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Unread 02-19-2010, 12:17 PM   #61
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I am not criticizing, I forget to turn on the gas all the time and when I run out of solid wire and throw on flux core to finish a project I forget to switch the polarity.

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Unread 02-19-2010, 12:21 PM   #62
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I am not criticizing, I forget to turn on the gas all the time and when I run out of solid wire and throw on flux core to finish a project I forget to switch the polarity.
Ha! No, no, no. I know you're not criticizing! But that's what I need-- a critical eye. Welding is something I've never attempted before. I knew the welds didn't look right compared to many others I've seen here. I knew someone would be able to steer me in the right direction.

I appreciate your input: constructive, helpful and positive.
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Unread 02-20-2010, 08:43 AM   #63
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Well, I found one issue with my welds. I wasn't using the flux core wire as I thought I had loaded onto the spool. So that basically led to a very sloppy, pourus weld just as 243 identified. Kudos, 243!

After I figured the weld issues out, I went back through every detail of the newly blasted body with a flashlight and screwdriver. There isn't a panel that doesn't need replacing or very major surgery and a few of the support members have some pretty nasty rust as well. I priced all the necessary panels which came to roughly $1,500. That would get me basically new outter body panels while using the existing floor boards. It would also be necessary to weld and tweak the panels for a proper fit.

Sooooooooooo. I bought an entirely new body kit instead-- tub, hood, fenders, tailgate and windshield. I'm kinda bummed as I was really hoping I'd be able to salvage that body. This is the best route by far but I feel like I've given-up a little. Oh well.



Anyone need an inexpensive, freshly blasted body with semi-stripped hood, painted fenders and painted windshield? I'm parting out the existing body to recoup some costs.
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Unread 02-20-2010, 08:52 AM   #64
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Not to nitpick, but that tailgate was for a CJ-5... not a 7.
Is this a kit you purchases, or individual pieces?
I just wanted to make sure you got the right parts.

Did you order this already? There are a ton of places out there to get this from if you haven't done so yet... maybe even close to you so you can pick it up vs. paying shipping.

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Unread 02-20-2010, 09:03 AM   #65
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The kit has been purchased from JC Whitney and is an OMIX-ADA body kit (12001.17). I received free shipping and 15% off so the price was tough to beat. List is $4,129. My final price, out the door was $3,510.49. Tough to beat to have it delivered to my door and a no-questions gurantee.
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Unread 02-20-2010, 09:21 AM   #66
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Kudos to you man !
You definitely needed a new tub.
But those Omix/aftermarket tubs wasn't the best choice.
You should have opted for a good YJ tub and saved yourself $3,000.
Or started your CJ purchase from the west coast and not have to deal with any rust issues at all.
But Most of us here try it the cheapest way first and end up where you are now.
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Unread 02-20-2010, 09:40 AM   #67
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Kudos to you man !
You definitely needed a new tub.
But those Omix/aftermarket tubs wasn't the best choice.
You should have opted for a good YJ tub and saved yourself $3,000.
Or started your CJ purchase from the west coast and not have to deal with any rust issues at all.
But Most of us here try it the cheapest way first and end up where you are now.
The new tub is a relief. The OMIX tub should be fine. I'll make a firewall template from my existing tub and transfer that to the new tub. Planning on POR-15ing the inside and bottom of the body and then using some flavor of bed liner inside and bottom as well.

Cash seems to be literally flying out of my pockets at this point.
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Unread 02-20-2010, 10:19 AM   #68
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The OMIX tub should be fine.
Maybe you should read this thread.
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/wi...nd-tub-489801/
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Unread 02-20-2010, 10:45 AM   #69
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I sold my 81 cj5 tub, fenders, hood, and windshield for $500 here locally. It was blasted and primed as well.. There will be someone wants it for deer lease type offroad Jeep where looks are not essential.... I opted for the complete kevlar fiberglass route from Shell Valley. It has been more work but in the end, no more rusting ever!!!!!!
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I poured through that thread a few times prior to ordering the body kit. It sounds like WO uses the OMIX body and massages it a little. That's one reason I went with JC Witney and their guarantee. I'm not affraid to use it!

I'm reading more and more that there is likely only a single producer of new body kits these days. I'll definitely test fit the body prior to any work I do and report my findings and initial impressions.

Thanks for the leg-work and research! I'm very appreciative.
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I sold my 81 cj5 tub, fenders, hood, and windshield for $500 here locally. It was blasted and primed as well.. There will be someone wants it for deer lease type offroad Jeep where looks are not essential.... I opted for the complete kevlar fiberglass route from Shell Valley. It has been more work but in the end, no more rusting ever!!!!!!
Exactly. I was thinking it would be great for a deer lease vehicle. As you know, we've got no end of hunters and lease land around here... so that's a plus.

I'm hoping to stave off the rust (on the new body) as long as possible with the POR-15 and bed liner. I'm pretty impressed with the durability of the POR-15 so far. I painted a few test pieces and abused them unimaginably just to test it and it held-up admirably to repeated blows with a BFH, screw driver scratches and bending.
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I think alot of the guys around here, bedline the whole body. That way it is somewhat sealed from the elements and very durable finish. Also, alot of them cover up all the rust and corrision by shooting it inside and outside. I almost bought a local CJ7 here last week or so but it was bedlined inside and out... That pretty much rules out a nice paint job for the street....
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Unread 02-21-2010, 04:19 PM   #73
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Well... another change of plan...

I stumbled upon a rust and Bondo-free, YJ tub with barely a ding and the original paint still in somewhat good condition. I had to jump on it for only $500.

It still has an in-tact wiring harness, pedals, e-brake pedal, vents, 2 heaters and some other goodies. I'll sell the extras.

Did these things have swing-out tailgates or what? I'll need to drill holes for the CJ7 tailgate mounts.

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Unread 02-21-2010, 04:53 PM   #74
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So what are you going to do now with the body kit tub. Do you just like wasting money or what? Wish I had some to throw away.
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Unread 02-21-2010, 05:11 PM   #75
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So what are you going to do now with the body kit tub. Do you just like wasting money or what? Wish I had some to throw away.
On the contrary, my friend! Once I found the YJ tub and concluded that it would work as well or better than a new tub, I cancelled my order for the OMIX-ADA tub. Guess I shoulda mentioned that. :-)

One thing that I just couldn't get past was the lack of "Jeep" stamped on the tub. It's petty, I know. It was only one thing of many that bothered me about purchasing a new body kit-- not to mention, the YJ body was 1/6th the cost!
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