Rest easy, Mzirand, you certainly earned it!

Just going through some files, came upon an old pic of my first Rhodesian Ridgeback. Quite a dog, and she’s the one that sold me on this breed.

Good girl, Z!


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If anyone is into Steyr Daimler Puch Haflingers, keep an eye peeled for this engine….

It’ll be number 5355304, from a 1963 Swiss 700AP. If you have any info, shoot me a message in the comments, and yes, if it’s out there, there’s a finders fee for it!


What’s a Puch Haflinger?

Here you go…


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Czech Pilots of WW2

Here’s some history, straight from the participants.

Free Czechoslovak Air Force

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So the schooling is plodding along….

After spending some years, way back when, engaging in field archaeology and actually making a living at it (which is somewhat unusual), I left for greener pastures on another continent.

Those pastures turned out to be not so green after all and I returned to the area where I was born.

Life, you know? All sorts of interesting things happen to all of us. No one else really cares, but hey, such is life.

I decided to head back into archaeology, and back into formal schooling for it. Getting older sure as hell doesn’t make it easy. Retention and memory aren’t what they used to be. Nor is energy level for that matter. So….plodding along. Trying to make it work. Learning some new things, but notebooks are more important than they used to be.

At least I’m able to travel more with the family, and we’ve got some plans to move to a very different area and clime. That’ll be coming up soon, and maybe I’ll have more to say once we’re there.

Regarding the focus of this blog, well, it’s definitely going to have more cold weather to deal with. Maybe another Unimog is in my future too, I’ll need more load bearing capacity where we’re going.

The Puch Haflinger is still in rewiring stage, but I did get the cylinder and head back on. Maybe I’ll get back into the rewiring today, need to put the starter solenoid, relay, and the new regulator into the engine bay. At least things are now rewired. Tires are working out well on it, they’re the Black Diamond units. I’ll post what model they are in a later, more detailed post. For those of you that want to know more about SDP Haflingers, head on over to Markus’ site TheHaflinger dot com forum . Lots of owners over there, and a decent amount of activity. Plus the old information is invaluable.



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Well, ’tis the season, for at least some of us.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year to you!


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Wow. Another year gone.

I hope all you folks had a decent year, and I hope the next year is better.

Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas….stay safe folks


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And another one gone…Millie the Corgi, End of Watch.


Winter Solstice, 12:15 PM, Pacific Time.

Her passing was quick and easy, the time leading up to it, not so much.

15 years and three months, born September 2000, and gone today.

Bravo Zulu Millicent A.K.A. Millie, Millery, Millie the Destroyer,Shit Trumpet, Whistle Pig, Short Round…..truly the heart of a Corgi. Tough dog, and a great pack member.

I’ll tell stories about her in the future, but for now, and before I add pics…..this is a placeholder.

Xmas Millie

I’m thinking that I’ll be contracting someone over at DeviantArt to do a custom memorial art piece about Millie – which will go onto the Puch Haflinger front panel. I’ll post up when it’s done.

Been a tough Christmas…..but I hope everyone that reads this has a good Christmas and New Year.

Give your dog a treat and a pat, say it’s from Millie.



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Those of you that own Pinzgauers, Haflingers, C303’s, Unimogs etc….

Consider donating and getting Vince up and running on a new video series dealing with those unique vehicles and owners.

He’s been running an Indiegogo campaign, trying to drum up funds for the series, but it’s slow going.

The thing is that he really doesn’t need much, as compared to similar projects.

Anyway…go donate if you can. Vince is a good guy, and it’ll be a good video project.


Real 4×4’s – a series about man and machine

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The 28th of June…


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