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Longest trip to date

Postby MarkPick » Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:49 pm

This Saturday I have a friend that lives 55 miles away and has a farm. We was talking bout setting some telephone poles for a deer stand next to his fields. I worked up a trade, labor for hunting privileges. I gave the truck a good once over, fluid levels, tire pressure, tools and headed out. The truck ran like a champ, no issues at all. Very proud of how it ran. This is the longest trip to date. Usually, I will run it 25 to 30 max, but I wanted to see just how good a truck I had put together.

When I got to the farm we started dragging poles for the stand. This was not flat land! Had to drag the poles through creeks and up some hills that made me a little nervous on the first run. The truck never spun a wheel!

The area we were working in was very tight. IT did not lend itself favorably to the M 37's turning radius. Doing 6 point turns in a Dodge M37 without power steering is not fun! We finished up the day, got the post set and the floor in. The thing is bigger than my first apartment.

The return trip was uneventful as well, no issues. I am very happy with my trucks performance. The only issues (and its more of a quirk of mine) was the transmission is weeping a little fluid as well as the transfer case. Everything else was completely dry.

So 110 miles round trip without incident. Yes, I did take the back roads and avoided highways. It just seems safer for me and everyone else on the road. These trucks are not known for their speed.

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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby T. Highway » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:54 am

Mark,

Glad to hear that your truck performed well during the task at hand. I know that the first couple of times off road feel a bit intimidating, but after that I really never give it a second thought now. I hope that you remembered to take a couple of pictures............

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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby Cal_Gary » Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:17 am

Good story Mark-putting the truck to work is always satisfying, especially when everything goes as planed with no issues!
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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby MarkPick » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:05 pm

Picture after dragging up the logs. Time for the skid steer to take over.
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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby MarkPick » Mon Sep 11, 2017 3:14 pm

Time to let the skid steer do a little work
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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby T. Highway » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:36 am

Great pictures, thanks for sharing.

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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby NAM VET » Tue Sep 12, 2017 4:36 am

Great to see one our trucks out in the woods in their natural habitat. I have been venturing further and further from home, so far all is well, but I am not up to something like your trip yet. Now I need to figure out how to post pictures here since Photobucket cancelled that ability. Nice work, nice pictures.

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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby Carter » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:14 am

NAM VET wrote:Great to see one our trucks out in the woods in their natural habitat. I have been venturing further and further from home, so far all is well, but I am not up to something like your trip yet. Now I need to figure out how to post pictures here since Photobucket cancelled that ability. Nice work, nice pictures.

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If you are a member Amazon Prime has free photo hosting.
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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby NAM VET » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:57 am

thanks, we are a Prime at Amazon!!

will ask my daughter how to set it up.
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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby Carter » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:26 am

You are welcome.
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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby NAM VET » Thu Sep 21, 2017 3:00 pm

great, I am back in business with posting pics!! Works great.

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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby Carter » Fri Sep 22, 2017 10:22 am

I was glad to help but now I am hopelessly lost as to how it's done, posted once before but just do not seem to be able to do it now. :evil:
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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby HingsingM37 » Sun Sep 24, 2017 2:09 pm

Mark,

Now that's the way to have fun with these trucks. Gotta feel good making that road trip without incident :mrgreen:
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Re: Longest trip to date

Postby Kaegi » Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:08 am

it would take dragging a big pile of poles to make it spin a tire! they are reliable rigs. fuel efficient doing that kind of work as well. I measured my fuel use on one job skidding logs in axle deep mud all day and only used about 1.5 gallons an hour. I was very happy with that. that was in my old WC52 with arctic cab and lots of tools in the bed boxes so slightly heavier than an M37 maybe
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