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Tim M.53 days ago

The better 3/4's and I hatched a plan to escape the city and see parts unknown recently. This last weekend we road tripped it up to the dark skies of Great Basin National Park. This also marked the first time the Whale was used as intended (long distance off-road base camp conveyance) and I was fairly nervous. Taking a 25-year-old anything 500 plus miles across the desert with no assistance and little cell coverage was asking a lot. Especially with all the work we've had to do with it over the last year. I was mostly confident but keenly aware that if anything went wrong, we were likely on the hook for fixing it ourselves.

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[]Kit Lau 1 point

Looks gorgeous 💪🏼 and fun

[]Andrew Johnson 1 point

Awesome shots!

[]Ernie Szots 1 point

This is awesome; thanks for sharing! That milky way pic is the business.

Tim M.81 days ago

It's pretty awesome living in a desert. Trails are close and plentiful. Sweeping vistas, narrow canyons, and hey rocks are neat.But the best part is playing in the puddles after the floods recede?

Tim M.90 days ago

We purchased the Land Cruiser 1 year ago today as our cheap desert camping/exploring rig. Well, it's definitely done the former, but it has not been the later. Year 1 service highlights:

Tim M.142 days ago

Well, the engine rebuilds done and boy does it sound and drive better. So far the only outliers of the experience are a broken mirror and the AC is broken (great for early summer in Vegas). Working with the shop on those as they were not broken when it was dropped off.

Tim M.184 days ago

The Cruiser is off to the shop for an engine rebuild.The 4.5L has run like a tractor since I got it (plus some really good valve and piston rattle) and the only way I could keep oil in it was to run 20W-40. Despite this and my ham-fisted wrenching, nothing seemed to affect it or it's reliability. However, we are wanting to go farther out into the wilds so i'm going to fix what ain't broken and have the engine torn down and rebuilt for piece of mine.

Tim M.376 days ago

A golden tour of Colorado's western slope. The perfect excuse to spin the tires and carve up the passes.

Tim M.381 days ago

Ah fall in the desert. Great temps and clear dark skies. A quick getaway from the city to see some real stars and have no one around for miles. Only marred by a flat tire on the way home... Looks like the 8-year-old mismatched random tires arn't going to work... oh well an excuse for nicer rubber. Pro-tip, always make sure your used car has a lugnut wrench when inventoring before leaving.

Tim M.388 days ago

It lives! a new Solenoid and it's working like a charm. On an related note, 2 day shipping is still the most awesome thing that gets taken for granted.

Tim M.388 days ago

Replaced the original (210,000 mile shocks) with some KYB's as an interim until I decide on a suspension route. Required sawzall and lots of wincing and hoping I didn't cut anything else.... I failed at that, so I'm ordering a new solenoid... sigh.

Tim M.388 days ago

So, figured out what that popping noise was on the whale. There's supposed to be rubber under that washer.

Tim M.425 days ago

First dirt! Bitter springs, lake mead... Only got slightly stuck once, but found the clearance limit of the trailer hitch often hey look wildlife.

Tim M.439 days ago

12+ hours for tear down and rebuild of the leaking front knuckle (that's right, just 1) thanks to some innovative previous solutions to a leaking hub. I don't think its recommended to use bathroom sealant in place of gaskets, but it's all better now and nothing my new 20lb shorty sledge couldn't overcome. Sounds & drives so much better with no high pitched whines from the front end.

Tim M.443 days ago

Jacked up and ready for lube and service :) Should be a very greasy weekend, which are the best kinds.

Tim M.468 days ago

Note to self, led bulbs don't like monsoon floods very much. In other news sealed lighting is a relative term.

Tim M.472 days ago

4 National Parks full of excellent roads, views, and beauty and it only adds 2 hours to the 8 hour holiday road trip... Yes, please! Capital Reef, Grand Staircase Escalante, Bryce Canyon, and Zion

Tim M.530 days ago

Mini Camping, Who says you need ground clearance to drive into the desert?

Tim M.564 days ago

So many perfect miles of asphalt in Death Valley to test launch control with, so little rear tire left.

Tim M.595 days ago

Ooooh LED's, so much better then the old incandescent mess

Tim M.614 days ago

Clean again!

Tim M.839 days ago

Nothing like detailing at 8pm in 100+ heat to get the pulse up. Stay hydrated all!

Tim M.886 days ago

5 days, 1900 miles, 6 fill ups (gas and energy drinks), 2 audio books, and 1 really messy reason why not to take a college student out drinking in the new car.

Tim M.888 days ago

Utah, your bugs are immense.

Tim M.893 days ago

Cleaned and Prepped.... Road Trip!

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