Let's look at this from the mechanic's point of view. A customer brings in a 50 year old Jeep that the mechanic has most certainly never worked on before, or likely even anything similar or from that time period. To do brake drums, standard procedure is one side at a time, because you need the other side for reference. So by the customer having already "saved time" by removing all the parts, now the mechanic has no reference point to work from, and on top of that does not get to even do the disassembly to reference from memory. The mechanic has to start from scratch with no reference, and has no access to the old parts to even make sure the new parts are correct. In the event that any parts are wrong (which is nearly certain when you're trying to get parts on a vehicle this old), the mechanic also knows he's going to have to make a lot of calls before he finds a source for the right parts (which can again take a few tries and wrong parts).
It's going to take substantial time to find parts, or any useful information about the doing a brake job like this if he hits any snags. Had he been able to tear down the old parts, it would only take a few minutes to learn how it all goes back together. Any additional time that the mechanic now has to spend researching the job and figuring out if the parts are right, and if so how they fit together, is all time wasted not working on other standard, by-the-book paying jobs. None of this even broaches the amount of rust that likely exists in a 50 year old off-road vehicle, which is also likely to contribute hours of complication.
So, when a customer brings in a project like this one with extremely high potential to be a time wasting cluster****, if the mechanic isn't straight up billing 12 hours to begin with, he's losing money. Especially when there's a lot of standard jobs that charge 2-3 hours, but the mechanic can do them in 1 hour or less. He's just ensuring that it will either be somewhat worth his time and effort, or you'll just go somewhere else so he doesn't have to deal with it.
2003 WJ in Jeep Green Metallic, 4.0/242/4.10's. 4" Teraflex springs w/ RE monotube shocks and IRO short arms, cheap intake w/ amsoil filter, 2.5" hi flow cat and back exhaust, lots of lights and other misc crap.
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