This is my second time at OXW.
The first was back in 2016, when Chazz and I were actively marketing Adventurist Life magazine. We had a little booth off the back of his Land Rover Discovery on the vendor midway.
It was a lot of fun—even if I DID get TRASHED Saturday night and missed my chance to interview Earth Cruiser owners about their incredible, Mitsubishi Fuso overlanding machines Sunday morning.
Overall, though, I really didn’t know many people. At least, not beyond their names, anyway.
Today, things are a little bit different. I’m walking around OXW on a mission to meet some new people and get to know the ones I already know a bit better while we can hang out in person.
The irony of Overland Expo is that I feel like I’m going to get more out of the one day I’m there this year representing Gearbox Magazine than I did two-plus days in 2016 representing Adventurist Life.
Josh started tearing it down earlier this week and shared some pictures.
Despite my staying on top of oil changes and coolant needs, the tired 6G74 was a complete mess inside. Blocked coolant passages, carbon buildup in the combustion chamber—I was literally driving a ticking time bomb.
Just like the two years I drove the truck not knowing it was still on the original timing belt—about 15,000 miles before it was due to have its third timing belt installed. The previous owner was clearly a hack.
Not that I’m a professional, but there’s only so much you can do to a 199,000-mile engine that’s been neglected for the better part of 20 years by previous owners. What can I say? I’ve bought some real Shitsubishis in the last decade.
(Miss you, Daisy.)
In any case, we yanked this one out in time. Josh will be able to bring it back to life and it will deliver years of reliable service in whatever Montero it eventually calls home.
Tonight, my new engine is pushing Fezzik and I up the hill to campout before Overland Expo West.
I’ll be at OXW tomorrow. If you’ll be there, too, let’s get together!
I’m gonna try it.
Perfection is the enemy of progress. Doesn’t matter if you’ve been trying to execute on your brilliant plan and life keeps throwing you curves. OODA loops, friend.
Observe, Orient, Decide, Act.
Lather, rinse, repeat.
This is life.
Part of me thinks it’s stupid committing to adding something to the already struggling weekly editorial calendar. And part of me doesn’t care, because this idea is simple and speaks to what the future of Gearbox Magazine is all about.
So here’s to Synchro Sundays. Coming THIS Sunday to Gearbox Magazine.