My buddy Keith and I have been slacking. Well, not exactly. We’ve actually been crazy busy this summer, making it difficult for us to get together and “play with cars” as we planned to do on Thursday nights. Last week, we managed to pull it off. Small steps. Giant leaps.
We have at least four cars to get to the shop for work – a Galant VR4, a Mirage (which will be evolving, if you know what I mean), some kind of sprint car, and an old Willys Jeep. Since we couldn’t get into the storage facility to snag the Mirage after hours, we opted to get the GVR4 parked out on Keith’s property. It would prove difficult and yet rewarding.
Keith’s rally car had been sitting since a particularly rough water crossing almost ripped the front of the car from the firewall. In that time, the tires went flat and weekly flood irrigation helped the car fully relax into the Earth, which made it particularly difficult to move since it doesn’t run at the moment. (The front end tearing away from the firewall resulted in wire harness damage.)
We didn’t have the winch ready to go and it turned out the only come-along we could find wasn’t quite long enough, and even though we’d aired up the tires and got a decent running start, we just couldn’t get the Galant up the ramps onto the trailer. What to do?
With a cement-filled cinder block wedged in front of the right trailer wheel and a free-form concrete mass of some sort left over from past construction work shoved in front of the left trailer wheel, we disconnected the trailer, ran a tow strap between the front tow hook on the rally car and the hitch on the back of Keith’s 7.3L Powerstroke-powered van, and I sat in the car as he inched the van forward, towing me up onto the trailer. Don’t try this at home, folks.
After the car was on the trailer, we did the needful, lashed it down, and took it to a car wash to blast all the mud and spiders away before taking it back to the shop for repairs this winter. You can’t see it in the above picture, but we lost one of the trailer tires as we pulled into the car wash. Doh!
Of course, the trailer spare was back at the shop, as was the 4-way to remove the lug nuts, so I stayed with the rig while Keith’s wife took him back to the shop to get everything. Let me tell you, a DIY carwash at 10:30PM is a weird place to be all by yourself. Fortunately, I had a smart phone and could catch up on some blog reading.
I also took a couple pictures of the interior to help me plan out the interior of my own GVR4 rally car.
Our goal was to get everything done by 10PM, but I didn’t get back to the house until closer to midnight. Even so, it was a great night out. A little exercise, a little fresh air, got to sit in a rally car, got to pop a wheelie in a 15ft flatbed trailer, and got to push the car neatly out of the way back at the shop once we were all done. Most importantly, though, we got things done. We made progress.
Speaking of rally cars, tomorrow (28 September 2012) I will be back up in Prescott, Arizona, attending the Prescott Rally, where I’ll be sharing pictures on GU+. Hope to see you there!
- What’s the longest you’ve let a project sit without making progress?
- Got any tips or tricks for loading a dead car on a trailer?