Steens Mountain & The Lake Alvord Playa

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This shot from the top of Steens Mountain shows the Playa in the distance.  It’s 7miles across and 12 miles long. This is where we run our Things with our new improvements and changes to our engines. This is where we can test new ideas as to how to have longevity as well as mild performance.

 

Steens Mountain & The Lake Alvord Playa                                          This shot from the top of  Steens Mountain shows the Playa in the distance.  It's 7miles across and  12 miles long. This is where we run our Things with our new improvements  and changes to our engines. This is where we can test new ideas as to  how to have longevity as well as mild performance.                                 The Playa…….also known as Lake Alvord

 

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 Putting up the shade tent.  Steens Mountain in the background where we shot the panoramic picture from.

 

AUGUST2014_4                  Gary making a run by to test the surface

 

AUGUST2014_5   Larry Green running straight and fast (for a Thing)!  About 1 mile out.

 

AUGUST2014_6The surface wasn’t as hard as we like.  There had been some rain in recent days which made the surface slower for our runs.

 

AUGUST2014_7                                 Duke running by just off the damp spot.

 


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                       Duke running the far east side of the Playa with Cousin It.

 

AUGUST2014_9                                     Andrew & Kai running far out and fast!

 

AUGUST2014_10                                  Tent for shade was welcome at the end of the runs.

AUGUST2014_11                                ……….Just asking Duke where lunch was

 

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No car wash nearby.  Worked hard today!

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22nd Annual VW Thing Rallye

Good shot at 7,980 ft elevation on Paulina Peak.

Good shot at 7,980 ft elevation on Paulina Peak.

The Things operated smoothly at just shy of 8,000 feet elevation.

The Things operated smoothly at just shy of 8,000 feet elevation.

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Part of the toughest Thingers braving the freezing rain and wind hiking atop the Big Obsidian Flow.

 

 

On the road  to Paulina Peak at the Newberry Caldera.

On the road to Paulina Peak at the Newberry Caldera.

Thingers exploring Crack in the Ground.

Thingers exploring Crack in the Ground.

At the top of Lava butte at Lava Lands National Monument.

At the top of Lava butte at Lava Lands National Monument.

On Devils Lake at the base of Mount Bachelor.

On Devils Lake at the base of Mount Bachelor.

German Transaxle of America were kind enough to give us a tour of their transmission rebuilding facility. Almost all the Things in this photo have GTA transaxiles.

German Transaxle of America were kind enough to give us a tour of their transmission rebuilding facility. Almost all the Things in this photo have GTA transaxiles.

 

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Day trip into the back country to see Big Hole, a volcanic maar in the Deschutes National Forest.

 

 

 

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June 26, 2014 On the cascade lakes scenic byway.

 

June 21,2014 Saturday, Boise

9 Things at the departure dinner. Four more arriving in the morning

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Our departure dinner (last years depicted) will be here in Boise this coming Saturday.

Rallye 2014:   Sunday, June 22 we will depart Boise with 9 VW Things for our 22nd annual VW Thing Rallye.  We will be touring the high desert of central Oregon for a week and returning to Boise on June 28th. 4 additional Things will be joining us at our base in Oregon. We have a week of day trips and tours set up for the entire week. This year we will be taking pics and posting them daily to this web page.

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Twisted T-Shirt

We are bringing back our old design from 2001.
We will be selling these for $19 each.  Sizes L & XL.

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Shipping an Engine

Placing Rick Goffs engine on the pallet for shipping

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This engine is completely rebuilt and is being shipped  “Turn Key”. Basically its plug & play’

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Wrapped in plastic and strapped down to the pallet.

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Boxed and ready for pickup by the truck lines.

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This box has the seats and other upholstered interior
parts. Ready for shipping. Gary Weiskircher did an outstanding job on
these.

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Engine Intake & Carb Setup

Final assembly of Rick Goffs engine.  Intake & carb set up is
next and then it will have the cam burned in.

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Tri-Mill Exhaust system works super.  We have used more than 20 of these
in recent years.

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5 1/2 pound degree wheel pulley. Balanced!

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Thing Day Trip to Tactical Solutions

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Dana & Steve Petrie, some of our BTG members set us up for a tour of the Tactical Solutions manufacturing facility here in Boise.  Tactical Solutions is an American company, manufacturing state of the art & innovative accessories for firearms. Chet Alvord, the VP of Tactical Solutions spent more than two hours giving us a guided tour and in-depth view of the high tech machining and quality control Tactical Solutions invests in each of their quality products.

tacSol                                       Things arriving at the Tactical Solutions facility.

 

TacSol35Chet Alvord VP showing us the rifle case that is sourced locally and of
super quality.

TacSol11Chet showing us how some of the CNC machines were set up.

 

 

TacSol24Machinist explaining to me how the barrels were sleeved.

 

 

TacSol29Chet explaining the difference between a silencer & a suppressor.

 

 

TacSol34Checking out their rifle stocks.

 

TacSol38Newly minted receivers.

 

 TacSol16Thanks to Chet Alvord as well as Dana & Steve Petrie for another Thing
destination where we learned something new.

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Thing Adventures

001This is why you drive a THING !!

 

002Narrow road…….good handbrake!!

 

Temps 102 degrees. We held up the Schwans Ice Cream guy with water  pistols.  Got two boxes of Drumsticks!!!

Temps 102 degrees. We held up the Schwans Ice Cream guy with water
pistols. Got two boxes of Drumsticks!!!

 

Should have driven a Thing down Steens Mountain

Should have driven a Thing down Steens Mountain

 

Mesa Falls,  Eastern Idaho

Mesa Falls, Eastern Idaho

Cross Sabre Ranch........Oregon Thing Run 2002

Cross Sabre Ranch……..Oregon Thing Run 2002

Back country run.  Left it as we found it!!

Back country run. Left it as we found it!!

 

Devils Tower Wyoming.  2003

Devils Tower Wyoming. 2003

Project 2003  Paid $3200 as is.

Project 2003 Paid $3200 as is.

 

Project ready for paint.

Project ready for paint.

Paint finished.

Paint finished.

 

1853cc Thumper.

1835cc Thumper.

Project done.

Project done.

 

New project.  1944

New project. 1944

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DAY TRIP TO SQUAW BUTTE

Pulling the grade up to the summit. Lots of washboard and gravel.OCT2013a

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 Road gets worse as you gain altitude.

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Duke pulling the last curve before the summit.  The elevation at the top was just shy of 6000 ft.

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Andrew putting Thor to the test.  Easy pull for him.

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Not much parking!  Great cell phone signal!!!

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Great views.  Good run.

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Day trip into the back-country of Owyhee County.

 

We just did a day trip into the remote back-country of Owyhee County.

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Decent trails for today’s run.

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Scenery not too bad either.

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Twisting Road. The Official name of the road is Antelope Ridge Road.

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Picking our way along looking for signs of a road.

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A little steep for our Things.

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We always try to stay on existing roads…..keeps it looking like this.

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– Mike

 

 

 

 

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My Favorite Pics From Thing Country

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A back-country trip to the Buffalo Jump.  Montana

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Don Eddys Latest Restoration.  Montanathing08102013a

Duke & Helen’s Smooth Runner!   Montana

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Andrew Lockharts ORANGE Thing .  Thor      Montana

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Al & Liz Farmerys beautiful and well done Big Juan.    Montana

thing08102013eThing Parking….     Boise, Idaho

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Thing Country.   Central Idaho

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Thing Country…………….Central Idaho

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