Hey guys, I am restoring an 81 CJ7 and would like to post my pics as I go along. I am not sure how to post a picture, but will give it a try. I used Photo Bucket, hopefully it will work. Here is the link:
No, I don't have any pics of the fender before. I actually started on this project a while back. You a see in the first picture of the Jeep that the welds are visible on the outside of the fender. There was some minor rust so I beat it in a little and came back over it with bondo to smooth it out. There was a small rust hole in front of the fender flare. The drivers side isn't that bad. This jeep appears that it has never been off road. The frame s clean with no rust. The only rust is some of the weld seams, the outer edge of the floor boards, and where the roll bar bolts down behind the seats. There is also an amount of rust on the back of the jeep under the tire carrier. There was surface rust on the hood.There are a few small dents and dings. I bought a donor jeep to switch the axles, front right fender, windshield, and transmission. Here are some pics of the donor. An 80 CJ5, 258, 4 speed T176, 3.07 gears with one-piece rear axles. It was used by a high school forestry class.
Well, I'm afraid there's a lot more rust there than you think.
Looking at the inside of the rear quarter you repaired, where the wheelwell meets the quarter, there's a lot of rust there.
And there are rust holes where the wheelwell meets the floor.
You can't just fill that with bondo and expect it to be fixed.
If you take a grinder or sandblaster to those areas, I'll bet big bucks you're going to find a lot more rust than it looks like is there.
Sorry, don't mean to rain on your parade, but that's just the way Jeeps are. All very common places for rust, and yours isn't any different, I'm afraid.
Oh, and that windshield frame, you're replacing it, right?