This summer I became the coordinator for the Northern Arizona Pollinator Habitat Initiative (NAZHPI). I’ve been giving out seed packets, educating people on the importance of bees & butterflies, and drafting some cool documents.
I had taken delivery of the fatbike only a 36 days prior, and was already crossing a frozen river to explore concrete ruins and abandoned cars with my riding buddy.
2015 Framed Mini-Sota | 1965 Ford F-100
Trailer hitch is trashed. Wish I had money to develop a better one.
I think it went well. I just followed the service manual instructions for idle mix and idle speed, and it was finished in no time. Basically:
I finally got to volunteer at a MTB trail maintenance day! After literally riding 2,000' up Mt. Elden, I got to observe a USFS guy split this big rock that had fallen onto the hairpin turn. Video below.
Instead of an exhaust-leaky burble it now has a subtle (but finally quiet) putputput. Sounds quaint, but that’s ok. It’s an old truck.
Today it’s laughable to think that a vehicle should be built for one purpose and nothing more, but that’s the market we live in. Safety and efficiency are good to shoot for, but many of us pine for a time when we could buy something downright agricultural from a car dealership and take it anywhere with nothing but …
They grow up so fast! Well, I apparently do, because I finally went bikepacking.
Bikepacking test ride #2 dealt with the 2L water jug and some freeze dried food. Everything did pretty well, and I’m now reducing the kit more.
I built the Shimano Alfine 8-speed in last fall after the stock derailleur rusted together. Rode it up north, and then it lost a gear. After a busy winter, I finally got the bike to a shop, and uffda. It was quite a ride.
Thank you, Tim, for recommending the Backcountry Navigator app. The map isn’t 100% accurate but it is a lot better than guessing with Google. Last Monday I went for a long-ish ride to put the app (and my skills) to the test.
I have a friend in Japan, and sometimes (usually) he’s really super awesome. And sometimes (often) that awesomeness translates into finding at my door boxes of random JDM car stuff I never knew existed!
I re-jetted the carb yesterday for high altitude (50 vs 52) with basically zero prior carb experience. Took it for a quick drive on some nearby jeep trails. Despite other needed maintenance like leaf springs, Boo is a champ.
They don’t come around that often. I replaced the clutch lever boot with no issues. Boo is grateful, but he wants his carb tuned.
Mormon Lake today. Couldn’t help myself. The truck did alright, considering the carb is not tuned right and the leaf springs are probably shot. Let’s see your Stupid Stuff in Old Trucks™
It only took eight months. Between replacement part issues (thanks no thanks LMC) and moving across the country, it feels good to finally drive again. It took Boo out for a quick drive down Old Walnut Canyon Rd to Walnut Canyon Nat. Monument tonight and everything worked. Woo!
In 1980, Tucker designer Alex Tremulis and a few crazy engineers hatched a plan to combine an airplane’s belly tank and a complete 500cc Subaru Rex drivetrain. The goal: 100 MPG.