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Go Big Blue

It's been quite a while since we've checked in on old WFS-472 in the Summit Sales & Equipment fab shop, so let's take a look at where we are in that area.

Overview shooooootttttt....

And the other side...

Obviously, we're more or less done with the "big stuff" phase here, which... I haven't put a stopwatch on it yet (or a calendar, to be more accurate), so let's do that right now. Taking a look back on one of our previous projects, WFS-441, that one took a total of roughly five-and-a-half months to complete, from beginning to end.

But the thing essentially took the shape of the finished product (tanks, pumps, engine, the big and fun stuff) by about week seven or eight. Allowing some time (we'll just call it a month) at the end for testing, paining, and some final details, that's ends up being close to a 50-50 split - and, if anything, hooking everything up actually takes longer. Now obviously, what we'd think of as traditional fab work is still going on during that time, but it's somewhat less obvious than slapping a ten-barrel tank on the thing.

Just sort of one of those life patterns, isn't it? Whether it's learning a skill, getting in shape, or lots of other things, some of the most obvious progress comes early on, but some of the most important progress comes after that.

Here's the back, by the way. As I've said, it does blow my mind a little how differently a lot of the different trucks are configured - obviously you can see the mixing tank in the back there. Obviously, all of the really smart and skilled people back in Building 3 can handle whatever you throw at them, but... why don't you guys all get together and standardize some of this stuff?

I always kind of forget how much stuff is underneath the plane across the tops of the tires. I mean when I see guys under there with one of those wheel board thingies and a light, I guess there's a good reason for that.

Who doesn't love a good pump shot? There's a okay look at the console too, which, as you can see, is a piece of sheet metal with holes in it at this point.

We'll round this one out with a little bit of an intermediate-level walk-by.

Definitely getting there, including in the area of leaving stuff oozing fluid on the ground, as we now have clipboards telling you to, you know, not do that.

Okay, giveaway time. Below is a photo of an interesting looking contraption with a bike chain and a weird handle thingy on the back of the truck. I'd like to know what it does. Be the first to tell me, in the comments to this post, or in the comments on Facebook or LinkedIn after I'm done sharing this in those places, and I'll send you one of our super cool Summit Sales & Equipment hats. No strings whatsoever, I just want to know that badly.

Good luck, and thanks in advance!

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