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Re: This is why I\'m the only one I trust with my Jeep
I can relate as to trying to get the right parts and services (welding) done. Most of us do not have a full machine shop, or the knowledge to use one. I also do not have an Auto mechanical degree, so I must rely on the training of the sales people. I am running mostly old Willys Jeeps and Jeepster Commandos, all the good info is long gone. Most parts are hard to find and I normally have to try two or three times before I can get the parts I need. I cant see putting a $4,000 paint job on a $700 Jeep thats going to bounce off rocks for the rest of its life. So it'll get painted in the back yard with paint from Tractor Supply. The body may not be perfect, but its a Jeep. My 110V mig welder is better suited for yard art, I can tack weld things where I want them, then take it to a welder and like you, pester him till it gets done.
I really admire those who can spend $40,000 - $50,000 for a rock crawler. What I build will have tags & stickers (street legal) will tow a trailer not ride on one. And still be a respectable trail vehicle. All on a $500 per month budget. And sometimes not even that.
The best part, despite all the frustrations and disappointments. I still love my old jeeps!