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Old November 19th, 2013, 02:51 PM
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The most bonehead move... Buy a Rover
And you done it 8 times?
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Old November 19th, 2013, 02:58 PM
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Shearing off bolts that connect the tank guard to the crossmember. Now need a new crossmember for several reasons.
It takes many many hours of drilling.... But you can get them out.... No you're not alone.... (and yes, you'll break drill bit in it and that'll help take even longer to get that stuff out!). Just don't use any extractor or you're almost doomed.
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And you done it 8 times?
Holy shit... That many?!?!?!

I lost count. LMAO
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Old November 19th, 2013, 03:12 PM
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It takes many many hours of drilling.... But you can get them out.... No you're not alone.... (and yes, you'll break drill bit in it and that'll help take even longer to get that stuff out!). Just don't use any extractor or you're almost doomed.
This is a pointless exercise. Get some square pieces of half inch steel, drill and tap, and cut off the old and weld on the new. Drilling 12.9 metric bolts is insane.
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This is a pointless exercise. Get some square pieces of half inch steel, drill and tap, and cut off the old and weld on the new. Drilling 12.9 metric bolts is insane.
At that time, I did not want to mess with my X-member.... But after finding out later that it was rusting through (from the inside out, just like any other D90 X-member....), I would/should have done this! [Now.... welding upside down would still be interesting! ]

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So many bonehead moves.... Are you really wanting to force us all to ridicule ourselves?

Went to home depot one winter evening, bought a few 8ft long (or whatever the standard size is) pieces of wood. Put them in my soft-top D90. They did not quite fit on top of the center console, so I place them on top of the dashboard. In the back, they did not quite fit inside the truck, so I opened the rear door and while holding them just above the rear door, I closed the door. Apparently, they also did not clear the tire....
Anyway.... got the windshield seal replaced at the same time as the glass. Not sure if that qualifies as "wrenching".

So a few wrenching ones:
- after I replaced the valley gasket on the 3.9L V8, the engine would not start. I figured I had screwed something badly (first "major" maintenance item I ever did on that truck)..... After counting how many pennies I had saved to buy a new engine, I came to my senses and looked for wires that were not connected. Found one going to the coil with a very loose connector on it. Plugged it back in and it fired right up.

- the disco made a clunking noise when making left turns. I figured the bushings needed to be replaced and did not think twice about it. Drove on it for a while, got a complete set of bushings from AB. Then at some point, I opened the passenger door and removed a bottle of water from the floor. Bushings are still in the bag, clunking noise is gone.

- recently did work on my rear axle (replaced wheel bearings). I had some noise left when the shock bushing was dying on me (well... dead really). I also had a vibration on the rear axle because I installed a rear diff protection plate and could never get it to fit snuggling to attach the top plate properly. Anyway, finally got to go back to the rear shock, undid my wheel and figured out that the mud shield was actually vibrating a lot due to the caliper bolts being barely threaded in..... Drove the truck 500+ miles with this....
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So many bonehead moves.... Are you really wanting to force us all to ridicule ourselves?


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Probably not the most boneheaded thing I have ever done, but the most recent was while installing the Mantec Swing Away tire carrier - after discovering the supplied fittings bag was missing bits and pieces, I made not one, but three trips to the auto parts store... should have laid it all out and checked against the parts list, but I was too anxious to get it done.

That wasn't the worse - I had a hell of a time getting one of the backing plates to lineup with the holes I had drilled, so after several dry-fittings and a little modification to the plate I finally got it to fit. Gooped everything up with Black RTV and put it together... proudly I got my camera to take a picture which was when I realized that due to all the dry fitting I had laid all the washers to the side and they were still sitting on the bench. Crap!
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Did I mention the time I was removing the exhaust system on my '70 Bronco with an acetylene torch and caught the plastic gas line on fire? At least it was near the engine and gave me time to get the fire extinguisher before something major happened .....
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