: Chattanooga, TN. Nice city, bustling downtown, great wheelin'



Night Wolf
06-08-09, 10:30 PM
This past Saturday I made the 3.5hr drive up to Chattanooga to meet a few other guys from GATR for an unoffical trail ride. Mt. Aetna - EXCELLENT! Powerline runs, trails thru the woods... good stuff. It was the first wheelin trip with my front sway bar disco'ed, and WOW what a difference it made!

Unlike an ORV park, this is nature at it's finest, which was really cool, to be on actual trails in the mountains/forest. The Jeep yet again impressed me, the original 30" GS-A's now have 49k miles on them, and it still managed to get me thru mud and water.

Chattanooga is a city I really like. I got my first taste of it when I spent the night there on the return trip from picking up my BMW in Nashville. It's not *that* far from me, great distance for weekend getaway, and there is a bustling nightlife/down town, really nice river, and all the mountains.

I went up for the day, 1 of the guys left early, 2 ended up camping on the mountain, one couple and I decided to check out Downtown Chattanooga afterwords. Felt like super rednecks as we are talking to each other on the CB while sitting in downtown traffic. Went to Big River Grille & Brewery Works for some EXCELLENT food and beer. Riverfest is going on, the police and fire dept had the steets blocked off, people were all over, it was really cool. Train was playing a live concert. This is going on next weekend too, if I don't have to work I was thinking about going back up and spending the weekend there. We started wheelin around 2, left at 7 or so, right at 10 miles total. I didn't bring my camera along for pictures of the food, or downtown.

The only way up and down the mountain:

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I was running a bit late and met the other folks near the top:

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Group shot, not only did my stock Jeep impress me, but it impressed the others too.:

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So I wasn't paying attention - txting on Facebook, on my phone while driving and hit a tree. First thought it was the bumper, but then realized it was too high on the tree for the bumper and why did I hear a crunch? Ah well, it was my own fault, when I got out and saw it I just started laughing. The sun poped the indentation out, I poped the light back in, bent the fender back so it is pretty much stright and buffed out the scratches. It is still tweaked a bit, most can't tell but I can, and the flare is bent a little, but ah well - it's a Jeep :)

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Some of the others trying some things my Jeep isn't ready for yet, things don't look as bad in the pictures as they really are.

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1966 Vietnam Ford "Jeep" needed a jump, actually a few times as he kept stalling it trying to get up the hill and said it has a charging problem, it was really cool to actually see this out there though. He said they live right near the main enterance:

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Was running a little rich..... as we were leaving, I tried to help myself from laughing when one of the guys said "how did we win the war?"

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Night Wolf
06-08-09, 10:32 PM
Two main parts of wheelin here, the powerlines and trails thru the woods, all interconnected... thousands upon thousands of acres.

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Looking left:

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Ahead:

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Right:

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Like a giant plyground:

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Night Wolf
06-08-09, 10:32 PM
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Just needs some new wheels & tires!

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Trails in the woods start to all look the same in the pictures:

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Stopped and talked for a bit before 2 vehicles headed back to town and the other 2 camped for the night (set up camp where ever)

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Another group was having problems with one of their trucks, instead of towing it 150 yards up the trail a bit where it opened up (where I met the others at the start of the day), they left it right on the only path up/down the whole place. Needless to say, we needed a spotter to make it thru... and it was the only time durring the whole day I had to fold my mirrors in.

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Back at the bottom there were some tow vehicles, H2 on bling wheels.... then this. I'd say it is OK that is not wheeled and is now retired to tow duty. Very cool.

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So I returned home late Saturday night, actually stopped in ATL at a hotel parking lot to get 90mins of sleep as I was falling asleep while driving. Durring the trip back I really realized how much I like my Jeep and what fun it is. I feel like I've finally found my particular hobby in life - wheelin. I've been an idiot and have done 140 in the BMW down the interstate, wheelin is much more safe and, IMO more of a challenge and fun. I really enjoy going places most other people have not gone, being out in nature etc... I want to get camping gear of my own and make weekend camping trips out of stuff like this. Each time I've wheeled I met people I never knew before, and you already have a common interest, make alot of friends this way. It's not for everyone, but it's something I have always been interested in since I was a kid. The BMW will remain my fun car/highway roadtrip car once it's finished, it's not leaving, but I'm ready for the Lincoln to get a new home. Each time I drive the Jeep, and especially after each wheelin trip, I like it that much more.

Turned 49k on the way home... missed it trying to find the camera tho

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Back at home:

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After wash/wax

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Night Wolf
06-08-09, 10:45 PM
Some videos I took, I wanted to get more of the climbing/descending, but I'd end up paying more attention to holding the camera steady and stright then where I am going. I'm going to fab up a camera mount in the Jeep.

I had the soft doors, safari top and wind jammer in the back (ended up putting it on halfway for the ride home) but wheelin with no top and doors is great. Jeep took on some scratches, which most waxed out, but with no doors there isn't much to really damage, no top means it dosen't matter how close I get to the trees... you can hear the antennas dragging along the branches here. The CB, is pretty much a necessity when wheelin, being able to stay in contact with each other is great.

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Overall I'm very impressed with the Jeep. The stock transfer case skid plate, while it still got hung up on a few things, wasn't near the holdback as it is at River Rock. My new rear bumper should arrive in a couple days, which has a built in hitch receiver so I can get rid of the stock bumper and mopar hitch, 3/16" steel, it also will have 2 D-rings for rear towing/recovery points. 3/4" front leveling spacers are still on back order. I got a 1" body lift from one of the guys, so I am going to order a 1" motor mount lift and I'll get those installed. I'm glad I am wheelin a stock Jeep and building my way up, really makes you a better driver, and seeing what a stock Jeep can do, with open diffs (no lockers or limited slip) is very impressive.

ga_etc
06-09-09, 04:42 AM
Very cool. Chattanooga is only 25 miles north of Dalton. Just a straight shot up I-75. It's not the biggest city but it has some cool attractions. The thing going on right now that has some of the streets blocked off is called Riverbend. It's a music festival that they hold beside the TN River every year. Train happened to be headllining the night you were there. It's kinda funny to see someone else on here talk about something so close to where I live. I know exactly where Big River Grille and BrewWorks are. I was just up there the other night and walked right by them lol. If you're ever up this way while not wheelin and need a tour guide I might be able to help out.

And as a side note, talking on the CB in downtown Chatt doesn't make you a redneck. There is MUCH worse around than that, I promise lol.

Night Wolf
06-09-09, 05:27 AM
Very cool. Chattanooga is only 25 miles north of Dalton. Just a straight shot up I-75. It's not the biggest city but it has some cool attractions. The thing going on right now that has some of the streets blocked off is called Riverbend. It's a music festival that they hold beside the TN River every year. Train happened to be headllining the night you were there. It's kinda funny to see someone else on here talk about something so close to where I live. I know exactly where Big River Grille and BrewWorks are. I was just up there the other night and walked right by them lol. If you're ever up this way while not wheelin and need a tour guide I might be able to help out.

And as a side note, talking on the CB in downtown Chatt doesn't make you a redneck. There is MUCH worse around than that, I promise lol.

Ah, thats what it was called! I was close :) Yeah, it was a great time. We were talking on the CB because it we were having quite a hard time trying to find a place to park, it actually worked out well :)

ga_etc
06-09-09, 11:01 AM
Yeah. This really is a beautiful area around here. Now if only the economy wasn't falling apart and I could find a better job I would be happy. So why are you going to get rid of the Town Car?

Playdrv4me
06-09-09, 11:12 AM
Very cool. Chattanooga is only 25 miles north of Dalton. Just a straight shot up I-75. It's not the biggest city but it has some cool attractions. The thing going on right now that has some of the streets blocked off is called Riverbend. It's a music festival that they hold beside the TN River every year. Train happened to be headllining the night you were there. It's kinda funny to see someone else on here talk about something so close to where I live. I know exactly where Big River Grille and BrewWorks are. I was just up there the other night and walked right by them lol. If you're ever up this way while not wheelin and need a tour guide I might be able to help out.

And as a side note, talking on the CB in downtown Chatt doesn't make you a redneck. There is MUCH worse around than that, I promise lol.

Bah! Dalton > Chattanooga. Why?... Dalton has the only Schlotzky's left anywhere remotely close to me (at least when I'm going up and down I-75).

Jesda
06-09-09, 11:23 AM
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I'm sick of off-roaders driving so close to my mobile home. I was trying to get some damn sleep.

ga_etc
06-09-09, 12:52 PM
"Bah! Dalton > Chattanooga. Why?... Dalton has the only Schlotzky's left anywhere remotely close to me (at least when I'm going up and down I-75)."

:hmm:You mean Dalton actually has something of interest anymore? I think I'm shocked... I can't believe we have something that someplace else doesn't, even if it is just a lonely Schlotzky's.

Night Wolf
06-09-09, 03:53 PM
Bah! Dalton > Chattanooga. Why?... Dalton has the only Schlotzky's left anywhere remotely close to me (at least when I'm going up and down I-75).

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There is one on the backside of ATL airport, where the hotels are, minutes from 75. Good stuff, about 1hr 15mins from me.

Night Wolf
06-09-09, 04:22 PM
Yeah. This really is a beautiful area around here. Now if only the economy wasn't falling apart and I could find a better job I would be happy. So why are you going to get rid of the Town Car?

Several reasons, trying to cut back on "stuff" that I have, it just dosen't get used much anymore. When I bought it over 2 yrs ago, it had a specific purpose - highway travel. Now that I am not making the 1,000-mile 3 day trip every other weekend anymore, it mostly sits (girls...). Once I got the BMW, it hardly ever got used, the Jeep pretty much sealed the deal. I'm a young single guy, between a Jeep and classic BMW convertible, I've got my 4-wheel goodness covered. Right now the BMW is all apart getting alot of work done, once it's finished it'll be the main highway/roadtrip car once again. It's an excellent car, and I'll miss it when it goes, but it just really dosen't serve me a purpose anymore. I'm trying to get out of debt, and I can use the money I get from it to put towards debt, and finish up the BMW. If I had a family or routinely moved around more then 2 people, or went on roadtrips with more then 2 people often, then I'd probably hold onto it. As it is now, it's usually just me when I am driving/traveling.

Part of it too is that my taste in vehicles has really changed... I like involving vehicles that are fun to drive. Part of this means manual transmission and convertible. Even in the Lincoln, I preferred windows down to A/C, I like the openness, the wind etc... so I much prefer traveling with the Jeep or BMW. Tho I recently had the A/C serviced and orifice tube replaced by someone at my church who does excellent work.... WOW what a difference! I thought Ford's A/C systems were overall weak, but man it blows ICE cold now and is no longer near the engine power draw it used to be, quieted the compressor a good bit too when it's running. Apparently it was actually a bit over serviced before, now has synthetic oil and dye in case of a future leak. It was 90* out and if I put it on max A/C - 60* it would literally get me shivering inside within 15mins, I actually had to turn it up to 70* on auto, which was still a bit chilly, compared to in the past when I would set it at 68* and it would be cool/comfortable but not really cold.

The worst part about selling it is just knowing that it is the last of it's kind. Cars are not made like that anymore. It is a modern interpretation of what an all out traditional American luxury car has been since the haydays of the 50's-70's. I don't know if I would want to get another in the future for the simple fact that if I did.... I would want my exact car - same colors inside/out, wheels, options etc.... not to mention the excessive amount of work I've done to ensure another 120k of smooth sailing, plus the extras to make it unique or add usefulness etc...

The Jeep really is a vehicle that will change your lifestyle. But they are not for everyone either. Most people on here that really enjoy high end luxury cars probably would not enjoy a Jeep, I suppose I'm the exception. Example, with my safari top/wind jammer/duster cover and 2-piece soft doors, it is mostly sealed but will still leak around the openings behind the doors. The floorboards would pool up with water, thus soaking the carpet. I got tired of the standing water, so I pulled the 4 drain plugs in the floorboards... then after this wheeling trip, I got tired of the soak carpet (from rain, still) and not dirt/mud stuck to the carpet, so I just pulled it out. Much better. I'll be bed-lining the interior soon so I really won't have to worry about much. I was at the car wash using the pressure washer to rinse it off, and opened the door, there was durt/mud on the inside of the door jamb. Solution? Just aim the pressure washer inside the Jeep and spray it off. This kind of stuff is cool to me. Just like taking it off-road, it's a Jeep if I am going to wheel it, it is going to get scratches, wheels will get rock rash etc... Maybe when I am older/retired I'll once again enjoy what these premium luxury cars have to offer, but as it is now? Give me the Jeep, and everything that comes along with it. I'm looking forward to loading it up with camping gear and heading up to the North GA/TN mountains for a weekend of whatever-but-not-hereness.

ga_etc
06-09-09, 05:25 PM
I understand completely. The Lincoln is a beautiful car. I wish I thought I could afford so I could buy it from you. It would make a nice substitute to the ETC. Just having two doors can be a pain at times. I may be selling the Prelude, but if I do I won't be making much on it.

ga_etc
06-09-09, 07:39 PM
Oh, and I forgot to comment, in the 7th video, September- Cry for you. Good song. I'd have had it cranked up too. ;)

Night Wolf
06-09-09, 08:46 PM
Yeah, techno/dance is among my favorite music... but I like it all, I'll listen to rock, rap, country and this stuff back to back.

September - Cry for you is basically the same as Supermode - Tell me why, which is an equally great song. Watching this video with the DTM clips and E30's really gets the blood flowin'.

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Playdrv4me
06-10-09, 02:05 AM
???

There is one on the backside of ATL airport, where the hotels are, minutes from 75. Good stuff, about 1hr 15mins from me.

Yea, but the one in Dalton is EASY OFF and EASY ON. The sign is right on the highway :p .

I can not imagine any reason to find myself on the backside of the ATL airport. I try to avoid the entire city as a whole and take the bypass when I go that way.

ga_etc
06-10-09, 01:15 PM
I still say that they should rename 285 the Atl Motor Speedway. I've been doing 90 or better in the fast lane and still get passed. Even by cops...

I listen to a little bit of everything as well. About anything with a good beat will work lol. The Bose in the Caddy sounds great as long as you don't put too much bass to it when you have it cranked up.

Night Wolf
06-10-09, 03:28 PM
From my experience, unless durring rush hour, you are just as likely to get stuck in traffic or backed up by an accident by taking the 285 "bypass" then 75/85 stright thru downtown, all the while adding ~30 miles to your trip. 285 is just an 88-mile loop around ATL.

So normally I drive stright thru ATL, it's shorter, plus it's cool to drive thru the city, such as on the way to Chattanooga:

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Then I passed this:

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Closing in on Chattanooga. Mountains/hills are a nice change from the flat terrain in middle GA

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Sometimes you hit traffic, then it gets fun.

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Not to leave 285 out of the traffic scene...

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Jesda
06-10-09, 06:01 PM
I intentionally drive through ATL city center. They move SO FAST. Its much quicker, even with congestion, than going around.

ga_etc
06-10-09, 11:14 PM
Yeah. At least if you're stuck in traffic downtown you have the skyline to look at. There's not much of anything to stare at on 285 other than the brake lights of the idiot in front of you.

Night Wolf
06-14-09, 08:45 PM
One of the other members uploaded his pictures. He's got a better camera then I.

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Rolex
06-14-09, 10:55 PM
:) You have definitely become a Jeep guy. Looks like good clean fun. :rimshot:

Night Wolf
06-14-09, 11:10 PM
Oh yeah, upon further inspection, my bumper DID hit the tree, where the bark is shaved off.

I first noticed my right fog light was aimed just a hair lower then the left and thought it was odd, so I looked at the bumper and the paint is rubbed off down to the metal on the lower bend radius, and the bumper is ever so slightly tweaked back just a hair. Plus there is no way the fender tore off the bark... so what happened was the tree hit the edge of the bumper, thats what caused the inital jolt and shifted the Jeep to the left a bit, then it hit the fender, which is the crunch I heard. No biggie tho, they have vertical adjustment screws on them, just like headlights, when I get around to it, I'll raise it up a tad... misaligned head/fog/driving lights bother me.

My steering stablizer feels like it went out, I get alot more feeling in the wheel now, steering feels a bit more loose, little bumps want to jerk the wheel etc... I don't think the stock stablizer was made to hold up to running into trees, jumping in the air, doing 40+ down rutted dirt roads (while cranking country and/or techno and screaming "yeeeeaaaaah" and "wooooo" ) etc... I'll order an improved/upgraded aftermarket one anyway. This would be the first "repair" I've had to do in (coming up on, 400 miles to go) 10,000 miles. I bought it with 40k, it's ready to turn 50k. Otherwise other then the mods I've done, it's just needed oil changes. Not bad at all.