The "Burbon Hole"
Well, the day started when we met at our meeting place. It was Mark in
his TJ, Jeremy "MudMan" in his TJ, our newest member Jim in his CJ with 33"
Swampers and Tom, Crystal and LB in the "Burbon". I was riding with Mark
since my CJ is still getting a new motor.
We headed down the trail with no major problems. We came to the one deep
hole on the trail where we met up with a fellow jeeper from another club that
a few of us are members of. He followed us the rest of the way. At this
point Mark and had gotten stuck twice in his TJ, and Jim had gotten stuck
While we headed out of that trail Mark was experiencing some clutch
problems. So he decided to head home since he had a long trip. The rest of
us headed back into the woods and to the next trail. Everything was going
fine until we got to a particular water hole that we are going to call the
While Jeremy and I drove right through the water hole with his TJ and
another jeep did the same, Tom got about ˝ way and stopped. Hmmmm, Mark went
home and he had a winch…. Well, it just so happens that our friend who tagged
along with us had a winch. At this point we thought the "Burbon" would come
right out of the hole. Nope, We spent about 1 hour trying to winch him out
while Rick's winch was over heating and it wasn't doing much. At this point
its about 2pm and the "Burbon" wouldn't start.
We tried yanking Toms truck, we tried winching it from the side, we tried
almost everything. At this point Rick's winch was not going to do anything
so we decided that I would get a ride home and bring my TJ out there with my
xd9000i. So Jeremy took me home to get the TJ and we were back out there in
about 1 ˝ hours.
We tried a few different things but nothing worked; We had two jeeps to
anchor me from moving and I was moving them also. We hooked to trees, we
used a snatch block. We were even in there digging. But nothing worked to
free the "Burbon".
Finally we decided that we would have to jack up the truck with Jim's
High jack and see I we could stick some logs under the tires. (At this point
its about 6pm.) The Sun was starting to go down but we knew we were going to
be there for a while. This was looking pretty good so we also did this to
the front of the Suburban. As of then, we were able to winch it out using
the snatch block.
We were so happy to finally get the truck out of the mud but we knew that
we needed to get it running before we could really celebrate. We got it on
high ground so we could work on the starter but we didn't have any luck. We
were all cold, wet and getting cranky but we all did our best. Dan pulled
some of the plugs from the motor to find that there was water in the motor
and it wasn't looking good.
We began to figure out a way to turn the truck around so we could pull it
out of the woods. We did a little bit of winching around trees with the
snatch block, pulling with the jeeps. Once the truck was pointing the right
direction we had Jeremy pull him out to the nearest road were we met AAA with
a flat bed.
Once the "Burbon" was back at my house I had to take them home since they
didn't have anything to drive. (About 10:30 or a little after at this
point.) On the way to Tom's house I went to down shift and for some reason I
lost my rear. I made it to his house with 4wd to find that my rear drive
shaft is spinning but the rear isn't. Tom had to drive me back to my house
(where his truck is) with his car. With this all said, Tom and I are both
going to take tomorrow off to see what we can do with our vehicles.
I just want to say that even though Tom's truck is hydro-locked, my rear
in my TJ is blown, and Mark's clutch is probably gone, we all stuck together
as a team and made it through a tough day. Its currently 2am and its time to
go to bed.
A great time, with some great people. Jim's CJ7 also had some water in his tranny. COme to find out, I broke all of the bolts holding the ring gear on the carrier! Its only a 4cyl!!! lol
1997 TJ w/ 33's
1984 CJ7 V8 SOA w/35's or 39's