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Old 03-29-2021, 07:07 AM   #22831
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Was about to replace my battery and had an unnecessary surprise. After removing the battery, and the plastic tray that was under it, found out that the battery support is completely rusted out, there's more rust than steel. Looks like rotten cheese.
Guess I'll have to cut it off and somehow attach a new support to it before it eats all the way through the wheel well.
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Was about to replace my battery and had an unnecessary surprise. After removing the battery, and the plastic tray that was under it, found out that the battery support is completely rusted out, there's more rust than steel. Looks like rotten cheese.
Guess I'll have to cut it off and somehow attach a new support to it before it eats all the way through the wheel well.
Wear heavy gloves so you don't have to get a tetanus shot. That's my first thought. You could use a cookie sheet for the replacement, trimming it down to size and bending up the edges that don't already have an edge going. And fold over the sharp edges to make them safer. If you don't have access to a welder, just use JB Weld or something. You might want to paint the cookie sheet to match the firewall color as well.
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I made a new battery tray out of aluminum diamond plate from Home Depot for my 190D. It bends easily. Assuming there's enough decent steel left to POR-15 and rivet to anyway. If not some of the 14g sheet steel from a hardware store should be thick enough to make a new tray support out of.
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Started getting ready to drop tranny. Started removing y pipe: all bolt broke loose: very last one needs to be ground off.
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Old 03-30-2021, 11:17 PM   #22835
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Old 03-30-2021, 11:30 PM   #22836
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Wear heavy gloves so you don't have to get a tetanus shot. That's my first thought. You could use a cookie sheet for the replacement, trimming it down to size and bending up the edges that don't already have an edge going. And fold over the sharp edges to make them safer. If you don't have access to a welder, just use JB Weld or something. You might want to paint the cookie sheet to match the firewall color as well.
That's a genius idea, thanks!!
Would never think of a cookie sheet!
I do not have access to a welder, so will definitely look up JB Weld.
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Old 03-30-2021, 11:32 PM   #22837
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I made a new battery tray out of aluminum diamond plate from Home Depot for my 190D. It bends easily. Assuming there's enough decent steel left to POR-15 and rivet to anyway. If not some of the 14g sheet steel from a hardware store should be thick enough to make a new tray support out of.
Saw the photos of your aluminum diamond plate, looks great!
Pretty sure I can't pull that out tho!
First of all have to grind/cut all the rust, and see how much metal is still left (probably almost none, especially on the part that sits on top of the wheels).
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Sometimes I'm not sure if my advice is good or not. I'm old as dirt and pretty old school as well. I've had to make emergency repairs out in the wilderness on several different trips to the high country, just to get my ass home. Once in a while I had to get inventive. One thing I put in my emergency repair kit is any old belts I replace, and a few nylon stockings.

Not to trade to the local girls, but if a belt breaks way offroad, you can tie a nylon stocking around the pulleys, trim off right to the knot, and it will hold long enough to get you out of there. This is especially handy if it is the alternator belt.
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Picked up wheels while d21 receives ls swap
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Old 04-02-2021, 04:51 AM   #22840
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Washed and waxed the Teal Terror today. I may try a three-day camping trip to the Olympics (WA state) not this weekend, but next weekend. Frickin' Covid Crap...I've only been on one camping trip since it started. Have both shots now from Moderna, so maybe it's time to resume normal life or something.

How did I get the shots? I'm a frickin OLD guy. Whaddaya think? I should have died off long ago but somehow I keep hanging around, just to see what happens next. Could be interesting. Back in the 70's I had a psychic lady tell me I would live long enough to see people land on Mars. So now I don't want them to GO to Mars. Ever.

My excuse for going camping is I have to 'test out all the new gear' I bought for the DB Cooper 50th Anniversary Party coming the second weekend of July. (WAS scheduled for June but was changed.) This event will not be finalized until June 5th. We have to see how many people are interested. There is a budget involved and we can't release it unless enough people want to go.
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