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About KeystoneMotorsports

  • Birthday 06/26/1995

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    '00 burnt-out rolling ashtray turned tuff truck
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    Central PA
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    Lebanon County, PA
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  1. Thanks for the input guys. I might still buy that dolly, unsure of yet, but I think I will save myself the hassle and just keep transporting it on the deckover. Too many what-ifs involved trying to make it work. Maybe I will get lucky and find a cheaper used car trailer and try to get that lower center of gravity im looking for.
  2. This is a Stehl dolly with the limited pivot. It does need rewired so if I were to purchase, I would add another plug off the fender for magnetic lighting. Tow distance is ~40 miles each way, from where I live to where I ride. 55mph roads but lots of slow areas too as its mostly through mountain areas. Towed twice a month at the absolute most. I did break the flange loose at the rear with some heat and smothered it in that silver stuff that gets everywhere and takes a week to get out from your skin. So it can be done in a parking lot, I just dont really wanna do it after its covered in mud and coal slag. Although i guess at that point, im not really saving time disconnecting a driveshaft over running chains everywhere. Thats why I didnt know if with hubs it could be done. Ive never dolly towed anything, just on trailers.
  3. So im looking for a different way to tow the pathy. I have access to a 20ft deckover which is my current tow configuration, but I want an easier and lower way to tow. I was recently presented the opportunity to buy a dolly for pennies. Now being as the pathy is 4x4 and automatic, you cant pull it as is (even with both in neutral), but you can if the rear driveshaft is removed. Now I've searched more than i care for and I'm assuming my answer was probably lost. Can I tow this thing on a dolly backwards if i install manual hubs? Since manual hubs disconnect the cv axle from the hub, in theory it should be possible. It's about a 40mi commute, some can be done on interstate but it can be done on mostly 55mph primary and some secondary roads. Someone please help me thru the bs and see if it's something I can do.
  4. Long time, no post. Literally did nothing with this thing since I took it out to RAC. I did end up having to install a whole new alternator tensioner assembly and pulley because when I was trying to replace the PS belt I noticed the bolt was busted. What a pain that was, and now the AC belt pulley is squeaking. Battery is about shot and right rear tire is leaking. But im not too worried about it. Tomorrow im headed out 500+ miles to Haspin Acres in Laurel, IN to see if I cant break some more stuff on it. Should be a nice long weekend. Got everything loaded up today, used every inch of trailer and had to get creative with the ramps by pinching in a 3/4" bolt so they didnt smack the back of it.
  5. Thats too much money invested for me to destroy it on every outing lol
  6. So I pulled the insurance. Poor thing is still sitting with a busted rear quarter window. Gotta put a new PS belt on so I can actually drive it without having to manhandle the wheel. Also wanna grab another filter but with this pandemic the air filter shelf at Walmart is cleaned out for some weird reason. If by chance someone sees this and needs rearward parts, like the rear glass (doors or the one good quarter), the hatch (no rust), crossbars, roof rack, sunroof, etc. Let me know. Ill probably be cutting it as it warms up. And if people want parts and it comes apart ill cut it sooner. Give me an excuse lol.
  7. It went through just about everything but that. Its all love wounds.
  8. I told him before we started that I was definitely breaking something, I just didnt know what it was. So it was a great day, just wish it had been warmer. It still runs and drives, drove trails for maybe an hour after the hydrolock and it seemed fine. If I hadnt busted off the taillights I probably would have chanced driving it home but it was a convenient excuse for some trailer time. So its not dead until something catastrophic happens. Body parts are just cosmetic. Ill probably pull the insurance and keep it off the road except for conveyance and just trailer it. Once it warms up ill plan on doing some budget mods to it.
  9. Finally got out to RAC on Saturday. Was cold, had snow flurries all day, but it was beautiful out. The day was going pretty well, until we got down a trail that my friends Hyundai Elantra couldnt exit. So I had to back out of his way, and unfortunately missed a tree in the mirror, ripping off the driver rear fender flare and snapping off half of the brake light lens. No big deal. Obviously it was pretty rusted out. I had some plans to relocate the brake lights to the door using flush mounted LEDs and armoring the quarter panels with diamond plate anyways. Ended up bottoming out in a bunch of deep ruts. I was trying to stay off the ice, but slid down into it. Luckily I carry over 70ft of tow strap, so the Elantra rescued me. Then, not even 5 minutes later, I did some real damage. When trying to go up a trail around that hole, I again couldnt see my clearances to the trees and body rolled right into a tree. Heard the passenger mirror smack the window and by the time I snapped my head over, the sound of stressing steel and the sound of safety glass. Well, it pulled the whole lens off the other taillight now. At this point, I was 80% sure I was going to have to get a ride back home and grab the trailer. Then this happened... My friend wanted to try and drive through a water hole in the Elantra. Seeings as the Pathy is taller, I figured I would go through first to break the ice. Well, it got deep. About halfway through, the inner wheel well (which had fallen out earlier in the day, you can kind of see it it) fed the airbox a large mouthful of water. Soaked the filter, and went straight into the intake causing it to hydrolock. So again, I needed rescued. Had to crawl through the back (with my gimp leg), pull out tow strap, and with only about 3" between the bumper and water try to hook the strap to a hole somewhere. Once we got it out, we just kept trying to crank it until the water blew through. Had to leave the airbox open minus the filter so it could breathe. So after being rescued again and with darkness around the corner, we decided to take it easy. Once we were done, I decided it had to be trailered as there was no way it was gonna be road legal to travel some 50 miles. Sat in the Walmart parking lot while I waited on a ride. He showed up, took me home. Had to fix a light on the truck quick, go grab my trailer at my dads place, and do a round trip to rescue the Pathy. So I started out a 9am. Helped a friend move. Met up with another friend to ride RAC at noon. Rode until about 6pm. And by the time I got back home with the Pathy, it was 11:45pm. So far from what I have discovered from the day... 2 broken taillights 1 missing fender flare 1 missing foglight (didnt work anyways, but its gone gone now) 1 Broken rear window 1 crumpled RR quarter panel 1 damaged C pillar Hydrolocked the engine so who knows where else water got Power steering pump barely works, needs a new belt All of the CV joint boots were torn so they are definitely full of grit Transfer case sounds and engages funny Broke the exhaust pipe where it goes up over the axle. No chance of this thing getting inspected now!
  10. Yup, no laws. Originally, it was gonna be mounted on the roof. But even before I bought it I had intentions of cutting the roof off and welding in a rollbar to make a unibody truck. So a rear mount made more sense since I wouldnt have to move it. Second concern was catching it on branches, lots of low trees where I wheel hence the spring. A stainless whip would have worked since they dont snap but they were more than I was willing to pay. Third was a fluke, I ordered a 4ft antenna casue it was $2 cheaper than a 3ft antenna and it looked extra goofy, like a 5th telletubby or something lol. The cable I got was 18ft long so location wasnt an issue. And since the carpet is part of a hill somewhere now routing was as easy as screwing in some cable clamps. Ill probably affix a flag to it or something later on.
  11. Well, didnt get to RAC last Sunday cause I ended up sick as a dog. Gonna shoot for this Saturday. Did get the CB in though, but I forgot to turn it off and in 3 days it killed the battery. Professional install pics inbound.
  12. Installed my CB and a dedicated fuse block for accessories. Removed the rear belts and seat brackets since they arent going back in. Also cleaned out a months worth of parts and packaging littered about.
  13. Being Central PA I wont be able to make those. Have too many planned events this year that involve too much diesel to haul my rig around. I do take a trip out to Indiana to ride Haspin Acres the 2nd week of June as part of two other groups. I will have the pathy then. Also planning on the Gambler 500 in west PA this year.
  14. Got the CB and fuse box in. Just put the multi drill on and ran it through the firewall. Close to the right bank exhaust manifold but I loomed it and tucked it up behind the AC lines so it should be fine. Put the fuse box on the right side of the dash console to the right of the pocket thats inaccessible to anybody, and just drilled the CB bracket right into the glovebox. Antenna on the right rear above the taillight and ran the cable high cause it seemed like less work. RAC tomorrow. Didnt take any pics today cause it was dark and 40 degrees. Supposed to be much nicer tomorrow so definitely will have pics and video.
  15. Definitely got lucky(?) on this one. Friend really helps me out on a lot of projects like this and lets me use his shop when I can get over there. Ive never seen a smoker car this bad either, even in my few years in votec where I worked on a lot of them. I guess the guy had a mental illness or something and it got the point where he couldnt drive, so the rig sat until the owner (his mother) just gave it to my friend since he is their mechanic. Has all new brake lines on it so no worries there. Out here now trying to work on it. Working on getting a CB in and a dedicated fuse box for lighting and accessories. But cant for the life of me find a decent spot in the firewall to drill through.

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