1949 International/Jeep Wrangler Off-Road & Camping Build

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Been thinking for awhile on where I want the spare tire to go. I know I don't want it in the bed of the truck anymore. With limited options I decided to mount it on the tailgate. With a little metal bending I was able to turn 2.5 inch square tubing, some 1/4 think flat stock and the old burnt hub into a tailgate mount spare tire carrier ended up becoming reality. I bolted the mount through the tail gate. To add a second form of safety, I welded some angle iron and use 8 grade bolts from the side.
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Finished editing the spare tire carrier video.
You may not be a fan of Harbor Fright, but their porta band saw is MONEY! LOL. I've built a entire camper, a bumper, a headache rack and several other things. I am on my second blade so it's very durable.
It would have made that hub into a pile of pieces in a few minutes.
Nice work again Sir. This build is EPIC.
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You may not be a fan of Harbor Fright, but their porta band saw is MONEY! LOL. I've built a entire camper, a bumper, a headache rack and several other things. I am on my second blade so it's very durable.
It would have made that hub into a pile of pieces in a few minutes.
Nice work again Sir. This build is EPIC.
Zim
I like Harbor Freight, I just didn't have one on hand but I was thinking about getting one of those 8" disc or whatever for the angle grinder. I love having tools, can't have enough. I will have to look into the porta bandsaw. Thank you, I appreciate your comment.
 

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I like Harbor Freight, I just didn't have one on hand but I was thinking about getting one of those 8" disc or whatever for the angle grinder. I love having tools, can't have enough. I will have to look into the porta bandsaw. Thank you, I appreciate your comment.
I think the biggest reason I stand clear of the "disk of death" is 3 trips to the emergency room with metal in my eye. Even with safety glasses and a shield, it's a dice throw. LMAO.
And, it's really accurate too. LOL
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I think the biggest reason I stand clear of the "disk of death" is 3 trips to the emergency room with metal in my eye. Even with safety glasses and a shield, it's a dice throw. LMAO.
And, it's really accurate too. LOL
Zim
Oh, I hear you with the death wheel. I use mine without a guard too. Too many times blades have blew up on me but I still use it:sweatsmile:. We have a small horizontal bandsaw and it is fantastic.
 

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Went camping at Goffs California because of an Olaf Event. The main reason for this event was to raise money for Mojave Desert Heritage and Cultural Association (@TheMojaveRoad on Instagram) they manage the property and monitor most the Mojave Desert.

Shaine joined me on this trip we had a blast. So much cool history to check out. Mining equipment, functioning rock crushers, blacksmithing hands on demos, vintage vehicles and a museum with WWII artifacts and other vintage items.

Camping wise we tried some new gear we thought could make life a little easier. We also tried our hand at cooking a brisket in a dutch oven on a propane fire pit. it did not turn out well. The brisket was burnt and the fat didn't melt like we thought it would, lesson learned. We tried to eat as much as we could, It wasn't really edible.

The Event offered two Trail Runs on Saturday. Run 1 was to Fort Piute and Run 2 was a section of the Eastern Mojave Heritage Trail. I chose the EMHT. 70ish miles, chill-worry-free mile just driving through some scenic desert.
1st trail run ever



Saturday evening, Tacos and a raffle was held in the main area, Superwinch donated a lot of stuff. Sadly, I did not win anything but the taco were good and better than our brisket from the night before.

I was given this patch from the gentlemen who scouted out the Mojave Heritage Trail. First patch for this truck, Thank you.
 

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Went on a little trip to volunteer at Overland Expo West. I left my house Tuesday morning about 3:30 in the morning to make it to flagstaff around 7:30. I choose to volunteer because you can trade 12 hours of work for a camping pass in the volunteer camping section. In the 4.5 days I was there, I donated about 30 hours of my time. I was moving rocks, marking out vendor booths, finding camp spots for people and was the VIP/Overland Experience Camp host.
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One of the biggest reasons I come to these events is for networking. There are so many amazing people you can meet, and everyone has a different rig and story. Plus, you get to see touch the products in person. So many new ideas in overland Expo. If you didn’t know, most companies have discounted their products around 10-15%. Other companies offer different benefits for ordering there as well.
Saturday morning my buddies came to check out the Expo. So, we walked around. It’s crazy how much Australia stuff has come to the American market. Saturday is the busiest day and almost every vendor has a line. After everyone was done checking the Expo, I packed up and headed for Sedona. The 89A is a must drive if you never have.
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For Sedona I planned to hit Schnebly Hill. (It is a Jeep Badge of Honor Trail) This overlook has fantastic views of Sedona and the trail to get there is super easy. Just watch your tire placement and you can make it up no problem. It took us about 1 ½ hours to make it to the top. You can camp all along the top which provides all the fantastic views or go further into the forest.
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For the Sunday I planned to hit Broken Arrow Trail. The others decided they didn’t want to drive back down Schnebly hill, so I went down by myself. I’ve been on Broken Arrow twice, but I was always a passenger, well not today. I finally have a vehicle that can tackle the trail. Even though the trail isn’t hard, it is just fun idling around all the big rocks in the driver seat.
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Drove home with no problems but I did notice my driver side front axle seal is now leaking.