|More of the Barn Queen...
||[Jun. 15th, 2011|07:49 pm]
Appreciate the advice on lifting the Onan generator, GMC folks. :) I|
did wind up going to Harbor Freight and buying the cherry picker (aka
One Ton Shop Crane). Finding the right eyebolt to screw into the
manifold turned out to be harder than I thought, but I eventually
located a cast iron one rated for 1200 pounds. Will those 3/8" threads
really hold 1200 pounds???
The remaining wheels went on no problem. Unfortunately, my little 3
gallon 100psi air compressor just didn't have the oomph to air the
bags up all the way; the frame is sitting lower than even the low
profile 12 ton bottle jack that I picked up. It took some wrangling to
get my floor jack out from under the passenger side bogies.
The cherry picker, assembled while waiting for the tow company, did an
admirable job of lifting the six kilowatt Onan into the bed of my
brother in law's pickup. I wish that I'd known several of y'all were
going to offer me printable coupons to Harbor Freight. :) Could've
The relative merits of the veritable rainbow of teflon tape colors
available notwithstanding, the goopy pipe dope did its job just fine.
I even sealed my tire inflator tip, so now I'm not losing what little
air pressure my little tank can provide before I air up the tire.
When the tow company got there, it was late in the day, and they sent
the wrong equipment. Oh, and AAA can't find anyone who will bill them,
so it means I'll have to pay and submit for re-imbursement in about a
month. Joy. But there's nothing else for it, and it is a helluva deal.
Five tows (one of them up to 200 miles!) for the cost of membership in
AAA is a pretty good deal; the only caveat is that the vehicle has to
have valid license plates.
I've got a hearing tomorrow morning so I'm taking the day off from my
day job (I only practice law on the side), and after that I'll meet up
with the Tow Guys. While the barn is empty other than the Barn Queen,
and its a wide open floor, she sits up against the wall (see the
video) such that pulling her out of there will be interesting. If the
tow company can recover vehicles from the bottom of gorges, I reckon
they can pull an old RV out of an otherwise empty barn. They're
bringing something called a Rotator, which sounds exciting; I'll have
my camera. :)
(six kilowatt Onan, score!)