I’ve been spending A LOT of time between these two seats the past few weeks. Staying up late into the night reaching deep into the engine compartment seeing only by headlamp. Pulling off (breaking) old 30 year old vacuum lines, twisting off grease and dirt covered bolts, jamming my hands between rusty exhaust parts to access hard to reach bolts. My jackets are thrashed, oil has saturated my sleeves, rust has cut holes in the cuffs, my hands are covered in tiny cuts and grease is stuffed under all my fingernails. I’ve made daily trips to the parts store and returned back to the van only to make an unsuccessful repair. The last two weeks have been spent researching for hours how to fix the constant backfiring, misfiring and excess fuel being DUMPED out of the exhaust from my engine. I’ve learned how to run a compression tests on an engines cylinders, learned about firing orders and engine timing, how a carburetor and distributor work and the mot valuable thing I’ve learned is that I am fully capable of keeping this machine alive. But it won’t be easy. The van is in need of an engine transplant and I’m going to replace it by myself, with minimal tools and in a driveway. This winter has been a serious mental beat down on me to maintain this lifestyle. But I’m not giving up. We all have the ability to write our own story. And for me and the van- I am not ready to write the ending.
Stole this from @Jason ree_inc. Funny story about this photo - this was when I first started driving Frank and we took it for a test run in Tooele. I was coming down an obstacle on constrictor and my back wheels started coming off of the ground. After years of riding passenger with my dad - I had no idea what to do so I slammed on the brakes and put my arm over his chest to hold him in. My uncle jumped up and grabbed the back of the truck, and @jasbree_inc yelled, “GAS!” Learned a very important lesson this day. Apparently my dad assumed I knew not to brake because my brothers did... scared the hell it of me, but fueled my passion for off-roading at the same time.
This was supposed to be for flex Friday but I was too sleepy so Flex Saturday it is then!
I love using guns of steel on any upper body days. It gets the blood really flowing and I like to say it "fills me up" but really, I'll be doing cardio and already have a good bicep pump going.
Also it smells great and is easy to put on!
P.S. this was probably taken at least 35 minutes after my workout was even over!