I couldn't stand myself. Since I had the engine running this morning, there was no stopping me from positioning the tub back on the chassis. Its been maybe six, seven or eight months since I removed it. I justified doing it today in order to "free up all of that space" in the garage that a tub leaning on its side takes up in a garage. Jack helped me remove the tub all those months ago, so it was only natural that I request his services this afternoon to help the old man , once again. Besides, it got him out of having to take a nap.
Step 1: Move things around the garage so I could roll the tub into position.
Step 2: Lower tub tub so it sits on four jack stands behind the chassis.
Step 3 Rig up the straps so the crane can lift it.
Step 4: Push chassis beneath suspended tub.
Step 5: Push the chassis, lower the tub, push the chassis, lower the tub and do a lot of wiggling down the steering column.
A few precautions I took before hand: I had to remove the transmission shift lever, as well as the two transfer case levers, and I also place a rag at the top of the steering column in a vain effort to not have the tub scratch the column while it was lowered into its resting place.
|Primed and ready to go...almost. I had the crane bar too far forward and the front end went up and the rear went down. |
We had to lower it, reposition more towards the center of the tub and then lift away.
|Airborne! So far, so good.|
|Coming in for the landing. This is where the lower, push, lower, push wiggle game begins. |
Note the rag on the steering column.
|A job well-done. Yes, the salute is a bit backwards. I think we do a lot of things backwards around here. However, I am really pleased at how safely and efficiently Jack and I did this endeavor.|
All in all, not too shabby for an idiot savant and his six-year old son!
As a follow-up to the engine startup. I did find quite a few headbolts that were not tightened to the manual's specs. Maybe there is a chance after all!