I was *sure* we had selected the 5-year warranty on the JK, but Dianna just checked and we had a 3-year/36,000mile warranty.
Aka our warranty is up.....
Something is wrong with the heating/AC on it (just majorly weaksauce) and I meant to get it fixed under warranty.
We possibly have a bad balljoint (scallopped tread wear on the MTs) that I meant for them to look at and never got around to it.
No more having to pay out the nose for tire rotations and oil changes, or having to document it!
The kid gloves are off! I'm allowed to work on it now! I'll dig into the weak heat/cooling system first, as Dianna wants it fixed.
Can you say......snorkel?
In reality, I probably won't be doing much modding to *either* vehicle this year, as once we finally get the house I have a list of projects as long as my arm that is going to be cutting into the Jeep fund. They'll be a couple cool stuff, like a half-door project I have planned and dusting off the bikini top I've had since I bought it but never run, maybe some communications upgrades. They'll be some beach running, some farm-vehicle type stuff, and possibly even some *real* wheeling, but my main money-suck project over the next year is going to be the new house.
I was going to wait until it was a definite, but since the inspection went so well and it's mostly just paperwork at this point....
Meet the Jeeps' new home!!!!!!!
We're scheduled to close on May 14th! It's a cute 4-bedroom little ranch house on FIVE ACRES of land! And, as you can see, comes with a 5 bay garage with an additional double-wide bay.
I've got all sorts of plans and projects that are going to come before spending major money on the Jeeps, including building a rabbit hutch/run for the buns; a BBQ patio with a brick charcoal roasting pit, smoker area, and patio awning; wiring in a power transfer switch for generator power (private well and septic system with a generator means we can be completely sufficient when the hurricanes take the grid down), centralized multi-room/outdoor stereo system, rewiring the garage, shooting range, hog feeder, deer stand, vegetable garden etc.
Needless to say, I'm *really* excited. I'll try to keep this blog about mostly Jeep stuff, but they'll probably be a few projects that I'll update on and ask for advice, etc.
It was just a sprint triathlon (300M swim, 14mi bike, 3mi run) but I've been training for a while (it was my distraction from wanting to spend on the Jeep while we saved up for the house) and did *really* well. Like....shattered my personal bests on all 3 legs of the race.
So very happy about that.
My parents were down in Texas this weekend to cheer me on for the triathlon, so I got a chance to show them around camp and the new house.
I really take for granted *just* how much the Islander gets used as a true Jeep. It's definitely not a street queen. The whole back area of camp was pretty badly flooded and we had to check on some of the hog traps and check some of the back roads and the road to the shooting range was near impassible. And because some idiot decided to buy a 2WD truck as the camp vehicle, there are often times where the Islander is the *only* vehicle that can make it to the outskirts of camp. Add that to pulling trailers and the log splitter around to where needed and pushing stalled trucks of the way and it *really* ends up being a workhorse.
Did I mention that *everything* in that above paragraph happened *yesterday*!?
Meanwhile my poor YJ has been feeling pretty neglected, just sitting in the parking lot lately, but that's about to change....
New YJ build philosophy: Wannabe Tractor
Hell, it's already a green and yellow build, might as well make it a John Deere, ha ha.
I kind of stupidly passed up the opportunity to buy the current homeowner's tractor for $2,000, which was a great deal, but more upfront cash than I can throw around right now.
I figure I'll need to find some old mud terrains or tractor tires (there's lots of used tire shops near us) and throw those on there. I'll have to use a riding mower/zero turn for the front 2 acres of lawn, but the back three acres are a previously cleared/now overgrown underbrush.
This normally wouldn't be so bad, except that a lot of it is poison oak mixed amongst scrub oak and provides *really* good cover for copperheads like the one that gave me a heart attack yesterday when I almost stepped on it.
I'll have to pick up (or fab) a chain harrow:
That'll clear up most of the underbrush and do the light grading on the driveway and I've got the HF Utility trailer I got when I moved that'll work well around the property, especially once I start moving dirt to put in the patio and range backstop.
For the planned garden, I'd love a small 4' disc harrow, but I'll probably just settle for renting a roto-tiller once a year.
I'm still doing lots of research, though. Anyone out there know more about homesteading and can give me some advice?
Closing went smoothly, so IT IS OFFICIALLY OUR HOUSE!!!!
We've got about 75% of the stuff moved so far (We have the apartment until the end of the month, so it's not a huge rush) thanks to a friend loaning us his full-sized trailer.
Thank goodness for the 4-door. Would have been no fun with the YJ's short wheelbase. And it would have taken like 15 trips with my baby trailer as opposed to 2 with the full sized.
I'll have to get some pictures of the full house later! The owner left me all sorts of goodies in the garage like coolers and wire spools and cabinets and scraps, etc., so it's time to start setting up the workshop!
So National Jeep Go Topless Day was fairly uneventful around our house. There was a get-together down in Galveston, but I instead used the weekend to haul 4 trailer-loads of stuff to the new house, where we have officially moved all our stuff!
So while I didn't attend the NJGTD event, I still made sure both vehicles ended up with no tops this weekend while doing work.
Man, it's nice to be able to stick the hard-top indoors, in my own garage for once. First time it's been off since we've been down here, and since it's been around 90 most days, it was definitely time.
So, not much to share lately, as I've been so busy with the house and property, but the Jeeps are still getting a little bit of lovin'
First off, *so* happy we Monstalined that interior of the JK. I've been throwing all sorts of stuff back there between working as a foster transport vehicle for the dog rescue organization I volunteer with, to throwing tools/ladders/etc. on the rack and inside back and forth from camp, and yesterday I threw in t-posts and barbed wire, all without having to worry about the interior. It's amazing.
The YJ has been sitting neglected, so I decided to dress 'er up and give her a new summer outfit.
I got a set of half-doors from a buddy in North Shore Jeeps for a hopeful project down the road, but figured I'd throw them on and see how they looked. Also dug out my bikini top, which I've had since I *bought* the YJ back in 2008 and is brandspankin' new, but I've never had any reason to throw on.
Also touched up some pain on the rollbars and windshield before they got rusty, and because I hadn't done it yet *this year*, I gave them both a good wash and wax. The JKs first *ever* real wax, believe it or not. (I'd only used the Carnuba spray bottle stuff until now. Way easier, but I just don't trust it as much)
So I should have gotten better pictures of the YJ's new look, but here they both are, sitting pretty.
Still undecided on the bikini top thing. I'll keep it on for a while and see how I feel about it.
So not soliciting, but just threw the YJ in for YJOTM. First time ever entering it, so we'll see how a sleeper-mentality does in what is essentially a photo contest, ha ha.
In other news, things have been really busy, but good.
The new house/property has been taking up crazy amount of time and I've been continuing to train for triathlons and we've been fostering dogs (big 'ol rotties Angus & Quincy) for Scout's Honor and may have other exciting news soon as well! So yeah, busy.
The garage is still not organized because I've been busy with a number of projects, the biggest being rebuilding an old farm UTV. The build thread for that is on the North Shore Jeeps website. It's pretty neat and worth checking out.
I'll try and take some pictures of the work the Jeeps have been doing 'plowing' brush and winching trees and everything trying to clear land, because basically we've got 3 or 4 acres of land that have been taken over by brush/light woods/poison oak.
Seriously. Like 60% of all foliage on the property is poison oak. It's insane.
And the first time I had to battle it, it won.
Since then I've learned all the tricks on how to keep from getting a reaction, but it really is a constant battle and even if I'm not actively clearing it, the dogs run around in it and bring it in the house, so it's got to go. I'm in a constant state of itchy.
Finally got a chance to take the Islander out onto the dunes in Surfside. Dirty, dirty beach. Definitely not the kind of place you lay in the sun, but pretty to drive along.
The YJ has been working overtime due to my lack of a tractor. I initially used it to explore the back property before I cleared it, knocking over 3" and 4" trees without hesitation or the slightest damage to the undercarriage (although I did throw a driveshaft due to under-torqued u-bolts.)
This is what I was dealing with
Found an old tractor hitch in the shop
Hooked it up to the bumper and drove around until the brush was tore up enough to hand clear and then get the lawn tractor through.
I'll take some pictures tonight of the final product, but the difference is amazing for not having an actual brush-hog.