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Dad, what's a back country beater? What will your kiddos remember later in life?

Mattlodi

New member
Dude......well done! Some of us have lived through some of those very experiences, it sucked. But, got refocused, like you and made a better life. Well done.

As for the beaters....hell ya. Back in high school (circa 1982ish...) had a friend whose dad owned a big old farm and tow yard. When the owners abandoned the cars and before they went to scrap we were authorized to "test" them on the farm, creeks, pastures, etc......The funny part, one of the most toughest and reliable car that we beat the hell out of was this Fiat Panda!

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As for my son and I's little beater following crazy life events.....He spent alot of time getting it stuck in the sand (never engaged 4wd....) and running the woods in the Ozarks!
Wow! That is a Fiat Ritmo (here in Italy, maybe in the US were sold under another name), it was my dad's first car. Never thought it was sold in US too.
 

jpat30

Adventurer
I love all of these stories.. Here is a pic of my own. My son in this pic wasnt even old enough to legally drive on public streets.. He is 23 now and off at school. I will second and third that time sure does fly.
 

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bozwell13

Observer
059.jpgThats awesome, I like how this has brought back memories. I remember what an amazing feeling it was to drive as a teen, freedom, Im a man, girls and so on lol. My daughter was driving us to and from the lake here where we live with like 1.25 miles on a remote county road at 35mph. She asked, "Dad, could you get in trouble for this?" Oh yeah, in our new world culture, big time Im sure. She's amazing and doing a perfect job but Im sure it would be "child endangerment" or something and on and on. Stuff we did as kids as now illegal and so frowned upon. I used to hunt before high school, shotgun in my landcruiser with an ice chest full of dove in the school parking lot, buck knife on my belt, no one though twice about it, was a non issue... We had just swapped seats so she hadnt put her set belt on yet, before anyone starts in, lol.....
 

NatersXJ6

Explorer
Beaters are awesome, I have a rich (poor) history of driving them too. But some things are just better now. I’ve never had anyone put their foot through the floor of my JK, or have to separate an exterior door skin with an axe on the side of the highway because it was flapping so bad it became undriveable, or have the body flex so far in a mud hole that the floor cutout pushed the shifter out of 4 and into neutral…

Some memories are best left in the past…
 

bozwell13

Observer
Beaters are awesome, I have a rich (poor) history of driving them too. But some things are just better now. I’ve never had anyone put their foot through the floor of my JK, or have to separate an exterior door skin with an axe on the side of the highway because it was flapping so bad it became undriveable, or have the body flex so far in a mud hole that the floor cutout pushed the shifter out of 4 and into neutral…

Some memories are best left in the past…
Lol, I've lived out here in the rust free Southwest almost all of my life so have never had any of those issues except the one time I went to New Hampshire to visit a friend. I left to drive his Jeep XJ to town from his cabin and ignored the note that said don't forget the plywood. The first Beaver dam mud puddle I hit look like someone dumped 5 gallons of chocolate pudding right in my lap. At that moment I realized the plywood was meant to be placed into the floorboard before leaving for town, all the pieces fell into place as I turned around to head back for a shower and change of clothes I've done plenty of roadside repairs, lots of bailing wired trucks when I was a kid. Once had a c-clip fall off left side rear axle on the beach in Mexico below the high tide line. The tire wheel and axle shaft went its own way. That was on a 1970 fj40, I slapped it all back together and drove 500 Miles home gritting my teeth and sweating bullets. It came apart again right as I pulled into my driveway. I remember thinking wow, thanks God.
 

bozwell13

Observer
This has turned out to be far more fun than I ever would have expected. People approach us every where we drive it, they love it, laugh and wave when we drive by. I don't know if they're laughing at us or with us, don't care, we're having fun in it. We're very lucky to live in the woods, can access the forest from our driveway so we use it daily. Here's what I've learned in the last few weeks. It has way more room for dogs and coolers than my TJ did, rides far better so way more comfortable, carries paddle boards/boats better, keeps the rain/high country sun off far better than a bikini top did and cost 1/4 of what my last Jeep of the same era did. All that with zero concern about the paint, scratches, dirt, wet kids, dog and gear. The aluminum box on the back rack was smart, keeps that stuff dust free, keeps stuff out of the inside, perfect height for cooking, making sandwiches etc. Now my girls want to start driving it to town, lol, ok, sure, why not...

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Arjan

Paperwork Specialist
Well done - enjoying Life after a hard time.
Yes - money rarely makes the best memories.
Please enjoy yourselves !
 
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