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Eel Snot and Blinker Fluid

Posted in Events on May 1, 2002 Comment (0)
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John Hamrick works on U.S. Air Force jets for a living, but his hobby is obviously working on his YJ. The Wrangler used to be his wife's daily driver, but more recently John has borrowed the Jeep for some trail fun. The YJ still runs the original 4.0L, which spins an SM465 en route to a flipped Dana 300, a high-pinion Dana 44 front, and a Dana 60 rear.

As Smiley gazed upwards towards the rainy Tellico morning light he said: “Well, the ground’s slicker than eel snot, and my Honda Recon’s a bit low on blinker fluid, so I guess I’ll leaver’ here for the day.” You see, Smiley was a fairly durable individual who had gone ’wheeling before with the folks from Down East Off-Road in Wilson, North Carolina, but knowing what he knew about the weather in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, he had opted for the heated interior of one of his buddy’s Jeeps to carry him out to the trailhead instead of his four-wheeler. Who could blame him, the weather was terrible and could only be made worse by having to ride an uncovered vehicle around all day in the driving rain and sloshing mud. As it turned out, Smiley was right. The ground was slicker than eel snot, and all the blinker fluid in the world would not make Tellico’s Lower Two trail any easier. The result was a shaft-breaking, mud-slinging January Saturday.

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