When I was a kid helping dad get the cooler going every summer, it was usually when the temps were already over 90... mama was getting pissed and it needed to get moving NOW! No time for extensive repairs or makin it pretty. So it was usually scoop the crud out, replace the pump, pads, lines.. whatever it needed. then slop some tar in it and fly.
Shaggy's camper thread has inspired me to try to make an actual repair... maybe even a improvement. Not that my work will be anywhere near as thorough and well thought out as his. That Shaggy kid is something else...
I think I can epoxy patch the little holes but that rusty seam on the front has to go.
I found a Do Not Enter sign in the back of the 93 Z71 when I cleaned it out a while back. Nice, heavy aluminum sheet... I set it aside in case I needed a patch panel for something or other. Nice aluminum.... no wonder my taxes are so high...
hard part is bending that plate into a nice curve to match the pan.
I won't go into all the other methods I tried... except to say they all ended up with me either throwing something, cussing or sprawled across the floor... or any combination of those 3.
Ended up pinning the thing down under an old clothes line pole with the truck parked on it and using a big C clamp and straps to bring a piece of pipe into the game... halfassed brake.. actually got it started bending using my big butt, then grabbed the truck tire and put my feet on the sign to fold it over.
This is the halfway point...
Still not quite the right curve on it but I think it'll work.
And today I marked where the patch will go and cut out the nasty bits.
All I had time for today. It's my only day off this week. Spent the morning taking my stinky dog to the vet. 8 year old Australian Sheppard/ Blue Healer mix.
I got him from the Humane Society about 7 years ago for my oldest stepson.... but the dog didn't like him and said he was my dog..
He's been having a real bad dry skin issue going on for a while. And a couple of months ago some kind of infection going on in his ears. STINKS! The doc said it's probably a food allergy. When dogs have allergies they don't get the stuffy nose, watery itchy eyes. They get ear problems... mucus and yuck. It get's infected and grows yeast or mold or something...
So... $232 later... he's up to date on Rabies shots. Is now on heartworm prevention meds. Is getting some new drops in his ears every day for a week. And can no longer have table scraps and is stuck eating a salmon based food for a while to see if it's a diet allergy. .... $50 for 33 lbs...
Not counting the food, so far he's $400 in the hole.. plus the $17,000 loss from the burglary last year that he didn't prevent.. just hid under the bed. Worthless SOB, he needs to learn how to mow the yard or something.
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