Creation of bash plate 2.0 [continued]
TOP TIP: If you can JUST touch the bolt, you can get the nut on- yup, we know what you're thinking, you need to get at least 2 digits to get a grip on the thing, but with a little super glue, only one is necessary. Superglue the washer to the nut, then superglue the nut to your finger, & with the small sacrifice of a few layers of skin, you can secure your bolt even in the most hard to reach places, & hard to reach this most certainly was, in fact we weren't sure if it was even possible (see pic 4). This, in fact, is where being a girl with skinny forearms can really come in handy, Kate's whole arm fits in a space most blokes can’t even fit their hand, & with Jade under the truck with a spanner, we could tighten 'er up nice ‘n snug.
The hardest part was getting the bolt holes in the right place. I shan't lie, we didn't exactly undertake the task with the precision of a watchmaker... More of a 'mark it up and shove a drill in it' kind of carry on. So we were frankly pretty pleased that it all lined up remarkably easily, which is not to say we didn't have to kick it and smash it with a hammer a few times, but hey, we're not NASA here.
That all secured, we fixed our plumbing, added a few decorative cable ties and filled her up, with not a leak in sight! Ta da! Bash plate sorted! From bent up, cracked and rusted to shiny new and robust 3.2mm thick steel. Those rocks better think damn hard before they pick on this tank. That’s for sure.
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