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. Mar 30, 2008
    ojgrsoi

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    You might put a small bic lighter in there for your heat shrinks. Be careful tho. You can set the old wire insulation on fire much faster than the new wire.
     
  2. May 15, 2008
    hspencer

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    I do alot of marine wireing and the only connectors I will use are made by Ancor. I use the heat shrink connectors. They make a kit that includes a stripper, ratcheting crimper (will not release untill completly crimped), a mini torch for heat shrink, and lots of butt and ring connectors all in a nice organized box. You can find them at West Marine and Boaters World both have online shopping.
     
  3. Jul 16, 2008
    LMGOLDSTEIN

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    Put a box cutter (knife) in there along with a pencil and a flashlight, a small maglight will do fine. Also, some post-it type of paper. That way you can mark and identify wires by wrapping them in a tape backed paper. This way you won't lose track. The pencil and paper are for drawing schematics, again to keep track of the wires and their colors. -G
     
  4. Aug 6, 2008
    mtndewmaniac66

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    There is a lot covered here, I will try my $.02 worth though.
    Heat shrink tubing of various gauges,
    Klein or equivalent automatic strippers, (I prefer those especially when one hand is tied up).
    Spark plug wire terminal crimps,
    Multi meter tester, one that covers, dc, ac, ohms, watts, diode,
    Assortment of wire in varying colors in the most common gauges,
    Wire grommets and clamps,
    Wiring schematics on what ever you are working on, (especially on conversions)

    I hope this is helpful.:)
     
  5. Dec 4, 2008
    samtye

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    i dont think anyone mentioned fuses did they?
     
  6. Jan 10, 2009
    jeep2003

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    thats what the small pieces of wire are for. assorted colors correspond with the colored fuse :) Fire extinguisher :/
     
  7. Feb 2, 2009
    spud

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    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.:)
     
  8. Feb 2, 2009
    Dbarker

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    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.
     
  9. Mar 17, 2009
    birddog56

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    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.
     
  10. Apr 6, 2009
    BDL67

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    butane soldering iron , flux,and solder.?
     
  11. Apr 25, 2009
    Jeepnvegas

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    Has anyone thought of liquid tape. the stuff is great and water proof too.
     
  12. Apr 25, 2009
    BlueFlu

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    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.
     
  13. Jun 26, 2009
    uncamonkey

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    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.
     
  14. Aug 22, 2009
    tcfeet

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    Toilet paper, first aid kit, sardines and crackers, and water...
     
  15. Sep 22, 2009
    duffer

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    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.
     
  16. Sep 24, 2009
    darkgoyle

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    I keep a test meter, some extra bulbs and different gages wire including all that other good stuff
     
  17. Nov 10, 2009
    Hawk5274

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    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.
     
  18. Nov 10, 2009
    godevil

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    I keep a picture of Baby John in there to remind me what he looks like.R)

    Anyone heard from him lately? :(

    D
     
  19. Nov 18, 2009
    HOGHEAD

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    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 :cry: 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..
     
  20. Nov 22, 2009
    ojgrsoi

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    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..."
     

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