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    Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, Northumberland County, PA

    By Mike

    I finally got the opportunity to get up to the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) in Coal Township, Pennsylvania.  Opening to the public in May 2014, AOAA is now operating a motorized trail system to accommodate all forms of off-road vehicles, including ATV's, side-by-side's, dirt bikes, and of course full size vehicles.  The park's trail head and office is located at 4100 PA Route 125, Coal Township, PA, 17866, which is about 125 miles (2 1/2 hours) from Philadelphia, 175 miles (3 hours)
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Recommended Lift Options for the JK

Leveling Kits (1" to 2") Teraflex 2" Leveling Kit @ $182.  Includes 2" front spacers and 1" rear.  Provides clearance for 33" tires and removes the downward rake of the stock front suspension.  The disadvantages of this kit are a.) no increase in suspension travel/articulation, and b.) reliance on the OEM springs, which are known to sag as weight is added (i.e., armor, winch).      Entry Level 2.5" Lift (fits 33-35" tires) Metalcloak 2.5" True Dual Rate Lift Kit with Fox

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My Pole Lathe (Part 5)

This post covers installing the bungee (replaces the pole) and making a treadle.  Please make sure you read the previous posts in this series. Part 1 Part 2  Part 3 Part 4 Congratulations on making it this far, we are in the home stretch. I installed 2 eye hooks about 4 inches down from the top of the posts in the center board.  The size of the eye hook should be determined by your bungee.  Mine are inch and a half.  I pre drilled the holes just an 1/8th of an inch smaller than the

Phoenix

Phoenix

 

My Pole Lathe (Part 4)

This post covers centers and a tool rest.  Please make sure you read the previous posts in this series. Part 1 Part 2  Part 3 There are plenty of people that will tell you that centers are easy to make.  I am sure they are right.  I like wood, my garage is covered in combustible material, and I really do not want to learn right now.  There are a few people in the US and UK that can outfit you with centers, mandrels, and hooks.  You may need to wait, but anyone that wants to buy a h

Phoenix

Phoenix

 

My Pole Lathe (Part 3)

This post covers making the poppets. Please make sure you read the previous posts in this series. Part 1 Part 2 Let’s make some poppets.  You may be surprised, but we are going to make another sandwich.  This time the center piece will be longer than the outside pieces.  This will create a tenon that fits into the mortise in the cross member.  The most important part of the poppet is that the two outside pieces that ride against the cross member create a shoulder for the l

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My Pole Lathe (Part 2)

This post covers making the cross member that the the poppets will sit on. Please make sure you read the previous post in this series.    On to the cross member.  You will need two 48 inch pieces and two 10 inch pieces of 2 x 8 and a few scrap spacers.  I chose 48 inches for the span of my cross member because it would accommodate any size bowl I could imagine and because I could get the two 48 inch pieces from one 2 x 8.  If you want to have a smaller span, do it.  We are going to make

Phoenix

Phoenix

 

My Pole Lathe (Part 1)

I wanted to build a pole lathe made from a large, heavy slab of oak, all of the legs and posts riven and hewn, with poppets that look like they grew that way, and a long sapling to provide the spring in my spring pole lathe.  (Can you hear the birds chirping in the background and see a bucolic forest scene with dappled sunlight?) But I live in suburban Philadelphia, and sourcing wood for my greenwood craft is a challenge in itself.  Luckily enough I came across some posts on Instagram from Nate

Phoenix

Phoenix

 

Review – Interco Cobalt

With the advent of the hybrid mud-terrain tires from almost every manufacturer, the Cobalt from Interco is a genuine throwback The post Review – Interco Cobalt appeared first on 4WAAM. View the full article

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4WAAM

 

2019 Overland Skills Weekends -

From day one the mission of ECOA has been built on the cornerstone of education.  This is a reflection of my own professional past working in academics as well as my personal desire to share my knowledge and experience with those around me. Over the last four years I have attended large events like Overland Expo as well as smaller rallies and shows as an instructor.  New for 2019 I will be hosting my own series of training events called Overland Skills Weekends.  Read on for details... Fo

Dean

Dean

 

A Beautiful Day Spoiled

Whether you believe in the doom and gloom of climate change zealots or are one of the heretical climate change The post A Beautiful Day Spoiled appeared first on 4WAAM. View the full article

4WAAM

4WAAM

 

4 Little Bowls

Like many of my projects, this was inspired by David Fisher.  I’ve had the good fortune to take a class with David.  He is a Master Bowl Carver, and one of the nicest, most patient, and humble people I have ever had the good fortune to meet.  If you aren’t following his blog I would encourage you to do so.  He has a number of blog posts regarding making smaller bowls.  As using an adze is much easier on a larger piece of wood, he hollows out multiple bowls from one piece and then separates them

Phoenix

Phoenix

 

Anatomy of an Engine Swap

If you've been following ECOA social media (if you're not you should be) you've no doubt seen me drop a few clues that the LJ is off the road and undergoing an engine swap.  While the details regarding the progress of the process are limited for now (long story) I thought I would at least take a moment to talk about why I'm doing the swap. While built for back roads, and that's where I want to spent my time, she still logs her fair share of highway miles. The time has come to do something a

Dean

Dean

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