End of an Era - the passing of Little Devil

It all started innocently enough at RMIHR 1998 with John and Pansy Comer. By August of 1998 I was building a racer.

I started with two Scouts donated from Senior Bob Bradley - one that was rolled, one that was Blair Howze's worn-out racer.

I spent 9 months preparing the two Scouts - dismantling and disposing of one, getting the other ready, and in the span of a week mostly put it together.

On July 4th, 1999 I took Little Devil to Cascade, Montana for the first race.

I pulled in, flat-towing, and handed Blair the front driveshaft and a box of U-joints that needed installed.

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I had a used 304, rebuilt 727, full width 4.88 Dana 44s, a rollcage, a plastic bucket seat, a flex-fan, and 235/75-15 snow tires.
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Blair even won while driving.

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No working gauges and the flex fan combined to kill that 304 that weekend. A second junkyard motor died in Feb of 2000 at Winter Baja. Memorial Day 2000 we were installing a new Gryphin built "304C" in Denver and racing in Brighton over the weekend. We jetted the 500cfm Holley a few times over the day - with each pass down the dragstrip, the rings would seat more.

I started out flat-towing the Scout, moved up to Comer's old trailer and a Travelall, then my Travelette, and now my Travelette pulling a gooseneck pulling my camper.

I have rebuilt the engine 3 or 4 times now, and the 727 has been destroyed a few. Way too many Dana 20s after going reverse shackle.. one front axle broken in half.. one body, various mounts. I went from 4 shocks to having 4 remote reservoir shocks on the front alone, along with air bumps. I went from shackle-forward to reverse-shackle. I added a ladder bar, and so on.

I did mud-bogs, mud-drags (here in 9/2004), baja races, drag races, obstacle races.

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In 2005, rolled it.

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And thus I rebodied and repainted.

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I also had it off the frame once to fix the frame.

In March of 2008, in Powell, Wyoming my oldest daughter got to represent the race team and go for a ride.

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To this day, I'm not allowed to move it without her strapped in. Even if I'm just loading or unloading.

Unfortunately, in October 2010 I found myself not keeping up with the race leaders, and tried to take a turn too fast in Acton, resulting in "catching an edge" which lead to "2.5 rolls"

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A bobcat was used to load it.

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A lot of stuff was broken.

Broken frame.
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Radiator mount.
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Body mounts.
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A chunk of rotor was MIA.
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And some body parts.
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Meanwhile, Robert Searles of Montana GSE and Damian of D&C Extreme had been working on a new replacement chassis for me since before my second daughter was born.

I sent it off to Sandblast this Spring after deciding it was time to retire Little Devil and focus on the new one.

So, Labor Day Weekend 2011, I started...

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Here is some of the auxiliary trans cooling in the back.
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Taurus fan clearance up front.
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My wonderful wiring job - the second or third attempt..
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Rear shock mount got bent a little - so did the shock shaft.
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body mount.
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If you never had a chance to ride with me, this is what the passenger seat view was like.
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This ladder bar worked out great.
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This body mount? Not in the best shape.
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..but better than the driver's version.
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Years ago, I angled the rear shocks inboard to get more room. Here is the old mount.
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My seat mount was not stout enough.
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The fiberglass quarter panel came off easily enough.
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I found the rear R&P was broken. The cross-shaft is sheared.
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..and wallowing out the carrier.
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Rear brakes were toast.
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The ladder bar and driveshafts came out OK. The rear is a stock Scout II rear driveshaft, though perhaps a little bent after all of these years.
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Engine bar is fine, but the two shock mounts are tweaked since the bar "sprung" a bit when I removed the bolts.
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Shock mounts were an old design from Curt Cleavenger that didn't require any tube bending.