My 83 CJ7 is my daily driver, and I plan to take it offroading after I get some work done to it. The body is horribly rusted, the previous owner did a terrible job of replacing some of the metal, such as over the driver side rear wheel well they cut rectangle strips and over lapped and screwed them over rust holes then siliconed them. The floor boards, they just laid sheet metal over the old metal and rivited it down.
I'm not building a show jeep, but I want the body work better than that obviously, like with the floor boards, being on a budget, would it be prudent to just buy 18 gauge sheet metal, cut out what's there and weld my own custom floor in? or should I pay the high price for manufactured replacement metal?
as for the sides of the jeep, same question. I've got a decent amount of welding experience, the body is flat, should i just buy my own metal or buy precut/prefabbed parts?