The boomers sort of fizzled out by the time they reached us. But we did manage a burst of 6.70"/hr. rain for a couple minutes. Ended up with a half inch in 15 minutes, and a total of .68" . Just enough to keep me from having to water the garden.
Managed to wrestle the transfer case half off the Trooper while still in the vehicle. Found more metal, and a few pieces of molten nylon ... which is leading me to the cause of failure ( besides lack of lube ). Looks like the input bearings got REAL hot due to lack of lube, and peed out the now liquid nylon, causing the bearings to fly around the case & get mashed between a few gears, which then knocked a few chunks out of some teeth, and then those chunks bent the output shaft, causing the whole works to lock solid. I need a 42mm deep socket to find out if I'm right or not.
His father-in-law is shipping the parts up here (these things have been LOOONG obsolete up here - none to even be found in the boneyard) , along with a gigantic box-end that might do the job.
I'm shocked and amazed that this thing made it all the way up here from VA before this happened! And most of the bearings only have a little play - some no play at all! I guess GM bought them because they were too good.