Well I hope everyone had a nice memorial day weekend, the weather here in Washington sure did cooperate and was gorgeous all weekend. My weekend was pretty busy, went to the REI in Seattle on Saturday to pick up some hiking gear for a trip I'm going on in July, helped a buddy move on Sunday, and had a birthday bbq to go to on Monday. So you can imagine that didn't leave a lot of time to work on the jeep.
I did manage to tackle a few small projects however, and since my new harbor freight spot blaster showed up on Friday I figured I'd give it a whirl. That thing is a piece of junk
we all know most everything from harbor freight is but this one is extra junky.
However inbetween the constant clogging and air leaks if you could get sand to come out of it it actually worked ok. Once I managed to figure out its quirks and keep it from clogging every thirty seconds I was able to blast some of the harder to reach spots that I haven't been able to get to with a wire wheel. Overall the 40 dollar investment was worth it I guess since it did what I purchased it to do.
Here are some pics from the weekend...
Here you can see that I had the sand pot tipped on its side to help feed the sand, seemed to keep it from clogging as much. This thing makes a huge mess, and I'm still finding sand in places that just make me scratch my head and go hmmmmm.
Another small goal of mine this weekend was to get all the small miscellaneous hinges and such off the jeep so that I could have one large pile of things ready to be sent to the powedercoater. One of the items was the hood hinges, this became a big issue as you will see in the next photos.
Yep no problems here, bottom torx bolts came off no problem and no hidden suprises are waiting for me yet.
However that feeling was short lived after I removed the windshield seal. This was what was waiting for me.
Now I took this picture because I have a question on how in the heck I'm suppost to remove the hinges from the windshield frame. In this picture you can see there is a nut on the backside of each on of the torx heads that just spins free when turning the torx. On the rusted out side I can get a wrench in there to hold them, but how am I suppost to remove the other side that hasn't rusted through? I see no way to get access to those nuts with out cutting holes or something.