Man am I Lucky
Having owned a Defender in one configuration or another since 1997 has been a real treat. But the coolest thing that has happened (other than getting stuck) was this last weekend, when my wife officially approved me ripping out lots of wood from my gargae so the D90 with its new 3 inch lift and 35" tires can fit.
It was not until this year (8 long years I might add) that the relentless pressure finally released the funds to start the D90 upgrades. Once the upgrades occured, only one request was made - "it has to fit in the garage". Well since I missed the mark by a couple of inches, I thought I was doomed. Maybe she would say "take the tires off" or "go bakc to your old springs". I considered digging a ramp into the garage, jacking the whole thing up and adding height, etc. No matter what solution I considered - it was going to eat big-time into the upgrades budget, and then I had an idea . . .
Instead, after I told her that there were only a few pieces of wood I could rip out the thing would fit. Well, anyway - fingers crossed I ripped out enough of the header (is that structural?) so that the D90 fits, the garage still looks the same, and everyone is happy.
I'll keep everyone posted on whether the garage starts sagging - but my engineer dad says the whole set up was overkill anyway . . .
I don't post much, but do enjoy all of the stories and posts. Eventually, I will see some of you guys out there . . .