The tinworm cometh

ankeneering

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That whole dead-battery-idle-surge thing is something they all seem to do. Not always… but I’ve had that issue enough times that it’s a little routine and it doesn’t spook me anymore as I know it will settle down after a bit. It’s definitely easier to deal with on a 5-speed though.
 

terryjm1

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When I remove it I will send some photos of it and how it is mounted. You can decide if and what you want of it.. The plastic trim piece is still available new. I know because I recently purchased one as I didn’t want one with holes or that has been trimmed for the bull bar.
It is super simple to install and remove. Two screws on the back side of the bumper and the whole assembly comes off. The only difference in the plastic trim piece is the two holes drilled where the plate mount slides in place. If you want it, let me know.
 

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Spark6

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It is super simple to install and remove. Two screws on the back side of the bumper and the whole assembly comes off. The only difference in the plastic trim piece is the two holes drilled where the plate mount slides in place. If you want it, let me know.
Terry, thank you!! That is very kind and the best attribute of this community! I actually just completed a mount for the rig, so I think we’re set, but I really appreciate it.

For anyone interested, Winston has clearly been stripped of his plastic plynth at some point, which meant nothing convenient to mount the plate to, or to drive screws into. The solution appeared during an unrelated trip to our local hardware store. (Winter is coming. A man needs a snowblower.) In the fastener aisle I found expandable rubber nuts - 1/4” diameter did the trick. They were threaded for an 8-32 machine screw:
A006F1EC-2774-445D-ABFE-632774B3417F.jpegTwo of those went into holes already drilled into the stock bumper:
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Don’t worry, the rust got wire-brushed, converted, and painted! It’s an obsession at this point…

The hardware store also carried a very rudimentary plastic plate mount for a whopping $3.47. Add in the nuts, some bolts, and four washers, and I think the whole thing came to $10.
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The offset plate mount is definitely a taste thing, but it’s now common across all three of our cars, so I guess I’m matching the theme? The biggest thing is it’ll be secured properly and legally, so that if I ever have a strong enough tailwind to exceed a speed limit, the local bears won’t be able to hold that against me!

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Spark6

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Out of curiosity what product are you using for rust conversion?
I’m using Rust-oleum’s “Rust Reformer.” I’ve been pleased with it’s results. While not likely the professional-grade of say, an Eastwood product, which I’ve used and liked on other vehicles over the years, it has the distinct benefit of being in stock at my local hardware store.
 

Blueboy

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I’m using Rust-oleum’s “Rust Reformer.” I’ve been pleased with it’s results. While not likely the professional-grade of say, an Eastwood product, which I’ve used and liked on other vehicles over the years, it has the distinct benefit of being in stock at my local hardware store.
Thanks. And yes a local supplier for anything is a plus. Although Amazon Prime overnight lessens the advantage.
 

Spark6

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Thanks. And yes a local supplier for anything is a plus. Although Amazon Prime overnight lessens the advantage.
Ha! So true! Except I really like the guys at the local hardware store. They know me by name now. All Jeffery Bezos knows is that he needs fuel for his rocket dildo…
 
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