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Tire questions

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Offline OldJeepr

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Re: Tire questions
« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2010, 05:43:31 PM »
5??  Now those were "close" friends.

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Offline presidio

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Re: Tire questions
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2010, 01:25:15 AM »
5??  Now those were "close" friends.

Ah, it was only about 20 miles but I still don't know how we squeezed it all in.
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Offline Reece

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Re: Tire questions
« Reply #17 on: August 13, 2010, 07:10:58 PM »
So, you're going to take you Datsun up this?
« Last Edit: June 17, 2011, 10:38:11 PM by RichardM »

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Offline presidio

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Re: Tire questions
« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2010, 11:08:58 PM »
So, you're going to take you Datsun up this?

Well, no. I don't have the Datsun any longer. However, the road in that photo does not look all that rough. It appears mostly an issue of clearance and some rock rolling would fix a lot of that.

You would be surprised where you can take a vehicle if you have some experience in such conditions. I have hand-pushed a gutless 1971 VW van up an incredibly steep road in Mexico that it could not pull on its own. A roaring 1300cc engine and 4 riders pushing got it out of Huasteca Canyon at the Cola de Caballo end. You have to remember that cars in the 70s had a bit more clearance than the road huggers of today. That independent rear suspension counted for a lot. Okie-trac also works when you carefully apply it.
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Wendell (Garret Dillahunt): It's a mess, ain't it, sheriff?
Ed Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones): If it ain't, it'll do till the mess gets here.
--No Country for Old Men (2007)

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Offline Al

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Re: Tire questions
« Reply #19 on: August 16, 2010, 11:48:10 PM »
My good friend, Erle, drove his Toyota Corolla down Black Gap about the same time.  He and his wife made it but he didn't want to do it again.

Bet my 1962 Bug would have made it no problem.  A VW Bug, with the right tires, will go where more than one 4x4 dare not go. 

Homero, please don't make me post pictures . . .

Al

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Offline Reece

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Re: Tire questions
« Reply #20 on: August 17, 2010, 06:30:05 AM »
Yeah well, I did some crazy things in the 60?s and 70?s too. I once drove my dodge van over a donkey trail ledge near Manzanillo. I asked a local, ??Es posible pasar este camino en mi cami?n?? He said, ?S?. Es posible.? What he didn?t say was that while it was ?possible? he wouldn?t even think of doing it him self. We should have known something was up when nearly the whole village turned out to wave good by to us as we drove off for our near death experience. I?m sure they adjourned to cobble together a team of burros to drag us back off the precipice. To our own surprise we made it through but we could just as easily have lost it all, right then and there.

While it?s fun to reminisce, I?m an old man now, driving solo in a 2WD Nissan Frontier with an open differential. It gets a little squirrelly even on the gravel washes down in BBR where there is zero backup. Hmm?I guess I could lasso a wild donkey to pull me out.

"The Crossing" Cormac McCarthy


« Last Edit: June 17, 2011, 10:39:44 PM by RichardM »

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Offline Reece

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Re: Tire questions
« Reply #21 on: August 17, 2010, 07:57:45 AM »
I always listen to The Border Trilogy on my way west from Houston - gets me back in my right mind. I have in my possession perhaps the only existing mp3 audio book version of the "Trilogy." I ripped it from a set of cassette tapes that I bought years ago, narrated by Brad Pitt no less. If prevailed upon, I might be persuaded to share.

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Offline Reece

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Re: Tire questions
« Reply #22 on: August 17, 2010, 09:04:58 AM »
Email me at home and we will come to terms.

 


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