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Rzeppa
04-05-2008, 07:38 PM
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who came! We had a great time, ran a bit over on time but everyone got their jobs done. And a SUPER HUGE THANK YOU to Christo for hosting!

Photos coming up shortly, as soon as I cut them down to fit :-)

Rzeppa
04-05-2008, 07:55 PM
Also, huge thank yous to Bruce and Steve for helping mentor, and even though she wasn't planning on it, Ige helped teach as well!

In the first photo, Ricardo is pulling his drum front from his 71 FJ40.

Second photo, Lief Snapp Cook is work on his 40.

Third, Daniel Markofsky grins as he works on his FZJ80 rear.

Fourth, Bill Morgan does a knuckle job on the Red Chili.

Fifth, Matt Ralston is working on his 76 FJ40.

subzali
04-05-2008, 08:45 PM
Thank you Jeff and Christo and everyone else for making this a success! Looks like you had a ton of fun and it was a great learning experience for everyone in attendance!

Inukshuk
04-05-2008, 08:47 PM
A great time today. Thanks to all. And, no wheels fell off on the way home and the brakes worked. :thumb:

Rzeppa
04-05-2008, 09:42 PM
Thank you Jeff and Christo and everyone else for making this a success! Looks like you had a ton of fun and it was a great learning experience for everyone in attendance!Thank YOU Matt for getting the ball rolling! You put a lot of time and effort into making this happen!

Rzeppa
04-05-2008, 09:51 PM
(1) Lief's got his knuckles pretty clean , but trying to decide if they're clean enough.

(2) Ricardo's birf, balls and cage are spotless and ready for reassembly.

(3) Steve consults the manual on reassembling Ricardo's birf.

(4) Matt has some pretty grungy wheel bearings! Good thing they're getting cleaned and repacked!

(5) Lief repacks his knuckles.

(`._.[xtr3m3]._.)
04-05-2008, 10:03 PM
Thanks again for everyone's help. I had a ton of fun and learned a lot.

rover67
04-05-2008, 11:09 PM
Thanks Christo for letting us spend the day at your shop! Thanks Jeff and Matt for getting it together!!!

thenimirra
04-06-2008, 01:17 AM
Here are my pics. Thanks again for a great educational experience!

http://picasaweb.google.com/thenimirra/WheelBearingPackingParty2008

RicardoJM
04-06-2008, 08:42 AM
Thank you to a bunch of people. Our organizers and hosts were excellent. The mentors were busy all day long. And at various points throughout the day I had a chance to say hi to between 20 and 30 of the club members. That is an impressive turn out. :risingsun

I learned a bunch, but just as important as the learning my confidence in my truck and my skills/ability to take care of it jumped allot higher yesterday.

On the tools end of things - Leif, I appreciate you letting me hold onto your 12mm 1/2 inch socket all day and Ige the 52mm socket was like gold. I have someones wire cutting pliers (black handle) - check to see if you are missing yours.

Jacket
04-06-2008, 10:00 AM
What makes that event so great is the number of people that show up just to help the rest of us. Thanks to all of you that gave up your Saturday to help me out in one way or another.

What I enjoyed most about Saturday was hearing Jeff Zepp say at least twice "I've never seen that before" in reference to my truck.:)

Good to meet some new guys and gals, and see a lot of other familiar faces.

And a VERY special thanks to Christo for loaning out his shop, and Jeff Zepp for your tireless work throughout the day, bouncing from one rig to the next, fielding multiple questions at once, loaning out your tools, and taking time to pass along some of your knowledge to the rest of us.

For me, it was a great day. May my chromed hub covers RIP!:cheers:

MDH33
04-06-2008, 10:12 AM
Here are my pics. Thanks again for a great educational experience!

http://picasaweb.google.com/thenimirra/WheelBearingPackingParty2008

Great Pics! Thanks for posting those.

Thanks again Christo, Jeff, and everyone else for your help! :thumb:

Rzeppa
04-06-2008, 11:52 AM
I have someones wire cutting pliers (black handle) - check to see if you are missing yours.

Probably mine. Textured rubberized handle? Speaking of wayward tools, someone left a hub socket behind, which I snagged. Black steel with reinforcement around the business end...

4RunrFTW
04-06-2008, 11:53 AM
It was cool meeting a bunch of club members in a non-wheeling setting, and it was especially cool to see how willing everyone is to help out. Thanks to RicardoJM and Jacket for letting me beat on their rigs, glad to see you've both posted since you left Slee. You must have made it home okay... :D Can't wait to go on a run with y'all, and thanks to Christo for letting us invade his space for the day.

Thanks,
Cale

Jacket
04-06-2008, 12:01 PM
Anyone pick up a sledgehammer? Black head, yellow plastic (short) body.

Jenny Cruiser
04-06-2008, 01:40 PM
Those are great pics. What camera and editing software do you use?:)

Here are my pics. Thanks again for a great educational experience!

http://picasaweb.google.com/thenimirra/WheelBearingPackingParty2008

thenimirra
04-06-2008, 02:23 PM
Those are great pics. What camera and editing software do you use?:)


Thank you! I use a Canon Rebel XTi and I think I was using my Canon 16-35 mm wide angle. I just did some quick retouching in Photoshop CS3.

Everyone was so into their work that it was easy to get some good shots. But I think I had more fun helping Matt remove his chrome!

Inukshuk
04-06-2008, 10:26 PM
Bruce - your seal drivers were there still when I left, at Joe's workstation.

Rzeppa
04-07-2008, 12:54 AM
Thank you! I use a Canon Rebel XTi and I think I was using my Canon 16-35 mm wide angle. I just did some quick retouching in Photoshop CS3.

Everyone was so into their work that it was easy to get some good shots. But I think I had more fun helping Matt remove his chrome!

Sheba, I really enjoyed your shots on your picasa page, so then I visited your web site and blog. My god you're talented!

Being ever so inquisitive, I did a quick search on DPO and read some of your recent articles, and of course your award-winning one on cooking for one.

OBTW, thanks for the KFC too!

I still have some of my own snapshots to chop down and upload here, but would you consider posting some of your WBPP photos direct on this thread?

Question: After reading several of your articles in the Lifestyle section of the Post, I wondered where the ideas for the articles come from. Do you get assignments from your editor? Think them up yourself? Some combination? Something else? Your writing style makes what might be otherwise mundane subjects interesting.

Red_Chili
04-07-2008, 08:48 AM
Probably mine. Textured rubberized handle? Speaking of wayward tools, someone left a hub socket behind, which I snagged. Black steel with reinforcement around the business end...
That would be mine. Wondered where it went.

Red_Chili
04-07-2008, 08:51 AM
Sheba, I really enjoyed your shots on your picasa page, so then I visited your web site and blog. My god you're talented!

Being ever so inquisitive, I did a quick search on DPO and read some of your recent articles, and of course your award-winning one on cooking for one.

OBTW, thanks for the KFC too!

I still have some of my own snapshots to chop down and upload here, but would you consider posting some of your WBPP photos direct on this thread?

Question: After reading several of your articles in the Lifestyle section of the Post, I wondered where the ideas for the articles come from. Do you get assignments from your editor? Think them up yourself? Some combination? Something else? Your writing style makes what might be otherwise mundane subjects interesting.
Sheba, you really ought to consider writing for Toyota Trails. In fact, I'm surprised none of these cruiserheads have suggested it!

Well folks, we have a bona fide journalist in our ranks. How cool is THAT?!?

Great sig line too, just a suggestion. With apologies to 'O Brother Where Art Thou?'...
"I'm Bona Fide!"

subzali
04-07-2008, 10:47 AM
Definitely someone should write this up for Toyota Trails!

sleeoffroad
04-07-2008, 11:20 AM
Thanks to those that showed up and also thanks for making sure Joe's shop was nice and clean when all was done. Never thought I would see a lawyer behind a mop :D

I think the event turned out great and it ended up being what we wanted it to be " Newbies wrenching and learning, and the old timers can heckle".

:D

thenimirra
04-07-2008, 01:05 PM
the more I think about it, the more I realize now that going to the party helped me quell some of my fears! Being able to see other newbies working on their rigs, using their manuals and getting help from others let me know I'm not alone in my learning process. The anal part of my nature really enjoyed the detail-oriented process of getting all the steps correct, lining up your pieces so they don't get losts etc. etc. I just dug the whole thing and I can't wait to learn more. Thanks everyone for allowing me this chance to see cruisers in action. I think I can do this!

Wow...thank you everyone for your encouragement regarding my writing and photography. To answer your questions, my stories at the Denver Post are a combination of my own ideas as well as assignments given to me by my editor or story ideas from readers and other sources. Several of my friends on Colorado 4X4.org said I might consider sending some work to a trail magazine and that it might help my own learning process too.

What is Toyota Trails?

and Jeff, which images would you like me to post up directly to the thread. I took so many and I didn't want to clog up the thread with em.

nuclearlemon
04-07-2008, 01:12 PM
What is Toyota Trails?

tt is the magazines that i gave you. it's the "newsletter" for the toyota land cruiser association.

thenimirra
04-07-2008, 01:15 PM
Oh, I see. I didn't even look at the title of the magazines...I was too busy reading the articles! hehehe

subzali
04-07-2008, 01:35 PM
Check out www.tlca.org :thumb:

Shark Bait
04-07-2008, 01:59 PM
Oh, I see. I didn't even look at the title of the magazines...I was too busy reading the articles! hehehe

Or just looking at the pictures. :lmao:

thenimirra
04-07-2008, 02:10 PM
LOL! It's true! I started reading this great article about this restored FJ40...it was sweet!

Well, I guess I will believe my male friends from now on when they say they actually do READ articles in Hustler, Penthouse, etc. It COULD happen! ;)

wesintl
04-07-2008, 02:24 PM
Or just looking at the AD's. :lmao:

:thumb::thumb:

thenimirra
04-07-2008, 02:27 PM
oh yeah Wes, I want you to know that I was warned on Saturday....and you CANNOT have my hubcaps!

wesintl
04-07-2008, 02:36 PM
oh yeah Wes, I want you to know that I was warned on Saturday....and you CANNOT have my hubcaps!

:eek:You should be worried more about those that warned you than me though...:rolleyes: :hill:

thenimirra
04-07-2008, 02:38 PM
basically I've been told to say "No" to any requests for any parts of my rig, and "No" to any trade requests either.

I don't have any children, but I'll be damned if my chest didn't swell with pride the more people told me about my FJ40 and how rare it is. It makes me more determined to keep her stock. I could buy a newer FJ40 and build the heck outta that one...but this one will stay as close to stock as I can keep her.

Rzeppa
04-07-2008, 10:23 PM
Thanks to those that showed up and also thanks for making sure Joe's shop was nice and clean when all was done. Never thought I would see a lawyer behind a mop :D

I think the event turned out great and it ended up being what we wanted it to be " Newbies wrenching and learning, and the old timers can heckle".

:D

Major thanks to Ricardo and Daniel for manning the mops!!!

And thanks again Christo, without your help this wouldn't have happened this year!

Rzeppa
04-07-2008, 10:27 PM
I think I can do this!

If Yan can cook, so can you :-)

and Jeff, which images would you like me to post up directly to the thread. I took so many and I didn't want to clog up the thread with em.

All of them are GREAT, and there aren't that many. You can upload 5 per post, limit 150kB/ea IIRC. Goodness knows I must have shared a hundred when I did my engine refresh and 4 speed conversion thread.

Happy cruisin'!

Rzeppa
04-07-2008, 10:42 PM
More snapshots:

(1) Ricardo makes sure there's enough grease in his knuckle.

(2) Daniel works on compressing his rear caliper piston.

(3) Sheba shows off Matt's nicely cleaned wheel bearing.

(4) Timm says "you want me to clean WHAT?"

(5) Steve, Christo and Matt enjoy some pizza.

Rzeppa
04-07-2008, 11:07 PM
More photos:

(1)Timm ponders how all the sh!t is supposed to line up for the eight bolts that hold the spindle to the knuckle on his LX450.

(2) We were blessed with nice weather. Ricardo. Marcos and Martin snarf some pizza.

(3) Matt's got a million dollar smile as he re-torques his caliper bolts.

Crash
04-07-2008, 11:10 PM
I always love being photgraphed standing next to Christo. d'oh!
Rock, Chalk Jayhawks!!!!!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!

thenimirra
04-08-2008, 09:04 AM
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thenimirra
04-08-2008, 09:05 AM
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thenimirra
04-08-2008, 09:07 AM
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04-08-2008, 09:08 AM
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04-08-2008, 09:09 AM
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04-08-2008, 09:10 AM
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04-08-2008, 09:10 AM
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Red_Chili
04-08-2008, 09:37 AM
I wonder if this would make an interesting article in the DPO?
Especially if you emphasized our environmental commitments and some of the projects we do and have done.

You have a photographic artist's eye. There is just *something* extra about every photograph you take, something in the expression, something in the framing, you almost catch the atmosphere.

I just snap pictures... :lmao: :hill:

thenimirra
04-08-2008, 09:45 AM
Thank you! I wish I could see them the way you and others do. I don't know...I guess we are our own worst critics. All I can see when I look at some of these is that some are out of focus no matter how much I tried to sharpen them, the lighting is off in some, etc. etc.

Plus, after reading some of Ige's articles, I think she should be lead writer! She's got a natural gift plus the knowledge and experience about what she's writing about. If she does the writing, I will take the photos!

Rzeppa
04-08-2008, 09:46 PM
Thank you! I wish I could see them the way you and others do. I don't know...I guess we are our own worst critics. All I can see when I look at some of these is that some are out of focus no matter how much I tried to sharpen them, the lighting is off in some, etc. etc.

I noticed you cropped each one individually, that is an artist's touch in this automated world. One thing I've learned in this day and age of photochop, is that you still can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, basically the composition and general exposure still has to be decent to have something to work with. But if the shot is exceptional from the git-go then it makes it easy. Your unedited photos on the picasa page were exceptional to begin with, but when you posted them up here they made me feel like I was right there.

Romer
04-08-2008, 09:51 PM
Isn't it funny how the guy who waxes his truck every day is spotless doing a bearing pack:D

It is a beautiful truck though with a nice custom sticker

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Uncle Ben
04-08-2008, 10:31 PM
Isn't it funny how the guy who waxes his truck every day is spotless doing a bearing pack:D

It is a beautiful truck though with a nice custom sticker

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t277/thenimirra/_MG_6481.jpg

No :homer:! Heck you can even see your reflection on the freaking jack stand! That just ain't right! :p: :rolleyes::bowdown:http://www.dinicartoons.com/forum/images/smilies/Food/chilipepper.gif

nuclearlemon
04-08-2008, 11:24 PM
Plus, after reading some of Ige's articles, I think she should be lead writer! She's got a natural gift plus the knowledge and experience about what she's writing about. If she does the writing, I will take the photos!

thanks, but for me, certain article/stories come to me....and they are few and far between. you happen to read one that "worked"...most don't;)

Red_Chili
04-09-2008, 12:04 PM
thenimirra, don't shoot yourself down. Lots of room to shine in our club!

Red_Chili
04-09-2008, 12:10 PM
Isn't it funny how the guy who waxes his truck every day is spotless doing a bearing pack:D

There is a theory in physics that a certain form of dark energy, which we shall call the MMx3 component, cannot be destroyed or transformed into energy, but merely moved from one point to another.

The MMx3 component (Messiness Magnified x3) has moved from my truck to my (new) garage, which is an absolute pit.

I am looking for victims who are willing to be MMx3 magnets. Squishy has helped by taking some of his MMx3 to his new apartment, though we have created more by starting a 22RE light overhaul.

I will have to see if UB wants a tiller (of sufficient capability that we have named it "Attiller the Hun") and a weed whacker (decimator is a better word, with steel blades) capable of felling small trees.

I have an Engnbldr 22RE head to buy. Shortly after that I will have a functioning MMx3 transport conduit. (pickup)

thenimirra
04-09-2008, 02:23 PM
thenimirra, don't shoot yourself down. Lots of room to shine in our club!

right on! I gotta stop doing that. :thumb:

Rzeppa
04-09-2008, 09:27 PM
There is a theory in physics that a certain form of dark energy, which we shall call the MMx3 component, cannot be destroyed or transformed into energy, but merely moved from one point to another.

Heh

Thread hijack:

My wife comes home tonight. Looks at the whiteboard and reads what I scribbled.

"Honey, what's a Higgins Boson?"

I reply, "Oh just the holy grail of quantum physicists. Higgins came up with the equations to explain how matter has mass back in the 1960s. Now that they're getting ready to fire up that new accelerator in Switzerland in a couple months, they might be able to prove the existence of Higgins Bosons and sew up that theory nicely."

She thinks I'm weird. When I was enthralled with a discovery channel special on the search for absolute zero she asked me "What's the temperature of absolute zero?". Without a pause I replied "minus 273.15 degrees Celsius". Then she looked me in the eyes and said "You're a FREAK!". She was kidding of course. I think.

But physics help us understand a lot of things about our Land Cruisers, from how metal treatment does so many things for so many applications, to how taking a certain line works for your tires and wheelbase but doesn't work for the next rig.

At the next Wheel Bearing Packing Party, we should have a tank of LN2 and dunk all our stuff in there for club-sponsored cryo-party. Yeah...