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Old March 8th, 2014, 10:57 PM
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I picked up the Defender around 11 this morning. It was better than I expected. I didn't look around it too much since its been pouring down rain all day. We had to drive all over the city to get an extension for the trailer hitch rack, but finally got it. It has two issues that could become bigger problems. The first one is that the starter is making some funny noises, but I have a spare, so I'm not too worried about it. The second, which is a big one, is the coolant temperature gauge doesn't work. I'm not going to try to diagnose it in the rain, but I'll look at it tomorrow evening in Idaho. Here's a crappy rainy pic I took in the Walmart parking lot.
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Old March 8th, 2014, 11:53 PM
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The coolant sensor goes to the ecu. The temp sender is different and has a single connection and goes to the gauge on the dash. The large diameter temp sensor with 2 connectors is the over heat cut off for the AC. If you had a rover gauge you could read the value off the coolant sensor which is more accurate than the temp sensor.
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Old March 9th, 2014, 12:14 AM
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Sure don't miss the 300 days of drizzle a year! I have visions of you packing your suitcase..."ok, two pairs of socks, check. two underwear, check. toothbrush, check. alternator, check. u-joints, check. box end wrenches, check..."
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Old March 9th, 2014, 12:37 AM
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Looks great.

Still going northern route to Idaho or southern route?
Going the southern route.

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The coolant sensor goes to the ecu. The temp sender is different and has a single connection and goes to the gauge on the dash. The large diameter temp sensor with 2 connectors is the over heat cut off for the AC. If you had a rover gauge you could read the value off the coolant sensor which is more accurate than the temp sensor.
As previously stated, I'd rather break down than have to use windows on my Mac In reality, I'll probably have it fixed tomorrow. I'm not too worried about overheating it if I can make it home, I've got a 4.6 to go in it sitting at work.
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Old March 9th, 2014, 06:01 AM
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Looking forward to watching your journey, by the war GREAT looking 90...
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Old March 9th, 2014, 08:26 AM
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Old March 9th, 2014, 08:36 AM
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Old March 10th, 2014, 01:50 AM
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So after some cleaning of the Air BNB apartment this moring, we got ready for our drive to Mountain Home, ID. As we were loading up the Defender, I realised that I either lost or didn't buy the ratchet straps at Walmart. Fortunately there was an Ace Hardware close by, so I paid $30 for four ratchet straps. We had a good bit of straightening up to do before we left...





Not long after we got outside of Seattle we were in the mountains.



At this point I hadn't figured out the fuel economy yet, and I also didn't trust the fuel gauge. We were originally planning on stopping at a Taco Time (never been before), but decided to stop for gas early. We ended up at a ski resort. I've never seen so much snow in my life, there were snow drifts that had to be ten feet tall. While I was inside, two of my friends were getting hot chocolate from The Aardvark Express. It was this tiny shed with a kitchen. I walked in and we inquired about their food. The owner told us his specialty is curry. We were all very skeptical, but decided to risk food poisoning and get it. The food was actually incredible. Two of us got curry (Thai curry) and two got barbecue sandwiches, which were also very good. I would go there all the time if I lived there.





After that the drive was pretty boring for a while. I don't remember the order of events after that since I'm exhausted right now. I do know that it was a nightmare driving through all the rain and more mountains. I've been averaging 14 MPG's so far which is much better than expected, and I also haven't had to use the Jerry can. Here are some more pics from the rest of the Drive to Mountain Home.







And lastly, dinner at Sonic in Boise. We didn't get to Boise until 9:45, so pretty much everything was closed.

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Old March 10th, 2014, 03:08 AM
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Haha, awesome. I will have to try that curry shack next time I drive over Snoqualmie.

The truck looks awesome. What's up with the skinny girl jeans, though? Must be some big city thing.

I think that if you're a shitty person in life, you get reincarnated into one of those trailer hitch racks. That thing looks like it wants to keel over and die.

Have fun, guys. Hope you get to see a little bit of Southern Utah. Salt Lake to Albuquerque, even if you stick to the highway, is an incredible drive.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 06:14 AM
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Tighten the bolts on the hitch rack...you have to really crank down on them to keep it from being tippy...
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Old March 10th, 2014, 09:35 AM
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Old March 10th, 2014, 09:46 AM
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The truck looks awesome. What's up with the skinny girl jeans, though? Must be some big city thing.
Yeah...like you were never a young hipster...

14mpg seems pretty good for a 90 with four guys and some stuff in the mountains!


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Old March 10th, 2014, 10:02 AM
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LOL - I was thinking the same. Keep that 4.6l on the pallet if you are getting 14mph w/ the current setup. Must be a world record.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 10:03 AM
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better watch those belt loops on the designer skinny jeans . Looks like things are going well hold it in the road
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Old March 10th, 2014, 10:36 AM
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We appreciate a snug fit.

As far as the hitch rack goes, it leans to the right because of the slop in the receiver and hitch extension. It has so much weight on it that it doesn't really rattle. We do look out the back regularly to make sure it hasn't fallen off. We're about to start our drive to Laramie Wyoming.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 10:38 AM
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I didnt know you all were members of One Direction....

So one day from Seattle to Mountain Home in a 90 with 4 dudes. Wow! Sorry you all had to stay in Mountain Home for the evening.

And 14 mpgs over Snoqualmie, Pendleton, and the other passes with 4 dudes is quite impressive!
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Old March 10th, 2014, 10:54 AM
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Laramie Wyoming.
That was home to my D for 14 years. If you get into a bind, I can put you in touch with the PO. He is a professor at the university and probably would be to glad to help out.
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Old March 10th, 2014, 06:32 PM
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The guys have come and gone! And they all still like each other! Good luck!
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Old March 10th, 2014, 07:03 PM
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Jimmy are your buddies that are sitting in the rear laying out on those bench seats or did you set up a pallet in the rear to stretch out and lay down between driving shifts? Or are you doing all the driving?!
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Old March 10th, 2014, 07:47 PM
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Great looking rig! At least you got to find the water/rain leaks during the first day!!

If you can't fix the temp gauge, maybe pick up one of the little IR temp guns so you can at least know where it's running when warm...

I love a good road trip!! Keep the great photos coming! This is all I have to enjoy right now, since our weather's gonna still be cruddy for the next couple of months!!

Good luck and be safe!
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