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Old 11-04-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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Last project before winter...

Well I got my plumbing winterized and am almost ready to put the rig to bed for a nice winter's nap... But there is one project I really wanted to get done first. At some point the basement compartment immediately behind the driver's side rear tires sustained severe damage. The sheetmetal was severely bent & buckled - beyond the point of repair. Fortunately, the water pump & plumbing inside was not damaged. However, because of the damage, there was a large hole where the side wall & the floor of the compartment no longer connected, allowing water spray, road dirt and possibly rodents to enter.

After some deliberation, I had a neighbor (who works in automotive metal fabrication) bend up replacement walls & floor out of galvanized. And I spent the afternoon today cutting out the bad areas. I forgot to take "before" photos, but below you'll see some "after" pics. Ran out of temperature today to complete the installation of the new pieces (40 & windy with no sun lying on the ground eventually gets to you), but if next weekend is in the 50's as forecasted I should be home free!







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Old 11-04-2012, 07:15 PM   #3
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Looks like a great job fabbing the new shroud. My guess is the original damage was sustained by a blow out.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:27 PM   #4
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Looks like a great job fabbing the new shroud. My guess is the original damage was sustained by a blow out.
Yeah - I could never have tackled this myself without someone to help with the metal bending. So far I'm into the project about $26. ($4- metal, $20 bending, $2 steel rivets)
I agree - a blowout was probably the culprit.
Now, fingers crossed that all the dimensions are correct for the new install...
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:50 PM   #5
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Smart move on getting that area closed off and protected. You can always use a can of foam sealer to seal up any joint imperfections (keeps the critters out).

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Good job taking that on yourself. A little ingenuity goes a long way and saves you a bunch of money :-)
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Smart thing to do. I hope the parts fit correctly.
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Will report back this weekend, hopefully with pics of the finished product. Warmer weather predicted - my fingers are crossed! This may be my last chance before things stay colder...
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Don't know which part of PA you live in, but..... Watch out for the Nor'Easter!!
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Don't know which part of PA you live in, but..... Watch out for the Nor'Easter!!
Thanks for the good wishes. Turned out to be a non-event here, though we were predicted to get 1"-4" of snow. Evidently tracked further East.
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