Sunday, July 18, 2010

Keeping it cheap is hard work

I wanted to start this blog off with telling you the How and the Why I'm building this Jeep, but it's Sunday night, I'm a slow writer and I want to go to bed soon so I'm just going to tell you the What I'm working on now.

So about a month ago I was browsing through the local Pull-A-Part. I'm taking a shortcut through the imports and that's when I see a ninety something Isuzu Rodeo with a tireless tire carrier and I get a mental picture of various Jeep catalogs with the prices of after market tire carriers floating in my head. So I pulled my tape out and started measuring and then found out the carrier would fit, but not perfectly. First the tire would be around an inch shy from being centered when on the carrier... I can live with that. Second the Rodeo's body has a convex shape and the Jeep is flat so I would have to modify the mounting points... I can weld and grind. Third when finished, I figure the body would have around 300 lbs attached to it so I would have to reinforce the heck out of it... Yey more welding and grinding! The big advantage, well a tire carrier for about 25 bucks and one that would keep my frame/ bumper free for other things. Lucky for me I included some Torx wrenches in my tool box.

So right now I'm a little over three quarters the way done. I plan to includes pics and some instructions in the next blog; but I wouldn't follow too closely, because I have a tendency to eyeball too much and grind to correct.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Deserted, but not dead

It's been a really long time since I have posted anything...


Good old fashioned uninspired laziness.

When I started blogging it was an exercise in strengthening my weak grasp of the English language. Now that I feel that I have increased my ability(slightly) to write about trivial daily observations, where do I go from here.

Due to the security and political nature of my job I really can't write that much about work. Any research and development I do at home is out of necessity, because lets face it if you do it as a job, it will always feel like work. So writing about my home network would be low on the inspired meter. Since my Bass playing is in its beginner stage the natural choice of my main blogging subject matter just leaves Jeeps.

So out of embers of my old mash-ups, technology and general observations blog comes my newly inspired Micheal's blog, where I will share in my battles of preparing my 67' CJ5 to hit the trails again and do it on a very limited budget.

I wouldn't have it any other way ;)