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Thread: !!!! Ten years of ownership..Life with the ORW !!!

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    !!!! Ten years of ownership..Life with the ORW !!!

    On Dec 14th 2014, the ORW officially completed 10 years of
    putting up with me!

    She had 10k miles on her when I purchased her in Dec 2004...

    ...and was a PRISTINE stock 1999 Ebony.

    She had been a 'company' car for a start up "Dot Com" in San Diego....
    ...... one of the many "Dot Coms" that failed to establish themselves!

    She was stored ( but maintained/run monthly) for 3 years prior to falling
    into my hands
    I had been looking for about 4 months, after being "reminded" of them after
    I encountered a Proton at a traffic light near my house.
    It was love AGAIN, at second sight..having loved them when they first came out.
    I needed a more sensible vehicle (!!!) as my only transport at the time
    was a 1973 Early Bronco Roadster... a great beach city vehicle..but not good
    for any distance!

    So I started searching, learning..reading HERE!!
    I had even put offers on a couple of others as far apart as Texas and Seattle...
    ....luckily I didnt get those!

    The ORW was found in a tiny used car lot about 8 miles from my house

    They were asking $16995....

    After three visits, two test drives and bombarding the sales guy with all
    the "issues" I had gleaned from this great site...
    ..... I talked them down to $13995 cash, including a years warranty.

    Done deal ... I was a VX'er

    Poor girl didnt know what was in store for her...but then nor did I!

    After reading about Moab, and enjoying getting to know some of the
    characters here... I set to work to make her a unique off roader...
    ...and attend a Moab meet!

    In my newbie state, and with little to no off road experience.... I happily
    clad her with mall crawler side steps, a brush guard that had issues with
    tall weeds...and some 33 inch Nitto Mud Grapplers ( 1 out of three right!)...
    .... .. I was ALL SET!

    I arrived in Moab...and "Hobby" life as I knew it changed!!!!!
    ( No more off shore sailing races skippering other peoples yachts that
    I couldnt afford... I get to drive my OWN TOY!)

    What a GREAT bunch... diverse, odd, eclectic and WELCOMING

    I followed "The Adams Family" on that first fateful "All VX" trail...
    ...and upon crossing a cattle grid, KNEW off roading was for me.
    Little did I know!!

    Within an hour, all pretence of "nursing" my pristine baby around....
    ... rather than over obstacles...simply vanished!

    I WAS HOOKED!!!!!!

    As for the ORW... she's undergone some changes

    Some planned, like 35's, proper rock rails,upgraded tie rods,drive shafts,
    gearing, lockers, rock bumper etc etc etc...
    ...actual Off Road stuff..not "pretty" crap!

    And some not planned...like a full Line-X spray job after laying her on her
    side on Hells Gate!
    Hey... it was easier to fix, Line -X covers a multitude of amateur body repair sins...
    ..... ...and it looks COOL!

    So, from this:-


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    To this:-



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    To this:-



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    And lots of this....





    Its been a blast...and will continue to be so !
    Five other VX's have come and gone..the ORW is here FOR EVER!

    A HUGE thanks to all here, especially Scott for his stewardship of the AWESOME site

    To all the friends I've made, the fun we've had..even the disagreements...

    ...I THANK YOU ALL

    The ORW now has 33K miles, and this thread will be updated in ANOTHER TEN YEARS ....
    ...... when she'll have an astounding 60k miles or so!!!!

    CHEERS

    Jo
    VX.info...PLEASE SUPPORT THIS SITE WITH YOUR VOLUNTARY $20 DONATION...
    Absolutely the best $20 you'll spend per year on your VX.


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    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Nice write up Jo! Congrats to you the Ole' Ragged Wanker

    Did you ever do a write up on your bumper? Did you start with a Trooper ARB?

    Cheers,
    Scott
    Last edited by bartmanS4 : 12/18/2014 at 12:50 PM
    There's no 'I' in denial.

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    Grats you ol' Whore Jockey.

    You two were made for each other.


    Put a smiley after you say that Bub.

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    Nope...

    Quote Originally Posted by bartmanS4 View Post
    Did you ever do a write up on your bumper? Did you start with a Trooper ARB?

    Cheers,
    Scott
    ...will do an in depth write up one of these days if people want it.

    Its a Toyota Pick up rock bumper, purchased new from E-Bay...
    ......pretty heavily modified........and fitted with a chopped down
    Ford escape brush/light guard...purchased used from E-Bay.

    Custom mounting via a plate welded across front of VX frame with
    6 Grade 8 bolts welded to holes through plate.
    Whole 'shebang' bolts to frame plate via matching bumper plate with
    matching holes ...thats welded to rock bumper.

    VERY strong, takes entire nose down weight of the ORW!!........
    ....and easily removable.

    Jo
    Last edited by JoFotoz : 12/18/2014 at 03:41 PM

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    That's awesome man. Great read!

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    Awesome :-)

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    Just Fantastic...
    Live, Love, Forgive and Never Give Up

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    Great story, congrats on 10 years! Can't wait to see what the ORW looks like for her next anniversary!

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    Yea well....

    Quote Originally Posted by VXorado View Post
    Can't wait to see what the ORW looks like for her next anniversary!
    ....

    No doubt!

    Cheers

    Jo

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    Congrats Jo!!
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]
    Chi Dog...Dog is my Co-pilot
    Onward thru the fog
    Leave it BETTER than you found it!

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    Welcome to the 10 year club....

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    Wow. 11+ years and counting. Congrats Jo! Thank god mine no longer looks like that top pic either.

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    Congratulations Jo! Your VX is really awesome!

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    Thanks folks!
    But this is a two year old thread somehow resurrected.. (Easter ref !!)


    I've had the ORW 11 plus years now..and still loving it

    Cheers
    Jo

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