OK, thanks. Calms me down, one step at a time! I guess my next question is, where do I start with the chainplate removal? Drill holes around it to get a saw in there and cut it out of the bulkhead? Or just start by removing the fiberglass and leave the bulkhead intact for the time being?
Not to add to your woes, but there's a good chance the bulkhead will have to be replaced. Until you remove the fiberglass you won't really know whether you've got a good attachment point for the new chainplate.
Sorry to be the bearer of such a grim prospect.
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