The actual purpose of our trip to Montana ... you may remember, was to pick up a bunch of metal work we had done for us by the folks at Lazy K Wrought Iron. We arrived at Advanced Powder Coatings (they do the powder coating for everything Lazy K does, and our stuff was still there) on Tuesday morning, per plan, and got to see the work for the first time. As usual, it was gorgeous! But ... there was a huge pile of metal there. Larry (APC's owner), a couple of his employees, Debbie, and I all looked at the pile and said to each other that there's no way in hell that whole thing would fit in our Tesla. I made a mental note to talk with Abigail (at Lazy K) about either shipping the part we couldn't take, or maybe making another trip up here.
But we were wrong.
It all fit. I'm still astonished at this! The photos below show the back of our Model X after we packed it all up. Larry and I worked for nearly an hour to achieve this, and some of it was advanced puzzle fitting. Also, there were parts that we could only get into place by angling them in a side door, rotating them (very carefully!), and then nestling them in place. We used every packing blanket we brought. About 50' of paracord plus a ratcheting cargo strap strategically placed, and the entire load behaved as if it was a single piece of steel. In that pile are about 30 pieces of formed steel, some of them quite oddly shaped, all locked together as if they were pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. Kevin (at Lazy K) did not design that feature – that was Larry and I carefully packing. Note how close to the ceiling of the car we got!
For the entire trip home, there was not a single rattle, and I never needed to retie the load down. Larry and I did well. :) We did have one minor casualty on the trip home, though. Before we even got out of the Advanced Powder Coatings parking lot, we heard a couple of alarming “thunks!”m, quite loud. It took me a while to figure out what they were, but I should have known right away. The back floor of the cargo compartment is a false bottom, covering a small luggage compartment. That false bottom is held up by a couple of fairly flimsy plastic brackets, one of which has broken before. This time, they both broke. That means another call to Tesla, and probably their tech will be back out here to fix them...