Well its getting to that time of the year where the old gal goes in for her mot....
I noticed this last year well before her last mot but never got round to looking for the problem!
Any how she went through her mot last year with the usual advisories, wheel bearings, LED lights etc.
As you drive down the road and look in the wing mirrors you notice that the tub rattles around a bit (more than normal), sways back and forth on bumps and whatnot.
So after more than a year of being aware of this i decided to give it a good dose of inspecting and see what the problem is!
Turns out both front tub mounts are rotten through pretty much to nothing and the n/s/r tub mount is not far from giving out!
So ive been and put a ratchet strap round the front cross bar on the tub and down to the chassis to hold the tub down for now
(not sure if this is a suitable fix for its mot
it is a 5t strap though
Dunno if the tub being fixed down is an mot requirement or it was overlooked (probably the latter
) but it will be hard to miss the ratchet strap this time round!
On the upside all the support blocks in the middle are sound, probably because they seem to be 1/4" plate steel not tissue paper like the mounts
were made of!On a side note:
If you remember last year i was in the process of getting plans passed for a new house! Got them passed last back end and the build started in Feb this year! WOOHOO
The new house is going along great, kit is up, blockwork is nearly finished and the chimneys are just about finished too! Roof and guttering are done, 1st fix elec went in a month ago. I'm about to make a start on the 1st fix plumbing the end of this month!
The builders should get it harled (rendered) before the winter too
So hoping for mid next year to be in the new house then i get to have some fun with the JCB as the clapped out cottage i'm in atm needs to be rubble! (its not far off rubble now, the paper mache, poster paint and fairy liquid bottles are now load bearing supports)
Which leads me to the next point of call:
The chassis looks too far gone for me to arc weld new mounts too,
i doubt there would be much left if i ground back to get in with my tig,
I really don't want to spend the money having someone else fix it,
It will be replaced eventually but i still need it to be 'functional' as a work horse as i can't afford to do that just yet (house priority),
there was no resale value left in her when bought in late 2013...
So i'm thinking about going Beverly Hillbilly on her ass!
Pull the tub and canopy off, chuck the lot in the scrap and make a timber and angle pickup bed!
Sounding like a plan peeps?
ideas and input welcome before i go all Deliverance with the grinder!
Ps. Photobucket blocked my account for... Using their image hosting website to... wait for it... Host images!
Photos will be taken as usual and i shall get them posted somehow (maybe a new photobucket account!