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The weather has sucked in a big way all weekend with high winds and heavy rain just the ticket for when you have four days off and new toys to play with! Wifey and I did do the Easter Egg bike ride yesterday though not caring about the pouring rain and joining about 500 like minded souls on bikes to ride form Nottingham to Mansfield fire station dropping off easter eggs for kids who would otherwise be left out at this time of year. I am not saying this for praise because I am lucky to have a regular job a full belly and a roof over my head no I am telling you all about it because it is fantastic to see how people even those who are tarnished ruffians by a few will turn out regardless of weather to have some fun and pass on a bit of goodness it truly restores your faith in humanity 🙂

Anyway before I get too sloppy I awoke this morning to the sun in the sky and a whole day to myself so I jumped out of bed my back reminded me I am no longer 21 and set to getting the dog in the back of Bodget Brian (his new nickname) and set off for the woods to enjoy a few miles of walking with no women and no kids in tow. Bodget Brian is now the official dog walking vehicle…

After an hour or so and my dog looking like it was going to have a heart attack we headed back home and I stood thinking what I had to sort before Brian’s first off road day that’s coming up this Saturday.
I have been warned that it is a bit rough and deep ruts here and there especially in the entranceway that the front bumper in it’s standard form would probably be an issue so I crawled underneath to see what I could do to solve this problem as I do not have a winch bumper to fit yet. Looked like the bottom trim would come off easy enough with just half a dozen bolts holding it on…


They came off in a jiffy so I set to with the grinder to cut down the bumper end trims to size…

And off it all came! At least I created a good 12″ more clearance on teh front end so hopefully that will be enough for now! As I looked at the finished result…


I thought the bumper metal looked a bit scruffy so a quick spray of good old poundland black paint sorted that…

Maybe a bit daft seeing as I will be replacing it shortly but hey it made me feel a bit better smartening him up a bit!

While I was underneath Bodget Brian I noticed a hole that seemed to be missing a bolt so I will have to ask folk in the know about that…

The picture is taken from below and that’s the sump at the sump at the top of the picture I will update next time on what it is hopefully saving someone asking the same daft question 🙂

So that’s Bodget for now I won’t get the chance to do much if anything else before the weekend but I will throw up some pictures on how I got him stuck when we get back.

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