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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:35 PM   #1
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Anyone welded in Full Front pan?

So, I'm slowly starting to restore my CJ and was wondering if anyone has ever welded in one of these full front pieces? Pictures of the install would be amazing as well as any tips or helpful hints.

I don't know how to weld but am thinking of trying it. The shops around here want to charge way too much to do it for me so what the hey.



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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:42 PM   #2
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body panels are about the hardest thing to weld. It is very easy to burn through. I know that they make a glue specifically designed for body panels like this that will be as strong as a weld. Search in the gaucho step side build i know he talks about it in there. I would not recommend welding in a floor plan as your first project.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:44 PM   #3
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Hey thanks. I really want to take a welding course but I don't have the time with my job. Maybe I'll track down some local Jeepers and get them to help.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:47 PM   #4
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That stuff is easy with a mig and some skill.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 07:55 PM   #5
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Yea I was thinking of getting a mig welder with some flux core and practicing before I actually attempted this.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 08:19 PM   #6
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Yea I was thinking of getting a mig welder with some flux core and practicing before I actually attempted this.
Once you get the hang of it sheet metal isn't that bad. You can only get better with practice.
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Unread 01-21-2010, 08:39 PM   #7
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Yea I was thinking of getting a mig welder with some flux core and practicing before I actually attempted this.
You would do better with solid-core MIG wire and some CO2 gas. You won't blow through the metal as often.
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Unread 01-22-2010, 01:19 AM   #8
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Welding is the last thing you should worry. Alighning the whole floor with other body parts will be more difficult in home conditions. If you have good transmission tunnel it might be easier to use quarter or half floors instead
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Unread 01-22-2010, 08:44 AM   #9
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I used that panel on my cj5.. was super easy... just brace the body before you cut out the old. i probably saved 10 hours or work replacing the entire pan vs. patch panels.
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