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post #1 of 22 Old 03-21-2020, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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My brother in law gave my son his 94 YJ for his first car. I'm looking for a better tub to transplant, but can't send PMs to any classified ad till I hit 10 posts!


So, I recently separated the tub from the frame, and removed the rear suspension. We are currently cleaning the frame rails and will be welding in frame repair sections in within the next few days. I have noticed that many of the body mount brackets attached to the frame have big oval holes instead of circular holes. Is this normal? I have access to a waterjet, I could tack in some precut plates that would sister these mounts on the frame?

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-21-2020, 10:13 PM
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unsure of anyone else, a lot of irregularities on these beasts

My body mount locations are round and i am fairly certain they are supposed to be.

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Thanks, I will post some pictures tomorrow on what they look like. Also, another question, I have been reading about people removing their traction bar. Maybe this has been asked many times before, but is this a safe mod for a teenage driver?
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Nevermind the question about the traction bar. I just found a 1400 post mother of mother thread that talks all about it!
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Nevermind the question about the traction bar. I just found a 1400 post mother of mother thread that talks all about it!
Hahahah. I was going to direct you there. RIP that sucker out and enjoy the benefits.

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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Welcome to the forum. The body mount holes should be round.

Before we get too far down the rabbit hole on posts, fill out your profile, there are a lot of variants out there between different engines, transmissions etc... Sucks to be given wrong advice because we "assume" we know what you're working with.

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I will work on updating my info. Attached are a few pictures that I put a red circle showing the frame mounts not being circular.
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^ that $]-[it ain't right.

your idea of plates welded atop will work. They also do sell beefy complete brackets you could burn into the frame after chopping those off.

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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Welding in some plates are no problem, but will still need a better shape YJ tub for this project. If I were to buy new brackets and essentially start over, could I use a TJ tub? They seem to be more plentiful on the market. The few YJ tubs that I've been finding are in poor shape, atleast in my area.
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Very different animal.

Anything CAN be done - but i dont get the sense that is exactly what you're asking.

It's going to be a very involved project to make that work, definitely a project for the sake of having a project. Nothing more then to say, "Aha! I did it! See!". Doesn't sound like you have that kinda time on your hands to dedicate to a project like that for simply your son's first vehicle.

What exactly is wrong with the tub that came with this jeep? Is it rotted through EVERYWHERE? ANything can be patched up, banged out, straightened in, sanded, painted etc etc

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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...just a thought have you looked into Fibreglass tub replacements? or even metal replacements?

From what i have read they definitely have their own issues - but if you're dealing with swiss cheese - perhaps a block of marble cheddar would at least be a solid starting point?

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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Lot of added stress with that 3" body lift.

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You are spot on, I'd like to button this up and focus my attention on the car parked next to it (Porsche 914). When accepting the YJ, I had the mentality that everything could be fixed. The A and B pillars are rusted out, enough so that the doors wouldn't open or close. In addition to that, the floor pans are gone along with both torque boxes. When we pulled the tub off the frame, it started to burrito in the middle.

It's my sons car and it does have some sentimental value, but I just don't have the time to bring the original tub back to safe working condition. It will be quicker finding a replacement tub. If I can't find one at a reasonable price, then I think you are right in exploring in buying a new tub
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post #15 of 22 Old 03-22-2020, 09:36 PM
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Welcome aboard. I suspect part of the body damage and wore out frame mounts is from the body lift. Not sure where you are but there's a guy in AZ I believe that has a Jeep salvage yard and ships all over the country. I'd try some of your neighboring states. Might find one worth the trip. Be patient. They're out there. It took me over a year to find my Jeep. Has some rust but everything around here look like they should be in a scrap yard. Most of the replacement bodies are "less than desirable" in fit, quality and cost. You should be able to find a reasonable used replacement even if you have to travel less than new.
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