I sent my baby to the shop for the first time this spring for a couple of semi lame reasons... I didn't want a 200 lb trannie laying on my chest, and I can't weld worth a hoot for lack of equipment and practice. Plus summer was coming and I sure wasn't wanting to miss any of it after having my CJ stripped down in pieces the past four revolutions.
Business concerns were hindering my progress as was old age ... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/frown.gif[/img] ... or at least it feels like it at times.
I opted to buy a used Currie front 44 instead of cutting the Scout I already had stripped down, got the 20's gears matched and pumpkin rotated for CV's plus a cage bent and welded in.
Those farmed out mods got me on the trails for summer fun so I'm happy about that. Plus I know that the core work was done well.
On the down side, it was a miserable experience to have my baby gone from it's home for so long and I'm still upset about having someone else laying a wrench to her after a total frame up build.
Nobody, and I mean nobody can or will do everything to your liking after someone goes back in behind you...
Things like spraying black paint through your stainless brake lines to hit the new spring pad welds on the axel, reinstalling any old fasteners from a pile instead of reinstalling all your pretty matched grade 8's, drilling way too many holes in your tub, and other generally sloppy commercial shop grade work.
Of coarse, I'll have to go back and re-do a lot of that stuff ... it will bother me untill I do.
So, as I said, sometimes it's OK to take it to a shop in my mind, but I know I could and would have done a better job of it given the time. That's something I haven't had an excess of lately so in my case that was the trade off.
From what I know of you'all, I'm the third oldest amoung all of you guys, right behind CJDave and LEVE. I set up my first set of 4.88's, hand built my first engine, and stick welded the A frame tow bar for my '57 Chebby long before the majority of you were born.
So just don't dare tell me to my face I'm not a "real" Jeeper because I chose to get that work done or because I bought a clocking adapter ... or at least don't dare say that to me if I have a wrench in my hand ... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/mad.gif[/img].