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The dash is my pet peeve, 'cause you look at it all the time. I've seen some awful butchery on Jeeps. The P.O. of my CJ installed a cheapo aftermarket radio, and it looks like he cut the hole out with an axe!
Oh, and I've seen a 2x4 used as a front bumper. I got a chuckle out of that one.
Paper clip holding on the top seat belt mount. String holding the bottom of the belt on to the roll bar. Not a huge worry as the buckle was broken anyway so it did not affect overall system performance. My brother in law justified it as seat belts are only for show so the cops do not give you a ticket, we travel so slowly here that seat belts are really unncessary. I sit in the back of his car as I do not trust his seat belts.
Toyota master cylinder and servo. Now that seems OK as they were properly made parts from a reputable manufacturer. Jeep parts are hard to get here so the mechanics use anything cheap and to hand. However brakes locked very easily and there are several palm trees on the highway with turning skid marks leading towards them.
Oil change sticker/ label hanging on the dashboard. Supposedly to denote when your next oil change is due it suggests they actually changed your oil and filter. I have had an oil pressure light come on on a Peugeot with an internal oil filter that had regularly oil changes, they never changed the filter. External filters I have seen ignored or polished with a cloth, I now mark the filter and if not changed I reach into my cupboard and pull one out and do it myself. I also check the oil when it comes back to make sure it is clean.
Axle nut loose, they had put a nail through the castenated nut but not tightened it. as it is a 1 5/16" or 34mm nut it is a large one so I could only figure they forgot the 150 ftlb torquing or did not have a socket large enough.
The bottom of the windshield frame / cowl seal were completely eroded. A piece of PVC black sticker applied 1.2" wide across the whole area to make it look like a seal. I did this and it actually looked quite good until I coudl locate the right parts.
Sticker on the side of the hood - real big and sexy for "ARB Air Locker - locking difeerental" Yes, misspelled and it did not have an Air Locker. I would have kept it but the spelling bugged me.
The block of wood that stops the drivers seat from going too far back. One of mine, I am still struggling to open up the seat recline mechanism to fix it.
Test driving a jeep and started smelling something burning under the hood, then suddenly a lot of racket, sounded like and exhaust leak. Pulled over and looked under the hood and the exhaust manifold air injection tubes had rusted out about 2 inches above each fitting, the guy had put rubber vacuum lines and plastic tees for each one, hooking it back up to the air pump. What a riot, then you really start looking the jeep over!