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I figured I'd let everyone know why there haven't been any updates for awhile. On February 15th I was in a ski accident that ended up making my right leg look like this:



Yup, that's a titanium rod through my tibia, a steel plate on my fibula, and a bunch of screws holding everything together. A few weeks after that a blood clot let loose from the surgical area in my leg and made it's way to my lungs causing pulmonary embolisms. No fun. And then a few weeks after that the PE in my right lung caused a pleural effusion that landed me in the hospital for 12 days. Not recommended!

I've been out of the hospital for a few weeks now, and I'm steadily getting better, but I still have to use crutches to walk and can only put 50% weight on my right leg. So sadly, the Trooper has just been sitting for the last few months. I had planned to knock out a bunch of little interior projects over the winter, so I'm not really that behind on my schedule to get this "finished" (projects like this are never finished, right?). As the weather warms up here and my mobility improves I hope to get back at a few things and I'm really looking forward to being able to drive again here soon! That may be the worst part of all this, not being able to get behind the wheel of a car. This is the longest I've gone without driving since I got my license 20 years ago and its aggravating!
 

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Wow! Read your post, looked at the picture, and my leg started to hurt. :shock:. Haven't skied in a long time - LONG time. Probably won't ever (not much snow in Florida). Used to go up to N.C. to ski. Hope it heals well.
Also glad you were "taken care of" by the shop that did the sub standard work. That's uncommon these days. Dennis
 
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Also glad you were "taken care of" by the shop that did the sub standard work. That's uncommon these days. Dennis
Yes, I doubt I'll ever use that machine shop again; but the fact that they were upstanding people, admitted their fault, and paid to have it fixed is commendable. Very much a rarity these days.
 

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Richey said:
Hey Stephen,

Sorry to hear about your leg, I was wondering where you went. hope you get back on your feet soon.
It's all just time now. I'm starting to think about getting the paint and body work done by someone while I'm unable to do anything. Who'd you have do your paint on the Amigo?
 

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Richey said:
Hey Stephen,

Sorry to hear about your leg, I was wondering where you went. hope you get back on your feet soon.
It's all just time now. I'm starting to think about getting the paint and body work done by someone while I'm unable to do anything. Who'd you have do your paint on the Amigo?
I did it all myself using the paint booths at UVU
 

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I don't have access to it unfortunately. How much work do you need done? Complete paint job color change? Lots of bodywork and dents?
Little bit of rust removal, all surface. Total exterior paint change. No body work aside from the rust.
 

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Wouldn't be too hard to do. If you can find a shop with decent ventilation and a 5hp compressor I could probably get it done over a couple of weekends. Without a paint-booth it would be hard to get a really clean paint job, so if you're okay with a few specks of dust here and there then it could work.
 

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Wouldn't be too hard to do. If you can find a shop with decent ventilation and a 5hp compressor I could probably get it done over a couple of weekends. Without a paint-booth it would be hard to get a really clean paint job, so if you're okay with a few specks of dust here and there then it could work.
I'll see if I can find a place. Don't know too many shop owners.
 

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Update of sorts. Took the Trooper out on its first real trip since the rebuild two weeks ago to the Swell. We ran Eagle Canyon, Eva Conover, North and South Coal Wash and Devils Racetrack. Everything was running like a champ until I bounced a bit on a ledge on Devils Racetrack. After that, unless I was in 4-Low it'd just sputter until I raced the engine up over 3500 rpm and dump the clutch.

Some basic diagnosis at camp had me thinking it was a bad fuel pump. Trailered it home, did some more tests for fuel pressure and it sure looks to be a pump. So now I'm soaking those tank bolts in anticipation of dropping that! Goodie. And right in the middle of buying a new house and moving; great timing...
 

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Just wanted to say that I have checked out your project Stratotrooper and stephennielson.com what beautiful scenery you have to take that Stratotrooper in and through!! some day I hope to make it out that way...

Dave
 

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Just wanted to say that I have checked out your project Stratotrooper and stephennielson.com what beautiful scenery you have to take that Stratotrooper in and through!! some day I hope to make it out that way...

Dave
Thanks! Utah is a beautiful state, for sure!
The Trooper has been in a bit of a holding pattern for the last year. Between the medical issues that I had, buying a house, and getting married there hasn't been much time for it. I'm still driving it and taking it into the back country, but my free time of late has been dedicated to home improvement projects.

Soon those will be "done" and I'll be able to get back on finishing up the Trooper!
 

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As I'm sure many of you have been waiting with baited breath for an update on my Trooper, you don't need to wait any longer! Since the last major update, I've recovered from a major injury/illness, bought a house, and got married. So the Trooper has understandably taken a bit of a back seat. That said, it hasn't just been sitting collecting dust. No, it's been out on about a dozen trips of varying lengths since last summer and has performed admirably. Which brings us to today's update.

Phase II:

On a couple of my recent trips I've come close to my fuel limit between the 22 gallons in the tank and the five gallon's out back in the Scepter can holder a friend built for me years ago. A double Scepter can holder was always in the plans of upgrades I wanted in this project. Back before the world ended, a friend and I bought six Scepter cans off a guy. Included in that purchase were two holders that were, shall we say, extremely over built. Each one weighed in at over 20 pounds, for comparison the single holder that I already had weighs only 9 pounds! After having them sitting in my garage for a few months, I finally thought I'd do something with them. Now, I am no fabricator; I'm just a guy with an angle grinder, reciprocating saw, a 110v Craftsman Mig welder, and a free Sunday!

I wish I had thought to take a before picture, but basically each holder had a ton of unneeded metal on the sides. And this isn't light stuff, its 1/8th inch steel. By cutting them down to an "L" I shaved 10 pounds out of each holder! After hacking them up, I flipped the ol' buzz box on and did a really ugly job of welding them together (that's what flap wheels and paint's for, right?). Once they were solid, I pulled the old holder off the back of the Trooper and started the process of mounting the new one.





Since this setup is significantly taller than my old one, I had to drill holes into the top and bottom of door in addition to the old license plate holder holes I'd been using before. All told, I used ten mount points, connecting all of them with steel bars on the inside of the door for rigidity.
Once I'd drilled all the holes it was time to clean up the door panel, plug all the old excess holes, and paint it with some bed liner.









After everything had dried, I mounted it and loaded it up with two full cans. My biggest worry was if the door could handle the weight. But I've seen other Troopers out there with similar setups and honestly, that door is pretty stout. So far, everything seems sturdy and solid!









Aside from where the plate is mounted, I'm happy with how the "recycling" project turned out. I thought about mounting the plate down low, but I really didn't like how that looked. And if I have to if I have to open both sides, meh, no big deal.
 

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That looks nice, I assume that the holder is tight enough that the cans won't come out through the sides??
 

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hessmess said:
That looks nice, I assume that the holder is tight enough that the cans won't come out through the sides??
That's correct. The lip along the bottom and back is 2", and the arms hold them in super tight and they latch and lock. So they aren't going anywhere.
 
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