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Old June 21st, 2013, 08:16 PM
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Christopher Snell
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Northwest by Ex-MOD

My ex-MOD completed the final leg of its journey from Galveston to Seattle last week. After picking up the truck in Texas and driving it to Colorado, I drove it on the Utah Rovers trip but didn't drive it back to Colorado. Instead, I left it at Ben's place until I could finish the journey several weeks later.

I picked the truck up in Salt Lake on a warm Friday afternoon in early June. It was still loaded up with all of my gear so all it needed was a quick trip through the car wash and a grocery run and then I was off. I headed out into the desert west of town, where I met up with my old friend, Michael Slade. The plan was for him to accompany me around the western side of the Great Salt Lake before splitting up as I continued west. I was hoping that Slade would bring his 145" monster crew cab truck but it was in need of freeze plugs and not going anywhere soon. Instead, he brought his old RRC. In true Slade fashion, he was fearless and not overly concerned that his truck was throwing a code and running on busted shocks and crappy department store tires. No ham radio, either. Not even after this.

After meeting up alongside I-80, we left the highway for the far northwestern corner of the lake. The Union Pacific operates a railroad causeway across the lake. Post 9/11, most of the causeway is off-limits but Slade is a encyclopedia of Northern Utah knowledge and he took me to a spot where we could drive along the UP access road.


The original plan was to camp on a mountain with a grand overlook of the lake and the Wasatch Front.


Strong winds killed that plan so we headed back down to lake level and found a little campsite alongside an old Pioneer cemetery.


The graves are a testament to how incredibly tough, brave, and crazy these first white settlers were. I can't imagine what would drive someone to cross this land in a horse-drawn wagon. The poor family on these tombstones all died within two days of each other; the baby died the day after it was born.

We had a feast that night and Slade threw down. He brought t-bone steaks from his family's farm near Logan, UT. The meat came from a cow that his family raised; Slade personally observed the slaughtering and butchering. It was grass-fed and finished on grain and the beef was some of the best I've ever eaten. Sadly, it was dark by mealtime and I didn't get any photos of the spread.

The next morning, we patched a hole in one of his crappy tires with the Safety Seal kit and said our goodbyes.


I made my way west on some lonely two lane roads.


The original plan was to head into Nevada and the Jarbidge Mountains and then follow the Bruneau Canyon up to Boise, where I would meet up with Jason. Sadly, I was running short on time and had to save Jarbidge for another day.


Instead, I followed dirt roads in the far northwestern corner of Utah and explored Grouse Creek, one of the stranger Utah towns I've seen. Grouse Creek lies far off the beaten track, about 35 miles of rattlesnake-covered dirt roads from nowhere. What's strange about this place is that you travel these rough desert roads to get there but once you're there, it's a nice little town with paved streets, grassy pastures, and it's own little school. I stopped in the little general store for a Snickers bar and a soda and the lady who ran the place was busy curling another woman's hair in a barbers' chair behind the register. I drove out of town and as the pavement quickly ended and it was another 35 miles of rough dirt road to the next town.





After staying with Jason and his family for the night, I left Boise roasting in the heat and headed north into the mountains around McCall, Idaho. I stopped for a burger and an awesome raspberry shake for lunch.


The road to McCall was paved and I was eager to wander off the pavement again.



Soon after leaving the highway, I rolled through a farming town beside a small river. A few blocks off the hardball, behind a little country airport, I discovered a little slice of heaven:



This little swimming hole lies beneath a one-lane wooden bridge. I probably wouldn't have stopped but the bridge was blocked by clothes and an ice chest belonging to the locals who were swimming underneath. It was really hot in the cab of the 110 so I decided to stop and take a dip.

Afterwards, I continued on a seldom-used double-track through farm country and up into some really beautiful mountains.







I was wandering now, with only a vague sense of where I was going. I happened upon a dirt road which started in alpine terrain at 7,000' and ended up at an almost-tropical 2,000' alongside the Snake River. It reminded me of the road from Creel to Batopilas in Chihuahua, if you've ever driven that: twisty, steep, and narrow, with insane exposure at every turn. I'm guessing that some corners had 2,000' drops off the edge...not that it mattered...if you drove off any part of this road, you were totally fucked.

After an hour of white knuckle driving, I stopped for the night at a campground alongside the river. I was exhausted, so I watched the sun set and ate a cup of chapagetti out on a floating dock in the river before crashing out in the back of the 110.



Early the next morning, I crossed into Oregon.



Like Idaho, the mountains of Eastern Oregon are beautiful. I stopped for lunch and some trail coffee on a dirt road alongside a mountain stream.





Another farming town, another swimming hole.



The mountains gave way to the rolling farmlands of the Columbia River Valley.





Seattle, at last.



Thanks to Steve and Zachary for the sweet tour and Mike, for the dim sum dinner.



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Old June 21st, 2013, 09:57 PM
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Nice-great pics
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 06:33 AM
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Awesome!
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 07:50 AM
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Groovy. You're racking up some fun miles in that truck.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 09:04 AM
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Very cool Chris.
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Old June 22nd, 2013, 04:27 PM
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Love your trip reports.
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by chris snell
It was really hot in the cab of the 110 so I decided to stop and take a dip.

You got that right.
I can't even imagine what it's like in your hardtop truck. That thing looks really sealed up and it's still dark green. My truck can be opened up, but the times I've been driving long distances on the highway and I have the door tops on and sides rolled down it can get warm in a hurry. Even thought the 2.5 NA runs pretty cool, the t-case put off some serious heat at highway speed. With no insulation, the middle of the cab just starts to radiate heat.
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Old June 23rd, 2013, 12:48 PM
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It's funny how having the tire on the hood makes the once-boring windshield shots so much more interesting.

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Old February 8th, 2014, 08:50 PM
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The 300Tdi is coming along. All-new ancillaries make such a difference. Everything comes together so much more quickly when you're not breaking apart rusty fasteners and sludge-covered parts.

Most of the components on the sides, rear, and top have been mounted. I got the main engine harness wired and most of the hardlines plumbed. The hoses will go on tomorrow, along with the timing cover, fan, etc.



The Bosch injection pump is something to behold. I had the choice between new Genuine, rebuilt Genuine, and new Britpart. I went for the rebuilt Genuine. It was the right call, I think. It came in a Bosch box, sealed in a Bosch bag, rebuilt by the factory in Germany to like-new specs.



Rob Dassler supplied a freshly rebuilt LT230 and R380. Rob has been known to have fun with some customers' t-cases and motors. This will never top Jason's Yellow Submarine 200Tdi but I got a G.I. Joe LT230.



I decided not to hack up the original frame by cutting and welding new motor mounts. I went for a new Richards Chassis galvy frame with 300Tdi mounts installed before the dip. I have the old chassis and motor up for sale on D90 Source but may end up keeping it for a future project.



Tomorrow is a big day. I'll finish up most of the remaining motor assembly and get the gearbox and t-case mounted. Might even get the radiator and intercooler mounted if it goes well.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 12:48 AM
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Looks good Chris-keep the pics coming.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by chris snell

Rob Dassler supplied a freshly rebuilt LT230 and R380. Rob has been known to have fun with some customers' t-cases and motors. This will never top Jason's Yellow Submarine 200Tdi but I got a G.I. Joe LT230.








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You mean this one, Chris?

The previous owner of my 110 had decided to ford a stream. I've always been told to not stop forward momentum in the middle of running water.......apparently the previous owner was worried about the water getting to deep and stopped. The 110 was more of a brown submarine, but Rob Dassler picked an appropriate color scheme for the motor.


Keep up the good work, Chris. Looks great!





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Old February 10th, 2014, 01:06 PM
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Originally Posted by chris snell
The 300Tdi is coming along. All-new ancillaries make such a difference. Everything comes together so much more quickly when you're not breaking apart rusty fasteners and sludge-covered parts.

Most of the components on the sides, rear, and top have been mounted. I got the main engine harness wired and most of the hardlines plumbed. The hoses will go on tomorrow, along with the timing cover, fan, etc.



It's not like the three hundy is the greatest offroad engine ever built but to me, it will always be a beautiful sight to behold.

You're going to love it.
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Old February 15th, 2014, 11:03 PM
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T-case and gearbox all bolted up.



Wrenched all day in the cold rain and wind.



Once the drivetrain is on the new chassis, we rolled it to the back of the shop and rolled the remains of the 110 inside.



Tomorrow should be a big day. We'll finish pulling the seatbox, tub, and tank and hopefully get them mounted on the new chassis.
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