Part 25: NWMF Part 1, Sheridan, OR


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We decided to attend Northwest Mog Fest (NWMF) for the first time ever. We had a great time and took lots of photos. This is part 1. Below, I give first name attribution to those trucks where I know (or remember) the owner's name. I typically withhold last names for privacy reasons. Enjoy.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

This is a diesel Steyr cargo truck. It was very clean, but I never met the owner. Owner: if you see this, email me some info on this rig.

Some nice, clean rigs near the highway.

Some kind of Italian articulating 4x4 tractor. The starter was dead and it required a pull to get it started, but it did run.

Zach's 404 DOKA with interesting paint.

Jim Molloy, NWMF host/sponsor's Volvo. These are very capable off road rigs.

While looking at Paul's 1300, I noticed the grooves around the lug nuts. Inspection revealed that this was the WRONG rim for this wheel. This was a heavy duty rim on a light duty wheel. The rim wanted 18mm studs with flat lug nuts and it got 16mm studs with tapered nuts jammed into the holes. After many miles of driving, the holes were egging out and the wheel was loose. Paul had tires mounted at a local shop and it seems that they failed to tell him about the mis-match, assuming that they were paying sufficient attention to even notice it. When the truck was jacked up, the wheel was loose, not good!!

Inspection of Paul's spare tire showed it had the incorrect rim. So, since I had a full set of tire irons and a duck billed sledge hammer, the plan was to exchange the rims and then use the wrong rim as the spare until the correct one could be obtained. This would require removing and reseating 2 big tires, but we had plenty of skilled manpower available. We thought that removal of the wheel would be easy. It was not. Despite the big bar, several of the nuts would not come off. We also broke a 1/2" adaptor and a stud in the process.

We broke one of the studs because it was rusted and really, really tight. Liquid Wrench and the torch were needed to remove the remaining stubborn lug nut. Note the egging of the holes in the wheel.

After a big breaker bar, Liquid Wrench, a torch and a bunch of cussing, the wheel finally came off. We noticed other issues as well. Note the scarring on the face of the rotor. Inspection revealed that was the "good" side and that the inboard side was deeply scarred due to a worn-to-the-metal brake pad. The pad HAD to come out now!

Paul inspects the wheel assembly after we got the tire off. I noticed that the brakes had issues as well, so we put in place a plan to address it. By chance, I had the 50% used brake pads left over from when I did a brake job in Fairbanks, so we tapped into that supply to do the replacement.

De-beading one of these big tires is always a chore. The duck-billed sledge makes it much easier, but it is still a lot of work. Above, I go to work on the first tire.

Removing the damaged brake pad required a ton of tugging to get it out. The mechanical adjustment on the rear pads needed to be "backed out" as well to allow the bigger pad to be inserted.

The brake pad was worn down to the metal backing and it had been that way for awhile. There was substantial damage to the rotor as well.

Once the brake pad was replaced and the tire exchange completed, we reinstalled the new wheel/tire combo. The shovel was used to lift the tire onto the studs. This is a neat trick and should you use it next time you have to change a tire, it makes things much easier.

The broken stud and lug nut combination. Note the worn cone faces.

Note how the walls of the nut have been worn by the movement of the tire.

One of the Vancouver mogs.

Another Vancouver mog, this one belongs to Alex and it is in great shape. It has a very big PTO winch on the back.

Paul's 1300, post tire repair.

A very clean 404 with dump bed for sale.

A Case unimog with a winch brace on the rear. Note the wheeled winch fairlead above the brace. This rig is used for winching heavy objects.

One of the Vancouver trucks does duty in the pit picking up a bunch of mud.

A variety of trucks lined up along the road.

At NWMF, not all that rolls is a mog. NMWF, it would seem, is rather like a Woodstock for vehicles.

Bill and Paul inspect the oil leakage from Paul's transmission. Luckily, it turned out that the spillage was due to overfilling of the transmission which was easily resolved.

A nice 406.

Jim's Volvo in motion.

Zach works the pit with his 404 DOKA.

Zach is getting some air on the rear wheel.

A diesel G-wagon does the pit.

One of the Vancouver trucks works the pit.

A stretched VW bug. Why, I am not sure.

Alex's rig at Team Vancouver's camp area.

A rare hard top Haflinger.

Paul and Kathleen's new German Shepard puppy. This fellow is going to be huge when it grows up.

We had fun and the food was good. More photos in part 2.


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