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  1. Oh yeah, a lot of the newer 1/2 tons have frame rust issues as well. If you want a serious off-road machine, you need to go back to the models with the straight front axles, and of course, they're getting harder to find in decent shape too. Especially in the rust belt. You can still find solid older trucks if you head west, young man...
  2. Not sure about the new V6, but the old inline 6 was bulletproof, and had a lot of low end torque, which is a desirable feature in an off-road vehicle. Any 1/2 ton pickup truck from the 70's and early 80's in particular, had a much better frame than a Jeep. Body panels rust in all of them. Not saying this is a deal-breaker for a Jeep, just something to watch for, since it is a very common problem.
  3. Well, one of the advantages to owning a Jeep is there are always plenty of Jeep owners out there looking for parts, so if you get ahold of one with a bad frame, you could always part it out and sell the parts to another Jeep owner who believes they have a good frame....
  4. The problem could have been mostly remedied if they had simply put some drain holes in the frame in the right spots originally.
  5. Don't know.
  6. The older Toyota trucks with the 4 banger and the stick were good for off-road, too, but they were even worse than Jeeps in the rust department...
  7. They're a little different because they had a boxed frame, which tended to collect mud and hold moisture, so it's tough to find an older one with a solid frame. The frame usually rotted out ahead of the rear wheels. http://www.carproblemzoo.com/jeep/wrangler/frame-rust-problems.php
  8. They're definitely a nice rig for the backroads, and they hold their value very well if they're kept in decent shape. The biggest issue with the older Jeeps, including CJs, is they are serious rusters - including frame rust. Not sure if they ever resolved the rust issues or not with the newer models. A buddy of mine has a Wrangler Unlimited, and he really likes it. I think he has a little too much invested in it to use it for an off-road rig, though, so it probably qualifies more in the "fulfilling childhood dreams" category than a true bush buggy....
  9. Eastern Montana has a lot of walk-in areas on private ranchland available for muleys. If I was going bowhunting, I would probably either go to Colorado, Wyoming, or western Montana, and focus on public land at higher elevations. The mountains generally have more cover, and easier to get a closer shot.
  10. Del might have got some in his cornflakes...
  11. Looks like all that goose poop is good for something, anyway....must have a line coming straight outa Silver Lake..
  12. I don't know what the numbers are now, but I remember reading at one point there were 30,000 geese hanging out there. At three pounds of poop per adult goose per day, that figures out to two semi loads of goose poop every day. "Saving the planet" - yeah,,,,,
  13. You guys ever get all that goose poop under control down there in Rochester?
  14. Thank goodness, it wasn't a honey badger...
  15. You could really simplify things if you just bought a couple of barrel stove kits for $50 each. The wife could be trained to cut and split firewood and fire the stoves while you're out fishing.