I had big plans for working on the Yeti today, but I got a late start because I woke up with a migraine....and I never have a headache.
So this afternoon, I decided to start putting the rear shackle hangers on so I can finish the rear end. I had broken off the two bolts that held the left rear shackle hanger on a few weeks ago and I've been dreading drilling those out because it is a PITA.
While I laid down under the back of the Yeti, I noticed that the PO had really done a nice hack-job on the left rear wiring harness. I'll add that travesty to the list of things that need to be fixed. Wouldn't it be nice to see all the POs who hack and jack stuff up all flogged on a town square? Why do idiots do crap like this?
While I was lying there studying the two bolts that I needed to drill out, I realized that these two bolts were sticking out about 1/2 inch from the frame. I just got a new 3lb sledge hammer in the mail last week. I wonder...
About 30 seconds later, both those bolts were inside the frame. I've never drilled a couple of broken, rusty bolts out with a 3lb sledge hammer before. Sweet. Nothing like using the right tool for the right job.
The two culprits...
After I took my shop vac and air hose, I had to blow out and vacuum up about 3 lbs worth of dirt that had filled the frame. Once I got all that cleaned up, I noticed I had this one bolt running through the frame that needed to be removed. Without dropping the gas tank, there was no other option. Hacksaw....UGH!
Now I need to sand down the frame and shoot a new coat of spray paint on it before I hang the new shackle hanger. The remnants of that pesky bolt.
After I got the new third hole drilled for the left rear shackle hanger, I went over to my hardware bench to get some nuts and bolts. Instead of using the 7/16" hex nuts that Jim supplied with the shackle hangers, I wanted to use some 7/16" Grade 8 Nylon Hex Nuts. I ran out to see if I could catch Ace Hardware open, but I was too late. I knew it was an effort in futility, but I made a trip to Home Depot and Lowes anyway just to see if they had any, no dice. I guess I'll have to wait until Monday and hope that Ace Hardware is open before I can continue, otherwise it will be after Christmas before I pick this back up.