Thursday, November 03, 2005

Pulling the Frame

After disconnecting the seatbelts from the pan I was ready to pull the frame. The steering wheel wasn't that hard to undo. Or at least it wouldn't have been if the Germans knew how to make a bolt that a half inch wrench could fit on. That's the reason I have to buy wrenches and sockets in sizes such as 21/32
It must suck being German. It could be worse though. It could be French. I bet it's hard to be a Frenchman. Think about if you went to the store and asked for some cheese. In the states, all they ask you is if you want it sliced. In France you would have to know which kind out of some 147 thousand types of cheese you want. And if you messed up, you might end up with something resembling spoiled milk with cow stomach juice mixed in. I wonder what the wife would say THEN. It would be the old "Don't you know the difference between salted and unsalted butter" thing but only with varying degrees of decomposed milk products inserted. No wonder the French drink so much.

Anyhow, I yanked the frame. I started by building a couple of light a-frames out of left over 2x4's and some sawhorse brackets. Then I jacked up the front end as high as I could
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then I put it on cinder blocks. Do you know any rednecks who don't own cinder blocks?
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With both front wheels on blocks, I stacked up and jacked the whole end up again.
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After that I hung a chain over the a-frame and bolted it onto the bumper brackets (which I had previously re-installed)
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Then I jacked the car down back onto the blocks
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And then back to the ground
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This put a bunch of air up front between the frame and the pan.
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Not too bad.
Then off to the rear to repeat the process.

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But then I ran into a little glitch. I hadn't noticed that the bumper brackets in the rear are MUCH wider apart than the ones in the front. So the chain I had intended to use was too short.
No big deal though. How many rednecks do you know that don't have a ten foot tow chain in the car?

So then I jacked the rear down to the ground and that left the whole frame hanging in mid-air.

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Not a bad day's work

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