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Unread 07-04-2011, 06:39 PM   #1
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July 4th Weekend near Big Bend

A jeepin buddy (Biotex) called and said that he is ready for a field test for his project/build and had a few days to make it happen. It is a CJ10, only about 3500 ever made.

I loaded up and in a few hours met him south of Alpine, Tx on our way to Terlingua ranch area and Aqua Frio Creek; both just north of Big Bend.


Typically, it is very very hot in the summer but we had a reprieve with 95 degree highs and some rain forecast.

Most of the area is private land and permission needed to enter, however a lot of the county roads offer a challenge. Brewster county is the largest county in Texas and larger than Rhode Island. Late into the day, unloaded at base camp then make way to a creek to put the CJ 10 into its paces.





At sunrise, we get up to find evidence of a sprinkle of rain at base camp.



Headed for Aqua Frio, little did we know that there had been a “gully washer” and we encounter slick roads. The land is so dry that when it rains, it becomes very slick and traction is a challenge. Click on the image for the video.



Soon on to creeks where the gravel gives good traction and a chance to wash off some of the caked on mud.






Biotex made this hybrid from a diesel powered CJ 10 (an aircraft tug), Waggener, and a Wrangler. Makes for a good rock crawling trail rig.




Along the way, there is an encounter with some of the local residents.



For most of the morning we slip and slide, and make challenging creek crossings, then on to lunch at Study Butte (pronounced “stewdy buwt”) which is a cross road in the desert leading to Big Bend National park or to Terlingua. With mud not a common sight, much attention is given at the lunch spot.




This being the first run out, Biotex sees a need for fender flares while removing large chucks of mud. (not including what he dug out of his clothes.


Heading back to base camp via the long way through high country.


As noted earlier, much of the land is private and there are many locked gates and the only access is with permission and gate combos.


On the way back, a quick stop at a shady road side spot to stretch legs.




Link to Biotex's build thread:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/new-cj10-project-1155836/


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Unread 07-05-2011, 02:45 PM   #2
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Rain and mud in the Big Bend area is a once in a lifetime experience. I have yet to experience it. Looked like an interesting trip. I have never seen a CJ10 wheeling in the dirt before. It looks like a stout trail vehicle. It must be heavy if it was made to tow aircraft. I assume that he took all the ballast out of the back.
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Unread 07-05-2011, 09:13 PM   #3
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Rain and mud in the Big Bend area is a once in a lifetime experience. I have yet to experience it. Looked like an interesting trip. I have never seen a CJ10 wheeling in the dirt before. It looks like a stout trail vehicle. It must be heavy if it was made to tow aircraft. I assume that he took all the ballast out of the back.
Yes, it was nice not to have all the dust (at least the day it rained).

Biotex actually acquired two incomplete cj10s and I think all the ballast was already gone. Oddly, they were not made with front wheel drive, but do have a transfer case (for the crawl ratio). And have a very wide track in the rear, that is all gone now.
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Great pictures, and it looked like a fun place to explore. Cool CJ too!
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Unread 08-07-2011, 05:09 PM   #5
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Unread 08-08-2011, 03:35 PM   #6
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Nice pics...

Have to ask... where is the spare for the CJ? Isn't that just asking for a flat?
I know there was another Jeep along, but a flat on the CJ could have easily ruined you and your buddies day...
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Unread 08-08-2011, 04:35 PM   #7
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Nice pics...

Have to ask... where is the spare for the CJ? Isn't that just asking for a flat?
I know there was another Jeep along, but a flat on the CJ could have easily ruined you and your buddies day...
YEP! very astute.

It was a fast trip out to see how things were working. Biotex and I (and others) just got back from Colorado and he did have a spare, not sure about the jack (chuckle). a long term mount is a WIP along with some other finer tuning. he has it coming along nicely, It was 4 (or more) different vehicles only a few months ago.

Link to our Colorado trip.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f58/o...orado-1250316/
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Nice pics...

Have to ask... where is the spare for the CJ? Isn't that just asking for a flat?
I know there was another Jeep along, but a flat on the CJ could have easily ruined you and your buddies day...
I do have a spare, but did not take it along on that trip. Our ranch was close by, so it wouldn't have been a disaster if I had a flat. I'm a bit worried about mounting a 35" tire onto the stock carrier, so I leave it in the bed mostely. I have the material to make a swing out bumper, but have not started it yet.
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Looks like a great and fun trip...I love that area
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beautiful country in west Texas
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