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Old 12-14-2004, 09:30 PM
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Default Fibreglass Repair

Here's a little fender repair, this is on a Western Star, truck hit something that did this to the fender, touched the rim and bent in the bumper.

No brainer here, basically, realign the fender, meaning to pull it back towards the front. This hood at the front has a inside metal frame that is fibreglassed into the hood when being made. This is a actual fibreglass hood, as I am itching to death right now. Grinded out the affected area and start the repair from the topside with the West Expoxy, this will cure up over night and then start the underside repairs in the morning.

Because there is a very light scuff mark on the rim, I pulled out the kingpin spindle, and steer box, all to be sent out for magnafluxing, I will have the steer box rebuilt at the same time too. (I've done hundreds of king pins, and this one seem to have it in its mind not to move. I usually don't get aggravated over such matters, just get a bigger sledgehammer, Derek, did not look too content holder the socket over the king pin while I drove that sucker out. But out she came.

I pulled out the bumper with my wedgeclamp system and used the shunt truck for the anchor, I was using the forklift in place of floor pots but it broke down last week, and if some of my customers decide to pay thier bills, I should be able to afford to replace the forklift by Xmas, this will be the wifes present so don't let the cat outta the bag. lol .

Anyhow, 2o some odd years experience pulling and bending stuff, and I go and over pull the bumper, its about as straight as hell, whoops, so I gotta phone the customer in the morning, and explain why they need a new bumper now.

My buddy shows up to change a wheel seal on his Mack, yeah only need a bay for 30 minutes, well thats now 3 hours, and I promised the two trucks parked outside that they could pick them up at 6 in the morning, one is easy just get the rear lights going, figure out whats wrong with the air tarp, put a switch in for his wiper washer, the other, he rammed the side of the truck and tore into all the skirts, smashed the fuel tank and ripped the fuel tank straps off, all this on a Freightliner. Just get her rolling for the morning. Yup I'm on it.
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