|Alan Hejl of the Auckland 4WD Club takes winch cable from the Nissan (red arrow) to run through a snatch block (yellow arrow) and hook it to a rear recovery hook on the stuck Jeep.|
Once the stump is clear of anything it can damage, we decide to winch the Jeep backwards, because if ever there is a need for "slow and steady", this is it. The Jeep's low speed throttle control is poor; there's either none or too much. With a winch, we can pull the vehicle slowly, centimetre by centimetre. But there's no easy way to get the lead recovery vehicle behind the stuck truck, so Alan drives his Nissan closer to the Jeep and rigs a snatch block to a convenient tree so that the Wrangler can be pulled backwards while the Safari is facing it.
The whole exercise takes an hour, but is completely successful and I'm again ready to help, not be helped. Wow, how embarrassing. It was sort-of a freak situation but a key aspect to safe and successful off roading is to expect the unexpected. I was sort-of prepared, but not prepared enough. For example:
• I carried an exhaust jack that's been really useful over the years, but completely useless on this occasion because of a lack of clearance to set it up properly, and the angle of the ground.
• I had no kind of saw, but Alan at least had a small folding one.
• The Jeep's scissors jack worked really well, but would have been useless without a firm base and something to boost its height which, between us, we had.
• The Jeep, like most modern 4WDs, has no points to accept a high-lift jack and as a result of this incident, I'll be buying a second, larger scissors jack.
Another lesson: Don't use a wanky lifestyle vehicle without proper ground clearance to do a man's job!
|Build-up of front wheel to get Wrangler separated from the tree stump lodged between sump and transmission skidplate.|