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duke 03-11-2002 09:14 PM

CJ-7 restoration advice
 
I have a 1980 CJ7 w/ a 304 that I am currently restoring. I have blown most of my restoration funds on the engine, suspension, and tires. The body is pretty straight but I have some rust that was hidden by bondo. I need a cheap way to fix this problem for a year or two. Advice welcome

only in a jeep cj 03-11-2002 10:25 PM

If you just want a year or 2, blast out the bondo, and cover the areas with tall rocker panels and rivit in a temp floor pan.......providing your rust is in the common places. In the mean time, scout for a YJ tub or a clean CJ tub.....well worth the swap if you have moocho rusto.

4wheeler4CJ 03-12-2002 10:32 AM

I am in a similar situation with my current 77 CJ-7. I am "patching" mine, and I expect to get maybe 5 years out of it for now.

It makes a big difference exactly where your rust is, and if it is rust or rot. Check your Body Mount points, and basically any area that is load-bearing or structural. If it is pretty solid there, then the rest can be successfully patched for a while.

Mine is solid everywhere that counts (Body Mounts, Seat Mounts, Seat Belt Mounts, Spring Hangers, Shackle Mounts, etc.). I need to do lower rockers and a driver's floor pan, as well as new rear corners. Those are relatively easy fixes, if that is like what you have, and worth doing.

SKRMBLRMAN 03-12-2002 03:31 PM

If your only goal is to pass inspection and you don't care about looks, sheet metal and a pop riveter will solve all but structural problems


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