Pretty wild week at the ole argo factory. Lots of ups and downs. But I knew, no matter how frustrated or angry I was, that at the end of the week we would be going for a ride. And that made things all right. Come Friday morning, the mechanics and I were working like hell to get a prototype ready for the afternoon ride. I had assembled the transmission myself and I was a little anxious that I hadn't f'd anything up. One o'clock came and I had just put the key in the ignition. The engine started up and I was ready to go. Slip it into reverse to back out of the service bay and VROOM VROOM! Yup, I have revs but no movement. Fuck. There were a couple comments about my transmission building ability but a check of the clutch found a misplaced key stock. That was fixed and then it was time for the real vrooming to begin.
Five engineers and four argos set out cross country. Over fields, across frozen rivers, up hills, down hills, through snow drifts, and I was giggling through every minute of it. Couldn't believe some of the spots I crawled through. Tracks are a must for heading into snow and a winch came in handy here and there too. Three of the four argos were 8 wheelers but the real gem is the 6 wheeler. A speedy little rocket that will have you laughing in no time. If I was still up in Haileybury, I would have bought one on the spot. At the end of the day we rolled back into the factory. Covered in mud and grinning from ear to ear.
It's been a long time since I've been passionate about the products I design. And it's a true joy to find that passion again. Can't wait to take one fishing!