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post #76 of 1943 Old 05-13-2009, 02:04 AM
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exhaust

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post #77 of 1943 Old 05-18-2009, 02:46 PM
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post #78 of 1943 Old 05-18-2009, 06:27 PM
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I found I was able to ditch the drop pitman arm after I converted over to hi-steer ....and when I reinstalled the OEM pitman arm, I gained my original steering radius back

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post #79 of 1943 Old 05-19-2009, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys.

If I remember correctly my steering was limited by the stops on both sides to keep the tires from rubbing on the springs but I'll be sure to check that out once I get the steering column mounted up.

I got my exhaust gaskets in so time for a little more assembly. I also got a call from the media blaster stating my tub was done, I can't wait to see how it looks. I will pick that up later this week so I can get started on the metal repair over the long weekend.

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post #80 of 1943 Old 06-20-2009, 11:10 AM Thread Starter
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Tub Prep

I prepped the tub for the media blaster by going around and cutting out all of the obviously rusted areas. I ended up trimming out more once I got it back but this gave me a good start and opened up a few extra angles for the media blaster.

I started with cutting off the rear corners. You can see how all the panel lips will need to be repaired.


Here is the rust hole on the driverís floorboard near the roll bar mount.


Here is it cut out.


I had to do the same thing for the passenger floorboard.


Here is the passengerís side middle roll bar mount.


All cut out.


Here is the driverís side rust.


All cut out.


This was a cancer spot behind the A-pillar.


I cut out the obvious problem areas on the driverís side rear quarter panel.


The passengerís side was even worse. The PO had done some previous repairs to this panel. He cut out the rust spots then just tacked a larger piece over the hole and covered it with Bondo. Everywhere the two pieces were just sandwiched together with no weld or sealer is where the paint was bubbling up like cancer.


The small pile of metal at the end of the day.


Here is how the tub looked right before going to the media blaster.

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post #81 of 1943 Old 06-20-2009, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Media Blasted

I took the tub and grill over to a local business called Metal Prep Services in Rockford, IL. Rich and John did an awesome job with the tub. They used media blast on the entire tub then went back and sand blasted a couple tough areas where panel warp wasnít an issue. Thatís why youíll see some sand in these pictures.


The grill came out nice.


Nice clean metal to start patching up. Do you think I should fix the dent in the floor on the right?


Good picture of the entire driverís side.


There was a patch welded back there I didnít even know about.


One of the entire passenger side.


There were just a couple spots on the underside of the tub that the blasting didnít completely get clean. I didnít really expect it to since there was some pretty thick twelve-year-old spray on undercoating covering the entire thing. I would say over 90% of the bottom came out clean. A few minutes with a wire wheel should do the trick on the areas is it being stubborn. Time to do a lot more cutting and welding.

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post #82 of 1943 Old 06-21-2009, 08:28 PM
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Hey Coiz, i think we are hitting that small world type of stuff. I live about50 minutes from rockford......

It used to be a Jeep thing, now it wont let go.....

97 TJ Sport - header, mpbr exhaust, throttle body, arb snorkel, 4 inch rouch country lift, 35 x 12.5 AT's, sye, tom woods, hand throttle, warn xd9000i, front and rear bumpers with air, 12v cooler + beer

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post #83 of 1943 Old 07-18-2009, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Welding the body.

I started in on the body repairs and decided to start with the passengers side floorboard and ĎAí Pillar.


First I cut out the rusted section of the passengerís side ĎAí Pillar.


I cut out a replacement section and used a hammer and vice/anvil to bend the bottom edge to fit.


At the same time I cut out and shaped the floorboard patch as well. This took quite a bit of hammer work to get it shaped correctly.


Weld in the A Pillar patch.


Grind it smooth.


The floor panel and A Pillar mostly welded up.


Cut and fit the outside panel too.


A couple light coats of weldable primer.


Got it all tacked up.


A picture of the spot welds from the backside.


Mostly finished with the welding and a quick once over with the grinder.


Just a few spots to touch up and sand again before primer and a light coat of body filler to smooth it all out.


I had to do the same basic thing to the driverís side floor. This one was square and flat, nothing to fancy here. All welded up ready to grind.


Ground smooth ready for some final sanding.


The step panel repairs at the roll bar mounts were a little more involved and I plan to post those repairs up next.

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post #84 of 1943 Old 07-18-2009, 12:34 PM
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Looking gooooood
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post #85 of 1943 Old 07-18-2009, 04:45 PM
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I'm working on a 79 CJ too. Saw your pictures...didn't have to do as much work to mine. Stuck on wiring my engine now. Looks like you replaced yours. Any pointers on wiring up a painless wiring harness?

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post #86 of 1943 Old 07-18-2009, 11:51 PM
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Come on Mike, you say I have mad fab skills? You are waay more ambitious than I am. I wussed out and went fiberglass. Looks great!
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post #87 of 1943 Old 07-26-2009, 12:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the comments guys. No help on the painless wiring question. I used the Mustang harness for all of the engine stuff and the Jeep harness for everything else. I plan on removing every unused wire from the Mustang harness this time around and plan to upgrade or rewire a lot of the factory Jeep stuff, relays for the headlights, ect.,.

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post #88 of 1943 Old 07-26-2009, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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Step plate under roll bar repairs.

The passenger side had quite a bit of material removed to get all of the rust removed. I actually had to trim that out just a bit more.


I got the long piece formed and fitted then tacked into place. Here I also have the square section ready to be tacked in.


I don’t mind the welding but the grinding sucks.


Here I have the main step replacement already cut out and formed on the top and bottom edges.


A view from the back. You can see where I still have a little bit of undercoating to clean off.


Here it is mostly welded in.


After a bit of grinding it doesn’t look too bad.


I had to follow the same basic process for the driver’s side.


You can see how I followed the three piece patch panels to get it all sealed up.


Most of the grinding done with a few touch up welds to go.


After that I started working at replacing the Ĺ” lips on the rear fenders and quarter panels.

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post #89 of 1943 Old 07-26-2009, 08:52 PM
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Very nice build!!! I have to do very similar body work to my CJ. I was wondering what guage sheet metal you were using and what you were using for a welder. A mig or flux core, I'm guessing a mig by the pictures? From the pictures the welder looked to be a harbor freight model. Thanks
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post #90 of 1943 Old 07-27-2009, 05:12 AM
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I would spray two coats of epoxy primer on the tub as soon as possible even if you store it in the garage. Your metal work looks great!

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