Gents, During my body off restoration, my painter "lost" all of my parts except the tub and doors. I've got everything covered but the "latch covers" (item #25, part no J575 8170-1) on the full size doors. These metal plates that are screwed the to inside of the doors. I've checked the usual spots on the internet with no luck. Short of buying new doors, anyone have a source? Thanks
Gents, During my body off restoration, my painter "lost" all of my parts except the tub and doors.
I have to ask.
How is this even possible? How can a painter just loose customers parts?
Its not like the guy has a shop the size of New Jersey, and he can't find them, or the parts just walked
away on their own.
Is this painter a reputable guy?
Is he going to pay for the parts that he "lost"?
If so, you can use Collins Brothers if you want. You should not be out a single penny to
replace your parts. He has to know these parts are not easy to come by. And even if you can find
them, they are going to be expensive.
Story on the painter: He did good work for me in the past. I dropped the parts off just as he started a shop move. (June 13) He told me he could get to the job for a few months due to the backlog plus move. Fine by me as I didn't want to work the Jeep all summer through the TX summer heat. Started to really pester him in October. His response was The parts are at the Blaster, and he won't call me back. By December, he bumped into the Blaster at a gas station, and gave him a big WT.... Blaster had been evicted, and landlord emptied out the Blasters shop. So went my parts. Painter went on a field trip to confirm. I owed the painter 2k for the balance of the paint job. He agreed to discount my parts from the job. He held true, and only has lettering and striping left to complete. (I don't like stickers). I've got about 2k, or just over, and have all new parts except for the items not currently made. Kind of disappointed that so much of the Jeep is "new", as the Jeep was my daily driver in NYS when I was short on cash. However... rust is gone. I fired the Jeep up earlier this week. Get the 2.5 stainless exhaust welded in next week, and I'm DONE. (Will be very popular in with neighborhood test drives this weekend with just the header!)
Thanks for the concern, and I'm square with the painter. I paid a 1k deposit on a 3k paint job. Other shops quoted 4k. Missing parts were about 2k. After the parts disappeared for the blast shop, painter took responsibility and didn't change me another dime as the loss was on his watch. Only parts missing at this point are the interior latch covers on the full doors. Jeep is done except for the exhaust. Yesterday was my maiden voyage around the neighborhood (with no pipes).
Jeep runs better than ever: 4.0 HO head, 38 Weber, Header, .050 over bore, nutter'd, 4" lift, 33's, converted YJ tub, new fenders-hood-grill-windshield frame-tail gate, Nomad rims, Corbeau seats. ...and it clears the garage door by 1". I'm as giddy as Kim Kardashian in front of a wedding planner!