Thursday July 29th, 2004|
Picked Up Wing Kit From ABF
I've been looking forward to today for a very long time. My wings shipped Monday the 19th and I've been following their progress on the ABF website. Well, after crossing the entire US it finally arrived at the local distribution center here in Doraville. It arrived at 3 in the morning so I thought that would probably be enough time for them to load it on the truck and get it to me today. I waited until about 3 PM for them to call me to schedule the delivery but alas, no call.
I decided to give them a hollar and see what the deal was. Well, they only deliver to residential addresses on Wednesdays and Thursdays..and today was Thursday. In other words, I wouldn't get the wings until next Wednesday! I had cleared this weekend to be able to work on these things and there's no way I can sit and twiddle my thumbs knowing that my wings are 12 miles down the street. So, what's a guy to do?
I sent an e-mail over to my buddy Michael to see if he could give me a hand. He said it would be no problem and we headed down to Doraville to get it.
It's absolutely amazing to me how irresponsible some folks are regarding their jobs. When at ABF, they had to get a driver to pull the trailer containing the kit over to the dock. It started pouring down so the nice lady working there invited us up into the dock to get out of the rain. We watch them pull the truck up and I couldn't believe what I was seeing. There's the box with the skins in it, standing up on it's edge! You see, the Van's crating people paint big freakin' dollar signs and up arrows all over these crates and the people STILL don't get it. I complained to the guy working there and he asked what it was. My thought was that it shouldn't matter since any numbskull should know what dollars signs and up arrows mean! He then wrote a note on the bill of lading that I had to sign. After getting home, it appeared as though everything was ok.
I had used the Weights and Dimensions document from Van's and knew that the spar box was going to overhang by about half...but wow...the picture above really puts it into perspective. That's Michael standing there by the truck. He's now moved into the second passenger slot (after my wife, of course).
Another shot of how we got them in there. These boxes really make my Tundra look small!
Got everything inside and cracked open the crates. There's really not that much in here (you can see the glass tips on the workbench in the background). There are seemingly a thousand ribs though.
Here's the spar box. I always wondered why the spar box was so much longer than the spars...but now I know the reason. They wanted to pack the center section for the fuselage with the spars because they're a matched set. The center section is under this collection of ribs/assorted stuff.
Here's another shot of the large box. Again, not much there.