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Unread 09-05-2011, 10:47 PM   #1
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Seen any Asinine Repairs lately?

My brother is a mechanic who used to work at a Jeep dealership. He warned me before getting my own Jeep that if it was used, I would find ridiculous repairs/fixes/upgrades that had no business being there. It finally happened today. Looking under the Jeep at my brake lines today I noticed what looked like an ink pen shoved in the end of a rubber hose. I pulled on it. It WAS an ink pen shoved in a rubber hose. I have no idea what its purpose is, so I put it back, scratched my head, and kept working on my brakes. I'll get to it later.

So... I thought I would throw a thread out there (if there was one already I didn't know where to find it) so we can all laugh and share stories of the ridiculous repairs people have made on our jeeps.

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Unread 09-05-2011, 10:56 PM   #2
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Double the stock amount of electrical that goes no where, and is all red/white. and splices that were just twisted together and then covered with duct tape.
Plumbers calk placed foe the purpose of preventing rust but actually caused it.
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Unread 09-05-2011, 11:53 PM   #3
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The ink pen was probably in a vent tube for the fuel tank or your axle.. Odd that they'd do that...
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Unread 09-06-2011, 01:06 AM   #4
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Double the stock amount of electrical that goes no where, and is all red/white. and splices that were just twisted together and then covered with duct tape.
Plumbers calk placed foe the purpose of preventing rust but actually caused it.
Yea I can see that, after I bought my jeep I took the carpet out to find that the PO had used plumbers calk on all the seams and covered it with duct tape and yes that is where all the rust is. To this day I'm still pick calk off the inside of the tub, dam stuff never hardens or drys out.
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Unread 09-06-2011, 08:32 PM   #5
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Yeah, the thousand miscellaneous wires are pretty bad. I have those too. At least mine were all twisted off with electrical tape, not duct tape. It's like the PO never heard of a dang wire nut...
The strange thing is, not a single gauge works in my dash. Not a single one. With all those wires you would think something would work. Just law of probability.

My boyfriend's YJ has a whole body lift (not suspension lift) and they were put on upside down by the PO.
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Unread 09-06-2011, 08:40 PM   #6
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Did one Sunday myself, although not on the Jeep. We have a Honda that the crank key way slot was wollered (wow never tried to spell that) out, I welded it up with my Lincoln and then filed back to the correct diameter and put/filed the key way slot back in, worked like a champ. Put it all back together, torque it and all works properly.
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Unread 09-06-2011, 08:45 PM   #7
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i've been the proud (more or less)owner of my jeep for about a month and so far,i've repaired shackles 3" & 4" in one,lots of engine parts and cash,no rubbers in body mounts(still working on that one)and i'm sure more crap will follow...
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Unread 09-06-2011, 08:55 PM   #8
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I remember when I was looking for a jeep I saw a 89 yj with rusted out floorboards that he put sheet metal over a gas tank out of some other vehicle sitting where the back seat should be and he put cocking around the valve cover to stop it from leaking. He was asking 2000 for it. He still has it up on cl for 1500. On the jeep I eventually got has the worst bondo work iv ever seen. He just put it oner the holes and let it dry. Not to mention he got it all over the jeep and never cleaned it off. But the floor boards where replaced with fiberglass ones. Thats a plus
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Unread 09-06-2011, 09:21 PM   #9
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I'll add flimsy go-cart seats welded to a flimsy home brew frame (looked like a bed frame). and welded directly to the floor.
Welded on stock bumper front and welded home made C channel bumper rear.
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Unread 09-06-2011, 09:24 PM   #10
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....wire nuts in the wiring. No place for them for automotive use....
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Unread 09-06-2011, 09:26 PM   #11
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thankfully on this jeep nobody ever tried to fix anything. I've replaced every single bit of it to begin with (not a wrangler sorry guys)

As for assanine repairs, there is a vendor on jf (no clue what he vends for) who was in a bumper thread recently ranting and raving how a sawzall is the best cutting tool for fab work besides a plasma cutter, and that he could easily cut holes in rectangle stock without cutting thru the edges or drilling piolet holes.

Needless to say in the grinder/cut off wheels defense, everyone who came in the thread told him what an idiot he was, tho I still don't think he realizes it. To me that qualifys highly as assanine repairs, both present and future lol.

In my fathers truck (beater chevy) crumpled itnfoil/ paper towels, bondoed over, mnt dew can not riveted just in a hole bondoed over. ah gotta love 500$ vehicles, been going good for like 5 + years tho, besides the redneck body work.
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Unread 09-06-2011, 09:32 PM   #12
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Okay I can top all of you. A friend wanted a Jeep so I went with him to go see this 92 yj.It was a wreck. something didn't look right ; the sides were bad, but couldn't put my finger on it .Till I put my hands on what looked like rust .I put my hand through the side .it wasn't even bondo. The guy used spray foam to fill the holes in.Then painted over it.On top of everything he was p!ssed that I damaged his Jeep .The guy even had the nerve to insist we buy it cause he now won't be able to sell it with the hole we just made.
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Unread 09-06-2011, 10:23 PM   #13
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Okay I can top all of you. A friend wanted a Jeep so I went with him to go see this 92 yj.It was a wreck. something didn't look right ; the sides were bad, but couldn't put my finger on it .Till I put my hands on what looked like rust .I put my hand through the side .it wasn't even bondo. The guy used spray foam to fill the holes in.Then painted over it.On top of everything he was p!ssed that I damaged his Jeep .The guy even had the nerve to insist we buy it cause he now won't be able to sell it with the hole we just made.
I woulda went with "look ill give ya 200 bucks for it, since it has this big hole and all."
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Unread 09-06-2011, 11:17 PM   #14
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A few previous owner "mods" that I cant stand are things like:
When they weld the front bumper to the frame and then weld the winch plate on the two. I see it a lot in the south and most common with heavy home made tube bumpers.
Or when they refuse to buy the correct bottom mount 5.25 dash speakers and use tin snips to cut out a rough hole over the dash grid and drill four bolt holes for the new speaker grill screws.....dash ruined in my mind.
Or then there's when the previous owner installs things wrong or upside down such as tailgate hinges or taillight lens.....what do you mean the reverse lights don't light up?
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Unread 09-07-2011, 09:08 AM   #15
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I could tell from underneath the floor pans were MISSING, rotted away, and someone had put some aluminum down to keep your feet from falling through,

I pulled the carpet, and found a 'Yeild' and 'Stop' sign that had been BENT, not cut, to fit into the floor board.
No wonder there was two layers of carpet and thick floor mats!

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.22 Mag round in the fuse block replacing a fuse,
Kind of gave me the willies when I found that!

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PVC Tubing run for the fuel line.

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Plastic 'Zip' ties holding a tie rod together, keeping the socket on the ball...

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Some people just need to be SLAPPED!
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