A house will do that to you. It gets worse. Wait till you get married and have kids. Make sure you have all your toys lined up before that happens!
I won't be doing synthetic line. It is going to stay mounted and the synthetic line will just get filled with winter road crap and rot. Also, I couldn't afford the nice stuff Dave showed us last year when he also showed us his fancy digital gauges.
How buggered is the wagon? I hope not too bad. Maybe we'll see you and the new to you 70 at the next meeting.
The 70 is a friend's truck, but I might be driving it for a while. The roof is rotting out of my truck and the s***e craftsmanship of the body work is getting worse. At least I won't feel so bad about bouncing it off some trees/rocks. Give the 70 2 winters, and it'll be the same way.
You could still shoot some paint on the reel, and see how long it holds up. Having never owed a winch, I don't have much experience with paint-cable interface surfaces.
I'd like to pick up a used 8274, a pilot at work gave me a winch bumper thats made for that model. I have to move the frame mounts on the bumper though, fits an Isuzu Trooper right now.
Are 8274s pretty easy to find on craigslist?
I got all of mine via BC4x4 as "parts" winches. Got the first two last year fall from a guy in Mission. The last one I put a want ad on BC4x4 for a parts winch which came from a guy north of Nelson. In a couple days I had a response. I don't see parts winches come up on CL. But it doesn't hurt to put a want ad on BC4x4, CL or even here on MUD. So far I am in $150 for three 8274s. When I get to opening them up, I'll find out how much they'll cost to fix up.