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Category: In the Garage

DIY Jeep Clutch Extension

Posted in Family, and In the Garage

Driving a manual transmission Jeep – especially an older style – can be interesting when you have shorter legs. For my Jeep, the clutch has to be pushed all the way to the floor for it to engage which is rather difficult for this 5’2” person with shorter legs. It’s even difficult for Munchkin who has longer legs. I could reach if I put a pillow behind my back, but even then, I had to use my tippy toe with a completely straight leg. I was also too close to the steering wheel for my comfort, and D certainly didn’t…

RZR: Making Some Improvements

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Since we live in the desert, Munchkin is able to drive the RZR to and from college classes as long as the weather cooperates. The ability to stay on dirt the whole way to the college makes this possible. It’s definitely a plus of desert life since Munchkin’s truck isn’t up and running yet. I’m sure we’ll eventually see that happen. For now, we’ve been making a few improvements on the RZR to make it a little nicer for the commute. The first addition was a clear back for the RZR. We have a windshield on the RZR which can…

Project Truck: Safety Gear

Posted in Family, In the Garage, and Reviews

I received some safety gear – FSL Patriot Electronic Earmuffs – free from the company to provide feedback on their use. While they are great for the shooting range, they are also perfect for use when working on the project truck. Every time we start to make real progress on Munchkin’s truck, we seem to have things happen that put it on hold or back in slow mode. After my injury, the progress slowed downed considerably. Once Munchkin and Daddy both started back up with school, well, progress was virtually non-existent. There isn’t a lot of time for large projects,…

Project Truck: Stripping Down Donor Truck

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It’s hard to believe that it’s been so long since I’ve posted an update on Munchkin’s project truck, but life got in the way of being able to really work on the truck. When our property manager told us this week that we only had 30 days to get rid of the donor truck that we were parting out, we knew that we needed to really get some work done while Daddy had some time between classes. After D disconnected the cab of the donor truck, it was time for us to try to get it off the frame. We…

Munchkin’s Truck: Welding and Grinding

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I realized that it’s been some time since I’ve updated the progress on Munchkin’s truck project. There is a reason for that… At this point, things are moving pretty slow as it takes a lot of time, patience, and work for this part of the project. They’re working on removing rust, patching (welding in new sheet metal), shaping the new pieces, grinding down the welds to make a smooth surface…. You get the idea. When you throw in the summer desert heat, well, things move even slower. Munchkin isn’t doing any welding, but she does help with the rust removal.…