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Colorado – Utah in a borrowed TJ 2010

Riding high on our success of the 2009 Colorado trip, we were amped up to head out west again in 2010. But our plans were nearly ruined when I was unable to obtain a suitable 4×4 to take out west (the Cherokee market dried up, thanks Cash for Clunkers!).

But all was not lost due to an offer from a very generous friend. We were able to make the trek out west in his essentially stock (save for 30” tires) ’97 TJ. I zipped the back seat out of it, and loaded it for bear!

We survived the trip, but I think we might have both suffered some hearing damage after listening to the top flap for many hours on the road at interstate speed. I’m not sure we’ll make that trek again in a soft top Jeep, but who knows what the future will hold? Continue reading Colorado – Utah in a borrowed TJ 2010

Smaller work bench

Due to the size of The Lone Ranger, the table I had previously was not really working out well for me. So Off to the scarp pile again to get some more steel for the base:
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Burned it together:
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Then I did something stupid, managed to use my jack stands to hold my cross brace in place and trapped them :derp:
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I found some composite grating that I used for the lower shelf. This way there is less surface to collect dust and junk:
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All painted up:
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And in place:
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I need to find a vice to stick on the corner, but otherwise it holds my tools quite well and provides me a small work space. Its smaller depth also means that I can now pull longer vehicles into the garage and still be able to (barely) walk around them, so win!