Well, not much of an update this morning because we didn't do very much yesterday! And we didn't take any pictures! But, I will tell you the story of our bumper...
I mentioned the other day that we removed Sherman's rear bumper and dropped it off to be straightened and painted and to have the mounting brackets reinforced which I thought were a little weak.
We dropped it off Tuesday morning and made sure that the guy understood we needed it back on Friday.
Some of you mentioned that might not happen...and not surprisingly, you were right!
We went to pick it up yesterday afternoon. They had made new brackets and welded them on, and I was happy about that. And they had straightened it nicely, so that's good too. But that's where the good news stopped. It was not painted yet. They blamed it on the guy making the paint, a lame excuse since it was not even close to being ready to paint. They asked for one more day to finish the job but I didn't like the preparation work they were doing (I was in the body and paint business for 20 years). And I was highly doubtful at this point that one more day was going to be enough for them anyhow.
So we negotiated the price down from 850 pesos ($68) to 400 pesos ($32) for the work they had done.
Then, Alfredo and I brought the bumper back. I had a small tin of black Tremclad rust paint and we brush painted the new brackets and the inside of the bumper. Then, I had half a can of spray paint the same color as Sherman. I sprayed the outside of the bumper as best I could under the circumstances just so that it would look passable. Obviously it's not very good, but it's passable until we can get to another shop somewhere the next time we are parked up for any length of time.
Oh well, life goes on here in Mexico!