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Old 08-19-2012, 05:53 AM
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Glad you had a good safe trip man.
Its no surprise to me the ranger did so well, lol your ranger is solid and dependable.

Can't wait for pics
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:25 AM
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My wife and I decided on this trip about 6 months ago when tickets went on sale for Iron Maiden's US tour. We wanted to pick a destination to go see them, somewhere out west, because that's where I usually spend my vacations. So we settled on Denver. While in the area I made my second trip to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Our route took us from the Minneapolis area through South Dakota, straight down through Wyoming, into Denver, then back up to RMNP and home via Devil's Tower in Wyoming (I think this makes about my 6th trip to the tower...) and South Dakota's highway 14. All in all it was 2,138 miles of driving, and we had a great time. Except for our first night, and 2 nights in Denver in a hotel, we stayed in the back of the Ranger. I already posted this before, but here's a short video I made detailing the twin-size bed platform I built into the back of my truck, just for this trip.



The truck itself is a 1988 Ranger XLT, extended cab, 2WD manual trans with a 2.3. That engine had to work SO hard to make it up those mountain roads at high elevations, pulling a truck loaded with gear and 2 people. I felt bad for the old thing, but it made it through. And the most shocking part was even on the hardest stretches of the trip, the mileage never got below 26.3. In fact on the stretch from Devil's Tower to Pierre, SD I managed to get 30.0 mpg. The only mechanical problem was a cracked off exhaust pipe downstream of the muffler, which I had to jury rig in a parking lot in Rapid City. I have a pic below.

Enjoy guys!



Odometer rolling over to all zeroes 200 miles into the trip.



First night camping Rapid City, SD



Our home for a week



Exhaust pipe problem



Don't wanna see this when you're on vacation....me dicking around with the muffler



Trip fuel in Wyoming



Dinner in Denver





Picking up some records in Denver



Up the irons for Maiden







One of the best ones I got



Maiden was EN FUEGO!



Piloting the truck through the Peak to Peak Byway



Pretty



Stopping along the Peak to Peak byway



Approaching Rocky Mountain NP



Getting camp set up - Rocky Mountain NP



Man + Machine at Moraine Park Campground in RMNP



Ranger meets the Rockies



Herd of elk we saw while hiking (notice the huge rack on that bull!)



Another shot of the elk



hiking RMNP



More hiking



Me on the Big Thompson river



Fern Falls



Fern Falls + me



After a long day of hiking....about 10 miles



Ranger gets dolled up and goes into town - Estes Park, CO



Misty mountains - RMNP



Ranger negotiating the Big Thompson canyon



You can't resist when you pass this sign



Devil's Tower




view from the tower



Sun setting on the tower



Me and the tower



I couldn't resist writing this...chalkboard at the Devil's Tower bathroom



Prairie dogs



Camping at Devil's Tower



Camping at the SD state fairgrounds - Huron, SD


That's it for now....I have so many more pics but I didn't want this to turn into any more of an enormous post than it already was. The verdict: Ford makes one hell of a truck.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:32 AM
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venting! I'm so jealous of guy's who are fatter, uglier than me, but they still have the confidence to ask women out (who are really sexy) and they end up dating or married.
I wish I didn't get so nervous that I get sick (almost) just wanting to say "hello" to a woman. I'm almost 45! This is something a 13 year should be experiencing.
I challenge anyone in the world who is not practicing abstinence, to tell me that they have gone over 22 years without sex. (ok, everyone can now laugh and make jokes)
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Old 08-19-2012, 09:03 AM
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That bed is legit!!!!! So cool!!!! Glad you had a fun trip!!! And machine, its OK!!!! I'm sure you'll find the right girl, trust me!! 22 years, whatever, the girl you find I'm sure will be fine with that!!! I know she will!!! Just be yourself and go with the flow!!
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:44 PM
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First time off road with the new tires and rims!!

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Old 08-19-2012, 07:55 PM
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Charlie and I had a quick meet... lol.
I had to snap a couple quick shots with my phone..

We talked ranger stuff, got measurements for his light bar i am making, ate some pizza, and had a good time...short but sweet..



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Old 08-20-2012, 01:28 PM
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Glenn you really need to Bedline all that gray trim
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Old 08-20-2012, 03:32 PM
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Glenn you really need to Bedline all that gray trim
No im eventually going to get wider black bushwacker fender flares.
If I do anything with these I will paint them gloss black.
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:15 PM
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Charlie, did you stop by Spider Lake at all???
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:34 PM
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Naw I didn't, it was too far out of the way for me. I hopefully will hit it up the next time I head home!!
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Old 08-20-2012, 08:43 PM
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Ok cool.

I made 4 spacers 1/2 thick, hope they will work for spacing the lights up.
I also started getting some scrap pieces for making the mounts. Hopefully end of next week I will have all the pieces I need and have them machined/cut and ready to weld.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:59 PM
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OK perfect!!! I can't wait to see the finished product!!! Thanks Glenn!! You'll have to keep the dimensions for this bar and see if you can sell more here on FRF!! Or the bar can just be one of a kind haha
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:11 AM
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charlie, when the lightbar is done, are you going to remove the lights from behind the grille?
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:33 AM
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Yea but those two are going on the bar
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:58 AM
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glad your removing the lights from behind the grille! I hate it when people have the lights behind the grille and also on a bar, right in front of the grille. it looks silly and crowded.
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