Jimmy the 4WD is sick. In a sick way

We went to the beach with JJ and Charline today. Checked out where we used to live, but it looked a little forlorn, then continued up the beach. Poor Jimmy gets a little hot when he has to work, so the run up the beach in the soft sand was probably not the best thing to do I guess.

We got up to where JJ was but couldn’t get off the beach due to the sand and that diff ratio problem I talked about ages ago.
I had suspicions a long time ago that the previous owners had put the wrong differential on the front end of the car.
I was right. On soft sand Jimmy runs better in reverse due to wheel rotation issues. When going forwards, the front wheels spin too slow and the rears dig in. In reverse, it pulls along well.
Anyway, jimmy overheated and blew the top tank seam on the radiator, plus it got another pinhole at the bottom of the cooling fins. So jimmy sat in the sand for a few hours cooling down. We topped up the radiator and backed down the beach and then drove up behind the dunes to where JJ and Charline were parked. Later in the afternoon we topped him up again and drove the 10km home. I love our car. Even with a nearly destroyed radiator, he still got home, and the temp didn’t reach 3/4 up the gauge.

We’ll hunt down another radiator through the ‘matevine’ tomorrow.

The beach was fun though 🙂




  1. bob said,

    August 28, 2011 at 12:58 am

    damn…always something….. lord you two are like me…
    not just 1 thing biting your butts…

    I’ve had to buy 2 AC this year….so I know crap…

    good to see jack…

    and smiley tina…

    hugs ….

    boy..I wish I was there…my spirit could use some kindred souls..

    thanks for update.

    • Brad said,

      August 28, 2011 at 1:01 am

      You’re always with us Twisty 🙂 In our hearts and minds. We think about you and ways to get you here on a daily basis.

  2. bob said,

    August 28, 2011 at 1:02 am


    sorry for messing blog up..

    • Brad said,

      August 28, 2011 at 6:04 am

      All good Twisty

      Sent from my Garmin-Asus phone.

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