Last year a friend of mine called me up and really really badly wanted to get rid of the leaf springs in the front of his truck. Turns out it was the Rock Ape from Pirate back in the day. I always liked that thing. If I remember the guy built it for TTC the year I went. Anyway the story goes he had bought all his parts from another shop so he apologized for that which didn't matter but he had some disagreement with that shop blah blah he needed a place to do it. So the deal was he helps I design and we did it over 2014 Christmas holidays. This was kind of hobby like and not work for me.
He had brackets from Blue torch but the centers were the wrong width so we cut new ones to seize them for the ballistic joints the other shop had sold him. It was fun because I never get to see other parts. After seeing those things I realized what china has done to the world.
As the deal went he removed everything. The leafs mounts etc. The boat side made things interesting