Once again, the members of NCFJ Cruisers invited ONSC to attend their annual Car Show @ Leith Toyota in Raleigh. The car show was on April 27th and we had a great turnout! All proceeds from show admission, the raffle our food donations went to benefit The Victory Junction and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.
We had an excellent time and would like to thank the members of NCFJ Cruisers for inviting us! We look forward to attending next year!
Just wanted to thank everyone who came out to the 2013 Meet and Greet! We had a blast, learned how to Tread Lightly, and got to meet some new faces!Just coming back from the last work weekend before opening weekend at Uwharrie, and we got a lot accomplished on Wolf’s Den. New guide rail on the entrance, tail ditches cleaned out along with the creek crossing, the stinky mud hole was trenched for easy drainage, and a new Kiosk. Trash was of course cleaned out along the way. Keep these points in mind when traveling, and make it a point to stop and inspect them. A little monthly check and cleaning should keep these areas in good shape!
Thanks to Johnny and Joe who rolled out the new updated ONSC website!
Next event is the Leith Toyota Truck Show, sponsored by the NCFJ Cruiser club. I’d like for a good turnout, especially for our nicer older model Cruisers.
And the following weekend is the 2013 Spring Tide Ride. Yes, it’s still on, and more information will be coming on that. It’ll be the first weekend of May, however those wishing for a full week at the beach, I’ll have more information…
So, that being said, Spring is almost here! Get the final touches on your rig as Uwharrie opens in two weeks and it’ll be wheelin’ time again!
Thank you to everyone in ONSC who came out to help with the work day at Uwharrie! With the sponsorship of a number of regional clubs and John Deere, we got a ton of work done today at three different sites in Uwharrie National Forest.
The ONSC crew, among many volunteers, worked on the Wolf’s Den Trailhead, which is our club sponsored trail in Uwharrie. We did a number of things:
Removed an old rotten tree
Removed all the old split-rail fencing, which has proven to be ineffective at keeping out vehicles
Cleaned up a bunch of brush
Dug out the tail ditches
Packed the tail ditches with hay bails
Installed a brand new information kiosk
Started the installation of all new wooden guardrail fencing
One bit of bad news is that Terry ( USFS ) told us that Rocky Mountain Loop will be temporarily closed between Sawmill and Slab Pile ( Kodak Rock section ) due to the archaeological sites located around Kodak. We were told that the trails would be opened as soon as the new guardrail is finished around that area. THIS IS THE REASON why it is IMPORTANT that we continue volunteering at Uwharrie. Our volunteering efforts help KEEP UWHARRIE OPEN for many years to come.
Overall we had a great time! Thanks again to everyone who came out and enjoy the pictures!
Fellow ONSC Member Jerry Davis bought a ’77 FJ45, which he is putting 80Series axles under, so I purchased this full floater axle he wasn’t going to use. From some research, it seems the axle *may* be from a Non-US 8/80+ Cruiser of unknown series. The confusing part, is it has a course splined 4.11 third member (maybe pulled from the OE axle from the 45). Anyway, my plan is to pull the 3rd from my SF (which has an Aussie), and drop it in this FF axle. Also, I am going to be adapting a SF Disc Brake Kit I had on hand so I’ll have 4-wheel discs.
This is what I started with:
So, I tore her down to bare bones and cleaned up the housing some. You can see the spindles are in pretty good nick, but the threads on the DS are going to need to be cleaned up a bit – the preload nut took quite a bit of force to remove. I confirmed the both nuts thread smoothly on the PS.
Other things I have noted so far:
- There is grease in the differential and oil in the hubs. I am pretty sure there was a seal or two completely missing from the spindle. I will definitely have to order up some parts from Kurt at Cruiser Outfitters!
- The PS spindle shows some signs the outer bearing heated up at some point. I’m guessing this is somehow related to the upgraded studs – probably seized on the spindle??
- Bearings were in good condition, inner and outer, so I will likely reuse unless I find a reason not to upon further inspection.
- Third appears to be in good condition. My guess is this axle came w/ 3.73′s so the PO used the 3rd from a SF axle to match the gearing on the front.
*Note – I broke a rear long side axleshaft in my SF that resulted in damage to the 3rd member, so I swapped in the 4.11 fine-spline 3rd from this axle for now until I get the full floater finished.
So I had a SF Disc Brake conversion kit from JT Outfitters waiting to go on my SF axle, but thankfully, I had never gotten around to installing it. Therefore, I am going to adapt it for the FF axle instead. Who said procrastination never pays?
Included in the kit:
- Rotors from a 80′s pickup, that have been machined to work with the larger Cruiser hubs (~4.2″)
It appears the Judge has set aside the entire afternoon for the case. This means he may allow each side an hour to present. The FS and intervenors most likely will share the time allocated. SFWDA will present first, the FS and intervenors will present second, then most likely SFWDA will have a few minutes for rebuttal. Remember only the respective lawyers will present.
Please be reminded that it is very unlikely that a decision will be rendered on August 23rd. You will most likely be disappointed if you attend expecting to hear a decision. The decision will usually take 30 to 90 days. It may be in our best interest that the Judge take his time to consider everything in the case. Also, remember that any decision can be appealed by the opposing side.
Please re-post this information on other 4×4 boards and forums to help spread the word.
I look forward to seeing you on the 23rd in Bryson City, NC.