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    • By wildweaselmi in What a Day
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      This blog will start as a story of how I use to have many jobs but life was passing me by as I was on a constant spiral down from any life whatsoever. Including missing my family and friends it just lost its appeal.  My thought process was work as much as I can while I can because you never know when you just can't anymore.  Well that was nice but all you do is spend more money instead of save the extra money or try to get ahead by possibly paying off the monster debt.  Not me, I apparently have a burning hole in my pocket when I put a dollar in it.  Lot changes with your perspective when you go down to one job, one source of income.
      Sooo, the hunt began to try and find ways to save money which started with moving away from Chase Bank which kept increasing interest rate on my credit card even though my credit score was in the high 700's and sometimes would hit 800 something.  Also odd since I've been with the bank forever but I'm learning slowly that I'm more of a credit union kind of guy so I moved 99% of my finances to a Credit Union where there credit card is only 5.9% and they are willing to give me great loan rates.  What?  And they are more than helpful.  I have tried this before but really really didn't like the web/app interface and since we do most of our banking online, it was rough. Chase has a great app and web interface but seriously there rates are way too high and no loyalty to customers that give them our money to hold onto.  So two words for ya Chase, "See ya"!
      Now finances moved over to a credit union, a little bit of savings is already working in my favor (wow was I paying a ton in interest with my chase card).  My next big expense is the house, gotta have that and no sense of changing the house payment since interest rates haven't really gone down and I really don't want to start over with closing fee's, reset the 30 year fix mortgage count down back to 30 years..  its okay.  Next would be my RAM truck payment which is no more than $700/month.  I had a 2013 RAM and loved it but it started to rust (which is pretty common in Michigan) but I couldn't take it so with less than a year to pay it off I bought a 2018 RAM 2500 Limited (so fully loaded).  I never really loved the truck but thought I would eventually.  Now its been two years and it tows just as good as my 2013 with that cummins diesel purring but way too many electronics for this guy. Its time to find something else that can tow our 10,500lb RV trailer and occasionally my car hauler trailer and even sometimes my excavator trailer but most often my 25' enclosed car hauler trailer that holds our ATVs and SxS.  I just don't like anything anyone builds today.  It feels and drives like garbage so went to google and started searching for tow vehicles and what is everyone most happiest with and just about every website kept popping up Suburbans with the 8.1L.  Similar torque and horsepower as the Duramax Diesel with a few mpg less in the 8.1L for fuel econonomy but let's be real, Unleaded will always be cheaper than diesel and every mechanic can work on a gasoline engine and probably has the parts at a local store but not the same could be said about a diesel.  Good luck going to anyone but a dealer to work on it, fuel is more expensive probably 90% of the time and repairs are monstorus.  Let's also not forget you have to put cow pee in called DEF unless you delete DEF from your truck but you'll loose any warranty.  So the negative to an 8.1L is crappy fuel economy and that's it.
      So I began my search for what year(s) are the best Suburbans and they kept coming back to the 2000-2006 years.  With the 8.1L you can pull 12,500lbs (DANG!).  Sometimes you are lucky and get the Alison Transmission but most of the time you'll end up with the heavy duty 4L80e transmission.
      I found a super clean 2003 in California at Affordable Imports Auto Sales so tomorrow I'm flying out of Detroit Metro International Airport and landing in LAX around 10:20am tomorrow and catching a Lyft down to Murrieta to pick up my new/used Suburban.
       
      I will keep adding to this blog as the trip progresses
    • By wildweaselmi in GC Blog
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      I want to start this blog by letting everyone know I have no idea what I'm doing but wanted to share in my experience with taking care of the bodywork on my 1964 Chevy Truck. (not the one in this image but I do want this light olive paint color)
      From my understanding you have four major stages
      SHAPING PREPPING PAINTING BUFFING SHAPING
      Get down to the bare metal is my first step (no rust, no paint, less issues)
      PRE Prep offered by Eastwood to clean the metal of any residue
      EPOXY Primer to seal the metal (protect from flash rusting) - GRAY
      FILLER aka Bondo aka Contour which you don't want to mix a ton since you have only about three minutes to use but you don't want the filler to be more than 1/8" thick which is about the thickness of a .25 quarter edge.  Obviously use spreaders (you can clean your spreaders with that PRE Prep). Also the quick sheets Eastwood offers is another way to clean up your work area very quickly.
      BLOCK SAND (start around 36, move to 80 then possibly hit it with 180 grit sand paper)
      PREPPING (220 grit or higher number)
      2k High Build Urethane Primer - BLACK
      PAINTING (Olive Green)
       
      BUFFING
    • By wildweaselmi in 4Wheelin
         0
      Why not push the limits even further by going to a different continent like South America.  Check out this 12 episode series of Expedition Overland crew being Overlanders in South America and what they had to tackle along the way.
       
       
    • By wildweaselmi in 4Wheelin
         0
      One of my favorite 3 part series is the "Return to the Mackenzie".  Doesn't look easy but to me it sure looks like fun. 
       
       
    • By wildweaselmi in 4Wheelin
         0
      Season 2 of Expedition Overland when they travel Central America.  12 great Episodes worth watching
       
  • Blogs

    1. wildweaselmi
      Latest Entry

      By wildweaselmi,

      Maybe one day I could be this cool.  Seriously what an opportunity for anyone who enjoys the ultimate adventure in your rig.  Pushing your pride and joy to its limits to see what it can handle with a group that has the same goal.  How awesome!

       

    2. wildweaselmi
      Latest Entry

      By wildweaselmi,

      This blog will start as a story of how I use to have many jobs but life was passing me by as I was on a constant spiral down from any life whatsoever. Including missing my family and friends it just lost its appeal.  My thought process was work as much as I can while I can because you never know when you just can't anymore.  Well that was nice but all you do is spend more money instead of save the extra money or try to get ahead by possibly paying off the monster debt.  Not me, I apparently have a burning hole in my pocket when I put a dollar in it.  Lot changes with your perspective when you go down to one job, one source of income.

      Sooo, the hunt began to try and find ways to save money which started with moving away from Chase Bank which kept increasing interest rate on my credit card even though my credit score was in the high 700's and sometimes would hit 800 something.  Also odd since I've been with the bank forever but I'm learning slowly that I'm more of a credit union kind of guy so I moved 99% of my finances to a Credit Union where there credit card is only 5.9% and they are willing to give me great loan rates.  What?  And they are more than helpful.  I have tried this before but really really didn't like the web/app interface and since we do most of our banking online, it was rough. Chase has a great app and web interface but seriously there rates are way too high and no loyalty to customers that give them our money to hold onto.  So two words for ya Chase, "See ya"!

      Now finances moved over to a credit union, a little bit of savings is already working in my favor (wow was I paying a ton in interest with my chase card).  My next big expense is the house, gotta have that and no sense of changing the house payment since interest rates haven't really gone down and I really don't want to start over with closing fee's, reset the 30 year fix mortgage count down back to 30 years..  its okay.  Next would be my RAM truck payment which is no more than $700/month.  I had a 2013 RAM and loved it but it started to rust (which is pretty common in Michigan) but I couldn't take it so with less than a year to pay it off I bought a 2018 RAM 2500 Limited (so fully loaded).  I never really loved the truck but thought I would eventually.  Now its been two years and it tows just as good as my 2013 with that cummins diesel purring but way too many electronics for this guy. Its time to find something else that can tow our 10,500lb RV trailer and occasionally my car hauler trailer and even sometimes my excavator trailer but most often my 25' enclosed car hauler trailer that holds our ATVs and SxS.  I just don't like anything anyone builds today.  It feels and drives like garbage so went to google and started searching for tow vehicles and what is everyone most happiest with and just about every website kept popping up Suburbans with the 8.1L.  Similar torque and horsepower as the Duramax Diesel with a few mpg less in the 8.1L for fuel econonomy but let's be real, Unleaded will always be cheaper than diesel and every mechanic can work on a gasoline engine and probably has the parts at a local store but not the same could be said about a diesel.  Good luck going to anyone but a dealer to work on it, fuel is more expensive probably 90% of the time and repairs are monstorus.  Let's also not forget you have to put cow pee in called DEF unless you delete DEF from your truck but you'll loose any warranty.  So the negative to an 8.1L is crappy fuel economy and that's it.

      So I began my search for what year(s) are the best Suburbans and they kept coming back to the 2000-2006 years.  With the 8.1L you can pull 12,500lbs (DANG!).  Sometimes you are lucky and get the Alison Transmission but most of the time you'll end up with the heavy duty 4L80e transmission.

      I found a super clean 2003 in California at Affordable Imports Auto Sales so tomorrow I'm flying out of Detroit Metro International Airport and landing in LAX around 10:20am tomorrow and catching a Lyft down to Murrieta to pick up my new/used Suburban.

       

      I will keep adding to this blog as the trip progresses

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      wildweaselmi
      Latest Entry

      By wildweaselmi,

      No matter if you are into Nascar or Offroad racing or whatever we all need to communicate.  CB Radios are a thing of the past.  From reading articles, forums and other online research they all lead to either BaoFeng Radios or the more expensive Rugged Radios.  Pros and Cons to both.  They can both be programmed with the freeware software called Chirp (its available on Mac, Windows, Linux).

      BaoFeng BF-F8HP

      Baofeng_BF-F8HP.jpeg

       

      REFERENCE: MyOffRoadRadio.com for information on how to use

    4. So my 2013 Dodge RAM 3500 had an issue with the DEF pump and injector ($2500 in parts) so I had to get a rental since the repair was going to be roughly two weeks due to lack of parts.  At first enterprise gave me a Dodge Journey..  what a serious piece of crap that was.  I couldn't drive it more than a day and had to exchange it for something else, anything else.  I paid for an upgrade (spoil myself) on the Nissan Armada.  Never drove one before and figured this is the perfect opportunity to see what they are all about.

      2018-nissan-armada-full-size-suv.jpgThis had more luxuries than anything I'm use to which included heated and air conditioned front and rear seats. It included a monitor in the back of the front passengers head rest for rear occupants to watch a video. It had 4 wheel drive and just about every option you can think of.  Was awesome in the snow. No problem getting up and going with the V8 and great traction for accelerating.

      The only cons I could come up with are

      1. It could never tow my 40' fifth wheel
      2. Very much disliked the rear camera (difficult to see, I like my RAM camera way better)
      3. Remote start was spotty (difficult to use)
      4. Vehicle is heavy so stopping on icy roads was more challenging then a lighter vehicle.

      Would I recommend the Nissan Armada to someone looking for a luxurious Full Size SUV.  Definitly! It's less expensive than the Toyota Sequoia and honestly I haven't driven the Toyota Full Size SUV and I really do like Toyota products.  Currently Nissan has hit it out of the park with this SUV.  It's small enough that it's easy to manuver in a busy parking lot and yet big enough 6 of us enjoyed plenty of room and creature comforts that the Nissan Armada offered for its passengers.

      Obviously everyone isn't the same.  I'm a 6'3" guy and I liked the ride height, I really liked driving it from Flint to Detroit and back for work and if I didn't have the requirement to tow a large fifth wheel I could see myself sliding into one of these for my very own.  A test drive might sell you on it...  or do what I did and rent one for a week and see if you want to keep driving one after your rental is done.

    5. These are some tats that I like and I made up for my dad. So please enjoy them and comment which one you like. :grin:9CB1E65E-F09B-4A8F-8495-383546B49A48.thumb.jpeg.cc6c70e3833791ec1f1cf3d25365be65.jpeg

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