UN­EX­PECTED

4 Wheel & Off Road - - WHOOPS! -

We de­cided to take the kids out for one of their first mud­din’ ex­pe­ri­ences, and as luck would have it, every­thing was frozen. No prob­lem!

I had my Bronco, with a 400M, a Hol­ley four-bar­rel carb, an Edel­brock Per­former man­i­fold and air cleaner, a C6, an NP205,

33-inch Maxxis Big Horns, and of course my in­abil­ity to think ahead. With me was my brother-in-law, who has an ’81 Chevy 3⁄4 ton with a mild 402, 36-inch Su­per Swamper TSLs, and 20 years of off-road­ing ex­pe­ri­ence (and read­ing your mag­a­zine). I fig­ured there was no way any­thing could go wrong.

We were tear­ing up the ice and re­veal­ing that sloppy mud we were look­ing for. Things were re­ally look­ing up for our af­ter­noon, so I de­cided it was time to take the Bronco just a lit­tle far­ther onto an un­ex­plored cor­ner of the ice. Af­ter a full-throt­tle wa­ter-splash­ing, ice-slash­ing wheelie up the far bank, the Bronco stalled out and, well, the pic­tures speak for them­selves. Ev­ery­one got out OK, in­clud­ing the Bronco.

Les­son learned? I need more power, big­ger tires, and a nice big lift!

CLINT J. GROVER

Via whoops@4wheelof­froad.com

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