Yeah its not as epic as a blown up rear axle, but the tire carrier on Red finally died out at TDS this weekend. Fortunately, Higher Ground Fab and Off Road had a mobile welding shop out there to lend a hand.
Cappa never really liked the bumper on Red, because the carrier hit the tailgate when driving down the freeway. I fixed that with some high-end redneck engineering. And beyond that I just kind of tolerated it.
Then out at the notches Saturday night I hear some new squeaking from the back of the Jeep. Next thing I know the swing away was in two pieces and if it weren't for the cable I had on it, I would have lost the thing totally. Thank god it wasn't out on the highway.
As I said, Higher Ground had a mobile welding booth, and I knew Jim Cox would make quick work of the repair. He even had plate steel on hand to weld up a quick gusset as well. It is probably better than it was stock.
He used his OBA to run the angle grinder to clean off the powdercoat, then his Premier Power welder to run the weld.
There was just no way to put the tire inside the Jeep to drive home, and we sure weren't going to just leave it cable-lashed on. Thanks to Jim and the Higher Ground crew for letting us get back on the trail, and drive home with both the tire and our camping gear.