Marn's '73 Wagoneer

Dr. Marneaus

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good report. what doing over there? we get thru there often and each time is a must stop at anderson valley brewing. fun place.

https://avbc.com

We were at the Legendary Boonville Beer Fest, which is hosted by Anderson Valley. We stayed at the brewers camp, on Anderson Valley's property. Much beer was consumed.
 

RARECJ8

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we have family in the area. enjoy all those parts. all they have in B-ville is beer and big bucks.
 

Dr. Marneaus

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2 weeks ago the wife and I loaded up the wag and pop-up and headed to Antelope Lake, a few hours north west of us, in CA. We have never taken the jeep up here because the main road is ridiculously steep and twisty. Even in my Dakota pulling the pop-up was a 20mph adventure for the last 10 miles of the trip.

We decided to go a back route that is a paved, but bumpy route. Long story short, we went what we thought was the wrong way, backtracked about 12 miles, then went what was DEFINITELY the wrong way on a narrow twisty dirt road through the mountains. Aside from rattling my jeep and camper to pieces it was okay, but not at all what I intended.

It was about a 170 mile round trip, the truck gets like 10mpg on a decent day. I figure it generally has a 200 mile range. I, for some reason, didnt pack a jerry can on this trip. So, climbing steep mountain roads towing with an additional 20-30 miles of added distance had me nervous for the trip home. I knew there was gas within about 20 miles of the campground, but that gas was at the BOTTOM of the aforementioned super steep and twisty roads. I was POSITIVE we were going to starve the fuel pump when we were pointed down the super steep long hills. Losing brakes and steering when you're pulling a trailer DOWN a grade would be no bueno.

Anyway, it all worked out, we didnt die, the truck ran fine, brakes got a little warm (even though I was in 1st or second).

So, anyway, pics!

We headed out Friday afternoon:

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr



Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Road is still paved, as planned....
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Oh shucks, better backtrack and take this crappy dirt road that we somehow thought was the right way to go:
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

about 20 miles of that and this:
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Pause to pray the truck makes it the rest of the way through the forest...
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Eventually we got to the main road (now knowing where we were) and we came out on the north west side of the lake, rather than the south east.
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr
 

Dr. Marneaus

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We made it!

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Spent some time at the lake on Saturday:

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Returned to camp for a thrilling game of giant yahtzee:

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

oooooooo snap!
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

And then....disaster struck!!!!!! Oh the humanity! thats alcohol abuse right there.
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

quickly remedied the situation.
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr
 

Dr. Marneaus

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Even though they are both rickety POS's they look good together:

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Always so serious this one...
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr


Whipped up some of the best ribs ive ever made thanks to a recipe my wife found:
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

Didnt even need a flash light at night.
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr


Sunday rolled around too soon, as it always does, and we packed up camp to head home down the treacherous steep road.
Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr

but in the end, all was well and we made it back home safe and sound.

Antelope Lake July 2017 by Andrew M, on Flickr
 

Dr. Marneaus

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likewise but momma wants/needs a lakeside site.

I think we normally go to Grizzly? Which is not on the water, but you can walk down to the water from it. its right adjacent to the dam, and I think grasshopper flat is a little further up?
 

MagmaFJ

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You know... If I had a rig like that I would carry around an old news paper, so if I ever ran into someone with heat stroke I could convince them they had slipped back in time.
 

Dr. Marneaus

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Wow, been a year since I updated.

Jeep went through some trials and tribulations over the past 12 months, running worse and worse on the EFI. MSD was little to no help, in the end telling me "its probably your HEI" and leaving it at that. Well, they were right I guess.

I eventually modded a duraspark dizzy with a buddy of mine, so the advance was locked out and we could phase the reluctor. I added an MSD ignition control box, and this allowed my EFI to control timing.

Holi canoli, it runs awesome and smooth now. Took a little tuning, and it still does a few odd things like popping from the exhaust under certain conditions, but woowwie wow wow its like a whole new vehicle!
 

Dr. Marneaus

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I like the new setup, but what happened to the pop-up?

Rotting away in my back yard. A 38 year old pop up is a thing to be fussed with. Every season I have to repair and reinforce all kinds of junk. The roof is rotted out and leaks a little, the torsion axle is screwed up on one side and sits a few inches lower, it rattles apart on back roads, its bigger and heavier and more annoying to tow, heater doesnt work, so on and so forth.
 

biggn235

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Really enjoyed reading your build on JF. Unfortunate that the forum (predictably) died after they sold it. Will continue keeping up with it here.
 

Dr. Marneaus

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Really enjoyed reading your build on JF. Unfortunate that the forum (predictably) died after they sold it. Will continue keeping up with it here.

Yeah, shame.

I'm not super active here, the best place to find me is over on expedition portal.
 
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