Weekend tinkering


There was too much to do around the house to even think about wheeling or other fun this weekend, but I did make time to start figuring out an issue that’s been on my back burner for a while now.

75WXST-cropSince I first put a CB in Smokey, my SWR has shown extremely high. Without turning this post into a novel, suffice it to say all grounds are good, and there’s continuity where there should be, and none where there shouldn’t. I’ve done plenty of research and gone through troubleshooting guides, but nothing has made a difference.

My next step is going to be to try an antenna that clears my roofline as it should. (I picked up a folding antenna mount to help make that happen while still allowing me to get into the garage.) Since I’ve run this radio four years now without burning it up, though, I’m also considering the possibility my SWR meter is somehow to blame.

I’ll share an update if and when I sort this out.


5 Jeeps You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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With every car company there are a few models that over time become forgotten. Jeep is no exception. Below are a list of the 5 Jeep models you’ve probably never heard of. Be sure to let me know what you thought!

  1. The Jeep Forward Control (FC)

Jeep FC

Believe it or not, this funky looking truck is 100% a Jeep. The Jeep Forward Control or FC, was in production from 1956 to 1965 first by Willys and then by Kaiser Jeep.

2. Jeep CJ-10A


Next is the Jeep CJ-10A! The Jeep CJ-10A was a CJ-10-based flightline aircraft tug. Produced in Mexico from 1984 to 1986, it was used by the United States Air Force as an aircraft-pulling vehicle. Only about 2,300 were ever produced!

3. The Jeep DJ (Dispatcher Jeep)


Now this Jeep, you probably have heard of. The Jeep DJ or Dispatcher Jeep is actually better known as the “mail Jeeps”. These…

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An interesting turn

So, while I was off work, we took Smokey in for the passenger airbag-inflator recall. While at the dealership, a shiny new JLU in Granite Metallic caught my wife’s attention.

“It just looks … nice,” she said.

Could it be we’ll end up with a JL alongside Smokey in a year or two? Hmm … who knows? 😉

Watch for more clips and a full trip report from our latest outing in the days to come:



It cracks me up!

Does anything truly epitomize the Jeep life more than those annoying dings and cracks in your windshield?

A quick glance at Smokey’s windshield reveals no less than 20 imperfections, ranging from minor dings to some serious starred cracks. My current glass has been the exception, surviving a couple of years. I’ll typically go through at least a windshield per year, sometimes more!

What’s your Jeep glass experience been? Share your story in the comments below.