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About Ludatron

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  • Birthday 09/05/1977

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    Male
  • Location
    7th Ring of Hell, TX
  • Interests
    Cars, Street Racing, Computers, Video Games, Music, Concert's, Hiking, Swimming, Quad Skating, Puzzles, Board Games, Window Shopping, learning, sharing of knowledge, attempting to be funny, and most of all being the best Smart A** I can be...lol
  • First Name
    Jay
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    JVC GZ-HM30...atm
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    "NIke" Express...lol jk...06 Nissan 350z

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  1. Ludatron

    New Battery Suggestions

    If you want the best battery for your money... Get yourself a Red Top Optima... They run $175-$200 at local Oreilly's, but you will never have any issues with it. That's the only battery I run in all my cars, and have one in wife's 04 Dodge Ram 5.7 Hemi for 5yrs and counting...
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    Crankshaft Sensor

    Cindy... I am an automotive tech... What year Chevy is your having troubles with, and I will check on a fix or if there is any TSB's to correct it. If you or anyone wants me to locate parts, just ask... or feel free to PM me, I can help you save tons of money on the price of parts, and connect you to the sellers I have been buying from for 25 years all my car parts through.
  3. Ludatron

    New to the Games

    I understand that, and earlier today I had a thought of getting a mid 90's RHD R32 Skyline or 94-96 RHD Toyota Supra and making one of those into a nice 4x4...lol
  4. Ludatron

    New to the Games

    Thank You everyone. It's an honor to be part of the group. @braindead0 as much fun as it would be to have a lifted 4x4 350z, it would be less costly to just go buy me an older 70's-80's Ram Charger with a 360 Hemi, and just beef it up a little...lol
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    Air Filter Brand

    I wouldn't waste your money on a K&N air filter. I run cold air intakes on all my cars, and the Specter brand filters you can get at O'reilly's or almost any other auto parts stores, works just as good as K&N for a fraction of the cost. After doing my research years ago... The filters are basically identical, except on the wallet impact...lol I will gladly pay $25 for the Specter brand, opposed to 2-3 times that for K&N. The biggest difference I have noticed is the name that's on it...lol
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    Brake Fluid Change

    I change the brake fluid in my cars every 2-3 years, and if the book says Dot 3... I always upgrade to Dot 4.. Due to D4 having a higher boiling point, which in turn offers less fluid breakdown, longer fluid life, and better braking. I also drive a Nissan, and admit that they are very picky vehicles... lol I would recommend ditching the OE rotors & pads, and getting https://www.ebay.com/itm/FULL-KIT-PowerSport-Drilled-Slotted-Brake-Rotors-Ceramic-Pads-BLCC-42125-02/401180567487?fits=Year%3A2014|Make%3ANissan|Model%3AArmada&hash=item5d6839a7bf:g:FL4AAOSwpFda2VXN&vxp=mtr On every car I have owned or will ever own, whether its for my street racing or one of my putz around town grocery getter, I will always upgrade to this application from "Brakelabs". These are considered a racing application brake upgrade, but work fantastically on ORV's and grocery getter's also. As for a scanner tool for bleeding the brakes at home for my extra picky 350z, I picked up this item.. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Foxwell-NT630Pro-Automotive-OBD2-Scaner-ABS-SRS-SAS-Airbag-Reset-Diagnostic-Tool/232113670787?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649 ... This is almost as good as the $1500 scanner from Snap-On. I am just tossing this info out there as food for thought. :-)
  7. Ludatron

    6 Inch Lift On 2014 Nissan Armada

    @Bob... If you just want something to use during the more harsh times of the year and for the more extensive drives to those off the grid locations, you can find an older model 4x4 truck or blazer for good prices these days. Here is an example.. https://reno.craigslist.org/cto/d/nice-chevy-4x4/6570082109.html
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    Need suggestions for a first car

    If your wanting a nice wide variety vehicle that's reliable, easy to work on, fun to upgrade, and cheap on parts (for routine maintenance, or in the case of repair)... a couple of choices I have always been fond of are the Dodge Ram Charger and the Chevy K5 Blazer. They are both a blast to drive, have the power when you need it, and can take a ton of abuse. The import suggestions are nice choices also. It all boils down to what year range are you more interested in, what body style do you like, and what price range your working with.
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    New to the Games

    Hello everyone, My name is Jay, and I recently came across Bob's "EWU" vids. After watching all these nicely done vids, I have really enjoyed the professionalism, respect of historical landmarks, and learning more about the beautiful state I call home. I am also interested in being an active explorer of nature's beauty in the same manner of respect. I would also appreciate any info on how to make my own informative/instructional vids on automotive repairs and upgrades. My primary profession is automotive technician, and I have been proudly working for myself over the past 10 years. Also in my spare time, I like to buy, build, race, and sell cars... My vehicles of choice are Japanese Imports, and classic old school muscle cars. Some of my other interest's include building and playing on computers, gaming consoles, and of course doing some nerdy research on YouTube...lol I will end all this patting myself on the back gibberish here...lol Looking forward to making some cool new friends, and being part of the EWU family. Hope everyone has a wonderful and prosperous day. :-) TTFN, Jay
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    • South Pass City WY
      South Pass City, approximately 90 miles north of Rock Springs, is a historic site administered by the state of Wyoming.  It consists of over 30 log, frame, and stone buildings, along with the Carissa Mine and Stamp Mill.



      South Pass City Historic Site
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    • Surprise Canyon, California
      Recently, I’ve been going through my old VHS video tapes and digitizing them to DVDs.  These tapes contain my travels and explorations between 1995 and 2009.  I thought I’d start releasing some video shorts of my early travels on this forum.

      The back story for this particular video is as follows.  On March 30, 1996, I made a short hike of about a mile and a third up the lower third of Surprise Canyon, on the western slopes of the Panamint Range, Inyo County, California.  This canyon is just outside of Death Valley National Park.  This canyon has running water running year round through the stretch shown, fed by substantial Limekiln Springs, and the canyon is a water wonderland.  For those not familiar with the area, refer to the two maps.  The first one shows the canyon in relation to the region, the other a close up of the canyon and the ghost town of Panamint City.  The blue line in the close up image shows the route that was taken.

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    • Exploration Field Trips - March 31-April 2, 2000 - Into the Nevada Triangle with Lew Shorb
      My next series of videos will be based on a trip in 2000 that I took with Lew Shorb.  Lew is a board member here, as well as owner of the popular website http://www.ghosttownexplorers.org/ghost.htm

      In breaking with my past habit of culling out historical sites and ghost towns and creating short videos dealing with these, I decided to keep the exploring part of Explore Forums in and create videos of each day of my travel and exploration, including our camps.  Scenery, travel, camping ghost towns and wide open spaces.

      Part one of this series, as well as subsequent videos, will all appear here within this same thread. Part I will start in my garage, where I was finishing up with the packing my truck.  The following day, after work, I begin my travels to meet Lew Shorb at Rhyolite, Nevada ghost town.

      Our three day, two night travels prowled about the "Nevada Triangle" section of northeastern Death Valley National Park; and will include such sites as:

      1. The Las Vegas & Tonopah Railroad
      2. Gold Bar
      3. Phinney Mine
      4. Strozzi Ranch
      5. Currie Well (LV&T RR)
      6. Mud Springs Summit (LV&T RR)
      7. Happy Hooligan Mine


      This video, that of March 30th and 31st, will start off this series; and is brief, only being 3:28 long.  Nevada-Triangle_Shorb-2000_Part-1.wmv

      So, below is my narrative of part one of this series to give full context of what is seen in the video.  It will probably take longer to read than the video is long.

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    • Exploration Field Trips: May 1-3, 2000 - Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley
      Exploration Field Trips:
      May 1-3, 2000
      Trip with Alan Patera and Alan Hensher into Death Valley

      What do you do with three authors, two 4x4’s, two two-way radios, three cameras, and camping supplies? Send them to Death Valley, of course. For three days in the first week of May, 2000, fellow authors and historical researchers Alan Patera, Alan Hensher and myself explored Death Valley north and south.

      Alan Patera writes and publishes the WESTERN PLACES series of monograph books.  Alan Hensher has been published in several periodicals as well as authoring several books, centering primarily on the history of Mojave Desert sites.

      Alan Patera, who hails from Oregon, came south to California and picked up Alan Hensher; then the two came my way. At the time I was living in Ridgecrest, California. After overnighting with my wife and I, the three of us took off for Death Valley.  Alan was busy researching and photographing for a future edition of WESTERN PLACES, this time centering on the camps of the Funeral Range, which forms the eastern border of east central Death Valley.  Circumstances and changes of our journey lead Alan to plant the seeds of two more future books, this time centering just outside the northernmost section of Death Valley.




       

       
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    • Trip 2001 - Northeastern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
      Reconnoitering Trips
      Northern Nevada, Southwestern Idaho
      (and a Blip of Southeastern Oregon Thrown in for Good Measure)
      June 19 - 28, 2001

      This is the trip that I consider to be my favorite trip I have ever undertaken.  It had been in the planning stages since the previous December.  Originally, quite a number of people were invited and had semi-committed themselves to come along.  Over time, however, eventually the number of people whose semi-commitments became firm commitments to this trip narrowed to four.  And I was one of them.

      Below, a list of historic locations we visited – in the order that we visited them:

      1. Bodie & Benton Railway, California.
      2. Stillwater, Nevada.
      3. White Cloud City (Coppereid), Nevada.
      4. Unionville, Nevada.
      5. Midas, Nevada.
      6. Spring City, Nevada.
      7. Paradise Valley, Nevada.
      8. Buckskin, Nevada.
      9. National, Nevada.
      10. Delamar, Idaho.
      11. Silver City, Idaho.
      12. Rio Tinto, Nevada.
      13. Pattsville, Nevada.
      14. Aura, Nevada.
      15. Cornucopia, Nevada.
      16. Edgemont, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
      17. White Rock, Nevada (from a distance – on private property)
      18. Tuscaurora, Nevada.
      19. Dinner Station, Nevada.
      20. Metropolis, Nevada.
      21. Charleston, Nevada.
      22. Jarbidge, Nevada.
      • 18 replies
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