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Carmarthen 4x4 day 21/07/07 (or how to blow up a Sport)

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Carmarthen 4x4 day 21/07/07 (or how to blow up a Sport)

Postby Steve-C on Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:20 pm

Well, a short, but fun day out! Carmarthen is looking rather waterlogged.

Anything that was slightly muddy last time, is now a bog. The hills are just slippery glass. All good fun though and very educational on how to deal with different surfaces.

Now, why is Martin blaming me for the engine...

Anyone who has been there knows the drop down and up through the woods to the second field on the right. A short climb brings you either to the top of the field, or gives you the option of a right turn and through a tight track to a downhill section.

Matin was leading and got halfway up the hill before loosing traction. I parked up next to him. He tried a couple more times and failed. Cars were fishtailing totally though as there was very little traction. I reversed down the hill and backed up a good bit. Stuck it in second low and gave it some welly. Good old Defiant makes it to the top of the hill at the first attempt!

This is Matrin attempting the hill, you can see how there is no traction and the tires just fill up.

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Martin tries a couple more times. I gave him the advice of trying my method (not one that is appropriate on a RoW, but fine at a Pay & Play site) which was second low and bounce it off the rev limiter. He did and got stuck. I tried pulling him up (Video, sorry about my hand, I was pulling on a bull bar!) but the sound really just said game over.

After he limped off, I went to the axle twister to get a pic

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Crossing a field

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And the view from a hill. Yet another breathtaking view spoilt by the weather me thinks!

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Videos here!
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Video 2
Video 3
Video 4 - Not a good sight!
Video 5
Video 6
Video 7
Video 8
Video 9

I did have a look at other sections. The field with the mud splash from last time just looked too bad to get into without another car incase of getting stuck. As it was I nearly did get stuck on the way in and out. Kinda got to the point where I had to keep going in order to get to a point where I could turn around. I got to a part where I did stop going forward, slammed it into reverse and fortunately the front wheel found enough traction to almost power slide the nose around. I used that momentum to get forward motion again and bade a hasty retreat. Just not worth getting stuck when the only back up was 1/2 a mile away with a rapidly sickening engine!

We got as far as Nantycaws Hill, then the Fronty died. That left me to tow it back to a garage. Don't think a Sport is meant to tow the weight of another Frontera, but she made the trek back to Llanelli and everyone got home in one peice. Martin is now on the lookout for a new engine. If he decides to scrap it though...I'm having first dibs on the roof bars and back box! :twisted:

Cheers for lunch mate!

Steve
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Postby nitromotor on Sat Jul 21, 2007 8:46 pm

:D Sounds like you had a full and eventful day!
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Postby Steve-C on Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:10 pm

PS, rest of the pics here
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Postby Red Oktober on Sat Jul 21, 2007 9:17 pm

A good set of pics steve :D
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Postby T-Pot on Sat Jul 21, 2007 10:34 pm

Ahhh well.


what can i say lol

Stece, thanks dso much forf the tow home today, and sorry the day was cut short mate


but you did blow my car up so i think we even lmao
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Postby Steve-C on Sat Jul 21, 2007 11:27 pm

T-Pot wrote:but you did blow my car up so i think we even lmao


Since I was at the top of a hill, videoing you climbing said hill in your car...how am I to blame exactly?!
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Postby T-Pot on Sun Jul 22, 2007 12:29 am

Steve-C wrote:
T-Pot wrote:but you did blow my car up so i think we even lmao


Since I was at the top of a hill, videoing you climbing said hill in your car...how am I to blame exactly?!



i cant blame anyone else, so it has to be you lol

found an engine, chat to you on msn mate
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Postby reithy on Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:02 pm

Thats why you had disapeared by the time i arrived.

There is always tractor back up.
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Postby reithy on Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:20 pm

personally if i tried and couldnt get up there i would have taken the route along the fence line
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Postby T-Pot on Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:23 pm

reithy wrote:personally if i tried and couldnt get up there i would have taken the route along the fence line


did you see it yesterday ?
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Postby Steve-C on Sun Jul 22, 2007 1:23 pm

I think it was a pride thing after mine got up there at the first attempt...

If your talking about 'mud-splash' field, I was going along the fence line!
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Postby gotafrontera on Mon Jul 23, 2007 12:33 am

awww how gutted am i that i couldnt be there :cry: love the vids but ouch that engine sounds painful lol

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Postby Steve-C on Mon Jul 23, 2007 1:15 am

I think Saturday prooved that Satin Red ones are the best... :twisted: :dance:
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Postby reithy on Mon Jul 23, 2007 7:36 am

no im on about where you tried to climb the hill after coming through the woods, on your right theres a track that follows the fenceline.

Have been up there when it worse than that mate, especially in the winter.

All about picking the route
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Postby Steve-C on Mon Jul 23, 2007 9:25 pm

Oh, saw that, but as the other car blew early on, didn't even think to try it!

Next time, lets hope we have more time to explore!
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