Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2020/2021 season

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Trip Report: Snow Wheeling 2020/2021 season

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The mountains got a nice dump of snow late last week. Decided to take the family up to see the snow on Saturday. Things were going great, until they weren't. Turns out that deceleration vibration was something to worry about after all :homer:

Yeah...broke a u-joint on the rear driveline. Broke, alone, with they family. Pretty much a worst case scenario. After a few minutes of sheer panic due to not having a spare u-joint, I made due with what I had. :idea: Turns out, a 17mm socket makes a decent trail fix u-joint bearing cap.

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Bummer but lucky you were able to fix!

Yesterday's trip turned into spending three hours getting 3 full size pickups unstuck from snow.
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Been there!

Found out my pinion yoke is toast. New one should be in today. Also discovered my driveshaft popped out the welch plug, so get to fix that too. Luckily the slip yoke seems runable.
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That 17mm socket fixe helps reaffirm all the tools I carry. Thank you. They are dead weight 99++++% of the time, but then something grenades and they are worth their weight in gold. That's a great trail fix. Glad you got out fine and that you found the other items before it turned into a bad situation.
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I've gotten lazy on the maintenance over the past few years. Totally my fault. Lucky I had just replaced a very bad front axle u-joint prior to this trip. I even changed the oil! Just ran out of time and didn't make it back to check the rear driveshaft. I was so scared to look under the bronco... expected to see gear oil soaked snow. :homer:
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I attempted a little shakedown run yesterday. Didn't last long. 50 year old factory booger welds gave out... I can't seem to catch a break.
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Wow, that's a difficult break to prepare for and deal with!
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Luckily, other than a bunch of banging around, I was able to just drive it home. The body was resting on the end of the spring and I still had plenty of tire clearance. I suppose in a worse situation one could cut/find a piece of wood and secure it between the axle and the frame. I'm really surprised the welds let go after 50 years. Didn't seem to be corrosion related, just a bad weld job.
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New Year's Day turned out pretty decent considering the crappy weather. Lots of snow around 4,000 feet. It was wet, extremely slick, but firm enough to drive around with out too much effort.

The Suzuki sidekick lost both beads and a valve stem while down in side trail hole. What should have been a relatively easy fix ended up being a major problem due to not having the correct size spare valve stem. Was able to seat the beads by using a male air coupling fitting in the valve stem hole. The Sidekick was light enough to drive much of the way out, but lost the beads again on an off camber corner. By that time the weather was really kicking in. While working out what to do next, I realized my spare would fit, so we changed the tire and got off the mountain.

The SxS on tracks does circles around everyone, however in this snow even it had work to get up one of the hills.

The Bronco did great, but wouldn't let me finish a trip without a problem. Fuel sending unit went out again... :mad:

It was really crappy weather, so not many photos. Got some video I might post at some point.
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