I wish I had foresight! I mean, really... just think how far ahead those guys are that have the ability to think down the road! I've never been one of those. I have a buddy who is an engineer, and he thinks of everything. I guess I'm a muddling doofus because I just keep fixing/modifying things until no more mods are needed!
What I'm referring to is the work I created when we repaired the underside of the bed. By adding the stringers and the biaxial glass, we changed the dynamics of the tub mounts. It turned out that the front and rear tub mounts made contact, while all of the mounts in the middle didn't make contact with the tub at all. Then the upper rear shock mounts hit the stringers. So we have to raise the tub a half-inch or so for clearance. So in this effort, since we already have a brand-spanking-new polyurethane tub bushing set, we decided to add blocks (glass them to the tub bottom) to make up the difference. We have to custom cut/sand/grind each block to make sure there is even weight distribution. One of Clay's buddies hung out after church today, and he is helping Clay with the work. Before pulling the tub, we got each tub mount block right, and we mocked up the fenders and hood. So we could pull the tub with confidence, knowing we could put it right back on when we were through.
We pulled my 7 out of the barn. We rolled Clay's 5 out into the sun (it was hot and muggy). We got to work. Then it started to rain, like, out of nowhere!
I don't like my stuff to get wet so I was hustling to get Jeeps back in the barn. We shoved Clay's Jeep under the lean-to, and I forgot to put the hood down!!
The hood caught on the top plate of the bay. I had a wooden dowel propping open the hood, so it couldn't close!! Since the tub isn't bolted down it knocked the whole dang tub off the mounts, off the crossmember, etc. Everything had shifted significantly!! So we had to start over. If you have ever labored over getting your tub exactly right, then you know how much this killed me! I think we got it back where it needs to be. Here are a few pics of today's events. It is so hot, so humid, and drizzly that the day is busted! Might as well go take a nap!
Clay's friend Samuel test fitting a wooden block.
Clay and Samuel sanding down some blocks to fit.
Doofus dad forgot to put the hood down, and it hit on the top plate. You should have heard the crunching sound! We didn't find anything broken however. This is while we were setting it back up.
Tightening down the fenders.
I should have kept my mitts OFF the Jeeps this weekend! But I know we have to help someone move next Saturday, and then the next Saturday we are joining other familys for a river trip. Who knows if we'll ever get this done!?