It's been a while since I have worked on my project (life happens). So today I had a couple hours, while my 2 year old was taking nap, to do a little work. My bed sides are 1 1/2 wide on the top, so I had to make a little filler piece on the cj corners to make them match the bed sides.
I also had to make a small cut on the top part of the corners. I couldn't get the corner 90 degrees to the bed side without forcing it, and then the seam(where the corner attaches to the bed) would open up. Here are a few pics.
all i want to know is what do you do for a day job? cuz i think that you are doing a great job. cant wait to see the outcome..... keep up the good work.
Thank's for the compliment.
I am an aircraft mechanic, but I really enjoy working on cars, especially Jeeps. I have 2 Jeeps right now, a 1979 401 CJ5, and my daily driver 2003 TJ. So this will be my 3rd. This is going to be a long time build. My 3 boys, and my wife keep me busy (18, 13 and 2 year old).
What type of welder are you using, mig? It all looks super clean an nice good job
I am using a 220V Millermatic mig 185, with .030 wire. The metal I am using for the bed is 16 ga.(.060) cold rolled steel and the 1x1 frame is 14 ga.(.083), so its pretty easy to weld without burning through.
Oh nice nice, I just bought a Lincoln 180C mig and I have a 225 Lincoln arc both 220v, so I should be able to do the same type of stuff, maybe not as nice looking lol, I'll be following this keep up the good work
Progress has been slow. I got the metal that goes between the left and right rear corners, below the tailgate...what the tailgate bolts to.
The rear corner pieces have been a pain to get lined up with the tailgate. And there is some minor surface rust starting to show up in a few places. So I decided to disassemble the bed treat it with some phosphate and paint it with some epoxy primer. I was wanting to paint all the seperate pieces before I assembled it, to minimise rust issues. Where ever I need to weld I will remove the epoxy paint, and repaint with weld through copper primer. All the seams will get seam sealed.
I am thinking of having the bed frame powder coated before final reassembly.