Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by John A. Shows, Jan 10, 2008.
i dont think anyone mentioned fuses did they?
thats what the small pieces of wire are for. assorted colors correspond with the colored fuse Fire extinguisher :/
I do alot of soldering and the butane irons are much better than the battery types. Just when you need them the batteries are dead. The butane irons also have a heater attachment to melt heat shrink.
Thought id pass this along. I was at walmart the other night, and they had a kit for $15 that came with:
1 - 8" crimp tool
1 - 6" pliers/cutter
1 - DC voltage tester
2 - screwdrivers w/ insulated shafts
2 - insulated test leads 36" insluated (red and black)
1- roll of UL electrical tape 30'
1 - 60" 18gauge red primary wire
8 - quick splices
4 - 4.75" hook and loop ties
1 - fuse puller
30 - wire nuts
16 - wire clamps
6 - 8" white cable ties
75 - insulated terminals
250 - 4" cable ties
Kit is made by DORMAN Coduct-Tite? for $15 its a steal. a great starter for everyone. But by no means an end all solution. comes in a nice hard case with compartments.
i bought 2 for the price. one for my truck, one for my mustang. the jeep will get a special one designed for it when it is time.
It is a good economical idea , but..... a lot of car fires are caused by cheap connectors and wiring. Use the correct size connectors for the amps you are drawing. Autos are dc, and that means higher current draws and low voltage ( ohms law). I would also suggest you use sealing shrink tube at wire ends. This stuff is woth it's cost. It has a sealant in the tube the activates with heat and creates a waterproof seal as well as an insulator.
butane soldering iron , flux,and solder.?
Has anyone thought of liquid tape. the stuff is great and water proof too.
I keep old Advil and vitamin bottles for keeping small stuff in so they don't get lost like fuses in one, like sized connectors in another etc. 35mm film cans work great to.
If your projects go like mine, you better have the first aid kit handy as well for the perforated fingers, burns and cuts that seem to be part of the process.
Toilet paper, first aid kit, sardines and crackers, and water...
No need to beat a dead horse, but when buying tools you are going to need on the trail, buy quality. A Harbor or Walmart Chinese tool is not going to do you any good if your rig is broke, the tool is broke, and your still 25 miles from help. When I rewired the 3B several years back, I replaced every connector with the Delphi/Packard Weather-Paks and both crimped and soldered the terminals. The Weather-Pak terminals are waterproof if assembled correctly. Now I carry a small assortment consisting of 1 each of each cavity size and associated seals and terminals. To date, not one of these has caused a problem. A good source for these and about any other automotive wiring component including relays, disconnects, cables, LED lights, is WayTek (waytekwire.com). They are considerably less expensive than buying things from Summit, Jegs, etc. and carry quality stock.
I keep a test meter, some extra bulbs and different gages wire including all that other good stuff
Simple dikes help me clean out my in-line gas filter today and put it back together without breaking the sight glass. Hope it takes care of my shutter at high idle... I don't want to go into the Carter carb. If it stops the stutter I will be happy.
I keep a picture of Baby John in there to remind me what he looks like.R)
Anyone heard from him lately?
I dont think anyone mentioned little brass bolts,nuts & washers up to 1/4 " ,, They work good when your tying 3 or more wires togeather with eyelet sta-cons .. Wrap with good 3M tape..
I have 2 cats & we use a lot of Kitty Litter PU,,, Tiddy Cat comes with a clear plastic bucket(figure it is a 2or 3 gal) So the wife loves me as do my Cats.. & I get a Nice water proff tool box every week.. & they hold a lot & you can see though them & easy to carry..
I have owned my jeep for three years. When I bought it the battery didn't really do so well if I didn't start it every day. Did lots of electrical stuff to fix many problems including rebuilding the alternator. That made a bunch of difference but I always knew I need a different battery. It would corrode up and just barely crank it over on the first attempt. Well today I bought a new battery for my Cherokee and put the three year old battery in the CJ. What a difference. I actually have 13+ volts on the gauge and man does it spin the starter. I also got a hold down for the battery so I feel a little better about that too.
Oh well. The title says "I get excited over the dumbest stuff..."
WIRE LOOM! Fyi much cheaper at Home Depot than the auto parts store!
heat shrink tube, You need it, and a lot of help.
I don't know what year they stopped putting them in, but the tool box under the passenger seat will hold three thirty caliber ammo cans nicely with room left over for dog toys. They are air tight. The cans that is, not the dog toys.
I'm using one for tools and packed with rags/paper towels to prevent them from damaging one another. The second can is for spare parts, also packed in rags or paper towels. The third is for tie downs, first aid, toilet paper (a.k.a. emergency oil filter) and plastic bags.
Did you know that digital V/ohm meters are poor choices for working on turn signals? You don't really need to be able to read one all that well. They are essential for diagnosing electrical problems. Check for power, check for continuity, check for short to ground (the reason your battery keepsdraining/you keep blowing fuses). The only thing you really need to read is voltage and you can discover it by simply putting it to your battery when you first get it, then mark the face for the appropriate scale. For continuity/short to ground set it to ohms X ten-thousand if the needle jumps when it should/shouldn't you have your answer.
Perhaps some five minute JB weld and super duper glue as well.
I read about it but never saw it until I dug it out of the dirt. There IS a VIN on the frame.
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