Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Spring Branch Tx.
Well after a year of owning the CJ, I’m just getting it legal to drive but back in the early 80’s I had a 71 waggy with warn hubs and winch. Central Texas is all private property and hard to find any place to play, but in the few odd places you can, I’ve found the usual stuff like striped, stolen vehicles and appliances. The fun place to go is Corpus Christy. Hit the beach, hang a right, and try to make the 70 miles of beach and back. There is a cut across the island so you can’t drive quite to Brownsville but close. I had two 20 some gallon tanks in the waggy and drove until one ran out. I never made it to the cut because I’d use too much fuel getting through the soft sand. When you get wayy down the beach There’s all kinds of junk that washes up. The only really odd thing I’ve found was an old 70’s car buried up to the hood in the surf. It had been there a long time and couldn’t have gotten there any other way that driving on the hard packed sand in the surf. I almost lost the waggy doing that once, the packed sand of the surf started going down in a big dip to where there was about a 10-15 foot steep embankment back up to the top of the beach and a wave was about to break over the top of the waggy. Well that ol 360 ci had enough guts to push that loaded down truck up and over that embankment of verry soft sand when I cranked the wheel hard right and punched it! If you screw up down there it’s not likely you’ll be able to recover your rig before the tide comes in. The Coast Guard use to fly over maybe once a day.
Anyway back to the weird finds. A buddy of mine said he had his Blazer down there once back then doing some fishing when this big black block about the size of two hay bales washed up. He drug it out of the water and cut the plastic. He said it was a just a great big bale of Alfa. It was dry on the inside but didn’t smell quite like Alfa and made him a little suspicious. So, he threw it in the back of the Blazer and headed back up the beach when he got close to Corpus Christy, he found a beach patrol and stopped them to show them what he found. Well, he thought they would be glad he turned this bale in but instead they handcuffed him, searched him, checked him for warrants, and harassed him for hours threatening him with felony drug smuggling! Needless to say, he was really PO’d at the way they treated him. Then to make him really mad, when he got back to San Antonio he told his younger brother what had happened and his bro told him “You stupid SOB! You could have brought that back and sold it for enough to buy a brand new Blazer!
If he ever finds another bale like that I don’t think he’s going to be in any hurry to turn it in.
83 CJ7 258 4spd, black top, yellow middle