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  2. Wow. This needs updated. I had my timing jump which snowballed into killing my starter and about five teeth ripped off of the flywheel. Since the motor is starting to have blow by again, I decided to do a 4.0 swap. Located a 4.0/aw4 combo from a 98 XJ and dragged it home. Then went and pulled a full harness with ecu and trans controller from a different 98 XJ. Also started to disassemble the stuff on the 4.2. Still need to buy a bunch of parts and send the harness off to get thinned out and made to mate the CJ to the 4.0. Fun times ahead.
  3. I haven’t been doing anything other than keeping it running. Replaced the points and carb and added mystery oil after bad flooding of the engine trying to start it while I had a bad ground. But all is good again And took it to a historic site around my town It will be at a friend’s wedding in a couple of weekends for pics, so I will wash it and get it ready to be the center of attention. Well, maybe not the center. [emoji12]
  4. August 26, 2019 Share this email: Congressman Griffith's Weekly E-Newsletter 8.26.19 Monday, August 26, 2019 – Caring for the National Forests National forests protect some of our great natural treasures, across the United States and locally in Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District. The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, which cover 1,664,110 acres in Virginia and span much of the Ninth District, provide outlets for recreation, camping, and enjoyment of plant and animal life. Both locals and tourists partake of their splendor. Unfortunately, I have heard consistent complaints over the years that some of the rules governing the national forests interfere with the enjoyment of them. The recreational sites, roads, and trails in the forests all need upkeep, which falls under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service. They have trouble maintaining some of the locations in our District, citing resource constraints. I understand these constraints, yet there is a tremendous resource at hand that has not been drawn upon as much as it could be: the time and effort of very skilled Southwest Virginians. For example, the Fenwick Mines Day Use Area in Craig County has been threatened with closure due in part to maintenance problems, even though the Craig County Administrator has offered to find people with the skills to fix rooves and take care of other maintenance items. Federal rules about volunteers hold back the people who want to help. Volunteers are most often prohibited from working on Forest Service facilities unless an employee directly supervises them. Further, the Forest Service would have to pay those volunteers worker’s compensation insurance. It is disheartening to think that bureaucratic inflexibility coming from Washington prevents us from enjoying and caring for the lands in our backyards. I am committed to fix the problem. In Washington, I testified before the House Natural Resources Committee in June at a Member Day hearing, bringing the issue to the attention of the committee with jurisdiction over the Forest Service. During the current district work period, I met with Forest Service officials from the George Washington and Jefferson forests. It was a productive discussion focused on figuring out how to make sure the people who want to volunteer in our national forests can do so. One outcome may be legislation. I am studying the possibility of introducing a bill to clarify rules for different types of volunteers. It may be appropriate to require a full-time volunteer to clear multiple bureaucratic hurdles, but someone intending to volunteer only occasionally shouldn’t be subject to the same extensive process. I am confident we can find a way for Southwest Virginians to take a more active part in caring for the national forests. In some parts of the district, the Forest Service has already cooperated with local governments and other partners. The City of Norton has worked with the Forest Service on memoranda of understanding and agreement, formal documents recognizing the relationship between them, so the city can handle maintenance and upkeep on the trails that intersect and loop around the city. As one example, a park area was having issues with its water system, so the Forest Service contacted Norton and one of the city’s work crews addressed the problem. Municipalities are not the only possible partners. In Lee County, the Spearhead Trails organization went to work so that the Cave Springs Recreational Area could reopen. A group in Grayson County works to keep horse trails under Forest Service jurisdiction clear. The Friends of Mount Rogers help to maintain Mount Rogers’ trails and support interpretative sites for visitors. In Southwest Virginia, we all have a stake in the national forests. The beautiful scenery is an economic draw as well as an asset for ecology. Maintaining recreational areas in the forests will keep them available for people from our region and others to use and in the process patronize local businesses. When talking about how Southwest Virginians are ready to do our part, I often retell a story about the Volvo truck plant in Dublin. The facility wanted a test road for customers, but the corporate office in Sweden ruled that it would be cost-prohibitive. The employees at the plant, some of whom had engineering and farming backgrounds, then stepped up. Building upon an idea from the plant’s suggestion box and with approval from management, they organized the construction of the road, bringing in the heavy equipment and laying the surface, all for under $100,000. We have the skills, the knowledge, and the will to keep our national forests great. All we need are rules that let us do so. If you have questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to contact my office. You can call my Abingdon office at 276-525-1405 or my Christiansburg office at 540-381-5671. To reach my office via email, please visit my website at www.morgangriffith.house.gov. ### Washington, DC Office 2202 Rayburn HOB Washington, D.C. 20515 T (202) 225-3861 F (202) 225-0076 Abingdon Office 323 West Main St. Abingdon, VA 24210 T (276) 525-1405 F (276) 525-1444 Christiansburg Office 17 West Main St. Christiansburg, VA 24073 T (540) 381-5671 F (540) 381-5675 UPDATE SUBSCRIPTION OPTIONS | PRIVACY POLICY | CONTACT US Click Here to view this email in your browser Click Here to be removed from this list Sent from a van down by river
  5. Been working on a custom width Ford 9”. The base was a Full-width 9” from my 78 F150, it had axle bearing seat damage from being ran dry, warped the housing end... cut down to CJ wide-track width... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Started building a new transom. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I am in Ashburn, and take the dive up to Tremont, PA a couple of times a year to go to Rausch Creek Off Road park. They have some really nice trails from easy greens to “buggy only” reds/purples. There is another park up there that I have not been to called AOAA. I hear good things about it. Good luck and don’t tackle the trails alone. Always have at least one other off road vehicle with you. Just saying it in case you were unaware of that. In fact Raush Creek won’t let you go out alone. They will add you to another group or make you stay in the parking lot.
  8. Picked up an old 1979 Delhi 1430 Jon Boat last week. Price was great for a project and included title... plan to get it water worthy & get to fishing with my sons. The trip to pick it up without a truck was fun to say the least... My 7yo says we need to drop the 351 from my 78 F150 into it & build a speedboat... Atleast he has vision lol!! Boat has been well used & has some scars from the rivers & being overloaded. I will be brazing the couple holes closed, checking all rivets for leaks, rebucking those that can, and replacing the others. Then sealing everything up with 3M 5200 Marine sealant. After that will follow a few coats of Wetlander Slick Bottom, and repaint the topside with a light color. I will also be building a new transom board, adding a 5hp outboard, trolling motor & fish/depth finder... Previous owners added a make-shift compartment that I’ll use for battery storage & other storage. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Hey Dewan. The closest public trails to Northern VA are in the GW National forest. Flagpole knob (by Harrisonburg) is a nice easy trail to get started. There are a few different trails around it to get up there and a few to get back down. There is also Peter’s Mill a little further down. There is a private camp ground/trail system in Gore VA (by Winchester) called The Cove. A local guy who runs a company called Big Dogs hosts events there. If you are going with a group of 10 rigs or more, you need to go through his company. If it is a smaller group, you can go without being part of one of his events. There is also Chaos Offroad park. Look them up. They have a small trail sustem right over the WV border. But their shop is in Winchester.
  10. Welcome to the site Dewan! What kind of off roading are you wanting to get into? I'm not too familiar with trails in Northern VA Area, maybe @gr8dain could help. I know many public trails atleast in my area in Southwestern VA, are kind of tight for a full size truck. Something I can suggest, that's a bit old-school, but how I got started, was to buy an Offroad/Trail Atlas at the local book store specific to Virginia. Granted many trails are closed to vehicles, still great way to scout stuff out especially if you also enjoy hiking. #1 Tip is to never go on any trail alone. Even if you know 100 people who said they've done it solo, I never recommend going alone. as what can go wrong will go wrong... I've received my fair share of late night calls asking for help to get off a mountain side due to a break down or getting stuck.
  11. Please do. I posed it on a fake rock at a new local dealership today.
  12. I love this old Jeep! If I make it out your way, We'll have to definitely touch base!
  13. Hey how’s it going, my name is Dewan. I recently got an F150 and I wanted to get into off roading, but I not sure on how to get started or where to go. I live in the Northern VA area and was wondering does anyone know of any good starter trails I can tryout, or any good tips? Would much appreciate the help.
  14. Took it for a tour around the back roads of Loudoun County with 3 other flat fenders
  15. Anybody looking to put disc brakes on their XJ or possibly TJ?? let me know. I have the backing plates , parking brake assemblies, and lines that go on rear end. The parking brakes are new. All that would be needed would be pads rotors and calipers. Sent from a van down by river
  16. Bring what you have Sent from my moto e5 play using Tapatalk
  17. YJeXtreme

    VAOS 93 ZJ

    Finally got the rig home last week. Big thanks to Mike for the deal & hauling it. Sourced a working, used trans. Will need to replace battery, go through the brakes & swap trans. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. YJeXtreme

    98 zj

    Holy hell! That sucks! Let me know what they charge for rebuild, since I’ve got a 93 Needing trans overhaul.
  19. drakan1908

    98 zj

    What a week! Sick on Monday, went to go to Lowe's on Tuesday 5yr battery decided 5 1/2 yrs was enough, okay no problem, knew this was coming. What I didn't see coming was this. Had to work Wednesday, went to go and had trouble getting transmission to go into gear, finally got going, seems everything is ok , as I'm going through Salem it doesn't seem to shift right ,got to work and wouldn't go into reverse without some work. Got parked and checked fluid in trans , was a little over full. Left work seemed okay went into drive, shifted okay but that all was about to change as I went through Salem. Made it to the Cheesesteak factory and that was it , would not move. Pulled the dipstick to find a nice strawberry milkshake. Radiator decided the trans needed water. So I'm going to put a radiator in and take to Salem Automatic Transmission and get Robert to rebuild it. Sent from a van down by the river
  20. I need a hand full of the fliers so I can get them posted and handed out at some the places I deliver parts to. Plus I can start getting donations for the raffle. Sent from a van down by the river
  21. We had fliers made, and handed out some at the local MDA Car Show. We'll have the RTI ramp at the show. Still working on getting donations together for raffle.
  22. drakan1908

    95 ZJ

    Both Jeeps sold Sent from a van down by the river
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