Right repair or lazy repair?
Project $400Runner hasn't had any updates due to me having some issues with images and work taking up most of my time. That being said, I ran into an issue that I'm taking the lazy way out on, but it bears the question: If a repair works, but it's the lazier option, is it still a repair?
We noticed on Monday that the 4Runner doesn't have any working license plate lights. So, I tore off the rear panel of the 4Runner and investigated the wiring. The wiring was good, no issues. I went to go remove the bulbs and they are corroded in place. I could drill them out, but I would need to remove all the trim and probably break more ancient plastic as a drill won't fit near the lights
As you can see, its tight around the lights and a drill fit wont the plate surround
Anyway, instead of fighting corrosion and trying to find new license plate lights, I took the lazy man's way out and got one of these:
Wires right into the existing plate wiring and is held in by the plate screws. It's so easy and effective, I almost feel guilty for this lazy of a repair.
So even though it's not right, it's a brighter and easier to read option to make the vehicle legal. Is a lazy repair a right repair? I don't think so. But when you're dealing with a $400 truck, whatever it takes works.
flatisflat last edited by
I think what needs to be taken into consideration is the delta between a 'lazy' repair and a 'right' repair.
Plugging in a new LED light strip to replace a buggered existing license plate light socket? Small delta: good repair.
JB Weld an oil pan gasket leak? Well.....
VincentMalamute last edited by
Right angle drill? I know you already fixed it 'your' way but if you ever get the urge to fix your $400 truck correctly.
@flatisflat Don't look at my rear axle then...
Zaphod's Heart of Gold last edited by
Better than what Torch did making connectors out of sheet steel and a lens from tupperware
@vincentmalamute Yeah, I did consider that. I just can't find any lights locally to replace the old ones and I'll probably need a new surround as the plastic the screws go into is built into the surround.
It's weird, I love this truck but I don't love it enough to restore it. Too many good examples available locally.
pip bip last edited by
@rctothefuture as it's a $400 vehicle, i see it as a good repair. if it were a $10k vehicle then i would consider it a lazy repair.
Qaaaaa last edited by
If it works, it works
I do feel that torch's repair was... a little too much work to save a few bucks. But this, this is skookum.