2018 Easter Jeep Safari: Bull In A China Shop #EJS2018Posted in Moab Experience: 2018 on April 2, 2018
So they say I can break a hammer in a padded room…I’d like to one-up that. I’ll bet I can break a hammer in a padded room while wearing a straitjacket. Lord knows I need a straitjacket after the latest damage I’ve caused. It all started in Moab during the 2018 Easter Jeep Safari (EJS), which was an absolute blast as usual (despite my destructive tendencies and the ensuing temporary sadness over hurting my rig).
It was day two…or day three of EJS (it’s all a blur) and a group of us gathered to run the trail known as Mashed Potato with Skyjacker Suspension. Mashed Potato isn’t a terribly difficult trail, but it does have a couple of harder obstacles. One of which I figuratively left about $1,500-$2,000 in the bottom of. That obstacle is called the Gravy Bowl, and I had some fun in the hole at the expense of the engine in my 1949 Willys Pickup known as Wicked Willys. I was playing in the Gravy Bowl and it seems the 505ci Dodge/Chrysler RB big-block was a little low on oil, or had a blocked oil passage, or who knows what, but seems to have spun a bearing. As usual, the big engine ran like a champ and pulled the big Jeep out of the hole, but the end was near. What started as a tick after the climb turned into a knock, and we shut her down before a window was opened in the block. Is it fixable? I think so, and at this time so does my engine guy, but only time will tell. Check out the images from the trail, video of the climb, and pics from inside the engine once I got home.