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Unread 03-11-2002, 10:14 PM   #1
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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

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Unread 03-11-2002, 11:25 PM   #2
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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.
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Unread 03-12-2002, 11:32 AM   #3
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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.
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Unread 03-12-2002, 04:31 PM   #4
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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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