Dandeman Dan's Toy Page
Toyota 4Runner & Ham Radio Interests
A recent visit to Charleston, SC prompted me to add a new section "Navy Nostalgia". While visiting an amateur radio buddy, and the Charleston Amateur Radio Society repeater site, in this case on board the USS Yorktown (CV-10), it turned out to be some interesting ham radio stuff and a lot of Navy nostalgia for me. A lot of it is focused on naval aviation.
My time in the Navy at sea was on board the USS John Paul Jones (DDG-32) which deployed in company with the carriers USS Ranger and USS Coral Sea. While I did only 3 years active duty, my older brother was career Navy and an F-8 Crusader pilot. The Crusader was the first level flight supersonic carrier aircraft, and of course, the subject of many a late night interesting conversations.
I decided it was time to put some of this out on the web.
2002 East Coast FAWL CRAWL at Tellico
Really enjoyed the Mid Atlantic Early Bronco 2002 Fawl Crawl at Tellico held on November 8th and 9th, 2002. I rode right seat in Brian's Bronco pictured below.
Building the Bronco
My role in building this Bronco was welding up the suspension kit (shock hoops, rear shock mounts, etc), radius arm mounts and additional tubing to make a full roll cage. In another session, rock sliders were welded to the frame, and reinforcement of the radius arm mounts and a few other areas were done, and it goes on.. suspension link bars to minimize axle wrap and now we have a fully tied in roll cage to the vehicle frame.. Slickrock at Tellico certainly gave a warning call just how important this can be... These things are never really "done". The information I found (and have posted at the bottom of the welding section) on the proper methods for welding on vehicle frames was very useful.
As shown below by the polished and extremely slick rock, "Slickrock" aka "roll over hill" is certainly aptly named.
For more photos and information on the experience take a look.