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Old 09-14-2012, 10:35 PM   #470
bugeyetex
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Join Date: May 2011
Chapter/Region: TXIC
Location: San Antonio
Vehicle:
2003 psm wrx wagon
Built Fuji Tough

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Originally Posted by guidojuicehead View Post
Speaking of split rims...

My father and I picked up a free 1ton 71' Dodge Powerwagon after it sat for 20 years back until the mid-90s. The truck was so heavy, it had sunk up to its axles in red clay. It had been used for 44k on a Safari trip in Africa, and put away. Preparing the truck for Africa involved modifying the 318 to burn the low octane fuel of the country. If fired up with 20 year old fuel and a new battery.

The truck was running... Why not try to move it out of the clay while it was wet? Dana70's front and back and 4.88 gears, "It was built for Africa... and should be just fine" were the last words...

The end result, was a stripped rear ring/pinion, and a lock ring in two pieces. One 200 feet away, the other was impaled an oak tree. That might have been the scariest moment of my life, until... When we brought the remaining five wheels into a salvage yard that was willing to deal with them, they treated them like time bombs. The forklift driver had one ring explode just as he put it in the cage due to heat. I had just turned around with a smile and sigh of relief, and BOOM... That was the second time I nearly crapped myself.
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