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Driving a Classic 4x4 Home from SEMA 2017 #TENSEMA17

Posted in Events on November 6, 2017
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SEMA is almost certainly the world’s largest car show, and to many a dirt head it’s a bucket list check box. We’ve been enough to get jaded by all the shiny show cars and trucks that can’t actually do what they appear to be built for, which is sad. To be fair, we are a bit jaded, and the truth is the show allows a great venue to check out new products and get some decent ideas for just about any off-road or 4x4 project.

Still, it’s a great idea to head for the dirt after the show is over, and that’s just what we did after heading out of Vegas, past the Hoover Dam and back towards Phoenix. The area offers a ton of places to explore. We hit the almost-ghost-town of Chloride, Arizona, and then headed from Yucca, Arizona, to Wikiup, Arizona, on a dirt road called Alamo Road. If that won’t fit into your return trip head toward death Valley, Oatman, Arizona, Route 66, Jerome, Arizona, the Grand Canyon, and so on. Either way hit the dirt just like we did in Dino, our 1970 Chevy Suburban.

Just outside of Vegas we noticed Dino’s brakes feeling a bit soft. The front circuit was low on fluid and there was brake fluid on the firewall. So Dino needs a new brake master cylinder. Added fluid brought the brakes back so we decided to continue with the trip while sticking to back roads.
Dino wanted some fuel and a little oil…all are Dino juice.
“Hello fellow dinosaur!”
Chloride, Arizona, is a cool little town that is part alive and part ghost town. The town was started by miners and mining still continues in the area. We grabbed some ice cream and enjoyed the scenery.
Dino poses near the old mine just north and east of Chloride.
Dino is showing off his new to him disc brake front axle…maybe the new brake fluid caused a seal in the master to fail. Eitherway by gravity bleeding and adding fresh fluid every so often the brakes kept working.
From yucca, AZ we followed Alamo road, southeast through the desert to Chicken Springs road which runs northeast to the town of Wikiup. The sun set behind us to the west.
By chance the moon was right on the horizon to the east as the sun set.
Home at last!

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