Vehicles

Here’s hoping the epoxy holds!

  I’ve done this trick about 3 times now, on three different vehicles. Taught to me by an old friend who’d done it several times himself. 

Leaking radiator tank? Go get some Devcon 2 ton epoxy, and seal it up. Stuff sticks great, and has a great heat tolerance.  

Couldn’t get the Devcon this time,  so I got good old JB Weld.  Famously good stick, and package said a 500Β°F rating…  

We shall see!

The engine; 


(early 90s Subaru)

The leak;



(Yes, that’s a plastic tank.  Man, do I miss the old aluminum or copper tanks! )

The fix (still wet/uncured);

Might take a little trim sanding to clear the radiator cap, but I think it’ll work. 

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ATV Rear Winch InstallΒ 

I started with the concept of a rear reciever, and mounting the winch on a hitch insert. But it stuck out way too far to be practical. 

And, the reciever would have been a pain to work around to get into the trunk, even if trimmed.

So, I moved to above the trunk, behind the seat. Perfect open spot for it, just needed the tail light moved.

Had to scrounge a wider plate, to offset between the frame tails, and still have bolt realestate.

Made a mistake with the saw, cut too far. Twice. Erg.

The offset between the frame rails is to sit the winch and fairlead far enough back to clear the racks etc with the winch cable.

I LOVE this cutoff saw! Goes through 1/4″ plate like butter! Just gotta turn the lights off in the shop or it trips all the breakers. 

Squaring it all up, laying out for holes.

Drilled. 

I checked 3 times to make sure the winch cleared the bracket bolt heads. Oops. 

Found a bar with holes that matched, cut to length, made a spacer.

Test assembly;

You will note here that it’s only u-bolts holding the plate in. It was super tight, and if it slid backwards the plate would hit thr curved up frame rails, ride up the curve, and tighten the u-bolts. But I wasn’t 100% happy with it.  

So for the final install I drilled one hole on either side, through the plate and frame rail centers, and bolted it. Removed the two rear u-bolts in the process. 

Bonus there is not having to worry about gouging my hand on the U-boat tails when I reach in for the spool freewheeling release.

 Didn’t exactly like holes in the frame rails, but they’re small enough to not weaken it too much. While still big enough I think to keep the thing from going back under pull. 

Plate re welded at the cuts, welds dressed flat, corners clipped and rounded, drilled, and painted. One of the nicest install brackets I’ve ever made, if I do say so myself! 

I had to install the wiring twice. First time I got it all in, then tested the winch before bolt up… And it fried the relays.

 3 hours later, after some research on relays, and about 75 texts with a buddy that’s an electronics tech, I finally found where it was wired wrong. ( that’s how it was pre wired as it came too!) 

Had to take it all back out and lay it out, rewire it to match the existing wiring for the front winch. Works beautifully.

 5 minute fix. Ha!

Then reroute/reinstall it all. 

The relay bundle will almost fit in a small side area of the trunk.. This is a temporary setup to make sure I still don’t need to rewire again. Will fit it into its relay box it came with, and in turn into the side cubby hole later.

Wires out the side, gotta silicone the hole when I’m sure it’s setup permanently. 

One set of wires crosses and goes into a drain hole in the battery box, to the battery. The other set goes up, over the trunk.

And outcome the winch…

My mess of wires while trouble shooting 

The way someone wired it wrong…

Temporarily relocated the tail light. Need to build a bracket for it. (Cut the stock tabs off to clear the fairlead bracket)

Aaaannndd, two days, about 12 hours total work (amazing how long fabricating things can take!) It’s installed! 

Categories: ATV, Automotive Work, Custom, Fabrication, Modifications, Outdoors, Vehicles, Welding, Wiring, Wrenching | 2 Comments

Fixed ATV tail bags.

When I put the gun boot bracket on my 4 wheeler, the rear bag wouldn’t cleat it/go back on. 

I figured I’d just trim the right side compartment off of it. 2/3 bags is better than no bags! πŸ˜‰ 
I lucked out though, ended with 3 bags anyway! I figured I’d end with 4 walls and a lid cut off, basically useless. Turns out the compartments have a attached bottom separate from the base bottom sewn to all of them.   Got one loose bag for elsewhere now! 

Cut the compartment off the top, trimmed the foam back even with the rest. 

Then folded the base corner up to clear the brackets better, and seam sealed all the cut areas. 


Yes, that’s Gorilla Tape I used for seam sealer. Redneck, but it works! 

Categories: ATV, Custom, Fabrication, Improviser, MacGyver, MacGyverism, Modifications, Outdoors, Vehicles | 1 Comment

Trailer troubles.Β 

Was taking my little 4×8 folding utility trailer to loan it to a friend… wheel bearing started making a little noise. 

Turns out it didn’t loosen up and get better after it starting sticking and dragging the tire… πŸ˜―πŸ˜•πŸ˜“ .

I figured the trailer had sat a while(1.5 years, was used one, had sat 8 before that) and was stiff, little rusty maybe, it’d loosen if I ran it slow for a ways, then I’d grease it at the end. It did loosen. When the bearing ate itself and went out. Oops. .

Stopped part way to check it since it hadn’t stuck for a ways.. Wheel wobble was terrible, jacked it up and the wheel w/ the hub slid right off, and the roller bearings fell out. 

Oh. 

God’s grace alone that it didn’t come off going down the road! Thank You Lord! .

I feel like an idiot, but it could have loosened and been fine, so I shouldn’t feel dumb on making a choice, 50/50 odds I figure.. 

Just not the outcome I needed. Lol. .

Do feel dumb that I never ever thought to grease those bearings till they went out… that Was dumb! πŸ˜’πŸ˜© .

So now it’s sitting at a friends place while I figure out how to change the bearings, and where to get them. 

Worst part is that I was taking it to loan to another friend… not urgent, and he’s not in a bind for it, but… yeah. .

Ain’t life grand? Lol.

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A first since the 80s!

A current trailer plug on my truck!

Been spliced into twice before, but no added plug on it now, and I don’t remember the factory one being hooked up either. 

I didn’t want to cut into the old splices since they’re solid and transferring power past them, and cutting them out runs me short on harness length… I’m lazy. Someday I’ll clean them up.  I added a splice where I could. 


Temporary mount till I find my die grinder, and can open up the hole in the bumper (why on earth do these plugs have to be 2″ in diameter!??!) Hole was from the small factory plug, that wasn’t hooked up. 

Proof is in the pudding they say… this time it’s in the trailer! 

MacGyver would be proud… lol. How to hold the brake to check tail lights by yourself.

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Midnight in the garden of good and….

….Electrical problems. Which are very close to being evil! πŸ˜‰ :p

Not what you wanna be doing at midnight(yes, it’s that light here at exactly 12am! ) …

 Wired in new trailer wire plug on my truck(1st time it’s had a current/useful trailer plug since the 80s !). Got all done, works great, then notice I have a truck tail light out. 

Uhuh. Trailer lights still ok. Hmm. 

 Check bulbs, ok. 

Start tracing/probing for power before my splices, and after… at the socket… good past the splices for 4″ I can see, nothing at the socket…

 Normally I’d have ignored it for a day or two till I could trace the 4′ of remaining harness. But I had to be in town to the trooper sub station/dmv in the morning. Uhuh, not doing that with a light out. πŸ˜‰

 I cheated and spliced in, and ran a new bypass wire for the tail light on that side. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ˆπŸ˜‡ 

I’ll go back and pull the old wire and see about sheathing this one later when I have more time. 

I hatecwiring/electrical/electronic work. Although ironically I find it very interesting and intriguing! And amazingly I’m getting passable at it. Ha!

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ATV Rifle mount.

A buddy thought the way another bud and I wore our rifles slung across out chests on the quads for hunting last fall was a little sketchy… (it was at times, but worked good) so he bought both of us gun boots and bracket kits for Christmas! 

I’m not fond of this concept, it seems like it’d be a super slow access(while the moose gets away) and it would IMO inhibit leg/ridding area… heaven forbid you need off that side of the wheeler Fast, like in a roll over..  BUT, I’ll give it a fair shake, and try it! 

 Anyway, I finally got mine mounted.

  

It looks high, but the butt ends sits lower than my head height ridding. Put it in the best compromise I could get for low, inboard of the fenders, out of my leg area, and leaving rack space, all while actually having rack to bolt to. 

Need to drill a couple extra holes in the bottom plate towards the front(by the big round hole) to u-bolt it to that front rack bar. But it’s already pretty dang solid. 

Dropped a rifle in and went ridding for an hour after I got it on there, trails, mud, and bushwacking, it stayed 99% as solid. 
It was also amazingly out of the way! 

Still not sure what it’d do to a fast get off on that side, but let’s pray I never have to find out! πŸ˜‰

Need to look in my hardware bins, want to replace the nut on the angle adjust bolt with a big knob, and a wing nut over it (tighten knob, then jam nut lock it with the wing nut) for easier angle adjusting, if I need the butt end lower to go under downed trees etc. (Will weld the bolt to the bracket to make it a one hand/no hold wrench operation.).

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And again!


That’s the third time I’ve gotten stuck in the SAME FREAKING SPOT!! This time I was fine till I slipped one foot off a running board (ridding sitting up on one knee for side weight ballance) it was either slow down or drag my leg into the burm… Problem is I had to do it before the engine cleared the burm.  High centered, no traction in 4′ of powder. 😒😧😭 At least it’s in my yard… but still… Really? I mean, REALLY? UGH. 

A friend has suggested it’s time to EDC a winch… Which is funny since I do have two brand new AT winches sitting here waiting for another project. And I’ve thought in the past about rigging one on the sled.

 The problem is that the sled doesn’t have electric start, so it doesn’t have a battery. I can add a battery, but it also isn’t set up to Charge a battery… And these winches will EAT a battery fast without something charging on them to keep up.  

 I Hate electrical work, so I never get around to doing this. But If I keep getting stuck this often, I might just force myself to figure it out!! πŸ˜‰

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