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ARRGH!!! I give up--Gimme a YJ Body Tub!


 
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Esquilax
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 9:44 am    Post subject: ARRGH!!! I give up--Gimme a YJ Body Tub! Reply with quote

I'm thru looking thru piles of rust for a good CJ7 Body Tub for my ,77 CJ7 resto project. I can learn more metalworking and put on a Zincrometal YJ body on my CJ frame.

I'm in Albuquerque, New Mexico.. Make me an offer on a YJ body...

Guess I need to learn to weld... Should I learn MIG, TIG, or something other than that?

Thx,

Esquilax
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 11:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

How badly rusted is it? Is it just the floor or does it go up the sides? For body repair, I believe MIG welding is most common now. Basically, cut out the rusted areas and weld in new panels. Of course I've greatly oversimplified, but you get the idea. Do you have any pics of the rusted areas? Any auto body gurus have their 2 cents? Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 31, 2004 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the good thing about metalworking is that if you screw up - you can can cut it off, grind it and/or weld it. If you are going to be doing some self fabricating of repair panels, then MIG is where you want to be. Mig uses a solid flux core wire with 75% Argon and 25% CO2 shielding gas and its very handy to fix average gauge metals. MIG and aluminum don't get along so you can't do aluminum panels (you need a TIG to do alum)
When you weld the joints strong you can take a die grinder and grind it flat. Its a lot easier than it sounds, just takes the right equipment.
When I learned to weld I got a whole bunch of scrap metasl and just started weklding it all together just to see how different ferous metals react with one another. It easier to weld metal that is all one type. Repair panels are sometimes different stamped metals for ex. one could be steel, another could be tin or nickel, etc. etc. Different manufacturers can use different metals and not tell you until you go to weld them and then it looks like total hell.

In the end I would try to find somebody who makes repair panels or if you choose to make them yourself - be careful!!!! Whatever you cut off of the tub, make sure you cut almost exactly what the repair panel will fill. I have seen people cut to much and have to patch it. It looks like crizzzap and if you cut to much then it doesn't fit that well. If you are cutting out a floorpan make sure you brace the body somehow so that it doesnt flex on you. Weld in a few spots all around it to keep it from moving. Welding produces extreme heat and that can cause a straight weld to be very crooked and by the time you get to the end of what you started its way off...... Lots of little tricks I could go on and on about - So if you need anything or have questions just ask me !!!!

Laterz - CoreyXJ
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Esquilax
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 09, 2004 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bump!

Gonna be cashing a healthy per diem check in 10 days..bling. Looking for a YJ body tub...Prefer Albuquerque/Santa Fe area, but willing to travel to Colorado Springs, Alamogordo, Amarillo, or Roswell.

Help! Very Happy

-Neil
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 19, 2004 9:31 pm    Post subject: YJ tub Reply with quote

If your gonna learn to weld. Mig is the easiest. Tig takes some practice but is more exact with a finish with less cleanup (grinding).
If you want a new tub the best way to go is fiberglass, no more rust. headbang
Later, Ned
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