Since I daily drive a Jeep Cherokee XJ, I often don’t notice the condition of the driveway. I live at the end of a dead end road and I have a long gravel driveway. Instructions to my house include, “when you get to the end of the paved road – keep going”
When I drive one of my sports cars however, the ruts and bumps in the droveway become very apparent. The Porsche and the RX7 do a fairly good job at grading the center of the drive but it is hard on the air dams.
So occasionally I have to get out my antique tractor and attach the grader blade. Like today that usually involves working on the tractor first. Today I had to remove and clean the carburettor before it would start.
I began by setting the blade at an angle and cutting the gravel that gets pushed to the sides of the road back to the middle. This creates a big hump in the middle of the road. So I have to be prepared to finish once I get to this state.
I learned this method growing up on gravel roads in rural Mississippi. I would watch as the county road graders came by once a month or so and smoothed the roads.
After the gravel had been pulled back to the middle, I flipped the blade around backwards to do a back drag. Allowing the curved part of the blade to ride on the pile of gravel smooths it out nicely.
Now I am ready to take the Porsche for a test drive once I reinstall the brake cooling ducts.