I get excited over the dumbest stuff

Discussion in 'Early CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by John A. Shows, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. Jan 10, 2008
    jeepfreak81

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    I prefer the small butane pencil torches for field repair or a corded iron... those "Cold Heat" things are a pain to use... they are good for emergency repairs though. I have one of those and a pencil torch (they run out of fuel quickly, or sometimes it leaks out in storage - carry extra fuel). It is hard to bridge the gap on the carbon tip on the 'Cold Heat' and make the connection with the solder in tight places, or on small wire when you don't have it on a bench. The carbon tips chip easily as well.
     
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    aallison

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    Radio shack and HF is a good place to get random stuff. I like the good electrical tape (3M?) that makes a waterproof connection. A set of tools made for electrical work, multi-meter, soldering iron, zip ties, all sorts of connections and a good pair of electrical plires, Klein not HD cheepies. I've moved from a tackle box to one of those plastic roll around tool boxes that are about 32 inches tall from stanley that walmart sells for about 20 bucks. You can get everything electrical in that and still make it easy to find and work out of.

    And wire. different colors are nice. and rubber gromits to run wire through.
     
  3. Jan 10, 2008
    ca51flatty

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    Dielectric Grease! Great for keeping moisture out.
     
  4. Jan 11, 2008
    GaryArf

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    And one thing that most of us forget on the trail or trying to diagnose electrical problems a can of WD-40 for water displacement. (it's the only thing it's good for)
     
  5. Jan 12, 2008
    bergy9

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    I had the same idea last night while working on my Jeep. I am using a Plano Stowaway Utility Box type for my electrical connectors, shrink tube(s), zip tie's, ect. I figured with the size vs a tackle box I could save space when I put a tool kit together when I am out four wheeling.
     
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    Chilly

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    Assorted bulbs
     
  7. Jan 23, 2008
    nickmil

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    Inexpensive battery terminal puller. The two jaw type. Stuck on terminals can be a pain to remove and easy to crack the battery if not careful. All good comments above. Some odds and ends of light sockets are handy as well... Nickmil
     
  8. Jan 23, 2008
    LMGOLDSTEIN

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    Continuity tester. I didn't see that mentioned anywhere.
     
  9. Jan 28, 2008
    schardein

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    I got a tiny multimeter at radio shack. Not as good as a full size one, but great for throwing in the tool bag for at the junkyard. Great for testing things like bulbs to ensure they are good before you pay for them.
    I also get the occasional snap together connector at the junkyard. Just snip it out of the harness with enough on both ends to splice it in, or buy the new connectors for a really clean installation. Some better auto places have them, like NAPA. Junkyard is also a good place for plastic split loom. Just make sure the yard you are going to is cool with that.

    I also keep a couple weaving or knitting needles in my electrical box. Why? They are great for removing the "lock in" connectors on OEM plastic connectors. I'm sure they make "real" tools for that but I've never seen them. The knitting needles work perfect for it.
     
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    wagatu

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    Nail file and a little bit of sandpaper for cleaning connections
     
  11. Feb 4, 2008
    1960willyscj5

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    one of those multi-tools and a pocket knife, unless someone already mentioned them. I was sorta skipping along in my reading.:coffee:
     
  12. Feb 6, 2008
    grouperboy

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    I need one for all the electrical stuff, and one just for all the paint stuff- assorted guns, air lines, tape, masking paper, stir sticks, can openers, sandpaper, wire wheels, you get the picture...I have a paint store in my shed now.
     
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    Lighter to shrink tubing. For those of us that don't smoke it's a pain to stop what you're doing to look for a lighter or match. :rofl:
     
  14. Feb 26, 2008
    Dabblin

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    Not just any small wenches. The special wenches used on electrics, 3/8, 5/16, 11/32.
    Or is that 38-24-36? Probably sockets off a 1/4 drive ratchet. Maybe deepreach the kind that would be handy in taillight stud nut removal, or nut tightening to secure the ground on a glass tub.
    A mirror? to look for loose wires behind the dash.
    Big wenches tend to sit on their box all day and grip about broken jeeps.
     
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    ffdave

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    farfle

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    Believe it or not, I have seen some people on the trail forget to bring one of these!
    Don't forget yours.

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  18. Mar 11, 2008
    dvmbrad

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    How about some small safety pins; I use them to push through a wire as a test point for my meter.
     
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    timgr

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    timgr

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    Seems expensive - I bet you're paying a lot for the box.

    Get a good crimping tool - I think they have Klein at Home Depot or Lowes (I know they do at Sears).

    I'd suggest you buy bulk connectors from Mouser Electronics - buy once from them and you'll get a catalog every 2 months for years. Just buy the types and sizes you need - for automotive, you don't need very many push-on or ring connectors. You can buy plain metal uninsulated butt and ring connectors and use heat shrink if you want - that's a better repair than an insulated butt connector. Also, a cheap heat gun is the best way to shrink tubing; I have the $20 Grizzly from Amazon (also available in lower wattage for $15). Useful for many other things too.
     

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