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Unread 04-13-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
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What's the proper way to repair these 2 CJ areas?

I need advice on the correct way to repair these 2 areas. I am a body repair novice, having only done sheet metal work on the inside of the tub in about a dozen places. These 2 areas are on the outside of the tub and aren't flat surfaces, so I don't want to screw them up.

The first picture is under where the windshield hinge mounts, on the side. After I ground out the previous owner's patch, I found body filler and a fiberglass mat. It looks like there is an inner layer of metal behind the stuff I removed. I can weld in new metal, but I fear I will loose the indentation that is part of the factory design. I still need to get in there with the cutoff wheel and make a clean hole, but I need help in the best way to approach this.

The last pictures are the rear passenger corner where I backed into my BBQ pit. I think all I need to do is pound the sheet metal back to round, then prime and paint it. But can anyone give me a detailed procedure here? Don't assume I know what I'm doing, or have any body tools.

thanks!

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Bump.

I am still looking for guidance on these. Maybe I need to post wider-angle photos, especially on the top pic, so it's more clear where this area is on the Jeep.

Being an amateur body repair person, I want to get input from more experienced people before I tackle these.
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Here's how I fixed that area on mine. I used several pieces to build it up. It's on my build thread starting at post #130. See that for all the text that goes with the pics. I did the other side a few pages later in the thread.







I also seen these repair patches over at cj-8.com that you can buy. They aren't profile correct though if that's a concern.


As for the rear end fix. I'd try a hammer and dolly to get it real close, then some filler to get it smooth and plumb.
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Click over to www.powells.com/used and buy a VoTech auto body repair text book. Cut out any rusty metal and weld in patch, hammer and dolly the dents.
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