CJ7 body repairs and their costs?
Hey guys, I am getting my `70 CJ5 on the road, which means I can finally start the restoration of my `83 CJ7. Yeah! This way I will always have one to drive, particularly in the snow for my commutes to my job at the Hospital as there are no excused absences for snow on the ground. Any who, my CJ7 is in great shape and runs really well. Whats my #1 problem, rust of course! I have the typical rusted and loss of metal of a CJ tub, over both rear wheel wells, floor pans, floor seatbelt anchor positions.
I am curious, the thought of simply replacing with a fiberglass tub is a quick fix all as I have no metallurgy capabilities or desires to do so, or the added funds.
So my question is, would it be cheaper to pay a body shop to repair the rusted sections, prime, and paint to a completed repair, or cheaper to go the fiberglass route?
Also, I heard that there is a local High School in my area that may have a body shop class for students to learn, which is of course supervised. If I can donate, with a returned product of my CJ tub, free of cost, do you think I should go this route, or would you trust the repairs most of all? I am certainly not expecting professional quality, which I would be perfectly okay with, just as long as the metal holds together and isn't going to release my newly repaired seatbelt mount location, etc, etc.
I already know the pros/cons of metal to fiberglass tubs, so that is not what I am looking for, but any of the, "oh, I didn't know that" or "I learned that the hard way" type of responses that I am looking for.
Thanks for any help/opinions.