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The Mighty Merc – 6th ORT – Flat Nasty Off Road 2-10-18

Yes, 6th trip. I only took one photo from the 5th trip out so you’ll just have to use your imagination on that one!

After a few stops on the way down to scrape off the windshields from the freezing rain we encountered, we arrived at Flat Nasty to find that we had the park nearly to ourselves. Apparently not many goofballs want to brave the cold and freezing rain to go play on the rocks!

Given that it was dang cold, and I was often holding a kid, the photos are lacking a bit. Which is often the case these days. But here’s what I’ve got

We covered a touch over 6 miles in the park:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Photos form the day:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Pop riding shotgun:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

The kids were done by the end of the day:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

We ran into more freezing rain on the way home. Lots of stops to clear off the windshields, but we made it back just fine:
Sara L.: 6th ORT Flat Nasty 2-10-18 &emdash;

Another good day in the woods even though I mostly stayed out of the fun spots in the park. Wrenching in the cold just didn’t appeal to me that day! I still managed to nearly blow out the Drivers side rear window, and the tie rod was frowning at me by the end of the day.

Over all, the truck still works pretty well. Once I get into the new house, I hope to address some areas to improve upon things.

Link to the photo album form the day (Click ME!)

Klondike Park Hike 1-20-18

After suffering a bit of cabin fever, the weather broke and allowed us to get out this past weekend for a bit of a hike. This was the boy’s first “Big Boy” hike and he managed to hike the full two miles all by himself. He had a few falls, but overall it went very well!

We hiked the overlook trail as well as the Hogsback trail down the bluff:
Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

Both kids started out strong and made it up to the top of the overlook trail:
Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

And of course, stabbing and cracking ice was too much fun to resist!
Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

Nice view from the overlook:
Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

After leaving the overlook, we headed down the hogsback trail:
Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

 

Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

 

Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

Lots of fun little bridges on the way down:
Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

The rosy cheeked boy was very tired by the end of the trail:
Sara L.: 1-20-18 Hike &emdash;

Klondike park was a very nice little park and I hope to make the trip out that way again with the bike sometime in the future to do a bit more exploring!

The Mighty Merc – Rear Quater Glass Replacment

So after a quick run out to Moonlight in early December to help a friend out with a shakedown run in his new rig, I managed to do what I hoped I wouldn’t do:
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Last trail of the day heading back to the parking lot, I clipped a tree with my drivers side front wheel on a slightly off-camber sport which tipped me into a tree that I was trying to avoid. Derp!

So after knocking the glass out, and moving the boy’s car seat away from the now blown out window we headed home where I taped up the window until I had time to mess with it:
Sara L.: Build and Misc &emdash;

After a couple of weeks of looking at this:
Sara L.: Build and Misc &emdash;

The tinted Plexiglas I ordered showed up and I got to work fixing the hole in the back a bit better than the duct tape and cardboard job I did earlier in the month. I had planned on popping out the other window and doing that in plexi as well, but the thing did not want to come out at all. And since I am working in a rented, cold, dark garage, I did not want to have it blow out and try to clean up that mess in there.

On the plus side of the garage being cold, the adhesive used to hold the window in came off the body easily. Step one in this process was to remove pretty much all the trim in the rear:
Sara L.: Build and Misc &emdash;

Make up a template:
Sara L.: Build and Misc &emdash;

Transfer it onto the plexi:
Sara L.: Build and Misc &emdash;

Drill your holes and glue it in (Bolted in with some Stainless ¼” bolts). I used the 3M 08693 windshield adhesive as recommended:
Sara L.: Build and Misc &emdash;

Slap the interior back together and peel the backing off to call the job done. The tint actually matches the factory tint perfectly (80% Grey):

Sara L.: Build and Misc &emdash;

Sometime in the warmer future, I plan on painting the bolt heads black to blend in a bit better.

Why use plexi instead of Lexan? Well that’s because I found tinted Plexiglas quickly and, of course, as soon as I made the purchase of it I managed to find tinted Lexan for less :homer: So this will be a bit of an experiment, and I am betting that I wind up with Lexan later on. The acrylic, while more flexible than glass, was much more brittle that I was expecting it to be. But, I was also working with it in an unheated 15°F garage, so that could have been the reason for the brittleness.

For now, it is leaking less than the protrusions for my rear hatch hinges, so that works for me!