holy crap. I forgot to post up what happened.
Ok, the ride has taken place. I lost.
Here is the write up I did on Ohio4x4.
Started out with 11 rigs I believe. Rex forgot to lock in and had some trouble at the V notch on Beard do to that, but I think everyone else made it ok.
At the rock ledge, I tried the far right and couldnt quite get up it, did managae to start the rears up but the carb puked out so I went to the left, had some issues with the carb (something that never gave me any issues until today) but after a couple tried made the climb. I believe Tim took a slight strap on it after getting a little crosshair on it.
One of Howards buddy's in a fullsize blazer on 44 bogger, which just happened to have a 3/4ton DANA 44 under it ripped both drivers side ball joints clean off the thing. Howard, the blazer and a similar built suburban with a d60 front hung back and repaired the Blazer while we kept on the move.
I got stuck the minute I hit the ruts, and pretty good I may add, Roy was having a hard time moving me, and I ended up using 4 straps to get me about 1/2 way or so up the ruts. Not sure if I would have faired better had the 42's not been diggin trenches in front of me or not, but its doubtful. After several several attempts and a shattered right sideglass,I did manage to finish the ruts without any more help. Thus far a few folks admited I had already faired better than they had planned.
Took on another strap at a stupid little mud hole that was mostly water, as I went in the engine died and with water well above the exhuast I opted for a strap instead of sucking water in the very short exhuast pipe.
I picked up another strap, for sort of the same reason, only this time it was a true mud hole and I may or may not have made it had it not died on me...
Somewhere along the line, but I forget where I picked up another strap costing me 7 straps total for Beard Road.
Everyone did the connector trail with ease I believe and we continued on to the quarry trail head. At the first big hole, Roy was pretty close to getting stuck, but made it through, and radioed to me I could bypass it for one strap instead of hydrolocking the thing, so I obliged and did so. Comming out of the bypass I stop to let the g/f walk by, and she says go ahead... I thought she meant, its nothing to worry about so I idled on ahead and surely enough a mud hole I didnt pay any attention to, that was enough for strap 9. Although it wasnt here fualt I still made her feel bad and she offered the bronco to me, if the strap cost me the bet, however I refused the offer, and told her it was only part her fualt...lol
Steve Stroud got stuck in the big hole and shortly after lost a couple forward gears and was overheating. I took another strap at a muddy section (cant think of what it was called), when I slid off of my line and into the ruts, ruts or no ruts I was proabably taking a strap there anyhow..., say hello to strap 10. The BII was also running like crap, I thought due to an ignition problem but it seems it was just the carb again, we breaked for lunch, at this time.
steve Stroud hung back to clean out his radiator at the riverside while I took my 11th strap at a muddy section just before the first swap, again I was almost out of the hole when I slide into the ruts, and my carb crapped out. As Roy was pulling me a very loud hiss started, after out I popped hte hood to find the original 1984 rubber hose running from the tstat to the intake had ruptured.... After cooling a little, I pulled the hose, I forget who it was (sorry) but someone had a piece of 3/4 hose, but leave it two ford the hoses needed to be 1inch on one side and 3/4 on the other, some quick thinking on my part I had the g/f go get one of my larger deepwell sockets, I used this as a hose adapter to but the new 3/4 inch peice to a good chunk of the old 1inch piece. With a borrowed hose clamp and tow smaller ones made into one, and some borrowed drinking water for coolant I was on my way again.
we continued on to the first swap where I followed Roy into some pretty trecherous ruts, costing me my losing strap. I flogged on it awhile before I finally gave up.... Roy strapped me, and we took photos of us shacking hands and of the money., we continued on to the larger swamp and I took an easy bypass route Jaimie told me to take with no issues. Once through I hear the hiss again... the new 3/4 line had sprung a leak, I think I may have accidently stabbed it with my knife earlier. Ocne again with borrowd drinking water I repaired it and was on my way. At this point in time we decided to turn around rather than get stuck 1/2 way through quarry at nightfall,
I followed Roy through the swamp with a strap just to make getting out eaiser. We then ran headon into the now fixed blazer, suburban, Howard and a group of Geo Trackers they had picked up somewhere. The opted to turn around as well.
Tim, Brent, Sour, mike and myself, (sorry guys cant remember everyones screennames exactly)had taken a bypass and ened up infront of the larger group, we advised Roy we would continue on out the trail so as not to stay so congested. I had a couple small stall out issues but we made it back out with no one needing pulled, We waited atleast 2 hours o nthe rest of the group, finally after CB contact we found out Rex had busted his radiator with his fna, steve lost his starter, and the blazer had popped a bead on those monsterous 44's.
Finally they arrived with the blazer dragging steve, and Howard dragging Rex, Roy swaped to drag steve and we headed back to the connector trail. The blazer and the Suburban being so big had some issues crossing the dug ditch but made it with no damage. Mike had reconnected the sway bars while waiting at quarry, and had some issues but a couple guys pushing was enough to get him through.
Smooth driving for the most part back to the marathon from there.
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