September 11, 1999 field
The Big Sluice is one of the more challenging
parts of the Rubicon Trail - especially uphill. Nobody would want to get
stuck or even break down in Big Sluice.
I broke down late at night during an uphill run.
Three of the upper studs holding the right steering arm in place were broken
and the remaining fourth stud had pulled out and had left stripped threads
behind. An absolute nightmare during daylight - horror at night.
A five hour field fix (including re-building a
broken apart bearing) allowed me to limp to our Buck Island Lake camp.
Luck was on my side w hen I met Chris and
Ben Olson from BC ! Chris is a gifted welder and he was able to put the
Premier Power Welder
(installed my CJ 7) to perfect use. He also helped out with Ni rods to create
a durable weld between the two cast parts.
Thank you Chris and Ben!
Chris Olson saved my day by professionally
welding a steering arm.
Two strong beads keep the steering arm
in it's place
pages 1 , 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 ,7, 8,
9 , 10
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