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October 2013 Whoops - 1976 Plymouth Trailduster

The Latest Off-Road Mishap

Harry WagnerWriterReadersPhotographer

What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
After getting new tires I decided to take my ’76 Plymouth Trailduster for a quick run on some trails about 20 minutes from my house. We ran a few hills and decided to bomb through a mud hole on the way out. No big deal, right? Well, the hole was a bit deeper than expected. What started out as a one-hour trip became a five-hour ordeal. It was under water long enough that by the time we managed to get it pulled out the engine was full of water. I had to change the oil on the spot before driving home. After it was home, it took many hours to shovel and hose out the many gallons of mud from the interior, change all the other fluids, and so on.
Greg Deputy
Via whoops@4wheeloffroad.com

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