I think I'm burning out. It has been happening slowly over time. I noticed it most last night when I was changing out the gear oil in my TJ. I was thinking "There are about a thousand other things I'd rather be doing".
I'm getting really tired of wrenching on my rig to keep it running. I would rather spend that time wheeling, wheeling with friends, or spending time with my family. I have no desire to spend days on end wrenching in the garage anymore.
No but I have been fortunate enough for two things, for the most part a problem free Jeep and a second vehicle. Don't get me wrong, I have spent many hours turning wrenches on this thing. After all I have had it 8 years. There comes a time though when you need to take a break and just drive it. As for the second vehicle, it is nice in extreme weather to be able to have the AC/heater blowing rather than be in a YJ.
No, I just got mine last month. Its all still new to me.
the BEST way to ruin your hobby is to turn it into your job. Once you have to do it, you no longer want to.
I did that.... working on cars fun, starting apprenticeship to become a mechanic... absolutely NO FUN when you HAVE TO do it..... Hobby no more fun. So i quit my apprenticeship and now I like it again (took a while though)
Fully agree with the second car for normal driving and taking a break from building for a while to have fun with it. I find "pauses" in my build process where the CJ works just fine and I wheel it to its capabilities while I am gathering parts and planning the next step. Sometimes it sits for weeks while I spend time with the family or whatever. I just keep in mind that it is a "project" or a "hoby" and not something to stress over.
With a great Jeep comes an empty wallet.
Definitely agree with the break time between building. Usually happens when I break something and have to save up for the replacement part. Right now its upgrading to an AX15, after the AX5 crapped out, I need to save up the 3000 for the transmission and all the swap components. Helps that I put nothing on credit cards and only pay cash. Makes for long breaks between projects. Lets me get into other projects, spend time doing other things I enjoy. Luckily, my girlfriends truck runs great and makes for good camping without the Jeep. Once the moneys saved up, I love the Jeep again.
I haven't reached burn-out yet. As long as I can spew a steady stream of profanity as I repair parts that break one after another, I think I'll manage. If the profanity stops effectively venting my frustrations, then I'll have a problem. My YJ is my only vehicle, thus my DD.
Either you spend time to wrench on it yourself, or you pay a premium to have somebody else turn the wrench for you and use your time for doing other stuff. Time is money.
I haven't burnt out yet...I just started, and I am 49 years old! I've had Jeeps since 1993 but never, ever fixed anything on them myself until this past month. I've replaced rotors...CV boot...and today, a DL TRE. My WJ was in sad shape. Since my daughter drives it now, I feel it should be a safe-running vehicle. My to-do list this Summer includes struts/shocks on my wife's KJ (maybe a BB lift?), quick disco's and steering stablizer on the WJ, but nothing on the MK (not worth it!) Also, my wife will "let" me buy a TJ so I can play on it. I'll let you know in 5 years how I feel...