July MUDSLINGER posted

The MUDSLINGER minutes from the July 22 club meeting have been posted to the Members section of the Madhatters web site.

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July 2014 meeting audio

You can access the audio from the July 2014 meeting here http://madhatters4x4.com/blog1/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Madhatters-July-2014-Meeting.mp3

Meeting minutes to follow…

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Jeepers Jam. Vendor show

This year the J. J. Vendor show was on Main St. Georgetown. It was the whole length of town. Both sides of the street and down the middle. We were looking for a deal on tires from 4WParts , the best they would do was $100 off a set, not good enough! So we moved on. ARB wanted $788 for a 50qt. Fridge and they took us to Rebel Off road which was the vendor selling there products from Laguna Hills. Carol offered them $750 tax included done deal. When we got home Carol called them and offered them a $100 for the cooler cover which listed for around $180 they sold it to her for $125 tax and shipping included. If you’re looking for a deal this seems to be a great place. We asked if they are going to Trek and they said no. I asked Carol to call them tomorrow and ask them for something for the Trek raffle. See you guys at Trek.

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Madhatters gear!

I am taking orders now for Madhatters t-shirts, sweatshirts and hats. Would like to have done for Trek. Email me at rockcrawlncj5@comcast.net. Thanks, F*Bomber

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Two bent connecting rods…

Well I was almost set for this weekends trip. I had checked fluids and greased fittings. I decided its better to track down a noise that developed after changing my oil and Im glad I did. I dropped the pan and found my front to connecting rods are bent. So glad I found before I drove 4 hours to Gold Lake! Needless to say, I wont be making the trip after all.

I’ll be researching if I can replace rods and bearings, or … motor swap. I think it may be fine with replacing all four rods and bearings… Its driven fine, no oil leak, held pressure, no metal in oil.  Any suggestions?

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Rubicon Adopt -a- Trail

Hi Gang,
We had a wonderful time camping @Loon Lake campgrounds. I caught around 4 dozen crayfish, they were tasty. I promise to do better at Gold Lake. We had 13 people at camp and that’s what we set out with to work on the trail. We hit the Granite bowl and lost our 4 friends from Oregon. The 2 13 year olds didn’t enjoy the trail during the day as much as they did the night before. So the rest of us carried on. We the Eillis tie in and turned left onto AAT. Everything was going great until we got to the spot that in Feb.I hung a tire off a rock cliff. I backed out of it. Jerry Reffner’s son Sean not so lucky. That is the picture of the Toyota on it’s side. At that point the crew was down to Stephanie, Wild Bill, Scott and myself. Despite it being 90 degrees we soldiered on. We cleaned out 6 disapaters .35 5 gal. buckets. At that temp. it almost killed 3 old guys so we called Jerry to bring my trailer to Wentworth to pick me up , which he did. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate my friends that helped me and hopefully you guys can help me in the fall.
Thanks Craig

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Gold Lake Run (July 11-13) Saturday Potluck Sign-up

Saturday night lets gather for some good food and good company.

Please post what you will bring to the potluck ( so we can avoid having 10 potato salids ).

If anyone else wants to sign up to do the meat, that would be great – otherwise, I will do some Tri-Tip.


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Updated club roster and other web site changes

The Madhatters web site has new updates.

  • Club Roster.  The club roster has been updated for changes to the club membership in the past year.  Please let me know if you have changes for your entry (address, phones, rig picture, rig mods, etc).  Find the roster in the site’s Members section.
  • Calendar.  Added August 30-31 dates for Cantina On The Con.
  • Photo Album.  Pictures from the June 6-8 Rubicon club run are uploaded to our Flickr site.  A link is available from the Photo Album page.  Thanks to Larry for providing pictures of the event.
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Audio from June 2014 meeting

You can listen to the audio of the June 2014 meeting here

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Cantina for the Con 2014

From Friends of the Rubicon:

2014 Cantina for the Con is coming up fast the dates are August 30-31 Labor Day weekend. RTF is looking for volunteers to help with the event whether it is cooking, serving food or selling raffle tickets. If you as an individual or your club is interested in working this event please email Matt Warden at mattw75@Hotmail.com. This is the tenth year and RTF is expecting a big turn out so any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

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