VW Thing Lights on a CJ?

January 18th, 2014

Since the nose came out so nice I upgraded the lights. The fronts were easy since the markers were right there


The original taillight wiring was routed to a 6 pole trailer connector. There’s a brake controller under the dash too just in case.

I ran all new wires from the dash for the seperate brake and signal bulbs so they work as expected

It nice the always see two brake lights even when signaling


Not a bad look and they were on sale at CIP1

Jeep Nose Job

January 18th, 2014

I was walking down the isle at the Rhinebeck swap meet when I saw this old Jeepster nose. I thought it would look great on my CJ-7


I was amazed it fit in my trunk and left plenty of room for more stuff

The first thing was to chop it up.


Then I took the center piece and test fit it on the jeep but I had to cut a full vertical rail from each side


Not bad but a little odd looking with the edges cut flush so I took the end pieces I trimmed off and cut off the tips then welded them to the center piece making a nicely shaped edge

I cut the top off and welded it back upside down to make a nice peak instead of the rounded indentation


Almost perfect. A little body filler to finish the slope but not too much sanding. I love the weathered rough look


I love my jeep……

Spicy Corn Salsa Recipe

July 8th, 2011


  • 2 cups corn whole kernel
  • 1/4 cup Red Bell Pepper diced
  • 1/4 cup Green Bell Pepper diced
  • 1/2 cup onions, green, red and yellow, minced 
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes, minced
  • 1/4 cup jalapeno peppers
  • 2 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


1. Combine all ingredients and chill for several hours before serving.

Turkey & Beef Tostada Bowls

April 18th, 2011


I picked up a  bunch of turkey breast cutlets. I decided to marinate them then grill them. The first thing is the marinade.

  • 1/8 cup lemon juice or 2 lemons juiced
  • 1/8 cup lime juice or 2 limes juiced
  • 1/2 cup orange juice or 2 oranges juiced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 diced Yellow Onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon oregano or Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons diced garlic
  • salt and pepper to taste

After grilling them slice them into 1/2 wide strips. They are also great for Turkey Caesar Wraps

I also made some Ground Beef & Ground Turkey mix.

  • 1 lb ground Turkey
  • 1 lb ground Beef
  • 2 tablespoons diced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon Chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun Seasoning
  • a pinch of Cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Wahoo Chili seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water, beef bullion, or broth
  • salt and pepper to taste

Mix the ground meats together and brown them in a large skillet. Drain off any excess fat add all the seasonings and liquid and simmer for a few minutes.

Of course fresh Salsa is needed

  • 2 Cups Diced Tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup diced jalapenos or green chilies
  • 1/4 cups diced onion
  • 2 tablespoons Diced Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon Lime Juice

Add to that some re fried beans, sour cream, and salsa Verde and that was dinner…..

I think my Car is Posessed

April 8th, 2011

So, I start the car to warm it up and let the snow melt off and what do I see when I look out my window?

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The haziness is the window screen and NO, I didn’t photoshop or touch this up at all


It’s Just Plain EVIL

Crock Pot Brisket

April 5th, 2011
  • Trim the excess fat from a 3-6lb Brisket and place it in the Crock Pot
  • Cover with a bottle or two of Beer
  • Cover and cook on low for 12-16 hours
  • Remove roast and shred it with 2 forks

You can serve the brisket as is on a roll or add the shredded Beef to a Wok or large frying pan and mix in your favorite BBQ sauce.

Works great with Sauerkraut too.

If you want a little kick add a teaspoon of Sambal to the Beer in the crock pot before you start cooking.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork

April 5th, 2011
  • Trim the excess fat from a 3-6lb Pork Roast and place it in the Crock Pot
  • Cover with a large can of Beef Broth OR a two liter DrPepper
  • Cover and cook on low for 12-16 hours
  • Remove roast and shred it with 2 forks
  • Add the shredded pork to a Wok or large frying pan and mix in your favorite BBQ sauce
  • If you used Beef Broth add in a 1/2 cup or so of the Beef Broth
  • Save the extra Beef Broth for  flavoring some Minute Rice

As strange as it sounds the DrPepper made a really nice taste. I didnt try adding that mix to my rice. If you want a little kick add a teaspoon of Sambal to the Broth in the crock pot before you start cooking. Dont try adding the Sambal to the frying pan unless you have a death wish.

Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

April 5th, 2011


  • 1 cup diced Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup diced Red Onions
  • 1/2 cup shredded or diced mozzarella
  • I/4 cup Italian Dressing
  • 2 – 3 Basil leaves (if desired)


Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Refrigerate for at least 4 hours

before serving



Stuffed Mushrooms

April 5th, 2011

A great stuffed mushroom recipe I got from Brian.

  • 1/2 cup diced Artichokes (cocktail type in oil is ok)
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 2 Shallots
  • 6 Large mushroom caps
  • I tablespoon Mayo or olive oil
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons breadcrumbs

Remove the stems from the mushroom caps and chop them along with all the other dry ingredients. add mayo and mix together well.

Stuff this mixture into the caps and sprinkle a little extra breadcrumbs or olive oil on top if desired. bake in a 375 over until slightly browned on top



Tomato Sauce

April 5th, 2011


  • 3 Diced Yellow Onions
  • 1  Cup Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1-3  tablespoons Dliced Garlic
  • 1 can Tomato paste
  • 1 28oz can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 28oz can Pureed Tomatoes
  • 2 28oz cans Diced Tomatoes
  • Emeril’s Italian seasoning or
  • Basil & Oregano to taste


  • 1 Package Sweet Sausage
  • 1 dozen Meatballs(see Eileen’s recipe)
  • 2-3 pieces Braciole
  • 1/2 cup Diced Bell Pepper

In a large Dutch oven brown meats and set aside. Drain most of the fat off.  Add Bell  Pepper, garlic, onions, mushrooms and a little butter to the pot and sauté for a few minutes. Add the 4 – 28oz cans of tomatoes and the can of paste. Return the meats(if used) and add Italian seasoning. Simmer for 2 – 4 hours.