Monthly Archives: March 2013

It is Alive


San Antonio, Texas

A long day, but a very productive day. The Turner Engine was installed, wires hooked up, overdrive reinstalled, fluids added and we ran the engine long enough to open up the thermostat.
Considering the severity of the surgery, the process has gone extremely well.

Tonight is just a beautiful night in San Antonio to sit outside, with a scotch and a celebratory buzz, watching the fire take hold in the brick oven. Temps are near 70 with a light breeze.

Life is good.

The Turner Arrives

Turner Crate




I’ve been anxiously awaiting the new, rebuilt Turner Engine. We picked it up from the freight company this morning and proceeded to transfer items from the old motor to the new. I’d say we have about 90% transferred, and the rest will be done tomorrow after procuring some new bolts that had to be replaced for various reasons.

Overall, the work today went incredibly well. I can only hope that the install will go even close to as problem free.

Right now, I am extremely impressed with the Turner. Everything was together and ready for us to run with it. Obviously, the test will be when The Rover gets back on the road, but for the moment, Five Stars to Turner Engineering, and Seven Stars to Mac and his shop.

“I go a great distance while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow.”
— Manuel Lisa

Open Heart Surgery




Back in Texas performing major surgery on the Rover with the help of my Sponsor as well as his crew.

The bulkhead was removed and the engine pulled out in slightly less than 2 hours.

Everything was marked & pictures taken, so I’m hoping the install will go as smoothly.


“Tell me the truth, how do you feel?
Like you’re rollin’ so fast that you’re spinning your wheels?”

——The Eagles

I was back in Little Bighorn country again today, and went by the Battlefield. It seems like I was just here.

“I’ve got a story, I ain’t got no moral
Let the bad guy win every once in a while”

——-Billy Preston

“Proceed as the way opens.”
–Quaker Proverb


You know you’ve made an impression when a motel manager assigns someone to shadow your vehicle with a scoop and a bucket of oil-dry.

To be sarcastic or not to be…

I closed the hood after checking the oil level. It’s amazing how only a little amount of oil can spread across so many parts.

There was a shout from behind me: “Hey! That thing is leaking something!”

My tongue ran out in front of my brain, and I responded, “You’re kidding! My god, what was your first clue?”
I did eventually try to backtrack by adding, “Thanks. But I did notice the large puddle under the truck.”

Stating the obvious, even when done with the best intentions, is still stating the obvious.

3X Charm

Space in the Last Frontier…

tundra neighbors

Comic courtesy of Tundra

What does a Politician’s Hot Air do to the environment?

Does anyone think before they spout these days?

A lawmaker in Washington State was responding to a local bike store owner who was upset about a proposal that some new bicycle purchases would be subject to a new tax.
In his response, Rep. Ed Orcutt claimed “the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider.” It seems that those damn bikers contribute to climate change with their heavy breathing.

Next on the agenda? A new fee on all Drive-In Theater patrons.