yeah, i know that i dont drive a ranger anymore. sorry guys, but you are the ones who made this website so appealing that i had to stick around even after i sold my last ranger. if you all werent such a decent crew, i would have left by now.
on to the point of the thread.
i just got back from my only vacation of the year. a few of my friends and i meet up in Helen, Georgia every may for a Poker Run. we cruise around 120 miles and stop at five predetermined locations for food and photos and to draw a card. the driver with the best hand wins at the end of the day. last year the winner got new ported and polished heads. this years top prize was a high performance 1.25:1 Scat rocker assembly and a dyno run at a local guys shop. he builds type 4 motors for beetles and boxter motors, used to build A-10 turbines in the airforce, and has a helluva alot of guns (my kinda guy!!).
so here is how my bug sits at the moment. i should have rethought my choice of tires for the trip as large rear tires and mountains dont exactly mix too well but the car didnt disappoint. the mild tuning ive done to the 40hp motor handled the mountains and the magnum sized rubber quite well.
my clutch however did not fair so well. my lady looks on as i do my manly duty of a mid-trip clutch repair.
here are a few other rides from the trip, all in all there were 63 of us this year. we anticipate 70 next year.
one sad note though, my buddy Mark brought his '64 single cab.
very rare trucks. he just got it out of the shop where he had the entire brake system replaced and the motor rebuilt. the truck climbed the mountain wonderfully. the 2 mile descent, however, taxed the drum brakes heavily. the drivers side read wheel cylinder exploded from the heat and pressure of such a decent (and Marks failure to pump the brakes in addition to down shifting) and he swerved off the road. God was with him b/c the truck flipped 4 times on level ground. you can see where he skidded and bounced.
had it not flipped, the truck would have careened off the side of the mountain. Marks wife was thrown from the truck on the first roll and landed on the other side of the truck after it stopped on its 4th roll. this photo is from the night before the wreck when she was warning Mark that they should have brought the bug. she didnt trust the truck, she thought it was too heavy and untested to make the trip.
imagine how high she was thrown for that to have happened.
i was right behind them. we flipped the truck back over and loaded the truck onto a trailer. by the time Mark and Christine got out of the hospital saturday night (with only bumps, bruises, and cuts!!!) the truck was safely tucked away in a friends shop awaiting a new body that we will find soon enough.
aside from the wreck, it was an amazing trip. everywhere we wnet people rushed to the sides of the street to see us cruise by. even the cows ran to the fence as we were waiting on traffic to clear for a left turn (i swear!!).