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Gone To Gulf Wars... NOT

Well, an accomplished day even if not all successful. The successful part I've already discussed. The not quite successful part involves a small trailer with an orange box on it which belongs to some friends getting ready to travel to Gulf Wars. Not, not halfway around the world, in Mississippi... and in another world. Any of you folk who are Scadian should recognize it.

Anyway, the little trailer arrived here a month or so ago for storage. Shortly before it arrived here, it endured a great deal of torque on the tongue, and consequently didn't trail to very well. Much less, back up worth anything. It's a very light trailer as is, and the mass which is being loaded into it... well, IMHO they need a better trailer.

And, apparently, they know it but were hoping to get through this year's Gulf Wars before doing the necessary fund raising to replace it. Enough available bucks on hand to try to replace the tongue, which we approached a local trailer building business to do. And a very nice replacement tongue it is, too, much sturdier than the original.

Unfortunately, the old tongue was removed from the trailer (bolt-on) for transport to the shop. Did I mention it endured a great deal of torque? Does the description "pretzel" offer you any images? The dimensions derived from the torqued tongue displaced the diameters of bilateral bolt holes just enough that the new tongue won't mount. (BTW, try saying that last three times fast *EG*) Of course, the old tongue is already gone to the scrap metal dealer.

So we took the new tongue back over to the shop this afternoon. With drawings and measurements and circles and arrows on a description on the back... anyway, no problem. Can be fixed. Will be available Monday.

Except... everyone is leaving tomorrow.

Oh well, we're not going so it's a spectator sport for me! On the other hand, arrangements are made for three individuals to transport needed items in their pick up trucks, so all is not lost.

And the piggie that was so fond of climbing the fence? He's going to Gulf Wars too. Da King wants to hold a spit-roast feast, and Da Piggie is da star attraction.
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