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Unread 11-27-2010, 01:33 PM   #1
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Idaho - reputable shops?

My Jeep is going thru some pretty rough times right now and is in need or repairs ASAP. They are pretty basic, but would require hours of labor. And I am in the Army and not available to do it myself right now. My wife is back in Idaho (near Boise). I was hoping there were some reputable shops around Marsing, Nampa, Meridian, Boise, etc. I want to get these items fixed and might be looking at getting the engine rebuilt or purchasing a rebuilt motor. It's up past 180k now.

Thanks all!

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Unread 11-27-2010, 02:19 PM   #2
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I would start with Skinny Pedal products in Caldwell, see Josh. Or Topline Truck south of Nampa, either Todd or his dad Ray.
Josh-761-7944
Todd-467-6544
Both are active in the wheeling community and run reputable shops.
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Unread 11-27-2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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Great! Thanks! Got the info to my wife. She will be calling Monday.
How are their rates?
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Unread 11-29-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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My Jeep is going thru some pretty rough times right now and is in need or repairs ASAP. They are pretty basic, but would require hours of labor. And I am in the Army and not available to do it myself right now. My wife is back in Idaho (near Boise). I was hoping there were some reputable shops around Marsing, Nampa, Meridian, Boise, etc. I want to get these items fixed and might be looking at getting the engine rebuilt or purchasing a rebuilt motor. It's up past 180k now.

Thanks all!
Rebuild - Steve at Mulder's machine shop
Mulder's Auto Machime Shop Inc.
208-344-9011

Steve did a phenomenal job on my 4.0 rebuild. I will use him to build my next motor.

Installations, product purchases, modifications, custom fab - Josh at Skinny Pedal Products
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Email - help@skinnypedal.net
Phone - (208) 779-0074

Josh actually helped to do the install on the motor. Josh not only did major work on my install, he is also my most trusted source for parts purchase and installation. If you want specific info on my experiences with either of the above listed shops or with others, pm me
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Unread 11-29-2010, 05:05 PM   #5
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Got a figure on how much that rebuild cost?
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Unread 11-29-2010, 10:18 PM   #6
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I got the call today. I'll give you guys a call back tomorrow. Sorry about the delay. I was on the phone pretty much all day dealing with my cyber monday sale.............. and figuring out why Turnbul's CJ7 wouldn't stop!
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Unread 11-30-2010, 10:34 AM   #7
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Got a figure on how much that rebuild cost?
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Unread 12-03-2010, 09:22 AM   #8
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GOTROX, check your box and empty your PM's. It's full. Haha. I'll go ahead and post it here:

Alright, I told the wife to ask about a 'full system check/refill that includes all filters, fluids, etc.' Told her to make sure differential, tranny, and transfer case fluid is included in that.

You would do that for us? She is in Marsing; quite a distance out of the way.

I will have her get the quote and she will call me when she knows. At which point, I could call you. What's your number?

I appreciate all the help! I love my Jeep and would love to keep it going.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 09:23 AM   #9
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GOTROX, check your box and empty your PM's. It's full. Haha. I'll go ahead and post it here:
[quote]Alright, I told the wife to ask about a 'full system check/refill that includes all filters, fluids, etc.' Told her to make sure differential, tranny, and transfer case fluid is included in that.

You would do that for us? She is in Marsing; quite a distance out of the way.

I will have her get the quote and she will call me when she knows. At which point, I could call you. What's your number?

I appreciate all the help! I love my Jeep and would love to keep it going.

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Well, it's a '90 with 190k miles and just about every turn we take in it, a new problem arises. However, most of the problems are due to undermaintenance by the PO. All the issues stated in my topic about it, saggy springs, leaking radiator, a (now fixed) worn o-ring in the fuel tank assembly. Stuff like that. So I thought a rebuild just might give us a vehicle that would make us through the next year. But if it costs more than $1,500 (what I paid for the Jeep and its current private party value), then screw it. Ha.

Anyways, if we don't get it fixed today, I'll give him a call. But it's already sitting at the mechanic, and there's six inches of snow on the ground and black ice, where my wife is back home.
Sounds to me like the engine maybe fine and the problems are not going to be solved by a rebuild. If you had misfires, dead cylinders, check engine lights, etc I would be more inclined to think rebuild. Honestly - if it starts and runs, then you probably should skip a rebuild and put teh $$ to belts, hoses, filters, fluids, and the things that wear out.

The 4.0 will often run for 500,000 miles with no need for rebuild (unless you drive it under the souply silty goo and fill the motor with it -that is why I have a rebuild. Silt was the height of the windshield, no snorkel, sucked it all through the motor)

Don't let some mechanic talk you into work you don't need done (especially if he just sees your wife is a slimeball that takes advantage). I would at a minmum get a second opinion and quote. I will even offer to go pick the Jeep up and take it to Skinny Pedal for a once-over. Plenty of guys like me and Tumbleweed will do what we can to help. That is the least we can do for Military.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 10:05 AM   #10
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I have missed some of the info, probably due to PM's. If I can help somehow-I will. Dual veteran status here, I did my time (plus) and will help those who do. Sounds like it needs a real thorough going over and some preventative maintenance as mentioned above. Jason, keep me in the loop as to what needs done.
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Unread 12-03-2010, 06:26 PM   #11
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Gotrox will be having a look at it over the weekend.

Tumble, you're hopefully next.
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