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Easter Jeep Safari 2019 - Moab, Utah

Just returned from a very unique Easter Jeep Safari with Bronchitus, Pneumonia and a torn Achilles Tendon. Needless so say we did not complete the planned trails and the new video on Golden Spike. However the weather was fantastic, the trails we ran were fun and we still had a mighty fine time.

We did spend 2 hours replacing the front shock bushings which should have taken 5 minutes. Many thanks to the guys at Moab Motorsports LLC for their fantastic service in pressing in the new bushings and finding said bushings in their spare parts pile.

The Chicken or the Egg?

Just got back from the Easter Jeep Safari and what a fantastic time it was despite returning with Bronchitis, Pneumonia and a torn Achilles Tendon.

We spent hours talking and showing off the Willys to strangers and regularly took us 45 minutes just to top up the gas tanks. It was a great experience.

But…….. the same old question just kept popping up. Did we clone the amazing Sebastián Varas Willys so prominently featured in magazines and the Ultimate Adventure, etc. Well the answer is a resounding NO. Sebastián did not start building his first Willys until 10 years after I started building mine. In fact when he started building his first one in 2009 he made this comment on the first page of his Chilean Twisted Andes blog  - 


“En el fondo, la idea es hacer un CLON del Willys de esta foto, pero con un upgrade de motor (este tiene un V6)” 

(Translated) 

“In the background, the idea is to make a Willys CLONE of this photo, but with an engine upgrade (this one has a V6)”

Sebastián is a brilliant fabricator and has built two far, far superior machines than mine, but mine has been ticking along for close to 20 years now and I intend to keep on wheeling it for many years to come.

Colorado 2018 Hammerdown Trail Tour

Hammer down trail tour of Southern Colorado trails near the Breckenridge area. 514 miles and 14 trails in just 5 days wheeling close to 8 hours everyday non stop.

All dressed up nowhere to go

All dressed up and nowhere to go. Winter boredom and getting her ready for a planned wheeling trip to Easter Jeep Safari 2018 and the unofficial, official Friday Flat Fender Run. But......, High blood pressure nixed that, so here it sits. I was tired of the chrome instrument bevels so they, along with the heater and steering column got the olive drab treatment. 

While I had the spray cans out I re-painted the bumpers, tire carrier, winch, frame and rocker guards.

I replaced the fairly heavy steel gear rack and replaced it with a replica WW2 75mm Howitzer shell box and a couple of genuine WW2 30 mm ammo cans. 

I dumped the Powertank air tank in favor of a smaller, lighter air compressor. The Powertank has been great for 18 years but not enough air for 7 days of wheeling in Moab.

The State of Illinois did not like my old beat up license plates so they made me get new ones. Damn nuisance.

Now just waiting for a new wheeling trip.




750,000 You Tube Video Hits

We just reached another milestone with our Moab Rim Trail You Tube video at the 2010 Easter Jeep Safari in my Willys MB.

750,000 plus hits, which I have said before is amazing for having no crashes, no roll overs or wardrobe malfunctions.


14 Year Overhaul - 2015

Fixed a bunch of issues, added a new gas tank and cooling system. Added several photo albums showing modifications and additions.

Route 66 - The American Southwest and the Journey Home


What goes out must come back so after driving Route 66 it was time to drive back home. Here are the highlights.


The PIMA Air & Space Museum and tour of the “Boneyard” - Aerospace Maintenance and regeneration Group at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base - Tucson, Arizona

Titan Cold War Missile Silo Museum

White Sands National Monument and Missile Museum

Very Large Array

Monument Rocks - Kansas

The Strategic Air & Space Museum

Kansas & the Geographic Center of the Contiguous United States 

Route 66 - 2015

Twenty years of dreaming and talking about it, two solid years of planning, hotels and tours booked, itinerary finalized, routes, vehicles all packed and ready to go and the heart goes into spasms, chest tightness, stabbing pains, super high blood pressure, a numb left arm so the wife drags me to the emergency room. Four days later and I am released with a clogged artery and a doctor’s recommendation I not go gallivanting around Alaska and Canada especially on my own.

I ignore the doctors but there is no way I am man enough to argue with the wife who says no.

Now what to do? - My daughter Trista comes to the rescue and says - Hey Dad, how about driving across country on Route 66?

So here is the Route 66 part of the journey. The first seven days is Route 66 with my daughter Trista. Then seven days with the wife and then seven days with myself, me and I.

6,753 miles in 21 days averaging 14.9 mpg. 126 hours and 18 minutes of actual behind the wheel driving time. I could not believe that I had head winds the entire journey. It made no difference which direction I was driving I still had headwinds.

Photos are from Trista’s Facebook blog with a few of mine tossed in.

Trista and the FNJP on Route 66 west of Needles, California


Colorado 2014

Finally uploaded Colorado 2014 pages, pictures and videos. 10 Passes and trails in just 4 days. Mosquito Pass, Weston Pass, Williams Pass, Iron Chest Mine Trail, Half Moon Creek Trail, Pomeroy Lakes Trail, Grizzly Lake Trail, Holy Cross Trail, Hancock Pass, Alpine Tunnel.

Sold the LJ

Sad day but I knew I had to make space as I was just running out of room. The LJ has gone to a good home and I can borrow her anytime I want to.



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