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Unread 10-07-2008, 08:03 PM   #1
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White Hardtop and Doors?

A.

well i bought a hardtop for CHEAP and a set of doors came with it for free... i had to do some welding, grinding, sanding and painting before i could get the doors back together... and i happened to have a few cans of white gloss rustoleum enamel... so i thought i would just match the doors to the white hardtop until i could paint them all as planned... but the white isnt so bad until i can get through winter and then take the hardtop back off and paint it... what do you guys think?







B. Due to the previous owner wrecking into a tree some of my body steel was slightly buckled...

in order to make the passenger door fit into the jeep i had to rig a come along and chain bolted to the wreckage and try to pull/straighten out the panels...
It just needed a half an inch and i finally got the door to fit in... although it is NOT operational just yet..

I have a replacement panel for the passenger side rear panel that is wrecked... but I am clueless as to how to proceed...

any advice on how to go about cutting out the wrecked panel and fitting in the new one?

here is where my next repairs are going to be focused...

i need a new liftgate (rusted out) if anyone has one... let me know...
I need bodywork/ panels replaced... quote me a ballpark estimate?

probably should start looking into a new bumper with a receiver as well...

I have an immaculate bestop supertop about 1 year old if anyone has something i need in a reasonable trade...



please

C.

What do you think my jeep is worth?

It was listed 4 thousand firm when i got it...

I put 800 dollars into brand new 33inch BFG all terrains less than 300 miles ago
did the nutter bypass
200 dollars into cb and antenna
added hardtop and full doors
bought an extra carb w rebuild kit
have replacement steel...
soft top and soft doors as well
75k original miles on 258
about 7 inches of lift
ZERO rust on frame...
very few surface rust spots...

i just wonder what you guys think this thing is worth as is...
or after the bodywork/paint what it might be worth?

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Unread 10-07-2008, 08:07 PM   #2
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I like it.
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Unread 10-07-2008, 08:20 PM   #3
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I like it.
thank you

can i get a witness?

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Unread 10-07-2008, 08:33 PM   #4
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same deal here- just got a white hardtop and doors. I'm working to get the doors back in shape, but rocking them in the meantime. better than freezing in the morning!
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Unread 10-07-2008, 08:36 PM   #5
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same deal here- just got a white hardtop and doors. I'm working to get the doors back in shape, but rocking them in the meantime. better than freezing in the morning!

absolutely...

i didnt know how well my heater worked until i had the hardtop on and the windows / doors in...

its gettin cold fast.
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Unread 10-07-2008, 08:39 PM   #6
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Unread 10-07-2008, 08:42 PM   #7
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for the cost of body work it might be worth it to get yourself an air compressor, some air tools, and a welder and go at it yourself. a buddy and me replaced both of my rear corners over a weekend. lots of cutting, grinding, and cussing involved, but all told it only ran me about $65 including a case of beer for letting me use his welder.
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Unread 10-07-2008, 08:49 PM   #8
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for the cost of body work it might be worth it to get yourself an air compressor, some air tools, and a welder and go at it yourself. a buddy and me replaced both of my rear corners over a weekend. lots of cutting, grinding, and cussing involved, but all told it only ran me about $65 including a case of beer for letting me use his welder.
i hear ya talkin but i have no garage!

although i do have experience and use for a welder... may be more money than i am willing to play with...

btw... what cost you the 65 dollars? steel/beer?

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Unread 10-07-2008, 09:10 PM   #9
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btw... what cost you the 65 dollars? steel/beer?
the rear corners were $26 a piece from quadratec, then the beer.

heres how mine looked getting done...



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Unread 10-07-2008, 09:13 PM   #10
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the rear corners were $26 a piece from quadratec, then the beer.

heres how mine looked getting done...




WOW nice work...

very helpful...

tell me what you used for cutting and where you started...

looks like you just started on the exterior line/seam and peeled it back as you cut neatly as possible?

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Unread 10-07-2008, 09:22 PM   #11
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yeah, we used an air cut off wheel from harbor freight (cheap, but worked really well). cut right outside the seam, then had to grind down the welds by the tailgate. once it was off we went back and removed the rest of the old corner from the seam by grinding through the spot welds one at a time. putting on the new corner wasn't that hard either. stripped the paint off the edges, clamped it in place, then went to town with the welder.

here's a before and after. its still kinda rough because i haven't pulled out the bondo yet to smooth over the welds.


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Unread 10-07-2008, 09:26 PM   #12
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yeah, we used an air cut off wheel from harbor freight (cheap, but worked really well). cut right outside the seam, then had to grind down the welds by the tailgate. once it was off we went back and removed the rest of the old corner from the seam by grinding through the spot welds one at a time. putting on the new corner wasn't that hard either. stripped the paint off the edges, clamped it in place, then went to town with the welder.


awesome... this is better advice than i could have hoped for... the pictures really help... i think i now understand what all has to be done to swap that steel...

THANK YOU!
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Unread 10-07-2008, 10:36 PM   #13
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i am starting to think i need to remove the rear steel panel and then hook the chain onto the inside of the tub, put a ton more tension on it... and try to make just a little more room for that passenger door and get the passenger side hardtop and windshield to line up just a fraction of an inch better... then my doors should both work...

i am missing a couple seals I need for the glass on the doors... i cant believe how much $ they want for a cple pieces of rubber... highway robbery.

i put foam weather strip in for the meantime.... it was $2.99
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Unread 10-08-2008, 02:02 PM   #14
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You might be able to cover that dent up with a set of corner guards or crusher corners. That would be my lazy way of covering it up.

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Unread 10-08-2008, 04:58 PM   #15
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You might be able to cover that dent up with a set of corner guards or crusher corners. That would be my lazy way of covering it up.

Brian
i want to fix it right not cover it up...

but yeah i could do it that way... wouldnt be any cheaper though... just easier to do
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