Wednesday March 21, 2018 Quartzsite Arizona
Repairing the plastic bezel
Today I needed to get the van’s instrument bezel fixed up and installed.
I borrowed an electric drill and some drills from Dennis a neighbor.
I drilled the four screw mounting holes that were stripped out all the way through so I could install long bolts to fix the problem.
Here I’ve drilled holes all the way through the bezel. One of them I messed up and got off center, but I can fix it up with some more epoxy.
Finding a file
Next I needed to file some flats on the bezel for the screw heads to sit on. The only problem was I only had a half round file with no small flat sides so I asked Marty and he only had the same file so I went next door and looked in Dennis’s shop and found one that would work although it was wider than I wanted, but it would work, so I filed the screw head flats.
The flats turned out ok, but two of them needed some more epoxy to make the flats wide enough for the screw heads. I used a two part putty epoxy from the tube you see there.
Ready to put back together
It was a bit of work getting behind there and starting the nuts on the mount screws but with some patience I was able to get her done and now it looks like this. A little grey paint would make it look better. The main thing is it’s fixed good and works.
I needed to do some errands around Quartzsite which would be a good test to check things out.
Then to the grocery store and the gas station to gas up.
Next to the library where I writing this post and will post it soon.
Headed back to the Kofa
In a couple hours I’ll head back to the Kofa to do some more hiking. I’ll try to get to the top of the ridge again up that trail. And maybe a hike to check out what is at Old Palm Canyon.
So no internet for a few days until I return.
That was my day.