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Old 09-19-2019, 03:37 AM
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Patch welded. Let the fun begin.............


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These clips make me nervous. Is there a special tool required to pop them loose?
I've never removed a bumper without using a spanner before.


All I know is plastic stuff breaks so bloody easy.
There are too many designs of clips and pullers to say how without seeing. But, if theres a grabbable head thats damn hard to pull, reach for sidecutters. Wire pliers. And be gentle. Piece of wood as a fulcrum if needed to pull the pin far enough. FYI SOP is if theres clips on a bumper to be replaced: Order them even if they are twelve bucks apiece.

If you're struggling with them much, show a pic for further input. First grab is usually a pry type tool. Pliers-type tools are good if they get under the pin. Push clips is what we call em around here. Drive rivet is the official term and there are some where the pin unscrews with a Phillips head. The official (insurance pay) safe assumption regards bumper clips as single use. Sometimes thats the reality. You are fortunate that the impact bar unbolts. Do I get chicken dinner for guessing R&I time?

ML320s in my era were the six minute bumpers. More like four, really. I do remember being able to shuck an early 2000s Yukon front door for paint in seven minutes. See why collision repair is a soul killer?
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Hey! I did something! I did! I did! Call on me! I can tell you what I did! My turn! I did something!

Honest, I really did...............................















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Hey! I did something! I did! I did! Call on me! I can tell you what I did! My turn! I did something!

Honest, I really did...............................


Yes, you in the back, the baldy gentleman.....what did you do?
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Thats red enough to make a tomato soup can turn green.






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My Builder called yesterday and came over with the first set of drawings on the new shop. It seems we hit an engineering snag. In this coastal area you need to build for a higher wind loading. Normally a 104 MPH wind load is acceptable but on the coast you need 120 mph wind loading. This requires more structure in the front and rear shear walls. Then he goes on to say the engineer needs to make 3 concrete stub walls 6ft hi in the front and between the doors. I was like WHAT? WHAT? Then he goes on to say how they propose to fix the problem! He smiles and said we just move the 36 inch walk in door from the front wall around the corner to the sidewall where they have more shear to use. Then the added room removing the door will allow them to get the necessary shear in the front Sounds simple, as a matter of fact one set of my computer generated prints I made in planing, had the door on the side. allows them to use that area to increase shear. I will have 2 10 X 10 roll up doors in the front and it will look very well balanced so the planners don't think it will look out of place. And.............. No concrete pillars..

So with smiles all around I signed off on the "NO CHARGE" change order and now the the prints go back to the engineer to be blessed and redrawn showing the changes and calculations. Then it is off to the planning department for review and then to the building department and then Hopefully a permit so we can finally get this show back on tract!!!!

This little town has more red tape than the kremlin but Maybe, Just Maybe, I get this last expenditure done before the pump goes dry. or my bank account goes nuclear into the negative.

The wife and I spent some time selecting paint colors for the interior of our home. I just finished mocking up some oak shelves I am building and before I finish the shelves she wants to paint the wall behind them. Oh I been driven crazy with all these Honeydews. New blinds paint rear deck. oh will be glad when winter comes so all this stuff slows down.
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I shot the clear today on Precious. I forgot my camera though so you will have to take my word for it. It looked good but with 4 coats of color and 4 coats of clear, it is getting a little orange peeley. Certainly needs to be color sanded and buffed.

Unfortunately one of Barbs brother's passed away this morning. Jerry had just been diagnosed with Leukemia the day before yesterday and the Dr had advised him he probably had two years with Chemo therapy. Jerry was in the bathroom this morning and apparently dropped dead with a heart attack. While I am sorry for the family's loss I am thankful he did not have to go through what was facing him. He was a devout believer and is in a much better place.

I know I have said it before but faith is a wonderful thing.

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What did I work on today, getting a job, and I did. I'll be doing the same thing I was in California only not actually taking the car apart. I will work with the tech who is taking the car apart writing a repair plan on the spot.

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I shot the clear today on Precious. I forgot my camera though so you will have to take my word for it. It looked good but with 4 coats of color and 4 coats of clear, it is getting a little orange peeley. Certainly needs to be color sanded and buffed.

Unfortunately one of Barbs brother's passed away this morning. Jerry had just been diagnosed with Leukemia the day before yesterday and the Dr had advised him he probably had two years with Chemo therapy. Jerry was in the bathroom this morning and apparently dropped dead with a heart attack. While I am sorry for the family's loss I am thankful he did not have to go through what was facing him. He was a devout believer and is in a much better place.

I know I have said it before but faith is a wonderful thing.

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So sorry to hear, may he rest in peace.

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I shot the clear today on Precious. I forgot my camera though so you will have to take my word for it. It looked good but with 4 coats of color and 4 coats of clear, it is getting a little orange peeley. Certainly needs to be color sanded and buffed.

Unfortunately one of Barbs brother's passed away this morning. Jerry had just been diagnosed with Leukemia the day before yesterday and the Dr had advised him he probably had two years with Chemo therapy. Jerry was in the bathroom this morning and apparently dropped dead with a heart attack. While I am sorry for the family's loss I am thankful he did not have to go through what was facing him. He was a devout believer and is in a much better place.

I know I have said it before but faith is a wonderful thing.

John
Good to hear about getting clear on Precious. You've certainly put in a lot of work building the foundation for that. Looking forward to seeing pics.


Sorry to hear about Barb's brother, but it is good to hear that he is a believer. Faith is a wonderful thing. I hope Barb is doing well with the news.
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Sorry to hear about your BIL John. But, yeah, he probably got out of it in a much better way.


The Macan is a go. The company's financing was approved so I should get the car on Wednesday. Trailer hitch may be here next week. Will need to hustle if I want to go fishing next weekend.


I figure if I retire in 7 years and and all German cars start getting gremlins in about 8 years, I am right on the money. I will leave the car and problems with my successor....
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Thanks guys. At this point Barb doesn't fully comprehend. As with all dementia patients, her world is shrinking and doesn't have room for much outside of it.

We are going to the funeral home today. It may impact her more there.

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Sorry to hear about your BIL John. But, yeah, he probably got out of it in a much better way.


The Macan is a go. The company's financing was approved so I should get the car on Wednesday. Trailer hitch may be here next week. Will need to hustle if I want to go fishing next weekend.


I figure if I retire in 7 years and and all German cars start getting gremlins in about 8 years, I am right on the money. I will leave the car and problems with my successor....
It's funny you brought that up about the Euopean cars. Barb's Jag was an excellent car until this year.

A/C failed. Back up alarms quit, and passenger seat belt light is on.... Time for it to go.

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It's funny you brought that up about the Euopean cars. Barb's Jag was an excellent car until this year.

A/C failed. Back up alarms quit, and passenger seat belt light is on.... Time for it to go.

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What year is it?
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What year is it?
2004. Built when Ford owned them. 96,000 moles on it.

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