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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:07 PM   #1
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The single-car-garage Resto

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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:09 PM   #2
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To buy my 89 Wrangler
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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:11 PM   #3
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The first issue, (besides rot on the underbelly of the tub needing attention), was pointed out to my by a buddy via this photo. Do you see anything wrong here?
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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:16 PM   #4
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Well if you can't see it, here is a hint. The 4wd did not work because the transfer case was wasted. Look at the slack in that chain! It was wearing into the interior shell! Before taking apart the Tcase, I installed the Positive engagement kit to the front axel. That did not resolve the 4wd issue, but no loss on that upgrade.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:19 PM   #5
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Okay, so I got a Tcase from an overpriced junkyard, threw it in, went out to test the 4wd.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:21 PM   #6
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After testing the 4wd, I realized I needed a "trail buddy".
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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:24 PM   #7
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So, ran her for a while like that, enjoying the summer. The rot on the tub was the next area of concern. The roll bar mounts were pushing through the floor, driver side floor pan just gone, seat belt mounts gone, etc. So I came across this through a buddy.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:31 PM   #8
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The new tub however, did not come ready for installation. It was, in fact, in a little worse shape than I anticipated
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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:36 PM   #9
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So, I got me one of these. And I got me one of those. That is a restoration job I did on that press. My neighbor's daughter gave it to me. I didn't need the press for the body work, but will be using it very soon for some frame work.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 07:56 PM   #10
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And I went to work on the rot. These were the two bad areas, the passenger side floor pan and rocker panel, and the rear wheel well driver side.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 08:03 PM   #11
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Some of the floor/rocker repair. I made a major boo boo when I cut loose the old rocker panel. The tub dropped, twisted, and tweaked about an inch in each direction when I made the last cut. A little foresight would have come in handy there. I also cut the jamb into the radius on the tub because that's where the new panel ended. I should have cut back the new panel, where the radius was done with, then I would have been working on a straight line. Hopefully somebody learns from my mistakes.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 08:13 PM   #12
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Man, I went super-slow with merely tack-welds, spaced out, AND immediately cooled them with a blow gun and that damn thing still warped on me! Ah well, i'll just blame it on the trees.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 08:19 PM   #13
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On to the mess in the back. Made great use of some trash I spotted at the curb on this one.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 08:25 PM   #14
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Sweet build so far! How do you like the ESAB? I have an ESAB plasma cutter but never tried a welder.
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Unread 01-21-2014, 10:10 PM   #15
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The first few pics are replacing the front driver side body mount. The second set is the body mount hidden under a brace that connects with the floorpan and the support beam running from side to side was a body mount which was destroyed. This is how I fabbed one up. Probably could have gone about it in an easier method, but didn't mind the work.
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