Instagram – Best of 2021

It has become routine – each year many Instagram users create a mosaic of their Top, or Best (i.e. Most ‘Liked’) images.

Ok – I followed that bandwagon and did it too. I really don’t cafe about the total number of likes for each images or how many followers I gained in 2021.

For me – it is more the curiosity of which images were selected. Click on the image to enlarge it.

Top Row (left to right)

“Staycation” in Ivvavik National Park. Beautiful landscape, great Parks Canada staff, wildlife (dall sheep, wolf – no bears ūüôā (June 30, 2021).

2) Inaugural use of the 23zero RTT on the FJ80. October 30, first night of really cold – snow and small lakes were frozen the next morning. Totally comfortable in the 23Zero Walkabout RTT. Next trip might install the winter liner and use the Propex heater. (Oct 30, 2021).

After a long day in my office – (read cubicle land), I grabbed beer and headed to my outdoor office. Caught the sunset too. And – yes, a horribly over processed photo. Unfortunately it does a great job showing all the dents and wrinkles on my old truck (and my face too). Such is life, an accumulation of dents and wrinkles, each with an interesting story.(March 16, 2021).

Middle Row (left to right)

-43C (-45F) sunrise. I probably won’t be spinning my wheels today – no plans to start a car or biking. Instead – hanging out near the woodstove with a glass or two of a fine drink and a good book. (Feb 6, 2021).

Same truck (2017 & 2021). 1974 Toyota FJ55 Landcruiser. Still running strong – except for the paint:-). Better patina some say. Thanks to @the_cruiser_cult for picture. (Nov 14, 2021).

Enjoying the-36 Celcius sunset on the ice road. (Jan 24, 2021).

 

Bottom Row (left to right)

Winter camping with a “23 Zero” rooftop tent at 23 below Zero (Celsius). Heated with a Propex HS2800 heater built into a recycled metal box. Brown box supports exhaust pipes. Version 2 will use a simple bench instead of the brown box. Set up takes less than 10 minutes.(Jan 9, 2021).

Thanks to Aaron for taking me off roading in the new to me 1973 FJ55 ‘Iron Pig’ and with the new to him (formerly mine) 1999 4runner that he has since added 1980’s style stripes. Photo credit- Aaron Perrott. (Aug 16, 2021).

This got delivered today. For those that don’t know what it is – 1981 BJ60 Toyota Landcruiser. Well – sort of. The back end was cut off and converted into this. It has a few rusty parts, a few broken parts. It was a daily driver. Yes, this 40 year old truck needs a bit of TLC. It will probably never go faster than 70 km/hr (45 mph), it won’t win any drag races, and it certainly won’t win any awards for comforts. It is what it is.
I was still in elementary school when this truck hit the road, and my kids are nearly finished high school. That’s cool.
Should I have bought a 2021 truck loaded with all the gadgets and gizmos ?.
(May 5, 2021).

 

Clearly, viewers ‘Like’ Toyota trucks; 3rd generation 4runners (x2), landcruisers (x5), including 1973 Fj55, 1982 chopped BJ60, 1991 FJ80.

Summer (x4), Winter (x4), Fall (x1)

People x1 (me)

The last one, People x1 (me) resonates. No images of other people, no images of canoe trips, no images dinner parties, or other social events. The sad truth is that there were very, very few social events during 2021. Blame it on the Covoid19 pandemic Has everyone become a social recluse ?. Does everyone keep to themselves ?. Have we become a population of introverts ?

Or – is there something else ?

As I write this, a friend is a no-show for a coffee catch up.  Another friend, we were going to get together while walking their dog – two days ago. A couple of reminders along the way – and nothing. I could include a couple more examples – It it makes you wonder – is it Covoid and a fear of getting sick from someone else ?, or people don’t know how to socialize,or is there something else ?.  Maybe that helps to put vehicle obsession into perspective – vehicles break but don’t bail.

Project” I should probably get a girlfriend”

Have you ever purchased a ‘Used’ item and wondered about its history ?

  • Who had it ?
  • How did they use it ?
  • Why did they get rid of it ?

If you buy a used vehicle – you can ask the owner about the vehicles history, and / or purchase the vehicle history report (e.g. CarFax) that includes accident and repair notes. 

The title of this post “Project” I should probably get a girlfriend” and the text below were written by the previous owner of a vehicle I now own. The previous owner “crawlin cruiser” had purchased the 1973 FJ55 Toyota Landcruiser and described the restoration and rebuild on the ih8mud forum (https://forum.ih8mud.com/threads/project-i-should-probably-get-a-girlfriend.401231/) (July 23, 2010 – Sept 26,2018).

I have copied and condensed the text from the link above, and in bold some unique sections.

 

Project” I should probably get a girlfriend”          

 

Jul 22, 2010                                                        

I already have an fj40 buggy, a nice hj61 as a dd, my dodge cummins tow rig and now this……….

 

1973 FJ55

Purchased from previous owner in Keremeos, B.C.

 

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Those are the pics from last summer when I picked it up.

 

It has sat in my yard till yesterday when I started work

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Plans are

soa with lockers

ps(saginaw)

35s

might use my sm420 out of my buggy when I install my stak

 

and yes those ARE fj55 bushings

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For the steering I was just going with what I have and what i know. personally I think 60 series boxes suck the big one anyways. never used a scout though?

thnaks, the po did the turn signals. guess it works? this truck is all go no show good from far far from good. paint is done,

I actually bought a set of soa axles about two months ago dirt cheap. rear even has a locker . cut the old ones out, bolt the new ones in. done. I do need to add a set of ford towers though  

 

Aug 10, 2010

Paint finished and it drives.

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There are still rust issues in the rockers, rear fender lips and rear quarters but overall for what i have into it(which isnt very much) im a happy guy.

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Any pics of the headliner. This looks interesting to me.        

i don’t think its stock. It looks good though

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Curtains !!                                                                            

Weird… What the heck is that headliner made of? Are those indentions where it screws in?

curtains= shagin wagin!

Wow. I’m surprised I didn’t think of that. I’m actually kind of bummed I didn’t think of that….

Sign you are getting old…

Curtains was one of my first up grades when I got my cruiser … I took them out! Of course mine didn’t look that good. They were 1970’s bandana red looking weirdness.

I have no idea how its held up. but its soft foam with the liner over top. if I flip the truck over it would be a great place to sleep.

 

Dec 25, 2010

Well guys,

This project has taken a turn for the worst

Project” i should probably get a girlfriend” turned into “wholy fxxx, I landed a smoken hot redhead”

 

Lets just say progress has been slow.  I have stared on the rust repair, and ps.

Dec 26, 2010

Teaser of this weeks project

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 Grinding, cutting, torching,welding…….. repeat x100

Jan 28, 2011

New rocker, floor, body mount           

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Tech question, what is the relation of a pitman arms lenth to its “home” steering box? I got a scout box as Jon sugested, but the arm is about 10″ !! i have shorted steering arms for saginaw boxes… what will this do to the steering raito?

I had no idea that you were this cool. Where did you find the 55?        

I’m soo cool….. I can have a project in every section (IH8MUD forums)

 

Jul 17, 2011

Long time no update. Finished off all the little stuff. took the swiss cheese passenger fender and gave it new steel.

Shotty fender repair

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Jul 17, 2011

Finished product?.  I doubt it

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Jul 23, 2011

Few more little additions. I got the roof rack on, stereo installed and even got the tires ballanced 

 

Aug 1, 2011

Shot of the truck at the lake with the rack

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Jan 19, 2016

Well guys…. Time to dig this pig out of its ice sarcophagus and do some fixin. A bit of cosmetic, got the brass gear for the window. And a few small mechanical mods she will be as good as new!

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Has it been sitting there since 2011?

No not at all. Only about a year. Only reason I parked it is because the clutch is gone. So instead of a clutch job it’s getting an sm420 with an EBI adapter kit

                                  

Clutch,trans,transfer. Front shocks. New hood Window gear

And probably a bunch of other crap while its in the shop haha.

Jan 23, 2016

image.jpg It has begun….

Jan 24, 2016 

GUESS GIRL FRIEND THING DIDNT WORK        

Sure did, getting married this summer. And she let me build this

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Jan 27, 2016                               

A couple wheeling pics to keep you interested while I wait for parts         

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Jan 28, 2016

So after pulling the 4spd and transfer I found out my truck actually has an f engine. Now I know why it’s so slow haha. Has anyone put the 10 spline chev disc in the f clutch?? I’ve only done it on 2f components. Just wondering differance and whatnot.

 

Jan 31, 2016                                                          

Well The chev disc fits in the f flywheel but I don’t know how I feel about the old Style pressure plate. I think I’m just gonna tear into another parts truck and grab the 2fbits needed               

 

Feb 19, 2016

Hey guys I’m still having clutch problems. I’ve got ll my 2f bits on the f engine but I have 2 different throw out bearing hubs. One has a 1 3/4 for the bearing and one is 2″. Both came off 4 spds. Does it matter what one I use??

 

Feb 19, 2016

This part of the clutch fork assembly should determine which bearing.

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Sep 25, 2016       

Not too much to report.. Sm420 swap worked out great. Drives good. Replaced the drivers door. But back in he shop right now for more body work. Just out for a Little rip at the river behind the farm!

                       

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I’m also on the look out for a good drivers fender and affront rad support. Mine is beyond fixing

                       

 

             

 

Time for Something Completely Different

Starting January 10th, 2022 – A New Career.  It is career number …Navy, Geologist, Mineral Development Advisor, Remote Sensing Analyst and and soon – lands Specialist.

As I write this – Three days to go. It has been a run of 20 years. Bitter sweet to be leaving, especially after the release of the Long Term Change Detection (LTCD) dataset, development of the LTCD User Guide and doing a CBC radio interview. Leaving on a good note, and it is time to move on. The commute will be to the other side of the building, new colleagues, and a completely new job.
Thinking back of the projects I have worked on since 2002. A ton of writing computer code and data processing, creating seamless mosaics of topographic data for all of NWT, forest fire burn severity, identifying and counting caribou and bison using satellite images, flood map predictive models, PM for collection of air photos over proposed Mackenzie Gas project and Mackenzie Delta, mapping coastal erosion at Cape Bathurst (360m in 38 years), and the highlight – the LTCD project for developing scripts to process 40 years of satellite data using Google Earth Engine.
Over the years technology and computer systems evolved from needing high end desktop computer, specialized remote sensing software and having to download satellite data (100’s of Gb per day) to cloud enabled computing – I can run the scripts and process satellite imagery using my phone !. My Thanks to the many colleagues, and my classmates at COGS (2000-2001). 

 

Mapping Coastal Erosion at Cape Bathurst, NWT.

Mapping coastal erosion – the Old way. Converting the raster (satellite picture into a line layer). 1972 coastline in red, satellite picture (blue outline) from 2010.

Schematic of the changes in the coastline at Cape Bathurst, years and coastline shown.

Coastal erosion shown in blue using the LTCD script. Takes 20 minutes to run – instead of 3 days of eyeball strain !.

Counting wildlife using a satellite image. Satellite is in orbit approx 800km above earth.

 

Wildfire Burn Severity mapping:

2014 Wildfires in NWT.

Wildfire Burn Severity analysis.

Mackenzie Gas Pipeline Airphoto Project:

Wrote specifications and contract managed for 1;30,000 scale airphotos covering Mackenzie gas Pipeline route (pipeline yet to be built) and Mackenzie Delta,and creating of 1 meter contours and digital elevation model (DEM).

1:30,000 scale airphoto tile.

Area covered by MVAP tiles, contours and DEM (extends down Mackenzie Valley).

 

Long Term Change Detection (LTCD):

Long Term Change Detection – User Guide.

LTCD User Guide. Description of colours for wildfires.

LTCD User Guide. Sample images of slope movement.

 

Read more about the User Guide and ESRI ‘App’ of the Month, and CBC Weekender radio interview here:

https://www.geomatics.gov.nt.ca/en/newsroom/long-term-change-detection-wins-esri-canadas-app-month-december-2021

 

For sale: Toyota land cruiser landcruiser diesel manual BJ42

1980 BJ42 Toyota landcruiser.

Diesel (3b engine), 4 speed, two speed transfer case (2H, 4H, 4L). 10% gear reduced transfer case to compensate for the large tires. Drives and runs well. Rear body needs work. missing rear window on passenger side. Winch. Front turn light removed and is included. $5800 – OBO. Clear Title. Not at location shown in photos. **** Don’t ask if still Available. If post is up – it is available.

 
 
Yellowknife
 

For Sale: 1974 FJ55 Toyota Landcruiser

Spring over suspension, Detroit locker in rear differential, 4.11 gears.
Scout power steering, On 35‚ÄĚ BFG tires

Rusty at drivers quarter panel, small holes in drivers floor and cargo area.
Interior panels removed for inspection (included). Light bezels included.

Pressure washed, paint stripped. Lots of layers of paint.
Oldest paint – White top, Orange lower.

More pictures upon request.

Includes: spare Toyota 2F engine, drivers door, drivers side passenger door, rear hatch, power window motor, radiator, engine head and floor mats.

Located in Yellowknife, Title in my name.

 

23ZERO Tent (Below Zero) Rooftop tent

23ZERO tents are designed in Australia, and the name derived from the geographic coordinates of Alice Springs, Australia (23.6980¬į S, 133.8807¬į E).

Our name 23ZERO is derived from part of the co-ordinates of one the toughest places on the planet and the most central place in Australia, Alice Springs. Alice Springs is a small place surrounded on all sides by an expanse that truly helps you to remember how small we are in a huge universe.

Some folks would say that Yellowknife, where I live is also one of the toughest places to live and also pretty close to the central place in Canada. Officially, Baker Lake, (64.3176¬į N, 96.0220¬į W) Nunavut is termed the ‚ÄúGeographical centre of Canada‚ÄĚ. Yellowknife (62.4540¬į N, 114.3718¬į W) is approximately 934km the west of baker Lake. Coordinates aside, Yellowknife is still a tough place to live, and literally (seasonally) at the end of the road. During the winter the Tibbitt to Contwoyto Winter Road extends approximately 400 to 600km beyond the all season road (highway 4) that ends at 65 km east of Yellowknife.  Average temperatures in Yellowknife vary from +25C to -30C and with windchill can plunge to -45C. 

Below -30C it is just downright ….(swear word) Cold!.  I don’t even think about using a tent at those temperatures. My comfortable limit is close to -23 (Below) Zero.

I’ve got a winter liner for the 23ZERO rooftop tent and built a propane heater system using a Propex HS2800 heater, a car battery, 20lb propane can, ducting and a table (brown box in picture). If looks a bit jury rigged – it is !. This is the prototype that we tested last year. Version 2 is on a metal step ladder to support the venting pipes from the heater and it takes about 10 minutes to set up.

As a bonus, not only is the tent warm, the ducting can also be use to warm up the truck !.

If you have any questions about the set up – drop me a comment.

Timeless –

This road between Yellowknife and Alberta has been there for many years and will remain more or less unchanged for many more years. The vehicle, a 2002 Honda CRV has maybe a few more years of life (2002 – 2025?).

 

This picture however is Timeless –

Human memory will always remember the years of Covoid-19 and the mask on the dashboard is the time marker for this picture – 

The mask years (2020/2021)

 

Road Trip: Yellowknife (NT) to Nainaimo (BC)

First major road trip in what seems like ages. My last road, to Edmonton from Yellowknife was for medical travel, and the return route was entirely face down in a pillow.  ;<

This trip, solo driving from Yellowknife (NT) to Nainaimo (BC) – 2593km with a 740km detour to Smithers (BC).

For fun, similar driving distances:

Amsterdam – Moscow: 2446km

Amsterdam – Istanbul: 2720km

Amsterdam – Athens: 2870km

Amsterdam – Helsinki: 2264km

 

Lots of long sections of nothing – rocks and trees and intermittent cell phone coverage, Even radio coverage is spotty. Thank you Audio Books !

 

Dingne (France)

The rapid spread of the Covoid 19 virus has pretty much stopped travel for the next ‚Äď unknown while. We can‚Äôt stop thinking about travel; places where we have been ‚Äď or places we would like to visit at some point in the future.

Here goes a little challenge ‚Äď to post places where you have been starting with the letter ‚ÄėD‚Äô. Lets see how far we can take this, and see how many letters we can include.

Dinge (France). Pictures from April 28, 29 2015.  Camera – Fuji X-E1, X-Pro1 and Revue-3 film camera.

Chero Village (Kampong Cham, Cambodia)

The rapid spread of the Covoid 19 virus has pretty much stopped travel for the next ‚Äď unknown while. We can‚Äôt stop thinking about travel; places where we have been ‚Äď or places we would like to visit at some point in the future.

Here goes a little challenge ‚Äď to post places where you have been starting with the letter ‚ÄėC‚Äô. Lets see how far we can take this, and see how many letters we can include.

These pictures taken during a two week volunteer session at OBT (Organization for Basic Training), a Cambodian-run non-governmental organization established in 2007 by Sophal Pot to provide education and empowerment of the children living in Chiro Village.

November 30, 2014 – December 12, 2014.