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Unread 05-01-2012, 01:35 PM   #16
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How do you plan on attacking that bed? I have a lot of similar small rust pinholes in my bed that sandblasting was kind enough to reveal for me. I was going to try and plug weld these while holding a copper "spoon" behind it, then grind the top side flush. I may also just cut some metal to fit between the ribs on the underside and then just plug them using that as a backer. Whichever proves easier!
My heatsheild is pretty bad on the one side so I was just going to make another one.
I actually found plug welding small holes to be quite simple with my welder. Most of them I didn't even need to use a backing, although I do have some copper backing for the larger holes. Exactly, just fill the holes a little higher than the sheet metal and then grind them flush. I have a ton of these to do.

Stay tuned in the next day or so to see how I am addressing the areas of the rear floor that are rotted out. I will have quite a few pictures of the process.

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Unread 05-04-2012, 10:00 AM   #17
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Bad sections all cut out with jig saw/angle grinder/dremel cutoff wheel. I then hit the exposed, surface rust areas of the floor supports with my portable sandblaster, and then sprayed phosphoric acid down into the support to neutralize the surface rust that I could not reach with my sand blaster.



Patch panel that I cut out of a junkyard CJ7. This was the only usable section of that floorboard.



Cut out section used as a template for new patch piece. I used a jigsaw with a fine, steel cutting blade.



Tacked on piece.



Making progress. A bit more welding to do and then some sanding/grinding of the welds. The second piece up from the bottom is completely done (welded/sanded down).



I'll get some more pics up soon when the floor is completed. BTW, I think I am doing okay with the welding? This is my first time ever welding.
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Unread 05-04-2012, 10:04 AM   #18
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wow, that looks great, I like how you used the body panel off the other jeep to maintain the same ribbing in the tub!
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Unread 05-04-2012, 10:28 AM   #19
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wow, that looks great, I like how you used the body panel off the other jeep to maintain the same ribbing in the tub!
Thanks! That was my plan to maintain the original ribbing pattern.
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Unread 05-04-2012, 02:41 PM   #20
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wow, that looks great, I like how you used the body panel off the other jeep to maintain the same ribbing in the tub!
Ditto. Very excellent work. I know it was tedious, but it came out looking great.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 12:32 PM   #21
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Thought you guys might get a kick out of this. I turned an old oak entertainment center with casters into a welding cart. I just cut a round hole in the top with my jig saw and dropped the gas tank into the hole. I've had the darn thing sitting around collecting dust in the garage for a while now, so why not utilize it for a free welding cart with shelving for all my welding accessories.

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Unread 05-06-2012, 01:46 PM   #22
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Thought you guys might get a kick out of this. I turned an old oak entertainment center with casters into a welding cart. I just cut a round hole in the top with my jig saw and dropped the gas tank into the hole. I've had the darn thing sitting around collecting dust in the garage for a while now, so why not utilize it for a free welding cart with shelving for all my welding accessories.

That gets the Alabama Seal of Approval second class!

If you add some duct tape you get the top award!

The tub work is looking good!

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Unread 05-06-2012, 11:08 PM   #23
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That gets the Alabama Seal of Approval second class!

If you add some duct tape you get the top award!

The tub work is looking good!

Jeff
Lol, I'm glad I get some southern approval.
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Looking awesome! I always enjoy the CJ-5 rebuilds. I like the welding cart too. Add some castors and you'll be in business.
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Unread 05-07-2012, 09:58 AM   #25
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Looking awesome! I always enjoy the CJ-5 rebuilds. I like the welding cart too. Add some castors and you'll be in business.
It does have casters. It wouldn't be a pro-setup without them.
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Unread 05-12-2012, 02:49 PM   #26
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I pulled my seat belts off and discovered some rust/rot underneath them. Then hit the area with my sandblaster.



Cut out section, and then drilled out the two spot welds on the threaded plate.



New patch and threaded plate.



Tacked on plate. I used my small vise to achieve the curve\bend in the new sheet metal.



Topside all welded in:



Backside:



I still need to hit the welds with a grinder and then I have a couple more seat belt mount areas to repair.
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Unread 05-15-2012, 10:38 AM   #27
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Update:

Not a whole lot of visual progress as of late. I've been chiseling out a lot of seam sealer in preparation for hitting those hard to reach areas with my sand blaster. I seem to keep discovering new, little rust/rot areas as I work my way around cleaning the tub. Just means more sheet metal patching to further refine my welding skills.

Other seat belt mount/area patched in:



I like all the welding work, but the grinding I find tedious and a PITA! I think I'll pick up a compact air grinder today at HF to help get to those hard to reach areas.

Picked up this lil' helper the other day at Home Depot:

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wow very jealous of your new helper, that is sure going to come in handy. As always your sheet metal work puts mine to shame, good job!
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Unread 05-21-2012, 03:55 PM   #29
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great progress! Tagging along for the ride. Siting on another 79 CJ5 myself in need of some TLC.
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Unread 05-21-2012, 08:17 PM   #30
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Is that cool or what? You're going to love that addition.
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