mom have been very tight since dads passing, and we are a very very close family, especially right now. Mom didn't say much when she got back from the doctor, and it worried us. The first diagnosis was, “High probability of lung cancer”. When I heard that from my brother Dan, all I thought was, “Not now, please, not now, it's too soon.” Although dad was the rock in our family, mom was the glue, the emotional strength that ran the show. Since that diagnosis, life has been very very different; “We are going to lose mom now?” We have kept it to ourselves, there was no way I, we, could handle this, so we've been on the down low until we knew 100%. Tests began, and the waiting was crippling. I'm sure that many of you have lost family members, and I understand. Nothing else really matters. Today, my brother Dan called me, because we were to hear test results today. I answered the phone with great hesitation, not knowing what I would hear in my brothers voice. He said, “Robert, mom doesn't have lung cancer, doctor says she will be ok, and to come back in 6 months for a checkup." (of course, she's taking meds and being monitored etc...)...BUT NO CANCER! Folks, I have experienced success that has brought me happiness in my life, but today I can honestly say, this was the happiest day of my life; nothing compares to how I felt today when I heard those words. Mom called me right when I hung up with Dan, and to hear her laugh and smile was the best sound i've ever heard. You might all think this is weird, but I dreamt about my father two days ago, and I talked to him. He was happy, smiling, and had that look that things are good. There was no mention of mom; but I finally made contact with him. In my mind, real, or whatever, I don't care. It was good. I wanted to share this with my GD.com family, because today was a ****ing GREAT DAY!
  15. 13 points
    The beauty of Glamis lay not with how fast you can go, or how far you can jump. The beauty of Glamis Can be seen when the sound of silence reaches out and takes hold of you.
  16. 13 points
    California is taking the coronavirus seriously. I hear new testing methods are being done without even leaving your house. All you have to do is mail a sample of your stool to: Governor Gavin Newsom 1303 10th Street, Suite 1173 Sacramento, CA 95814 Representative Nancy Pelosi 90 7th St #2800 San Francisco, CA 94103
  17. 13 points
    Thank You to everyone I don't write real articulate and all sappy We just know we are blessed to have this badass as our Dad Grampa and Great Grampa. He lived his life on his terms doing exactly what he loved every single day. the FUNCO FAMILY I've been very fortunate to have worked side by side with him , recreated with him and loved him , he was my best friend and gave his whole being to myself and our whole family. Taught me ethics honesty integrity and the meaning of unconditional love. We are very fortunate to have documentation of his life and legacy , please if you have older parents do a video interview wth their life story. Do it NOW do not wait.
  18. 13 points
    Been a long time trying to leave the state. My business is going with me, and were going to start our next chapter in life. Were so excited and will be living near a National forest around 7000 Ft. in Arizona. We closed on the house this last Friday, and were making our first big load next Friday. So Excited! Very quite, peace full, No HOA's, just a perfect situation for us. My wife and I loved this state, and retired from the Marine Corps here back in 2000. We hate to see what has become of it, and where it seems to be going. Its a shame that politicians have made things so bad that the working man has to leave in order to retire some day. I look forward in making this last deployment so to speak, to our final home. I cant tell you how much this move means to us. We worked so hard for it to finally happen. We hope to eventually get back to the dunes sometime. My shoulder injury 3 years ago, really put a damper on things.
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  20. 13 points
    Out of surgery and on new heart....she’s doing great. Thank you for the prayers!
  21. 13 points
    My son Ryan has Achieved so much for himself in his life . A lot of adventures and heartaches Along the way . One of my proudest moments to see him do this for himself and on his own .
  22. 13 points
    I was trying to stay out of this conversation for the obvious conflict of interest reasons, but I would like to step in an clear up some of the misinformation that is being posted about our products. This does actually affect the conversations I have with people who do read these forums. Please understand that I am not trying to argue with anyone here, simply clearing up some mis-information that has been posted. For the post above, 100 pounds heavier is simply not true. We have weighed all of these units without oil on our calibrated pallet jack, I would say it's accurate to about 5 pounds, so not the most accurate, but within reason. Actual weights posted below: Albins AGB Sequential 5-speed: 215 lbs Weddle S4D (now officially rebranded): 200 lbs Weddle S5D: 210 lbs Weddle S4: 180 lbs Weddle S5: 190 lbs Again, most larger scales are not going to be super accurate, so don't take these numbers as written law. Putting percentage numbers to strength on these units is very difficult, if not impossible without spending hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of detailed strength analysis that we are simply not going to pay for at this time. We have a good baseline on what these units can handle based in history and logic. Every single conversation that I have with any customer asking what trans is best for them starts with 3 questions: What type of vehicle? What engine and how much power? And how do you intend to use/drive the vehicle? Answers to these give me the baseline of information that I need to know what trans is best for you and your application. The Weddle S5 trans that can handle upwards of 700 HP on average in a sand car will only handle a 200 HP 4 cylinder Ecotec in a Class 10 desert race buggy and needs to be serviced every 800-1000 miles. We have made some pretty major improvements to the entire Weddle (formerly Mendeola) sequential transaxles that make them much stronger than when we acquired the program. There are many things about these that I would actually put up against an Albins in strength comparisons, but overall they lack some original design details that hold them back. The S4D/S5D are pretty close to an Albins for external dimensions. Same size R&P and approximately the same length, they are both about 35" end to end depending on bell housings. True, the original design of the S4D/S5D case was a weak link, but our revised design and materials have proven to bring them much closer in strength to the Albins. There are other factors that go into why the S4D/S5D is not quite as good as the Albins on a direct comparison. Fact about Albins gears and Weddle gears is that they are actually the same. They use the same material, heat treat, and final finish on Weddle gears as they do their own gears. The S4/S5 gears were originally made to accept the removable face plates that floated on the gears. These faceplates were the weak link and would break under heavy loads. We changed the design about 10 years ago that machined the dogs directly onto the gear (Or welded the faceplate to the gear for the taller ratio's that would not allow this) to remove that weak link. Albins also integrates their dogs onto the gear the same we do for the S4/S5 gears. None of the newest Weddle sequential trans gears nor Albins sequential gears have removable dogs on the gear itself. The slider is the selector piece that can be changed out when the dogs are worn.
  23. 13 points
    Be safe out there! Are you kidding, the Pont crew is doing a public service letting everyone know (at least the ones that swing from their nuts on instagram) that they might be running 150 mph in an open space and we should all watch out..... if they kill someone its going to be a shit show of law suits. Owners, drivers, builders, tuners, organizers, blm & just about everyone else remotely linked is going to get sued. The video they posted is going to make great evidence that they are fully aware of the danger but continued to do it anyway. The speeds have gotten to the point where extreme caution needs to be taken. At 150 mph no one is safe, not the drivers, spectators, flag men and especially not the people that aren't aware of what they are doing. The idea that this is the wild west and if you show up well you get what you get is insane. If the actions are negligent, and doing 150 mph in an open space in an organized drag race without proper safety measures is negligent, the people responsible will be held accountable. If you can spend $300K+ on a car then spend a few thousand on some cones, don't let people line up on the sidelines so everyone has a clear view of the course and have a safety plan. None of the "cool" factor is worth a human life period.
  24. 13 points
    I can’t keep from staring at her as well! And yes I have been gong to the dunes since 84. So this isn’t just a guy with a big wallet. The car was $150k but could very easily be $100k. I went for the Albin’s and the stroked ls3 with a blower. Had the turbo subi but wanted to try the blower. Probably my last car so I went for it all in. After seeing x3’s for $80k this looks like a bargain to me. Attention to detail is just incredible with this car! Thanks Grant you guys rock!
  25. 13 points
    It gets real tiring reading all of the posts from the sxs haters. This sport continues to evolve and if you haven't figured it out by now your either blind or just a complete idiot. Yes the sxs market has completely taken over and you buggy guys are pissed, but do you care about what all of the quad riders said about you when the desert used to be flooded with sand rails? Or how about quad riders caring what three wheeler riders had to say about them? If it wasn't for the sxs market, what would keep the sport and our desert alive financially? This is OUR sport and EVERYONE is welcome to play.
  26. 13 points
    This morning during breakfast with my wife I was reflecting on my grandfathers (dads side) service in the Korean War. My grandmother is not doing well health wise which spurred the conversation. As of a couple of years ago all of my friends and family that had served in WWII have passed. I had a couple friends that I saw every week and occasionally they would tell me stories that I absolutely loved to hear. My great uncle was on a flying fortress and my grandfather on my moms side was infantry. That war was a time of national patriotism and nearly the whole country was proud. Certainly there has not been anything like it since. Everyday my hatred for these pinko progressive commie big government bastards grows. On the way to the shop heading south on 13 highway this morning there was a car with a flat tire on the shoulder. I always stop to see if stranded motorists need anything especially since it is often when I have my service truck full of tools, oil, anti-freeze, hoses, etc.etc. Running 75 miles and hour and seeing this car was just over a hill I had to pass by and turn around to come back. On the way by I saw the elderly gentleman that was driving the car get out and come around the back to get the tire out of the trunk. I guessed him to be in his early 80’s. I pulled up behind and blocked the shoulder a bit with my service truck and walked up and asked him if it would be ok for me to change the tire for him to which he happily replied yes. I asked him to get back in the car and buckle in just in case someone hit us. If you know anything about death statistics on the side of the road for tow truck drivers you know it is a very dangerous place. I noticed he had a Korea War hat on. After I finished changing his tire (a whole 5 minutes) I told him he was ready to go and told him I had just been talking to my wife about my grandfathers time in Korea during the war. This fella lit up and told me he was stationed in Japan when the Korean war broke out. Three days later he said he was there fighting and it was horribly cold. We talked a few minutes, he tried to pay me but I thanked him for talking to me and told him I was glad he lived long enough to see another President that honored and respected the military once again. He enthusiastically said “amen” and we parted. I know he felt good having someone else come along and help him out and I felt good doing it. 10 minutes well invested. I write this to encourage everyone reading it to try and help someone out for no particular reason especially elderly folks and especially elderly veterans. We owe them at the least our gratitude. The older I get the more important these things become in light of the futility of material stuff which wastes away but we seem to spend the majority of our time chasing. I don't do this very often but I asked if I could take his picture and get his hat to show my wife.
  27. 12 points
    now if we could only shut the media down for like 6 months.... then perhaps people wouldn't be losing that last rattling marble, where their brains used to be. Lets just use some common sense people. And those agencies of the media and their talking heads, who are whipping this situation into a frenzy, and inciting all the chaos should be brought up on charges. They are in fact enemies of the STATE, and are in large part, wholely responsible for the economic meltdown..Causing fear and panic, causing sheeple to act like idiots.
  28. 12 points
    This is my two oldest boys and my daughter playing my grandmothers funeral last week. It was a proud moment for my wife, my mother and I.
  29. 12 points
    I have never had a happy place in my life , until Kevin giving me my first taste of glamis I had No peace just So much anger , frustration with life with death and the hard lessons . Bad luck was my friend and all that passed by finding A true beauty that exists , beyond the sport itself , past the sights , the smells and the thrills and disappointments . It Is friendships and A common interest that bridges gaps in backgrounds and time and place on earth . It’s the sand that makes us the same and gives us the experiences , friendships that allows for us to have and to find that peace . I’m forever grateful and respectful of being given that gift of finding a taste of peace . Dj
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  31. 12 points
    So anyone who goes to costco knows; you breeze through check out and wait in the bottleneck at the door to have the person draw a smiley face on your receipt. Well, my local walmart started this recently. Today being friday, there was quite a line. And I just walked right past the guy inspected all 1000 items in the old ladies cart at the front. He said, “hey sirrrrr” but i was gone. A guy that had just made it through the line commented to me, “i wish i had just done that”. I told him eff walmart, i paid, its not a club, im not gonna wait for their geriatric to look at my two items and my receipt, and most importantly, they wont chase down a thief, you think they are gonna chase down a paying customer? Pretty sad all us poor suckers are punished in so many ways for the fuc*tards in this country. When are we going to start beating the shit out of thieves, and making the drug atticts ruining our cities clean up or GTFO
  32. 12 points
    Life is not easy, it most certainly in not fair either.. Have seen a lot of people who seem to have success fall in their lap, sometimes even undeserved.. I have also seen people who do the right thing, are ethical, and work their a$$ off, and live paycheck to paycheck.. In the end, you will have to answer for all your actions, and have to look yourself in the mirror, and go to bed with yourself.. If you don’t like what you see in the mirror, then roll up your sleeves; and get busy.. John, I have seen some really ingenious stuff come out of your shop.. I also have seen some real crap.. I would imagine that was happening when the economy dumped, and your life you were explaining was going south.. That was then. Here you are today.. What will people say about you moving forward? You have a say in determining that..Everyone can write a new tomorrow, and different chapter for the future.. John, if UTV’s have overtaken your buggy sales, maybe look for creative ways to apply your ingenuity to the UTV market. It is possible to make lemonade when given a bag of lemons.. .Here are just a very few tips for success that I have tried to implement daily, & have served me well.. - Do good work. even if it costs you more to deliver. Cutting corners will never pay off. Did I mention , Do good work? A persons work reads like a book as to who they are. -don’t promise timelines you can’t deliver on.. Just don’t do it.. (under promise & then over deliver)It will be some of the most effective advertising you’ll ever do. - COMMUNICATE with your customers.. Be brutally honest, and let them know if a problem has come up.. They appreciate knowing, even if it isn’t what they wanted to hear.. Things happen with suppliers or situations out of your control, no sense adding to your agony by avoiding delivering the bad news.. if its out of your control you have nothing to feel bad about.. It is however your responsibility to let them know.. -follow up with customers.. Find out if they were happy ,or disappointed.. Having a dialogue with an unhappy customers is just an opportunity to sharpen your game, & hopefully not make that mistake again if possible.. A happy customer validates you are on the right track, and lets you know where to double down your energy on for continued success.. I just want you to know .ANYONE has the ability to change, it is a matter of discipline & fortitude.. I wish you lots of success John. -For the record, the set of boxed arms you did for my DD several years ago fit like a glove , and are still in use on the car today..😎
  33. 12 points
    Um Economic growth, job creation etc. the economy is flat out rolling. As for Twitter , he's not acting " Presidential " because he's not a political insider like the last 20 years of Rep/Dem BS. The media is getting to you : ) As for the swamp not being drained, it's tough when both sides are against you because you are not in their political cult. I suggest you ignore the biased media on both sides as well as social media and judge things from the real world around you. If you really have friends and people in your circle that are changing into socialists ( like the media says ) then get new friends or give them a history lesson.
  34. 12 points
    I had stopped by my "Embroidery Guys" house the other day to have some hats embroidered with the Slappy Racing logo. My embroidery guy is named Tom, Tom Cameron. I've known him for over 15 years, and he has embroidered so many things for me and GD.com. I met him while I was reading a route for work about 15 years ago, and noticed him in his garage running an embroidery machine. I walked on in and asked him if I could use him to do some "One offs" and such. He said sure. Tom was an elderly man, skinny, white hair, wears glasses, rides a street bike, and is very pleasant to talk to. Over the last 15 or so years, I've talked with him considerably about Glamis, the Veterans Ceremony, the Golf Tournament, and many other stories about Glamis over the years. He even came out to Glamis last year for the Golf Tournament, and stayed in his tent just outside my trailer. I offered him to stay in my trailer, but he declined saying, "It's beautiful out here, I'll be ok in the tent." Anyways, back to the story. When I stopped in a couple weeks ago to drop of the hats for the Slappy Racing logo, I noticed that Tom was wearing a Vietnam Veteran hat. I looked at him, puzzled, and said, "Tom, you were in Vietnam?" He replied, "Yes I was." I immediately replied, "Tom, I've known you over 15 years, and I never knew that." My mind was now racing, and I stared at him for a couple seconds, and i was thinking maybe he was stationed stateside or something, no way did this pleasant, soft talking old man walk the jungles in South East Asia. So I asked, "What did you do in Vietnam?" He replied, "I was a field medic for the 1st Infantry Division, assigned to Charlie Company, out of Lai Khe, 25 miles North of Saigon." My jaw dropped. After all these years of talking to him about the Vets Ceremony, my mother and father being Marines, I never had a clue that my friend was a Vietnam Veteran, and one that was deep in the bush. Well, I guess I never asked. Right after that, we talked for a brief 20 minutes about what he did while in Vietnam, and I could've stayed there and listened for hours, but I had to get back to work. I did ask him if he was ok to talk about his time in Vietnam, and that I would love to sit by the fire soon and hear everything, and he said, "Absolutely, and I do have some article write ups, a narrative in a book, and some other things I can give you if you would like." I said, "Absolutely". And before I left, I told him, "YOU HAVE TO COME OUT TO THE VETERAN CEREMONY." He replied, "I will be there." So, Tom Cameron, the soft spoken, gentle man, my embroidery guy, Bronze Star recipient, is a total bad ass, and I never even knew it. Here is some stuff he gave me. That's Tom on the right.
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    Yup got to callon this one. Gd has always been a place were people speak there minds. There is a lot of strong minded opinionated members on here who dont hold punches . If you say something out of line you will be held accountable whether you like it or not, if you give wrong info in a tech thread you will be called out. Maybe we dont want the type of people you mentioned as they would not be a good fit here. 98% of the topics and post are positive helpful post but, there are members who sit in the sidelines and as soon as one of these threads pop up you get the "this site is negative" response as they are fueling the flames. The most negative places are FB and IG were people come in and slam somebody and then disappear, cant do that here. I see most of the past trouble makers saying that GD is drama as I watch them trash threads on FB regularly, they were the drama. The members who use to incite most of the trouble have left or been removed and we have been happy without them. Of course these threads come up but to throw the site under the bus because you do not agree with what is said in them is kinda childish.
  37. 12 points
    Ok here we go! Devin, first I was in no way “slamming” Polaris. And in fact I do appreciate that they’re investing in the dunes by purchasing the store. Second, even if I was slamming them I don’t see how that makes me or anyone else “hypocritical.” Third, now that you’ve opened this can of worms. My first trip to Glamis was memorial weekend in 1974. Yes, 1974. I have seen the changes over the years and perhaps I long for the old days when the place was waaay more laid back. No overzealous rangers, smaller crowds and less rude ass campers. So with that being said, I remember watching Crusty Demons of Dirt in 1995 (on a VHS tape no less) and the guys were at the “trendy dunes,” and even THEN I was like oh shit here we go, this place is going to blow up. Then there were the party’s at the pit (competition hill) where assholes were digging trenches so you would wreck or get stuck, burning OHVs to the ground and it was one big effing mess til the law clamped down. So if anyone ever wonders why there’s such a HUGE presence of LEOs and BLM at the dunes this is one of the main reasons. Since you didn’t ask, my opinion on camp rzr? It’s awesome that they display the vehicles and offer test drives and will repair your cart on the spot. But. Live concerts, a big party and a a fireworks display? If I wanted that shit I’d just stay home and go to Disneyland. I go to the dunes to escape that crap and in fact refuse to bring a tv along. This type of event brings in non-duners that makes the CAMPING turn into the shit show as I referenced with that image. Some of those people dgaf and trash the place leaving it to the folks that are truly passionate about the dunes (dare I say LOVE the place) to clean up after them. Many people enjoy the event, it just ain’t for me. There was a day when guys built their own sand cars, and the only thing to finance was ATCs/odysseys/dirt bikes. Now anybody with a few thousand dollars down can get into a cart with amazing long travel suspension and an automatic (gasp!) trans. Easy to drive and easy to wreck. I think they’re awesome and will buy a Textron XX 4 seater when they release them. I’m just not a fan of the commercialization of Glamis, but there’s no stopping it. Now get off my lawn!
  38. 11 points
    If you stay up all night drinking and driving your toys it makes it very hard for them to get stolen.
  39. 11 points
    Boy time has aged you two
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    Saw this today . Pulled over made polite contact with the offender and politely refused to leave until it was proper . F morons
  42. 11 points
    Don't ya'all be strangers ... remember I am one of you GD.COM knuckleheads
  43. 11 points
    Dallas TX (AP) - A seven-year old boy was at the center of a Dallas courtroom drama yesterday when he challenged a court ruling over who should have custody of him. The boy has a history of being beaten by his parents and the judge initially awarded custody to his aunt, in keeping with child custody law and regulation requiring that family unity be maintained to the highest degree possible. The boy surprised the court when he proclaimed that his aunt beat him more than his parents and he adamantly refused to live with her. When the judge then suggested that he live with his grandparents, the boy cried and said that they also beat him. After considering the remainder of the immediate family and learning that domestic violence was apparently a way of life among them, the judge took the unprecedented step of allowing the boy to propose who should have custody of him. After two recesses to check legal references and confer with the child welfare officials, the judge granted temporary custody to the Dallas Cowboys, whom the boy firmly believes are not capable of beating anyone.
  44. 11 points
    After reading this thread I feel like you need an intervention......... I’ll be the ahole and point out the elephant in the room that a couple of posters have eleuded to. You need to understand you are dumping and will be continuing to dump a PILEof money into what looks like a home built chassis. That chassis is not worthy of an LS. You still have a torsion housing from a VW in that chassis right? You’re building a lopsided car. Cut your loses, salvage the parts you can and search the for sale adds for a good quality chassis built by a reputable builder with tried and true correct chassis geometry, appropriate sized tubing with good triangulation. Of course resale value can also be a factor. I know you are hindered by your location but don’t let that stop you from haveing a property built car that will provide you and your family with as safe as possible experience that will take you out in the dunes so you can enjoy the time you have running the car rather than wishing you had done it right looking at your family sitting in lawn chairs while you work in vain trying to cobble some morphodite car back together in an attempt for at least one decent ride. Sorry, not trying to discourage you but we all want you to succeed in your quest for a good car, not become bitter and hate the predicament you get yourself into and disappoint yourself and your family. There have been many cars for sale that are in various states of disassembly for a great price on here. I don’t know what he is currently getting for a chassis but Jesse at JP Designs sells a very good car for a great price and will sell it in about any stage you want to buy it. If my post offends you I’m sorry that’s not my intent just ignore it and I won’t respond again.
  45. 11 points
    Ok, I'll play. I have yet to meet a woman who implanted something in her chest that fixed what was wrong in her head.
  46. 11 points
    21 years with this fantastic woman. She has put up with my crazy adventures, wild ideas, and mental looniness for this long, and if I’m lucky, she stays for another 21 years. Thank you Jen for being the best part of my life.
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    There was a pretty good crowd this weekend. Sorry for the amateur pics. Outta focus and over/under exposed! Yes, I got that pic of you going down the drags! I thought you latched the hood? My kind of flags! Tuna! Think he's a fisherman? Last pic of the evening at the drags. Time to go back to camp. Sunday Funday! Made it! Some ATC's coming by.
  48. 11 points
    Well it was about 8:15-8:30 Saturday Morning we are getting ready to go to the Veterans Ceremony and the the wife and the the other ladies in camp start screaming that someone crashed just outside camp near the road. So a few of us in camp go running over to find a buggy that had overturned landing back on it wheels sitting about 30-50 feet from the kiddy track in wash 16. As we run up to the accident scene there is one camp a little closer to the accident than ours and we see a guy from that camp run over as well. He gets there first and starts CPR on the down Gentleman. We have a Medic, a Nurse and myself a Fireman, the medic and nurse start assisting with CPR and realize that there is no chance for the gentleman and cover him with a blanket. I worked on the driver and put a sling on his arm as he had a broken shoulder, collarbone and broken arm. About 15 mins later BLM Rescue showed up and took over with getting the driver transported. So the buggy was supposably going anywhere between 35-50 miles an hr heading from wash 19 to vendors to get a Sand Jack and did not see the kiddy track and went over kinda like a corkscrew ejecting the passenger. My guess would be if they were wearing seatbelts they would have been fine with maybe a headache. It is a very unfortunate accident that has change the lives of many. So all I can say if we follow the rules and just slow down in the washes and in the Camping areas things will be a lot safer. Also wear your seat belts.
  49. 11 points
    Some real mother effing hypocrites in this thread let me tell you. First and foremost, its illegal. We all know, we all get it, some of us still do it and run the risk of tickets, kicked out, pass revoked, etc. If yore caught, pony up and pay. For all the nanny goats out there that have been going to the desert or dunes for several years now, way before pit toilets and rv’s in your possesion, when you were tenting it with your pos 1776vw rail that leaked more damn fuel and oil than you could keep in it, when you had to use the restroom did you and your family of four piss in containers and take it home, did you sh!t in a grocery sack and tow that home too? When you hung up your camping shower bag to warm in the sun did you place a plastic tub under your feet to catch the skin cells, hair, and other nastiness from your body and bring that home? Did you ever throw a half eaten sammich in the bushes? Jeebus H Christ I never knew there were so many ivory tower dwellers out there. Let me put this out there, bash away. I have sh!t and pissed more times in the desert and dunes than I care to recall. There were no pit toilets back then. There are still places I go to that still dont have them. We dug holes and buried it. We did what little dishes we had and dumped the water in the dirt/sand. We bagged all our trash and brought it home. When our rails, bajas, atc’s, bikes, etc leaked, oh well. We fixed the leak and went back to riding. Fuel got spilled while refueling, oh well. We did the best we could with what we had, we did our very best to leave no traces so we could continue to enjoy our off road time. If this makes me a bad person, then Im a bad person. Im willing to bet there are many more here on this boatd and in this thread that have done the same. And you know what? Im 47, soon to be 48, and I still piss outside and still bury a scupper trout when im somewhere there is no pit toilet. I always ride with a backback and a roll of sh!t tickets in it, just in case of emergency.
  50. 11 points
    I've been back and fourth between my regular job and Glamis for the past two weeks while my family is out of town for the holidays. My wife is from Kansas and takes the kids back almost every year. So while I have an empty house there is no reason to be there. I worked night shift Fri to Sun on Christmas weekend. No big deal, I don't celebrate the holiday so I'd rather work and let those that do celebrate have the time off. I left work on Monday morning, Dec 26th and headed straight to Glamis to meet up with my dune family. Four hours later I pulled into camp and thought about going to sleep. But the need to drive my car got the better of me and I started unloading it. An hour later I was ready to dune with our group. We all headed out to Swing Set, my first time there. It was really cool to see the kids playing. I hope that it lasts and is preserved for the next generation of duners and their children. We hit all the usual spots- Fireman's Flag Pole (formerly Brawley Slide), Flag Pole and then back to camp. By 7pm I was ready to pass out. So that's exactly what I did. I was up early the next morning checking out my car and getting ready for that days ride. We usually tell our group that we want to leave camp around 10am. We have a fairly large group so not everyone goes on the same runs. This morning half our group was going to Duners Diner but I wanted to dune my car again so I opted to go with the "duning" group. We headed out around 10 am and hit the usual spots again- Swing Set, Flag Pole, Fireman's Flag Pole and then on to Oldsmobile Hill. I ran into a lot of board members and clients, some people I haven't seen for a long time, and some I had seen in the prior months when servicing their cars. It is a totally different atmosphere when talking to someone in the dunes rather then in my shop. I prefer the former. While we were at Fireman's Flag Pole my buddy DZRTRUN noticed another dunebuggy.com Sidewinder and pointed it out to me. I didn't know the owner or the car but it was exactly the same as my car and really cool to see another big azz heavy prerunner out in the dunes. We packed up and headed back to Swing Set. We were at Swing Set for a few minutes and I saw the other DB car pull into the area. A few minutes later the cars owner walked over and introduced himself. We looked over my car and I told him a little of the backstory of how I came to own it. We soon realized we knew a lot of the same people from racing. In fact, he had pre-ran with our team in Baja on a trip I couldn't attend. We walked over to his car and looked it over too. We talked about how 'indestructible' our cars were compared to most of the sandrails in Glamis. We said goodbye and everyone headed back to camp. A few hours later I get a phone call from a 714 number I don't recognize. I answered it and it's the DB car owner. He said he hoped I didn't mind but he called a mutual friend and asked for my number and hoped I didn't mind. Of course not! What's up? He said just after leaving Swing Set he broke his right trailing arm. Just then the text pics started coming in (slow cell service in Glamis). Uh, wow, yeah that's broke. The wheel plate came of the trailing arm. Unfortunately I've seen this before on one of our DB.com prerunners back in 2010. While racing in Barstow the team owner landed on the left rear wheel and the exact same thing happened- the wheel plate shot off the car causing it to roll over several times. We took the arms to ES Motorsports for repairs. They said there was zero internal plating and only tack welds. They got the arms all fixed up and we have beat the shit outta them all over CA, AZ, NV and Baja for the past 6 years with zero problems. Back to the story... The cars owner, Trevor, said he had called Dickerson Tow in Brawley for the Snow Cat but they said they wouldn't come out at night. It was now 7pm, dark and the car would have to sit out there all night. Fortunately it was in the deep dunes a few miles from China Wall on the way to the washes. The Snow Cat would be there at 8am for the recovery and it would cost $250 per hour ROUND TRIP! I had heard of the cost for the Snow Cat but never actually got a true number until that day. This tow was going to cost around $2000! I told Trevor that I had a spare set of arms for my DB car back at my house and could have them in Glamis by 9am the next day via matt86 who was meeting me on Pad 5 to pick up a broken 4 seat Racer and deliver it to Teague in Santa Clarita, CA. They were only the tube "sand" arms but they'd get him through the weekend. With 2-3 guys, 2 floor jacks and some 4x4 pieces of wood he could get the car back on it's wheels and drive it out and potentially save himself $2000. He wasn't interested in fixing it out there though. He figured he'd get it back to his camp and take the arm to Joe Fab for a repair. I gave him my best words of encouragement but he stuck to his plan. Regardless, I called one of my guys and asked him to go to my house and dig out the arms. matt86 was ready to go get the arms but Trevor said he was gonna have it towed. Around 9:30pm my phone rang again and it was Trevor asking me to have my spare arms brought out. If I would come help/supervise he'd try to change the arm in the dunes. I said no problem and put in a call to matt86 to arrange picking up the arms at my house. This added about 90 miles to Matt's drive, but he didn't mind. Or did he? I wasn't listening, just get the arms and get out here. Matt showed up on Pad 5 as scheduled at 9am to pick up the broken Racer. I met him there to pick up the arms and called Trevor to tell him I was gathering the troops and we would head out to his location. Trevor text me a picture of his GPS coordinates so we'd know exactly where he was. Back at camp we all got out cars fueled up and ready to go. I, admittedly, HATE leading in the dunes, but my buddy DZRTRUN is an awesome leader. I programmed the GPS coordinates into both of my Lowrance units and I programmed DZTRUN's Lowrance HDS unit- and we were off! The spare arm strapped in the backseat of my car. There were three buggies and 4 RZR's in our group. We didn't know the terrain where we were going so we thought it would be safer to not take everyone along for this journey. We stopped at Swing Set and left 2 of the lesser experienced RZR drivers there while we went and looked for Trevor. After an hour or so we were having no luck finding Trevor. We were close according to the GPS but we just could not find him. Some of these dunes looked like they had never seen a car, RZR or even a quad ride them. I'm sure that's not true but it just looked so desolate in this area. We had no cell phone service either. We headed for China Wall and asked anyone we saw if they had heard of a broken buggy nearby. No one knew of it. We headed back to Swing Set to try and get cell service. No luck on cell service there either. We gathered up the RZR's we had left behind earlier and headed back to China Wall. Our group was whole again but we hadn't completed our goal of getting the spare arm to Trevor. Just then I get a text! I text Trevor that we had been looking for him for 2 hours but couldn't find him. It would be best if we met up at a known spot to get him the arm. We choose Fireman's Flag Pole because he said it was closest to his location and he'd meet us there. Our search party headed to FFP and waited for Trevor. We got to FP around 1pm and Trevor showed up a 15 mins later with a buddy in a RZR. I gave him the arm and he said he had a good handle on how to reassemble it and didn't need me to go with him. I was kinda relieved to hear that but told him to call me if he had any questions or needed help in any way. We packed up and headed for Oldsmobile Hill. After catching up with a bunch of friends and clients we all packed up and headed back to camp. Over all we had spent 2-3 hours in the dunes looking for Trevor, but we hit all our usual spots alone the way, so it was a great day of duning. Around 5pm I got a text from Trevor thanking me for the loaner arm and some pics of his car back on its wheels and headed for his camp in the washes. I was stoked and went out to let our group know. The caar is sitting weird because he had to discharge the nitrogen in the bypass shock to get it installed. Overall this was a really fun experience. We got in a lot of duning and got to help out a fellow duner whom I'd just met the day before. Thanks to matt86 for getting my spare arm to me the next day and DZRTRUN and his wife for leading in their two buggies and all the guys and gals in the RZR's for coming along on this adventure.

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