Well you have Eugene the Jeep which is the most known one I would think. The second came from military slang. From World War I on a “Jeep” was an unproven piece of military hardware, human or mechanical. in civvy parliance of the ’30s, a “Jeep” was something extraordinary and able to do anything, just like Eugene.
So- I took an old disposable camera on the trip up to New Hampshire as well as the bumper escapades this weekend. I was so excited to get them developed- but was devastated when the expected happened and more than half were corrupted. Especially since there were a few good shots of me and my lovely shop hand Liz working on the bumper.
So- brought to you by the 90's version of Instagram: Expired disposable cameras.... here are the lucky ones that made it.
Bahahahahah. Sig worthy. And I need a shop hand other than my old sweaty hands and a mentor. As for the patriots, well I'm not going there again, Ravens will do the talking for me.
Bumper looks good, what did you end up using?
Shop hand is definitely handy. My best friend liz (as seen above in my hopefully ironic wal-mart parking lot photo) is always good to have around. Not because she is handy when it comes to cars, mostly because she keeps the mood light. Its hard to throw a hammer in a fit of rage when you have someone as adorable as that dancing around to the radio.
As for football- we are still 6-0 in the division.
Lastly; the actual bumper. I ended up priming it with my buddies primer- mostly for an excuse to use the compressed air paint gun. I wound up doing 2 coats of rustoleum hammered black.
Ok, so now that I have a second to breathe: as promised, write-up of bumper escapades.
Like I mentioned before I ended up going with the Rustoleum Hammered Black spray paint. Like I was afraid of after seeing a few other people use it is isn't really black. More like an off gray. However, I am actually really happy with it - it matches the carbon-fiber like pattern that is on the winch. The texture is nice and I think it looks sharp.
While I was waiting between coats I ended up helping my buddy strip and repaint a hood for a john deer tractor. He had a lot of trouble getting the decals off. Much to my surprise, working as an intern in a tape factory paid off! I had hundreds of hours of experience scraping different adhesives of metal. Hah! Something I can actually help on. To my dismay- under the vinyl layer of the decal was a 0.5mil film of PET which held a very thick layer of an acrylic adhesive. A.k.a. most evil combination ever. The only way to remove this stuff without damaging the surface underneath is to grab a nasty compatible solvent (gotta love Prop-65 telling you everything is carcinogenic. Makes the stuff that's really bad for you not seem too far out of the ordinary) and scrape for 0.75 seconds at a time until the razor blade gums up. Needless to say, after about 15 minutes of that we just sanded the entire thing down. But still! I felt knowledgeable!
As you can imagine, the suspense was killing me Saturday night while I was laying in bed knowing that my bumper was drying and my winch was sitting on the table ready to be hooked up. First thing Sunday I headed up and we got the bumper mounted. Minor technical difficulties with the winch, the instructions did not mention that it needed to be grounded to a particular location or it wouldn't work. Then all of the cable got spooled out accidentally because it wasn't locked completely back down. We attached it even stronger then tested it out by dragging my buddies big *** truck down the driveway. The winch operates pretty darn fast compared to what I have seen. Pulling the truck pulled my suspension down to the bump stops- but the winch didn't even hesitate. I'm happy.
Aside from the obvious added functionality a winch provides, and the way it makes me smile every time I look at Alice- there was another positive that I found with this new set-up. The weight. I have no clue exactly how much weight I put on her, but I am estimating it to be around an extra 120lbs in the front. First the bad news- my MPG took a hit. Like a big one. I am shifting noticeably later in the game. However I could care less. It handles so much better now. Since I went with the Bilstein shocks, they were really up for that extra weight and now it rides much smoother. The extra weight lower than the center of gravity reduced my newly-gained body roll with the antirock significantly. Liz- my go-to outside opinion on the way my jeep behaves claims she now feels "safe as f*ck" in it. Ill take that as a win.
Overall, I am entirely thrilled with the new front end. Fantastic investment. I was so excited knowing that Liz got a few awesome shots of me getting it all done- but I was of course banking on the analog counterpart to the ever-handy camera phone, and none of them came out. Alas- this was the only action shot that survived. That's right, I can make safety glasses sexy. Kinda. So, I hope everyone likes what I have done so far and I welcome any constructive criticism or comments.