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Flex is sexy, but only gets you so far.

  • Posted on: 8 June 2015
  • By: Nate

Have you ever come across one of those gym fanatics?  The muscle bound dude who looks like he could pick up a car, but cant turn a wrench if his life depends on it?  Or the super-hot gym bunny who is a shallow as a kiddie pool?  Both fine specimins of the human form, both nice to look at.  Most of us, after seeing them from afar, envy those fitness models, but once you get up close, and see that they've sacrificed so much of their life just to get that shat super-fit body, you start to realize that maybe being super fit isn't all its cracked up to be. 

I once knew a man named Pete Trasborg.

  • Posted on: 15 May 2015
  • By: Nate

In 2002, a group of us from Jeepaholics Anonymous planned our first ever trip out to Paragon Adventure Park here in PA. On that trip I made some friends that have stood the test of time. One of those friends was Pete Trasborg. Then just a guy, a few years older than me, from NJ. With years of jeep enthusiasm under his belt already. An eagle scout, with a love of the outdoors, and jeeps. With so many similar interests to my own, we were destined to be more than acquaintances.

Sold the JK.

  • Posted on: 30 January 2015
  • By: Nate

It's been a little while since I've posted, and something grave has happened.  I've sold my 2013 JK.  It's ok though, it's made way for a new project.  My new DD and weekend wheeler is a 2005 Wrangler Unlimited, or LJ as theyre known in the community.  There's a long story here, but I'll just say that the 2013 was a very nice vehicle, and I'm sad to see it go, but the burden of the LJ is much lighter, and with some recent family changes, it just makes more sense.  On the bright side, it should make for a more interesting project, as I may actually have some money to spend on upgrades!

Rocker Protection

  • Posted on: 14 August 2014
  • By: Nate

Never underestimate the value of good rocker protection!  At the end of August (less than 2 weeks from now) we're taking the JK up to the NCAOAAA off-road park in Northumberland County.  DIYJ is nowhere near ready, it'd be impossible to get it ready for the trip, maybe with unlimited funds..

Tub removal.

  • Posted on: 2 June 2014
  • By: Nate
Well, I figured out how to get the tub off of DIYJ this past weekend. I was fighting with space, the Jeep sits in a pretty confined place, and I wanted to be able to lift the tub up, and roll the frame out from beneath it. I thought I'd use my engine hoist, but that proved to be problematic. I ended up with Ratchet straps, up to the floor joists above the garage. It's working pretty well, you can see it here:

Safety related picture comment turns into a flame battle... Why?

  • Posted on: 25 April 2014
  • By: Nate

So, in case you're not aware, I'm active on a couple of social networks.  Twitter, as @SWBCrawler, and Facebook at SWBCrawler.  I've been around a while, an eternity as online communication goes.  I've also been interested in IT and Computers for most of my life.  I was playing games on my dad's TI before I could read.  I work in IT, as a System Administrator.  Thats how I'm able to run this very web site without spammers and asshat's overrunning it.  The point is, I witnessed the infancy of onl

Dash plate clean-up.

  • Posted on: 30 March 2014
  • By: Nate

Today, I got the rest of the 2.5L Wiring harness out of DIYJ.  I had a little help.

Since I removed the dash plate last time around, I figured today that I'd clean it up, and paint it, so it doesnt rust up again.  I took a wire wheel to the entire surface of the plate, and then wiped it all down with paint thinner.

Computer and Dash Removal.

  • Posted on: 29 March 2014
  • By: Nate

So I took some time to start tearing out what's left of the remnants of the 2.5L from DIYJ.  This meant the computer, and the wiring harness. 

On the 1990 YJ, with the 2.5L TBI, the computer is located inside the cab, behind the glove box.  I had already removed the dash panels, so I could see the computer, but getting it out was a bit of a job. 

The Islander, Reborn.

  • Posted on: 15 March 2014
  • By: Nate

 

I have something of an affinity toward unique Jeeps.  My first YJ was a 1990, plain old white.  I fixed that up by adding some simple store bought decals, botl-on widgets, and through the application of black paint here and there. It made it mine, and helped it stand out from the sea of other white YJ's on the road. 

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