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Happy New Year!

Here is hoping you have a blessed and awesome new year!!!

Sorry I haven’t posted much lately… been pretty busy.  Still playing to much Navy Seals with my buds, and I have been trying to beat my kids at our new Jeep Wii game and the old school (no electric) battleship…  I have yet to beat either of them on the wii, and Ethan rocks at Battleship!  I have tried my hardest and he still winsEVERY game.

Tomorrow I am really looking forward to going to Gabe’s house after Church to help him work on his house remodel…. big time stuff, rippin out walls, kitchen, etc… can’t wait to to finally help him for once.  He is always helping me and everyone else out.  A few other pals are going to join us.  guys and hammers, can’t imagine a better day.

Anyway, I am going to make 2009 an awesome year, I hope you decide to make your 09 awesome as well!

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WHEW,  Sunday was not the day I had planned!  Woke up early, got the kiddo’s and wife up and ready, and off to Church we go.  Oops, half way there my mother in law calls to say our Church is canceled due the horribly bad weather.  So we just decided to head to her house for our Christmas get together.

Then a tenant called to say she had frozen pipes, that was around 10:00am.  Meanwhile, all the relatives are calling saying they can’t come because they have so far to drive and the bad weather.  So my wife invites several of our friends to help eat all the food.  I assumed (mistake) I could quick thaw her pipes and get home to food and friends.

Long story short, got the pipes thawed, but didn’t get back to the “party” till around 5:00 when everyone was pulling out of the driveway.

So thanks to my pal Gabe who really helped me out on thawing the pipes, and sorry to Shawn who sat at my in-laws all day without anyone to talk to!

Day 2 of the Christmas Story.

Sorry I am late posting this 4th day. Here goes, and remember, I skip some versus for the sake of story telling.

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. “Don’t be frightened, Mary,” the angel told her, “for God has decided to bless you! You will become pregnant and have a son, and you are to name him Jesus. He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. Mary asked the angel, “But how can I have a baby? I am a virgin.” The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby born to you will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! She’s already in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.” Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true.” And then the angel left.

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Click here on this video to see what happened!

According to online jeep forums, you cannot possibly swap a broken ring and pinion yourself.  It is some sort of black magic that only “trained” people can do.  Sounded like a challenge to us.  So we decided we could give it a shot.  Here is right after we pulled the carrier out.

Dirty Housing

Dirty Housing

See all the metal particles at the bottom.  That is bad.  I lost track of how many times we installed and un-installed the pinion, and then the carrier for measurements, but it was somewhere around 12!  We started in on it Sunday around 1:00, worked until around 8:00.  Then resumed Wednesday around 5:00 and worked till 11:30pm. Then today (Thursday), Matt went over and got 3 hours work done in 1 hour by himself, then we started back in around 7:30pm, and finally rolled the jeep out the door around 9:00pm.   There was normally anywhere from 2 of us there up to 4 at a time.  I think if you figure it out, we probably spent WAY to much time doing it!  BUT, we learned alot, and had fun, and busted the myth that you have to be a trained jeep tech to do it. Here are some pics of the install.

Sparks

Sparks

 

Uni-bits are amazing...

Uni-bits are amazing...

And last but not least, the end results of all of our work.  Here is the pattern we ended up going with.   You would be amazed how much 10 THOUSANDS of an inch make to this pattern!  (that is .0010″)

great pattern

great pattern

See how even that is? I have some amazing friends.  We saved all the bearings that we honed out for “next time”.

Now we are ready to go beat the jeeps on Saturday at Doug Armey’s Jeep party.  Looking forward to that for sure!

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