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Old May 31st, 2015, 03:46 PM   #1
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I needed a V8 in my YJ and have most of the parts to do it along with 4 linking the front.

And after thinking about a few different ways to do it and the thought of how long it could take I decided to start looking for something that fit my criteria that was ready to wheel.

Last weekend I found another Jeep for sale and after talking with the owner on the phone I decided I was going on a road trip.

Arkansas here I come.

Drove 15 hours on Tuesday and got to Branson, Missouri. Only one hour from my destination I found a spot to sleep for the night, it was about 1am.

The next morning I met up with the owner in Arkansas and looked the Jeep over. It all looked pretty well done so lets take it for a test ride. It worked well. Then he said "Lets go to my other property". So got to drive it on the road for a few miles to get there.

Go through one gate, cross a field marked "paintball area" and then through another gate that led uphill. There were some nice trails back there with climbs over rocks and some downed trees from an earlier tornado. We had to cut one up and move it off the trail, then we continued up and around and then started back down until we reached a creek/river. Followed that around climbing over some rocks and stumps until we have a 5-6' climb up some big rocks. 3rd try we went up it and followed the trail around until we saw the creek below us and to the left. He asked me if I thought we could make it up that waterfall. Looks to be a 10ft drop and very undercut. Um no I dont think so, haha.

So we continued on around and then back to his ranch. Almost back and I realized my keys were no longer in my pocket. #@!%#!

So we continued to his ranch and he called his buddy at the local GM dealer to see how late they were open. Well we had a few hours til they closed so we took his wifes RZR back out retracing where we went and holy shit I found them. This was one of a few things that gives ya a good feeling about making a big purchase so far from home.

Now we are back at the ranch and going over a few things and he asked how much $$ I brought with me. "Enough" I replied
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Old May 31st, 2015, 03:48 PM   #2
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Old May 31st, 2015, 03:50 PM   #3
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Old May 31st, 2015, 03:52 PM   #4
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Nice looking jeep Jay!
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Old May 31st, 2015, 04:01 PM   #5
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Old May 31st, 2015, 04:16 PM   #6
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Nice jeep and story!
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Old May 31st, 2015, 06:24 PM   #7
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Old May 31st, 2015, 06:28 PM   #8
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If only it was gray lol.

Nice heep
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Old May 31st, 2015, 06:34 PM   #9
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Very nice!
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congrats!! hope to see ya on the trails soon. sorry I couldn't meet ya

maybe I can talk ya into meeting us at the dunes in a week or so

did the drive around at TT set the hook for wanting a v8?
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congrats!! hope to see ya on the trails soon. sorry I couldn't meet ya

maybe I can talk ya into meeting us at the dunes in a week or so

did the drive around at TT set the hook for wanting a v8?
I might be staying close to home for a few weeks after this trip but going to the Mounds next weekend and might be heading to the dunes in July.

I only wanted to sit in it, you made me drive it. Lol.
Been wanting a V8 for a while and driving yours and Beefys didnt help.
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I can't wait to get the buggy back together and go wheel with cool people and cool rigs.

Bringing this to canadaville?
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Thats not the end of the story yet but it was nap time.

After I took that last pic of it on the trailer I needed to find a place to go wheeling while I was out there.

So many options and wanted to hit Disney even though it was over 3 hours further away from home but there was nothing but rain in the forecast. I made the right decision by heading towards home and figured Smorr is on the way I would go there but I could only go Thursday before heading home. Nope, they are not open during the week and I didnt want to hang around to kill a day so I did the next best thing and went to the Badands. Good call as Disney got poured on and they opened the flood gates.

So Badlands here I come.
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Nice rig! What's the specs on it
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I might be staying close to home for a few weeks after this trip but going to the Mounds next weekend and might be heading to the dunes in July.

I only wanted to sit in it, you made me drive it. Lol.
Been wanting a V8 for a while and driving yours and Beefys didnt help.
yeah, I really had to twist your arm!

congrats on getting it home.
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