atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#6503: Wow, $25?


The Jeep has dim headlights. They are usable, but not as bright as they could be. $25 and about an hour's work will fix it.

The question is, what am I going to do?

The Jeep has issues; this I know. It's not just mechanical, either; like all things made of metal it's getting rusty. Repair panels are available, and not too expensive--and I have all the tools needed to remove old metal and weld in new--but is that what I want to do?

Mind you, the overall condition of the thing is fair dinkum. Fix the rust problems, hit the thing with a good dose of rust-stop treatment, and maybe oil the underside (the way Mustie1 on YouTube does) and it'll probably go another hundred thousand miles with normal maintenance and the usual break-fix stuff.

And a damn sight less expensive than a new(er) vehicle would be.

With perhaps two weeks' worth of steady and uninterrupted work, my 2000 Cherokee could be massaged such that it would be good for another five years at least. And I don't mean "it's a jalopy" level of good, but a "Not bad for twenty years old!" level. "A bit rough around the edges," so to speak. Pop out the dents, clean up the rusty spots, put in patch panels, redo the exhaust, replace the headliner, and so forth. Fix the few things that don't work, like the rear washer and wiper. Install the backup camera and put in a permanent mount for the GPS. Maybe even slap a new coat of paint on it.

And although it is winter right now, spring is coming.

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