As a kid growing up I was pretty much on my own. Had to figure out how to entertain myself. Living out in the country meant more or less nothing but fields and trees for miles. Sure, I went hiking and walking through them, even ran a few times for cross-country practice. But I always though "yanno, this would be a hell of a lot easier with an ATV!" :lol: It took a good part of the day just reaching the middle of one of the forrests behind my house, so the day was more or less over just with the trip out and back. No time for exploring. Also, with the wild dogs we could hear at night it was a questionable pass time to do on foot! An ATV or dirt bike would've been ideal to make the trip faster, and get out if I ran into something. Also, it was on a local farmer's land (and he could be an ass) so if we couldn't get in and out fast, my neighbor and I didn't go. Friends in school all had sleds and quads so I told myself one day I'd finally be able to do that. :lol: Still don't have those, but at least I can have some fun with the truck. I finally have a tow vehicle now so hopefully the games will begin in a few years.
:clap: My neighbor (and only friend within miles) and I got so desperate to do some wheeling with ATV's that we each took old riding tractor-type lawnmowers out in the woods! :lol: We took off the mowing decks, tied strings to the governer to yank on when we needed more power, and put chains on the tires. I remember taking the solid rubber tires off the front of mine and taking some pnuematic ones my grandfather had. I bent the steering bar a few times so we found some 1/4" x 2" steel bar that we cut to replace the cross bar on my tractor. 1 liter "big slam" soda bottles became gas cans, and a rechargable flashlight became a headlight when I took my cousins for a wagon ride through the woods one night. :naughty:
We'd go out and do donuts in the fields that no one ever mowed, build bridges across streams, and do wheelies by holding back the governor and popping the clutch/brake. My buddy rolled his on a hill one day and something shorted out. We saw smoke and flames, and freaked out cuz we thought the gas tank would blow!
It didn't, but the tractor was more or less toast as all the wiring was fried and we couldn't fix it. That was basically the last time we did anything like that.
Since then I've been trying to build a dune-buggy/go cart like thing to ride around on trails, but right now the truck is the only way I can satisfy that craving for now. :disappoin