Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
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Re: Old faithful (how to obtain reliability ?)
Here's what I did to make the CJ reliable:
1. Establish Priorities. Figure out what is a MUST to be reliable. A rust hole repair dosen't make it reliable (unless it's drastic!) but it takes away resources like time, money, patience, etc. from repairs that need to be made.
Where there's a fire, put it out. When you're not chasing flames... start watching for hotspots and smoke. Where there's smoke... there will be fire.
If you're always chasing flames step back and take a deep breath and think! Cool off a little, you're doing something wrong!
As per my example, in order:
tune up kit,
Fuel Injection .. This maks it reliable. If you're considering a new engine, get a 4.0L MPI and be done with it!
Frame and Body Work,
Next comes the:
Transfer case rebuld and clocking,
Front and rear Lockers,
2. Don't become discouraged. The vehicle is old and likely abused before you got it. Have you ever have an abused kid or dog come to your home? They don't straighten out the first week... you gotta teach them and love them. Why should a Jeep be any different?
3. Establish a budget for parts. Don't ever let the Jeep become a source of anger between you and the better half.
4. Do all the work yourself that you have tools to do, even if it means buying a few extra tools. You can't ever have enough tools.
5. Learn new skills, it pays off. Find a good book on automotive electronics, welding, machining, fabrication. What ever you spend on self education will more than pay for itself in labor that you'd pay someone else who's not near as smart as youself to do the same job. Then you'll have to take it back to him and have it done again because it's not done right.
6. Don't be afraid to make a mistake. Pick everyone's brains that you can think of. It's better that you make a mistake, rectify it, and go on than you never do anything. Usally if you do your own work, you can save enough to make a few mistakes every now and then. You'll be surprised at just how few times you do the job wrong, and how many times you do it right.
6. I work alone, because there ain't too many other Jeepres in River Falls. But for most guys I reccomend working with a buddy. Two heads are always better than one. A little synegery and fellowship is great!
7. Plan your work and work your plan. There's nothing more discouraging than to never have a plan. You never can judge how you're doing, where you're going or how you're going to get there. You've got to establish some way to see the forest for the trees.
8. Go SLOW! Don't ever rush a repair. Budget enough down time to do the job right the first time. We've all been there, remember that one bolt that never comes out... it ALWAYS takes half the time to just remove the one bolt!