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post #166 of 181 Old 06-04-2021, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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CJ - are you enjoying this part of the project? Certainly quite a bit of work you are doing.
Hey Jeff, I like your thread better lol. I have enjoyed watching your youtube vids and reading your stories from the trails, awesome stuff! Yes, I am enjoying this part of the build, I am learning a lot and finding as most do, my biggest limitation is time. Welding and metal working opens up a whole new world for me and I have just scratched the surface. I'm going to need more tools and knowledge to learn to fabricate the way I would like to. Once you open pandoras box there may be no stopping.

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post #167 of 181 Old 06-09-2021, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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It has been slow going due to 4 days with temps over 90 degrees and high humidity. You can watch the steel flash rust as soon as you put it down. Here is the driver side rear rocker patch welded in place with most of the ugly ground away. I left the bottom edge of the rocker in place on this side since it was in better shape than the passenger side making for easier going, it was only flat work, no bending. I used cardboard for a template, fit it up then transferred it to the steel. Next I cut the patch out with the angle grinder and welded it in place. Tomorrow the heat should break so I hope to get the rear pan trimmed up and ready to go in, maybe even tack it in place since I may have a slow work day tomorrow.
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post #168 of 181 Old 06-10-2021, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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My day didn't work out the way I expected so I was happy just to accomplish what I did. Broken tools combined with unexpected work problems and to top it off I ran out of shielding gas and had to call it. I hope to be back at it over the weekend, I am itching to get it back on the road!
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post #169 of 181 Old 06-13-2021, 06:14 PM
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Any idea how much body work you have left to do?

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post #170 of 181 Old 06-14-2021, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Any idea how much body work you have left to do?
I have a body shop lined up for paint in the fall so I am getting as much metal work done as I can before then. I lack the skill or patience for painting it. The good news is that after the floor pans are done I will be able to drive it and work on it at the same time. So, next is to pull the roll bar out and repair any rust under there, it wasn't too bad last time I looked so that should go quickly. Also, there is a rust in the tops of the rear wheel tub housing and a bit at the seams of the rear tub corners as well, that completes the laundry list. I think??? I believe I have tackled the most difficult of the repairs and since work for me gets craziest in the fall, whatever I don't finish I will let the body shop handle. I would like to do some wheeling with it next summer, nothing too crazy, just get out there, nothing too crazy,enjoy it for a change. I am bummed I didn't make the Jeep Scramble at Rausch Creek in PA going on right now. Also, there are trails I would like to go to in New Hampshire next year, which means I'll need to get a winch installed for that.

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post #171 of 181 Old 06-17-2021, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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I was able to finish welding the floor pan in and my HF grinder quit on me while I was grinding those welds. I knew it was on its last leg, it's been getting quite the workout. I didn't have any success with the Rigid cordless I tried a couple weeks ago but I found this Milwaukee grinder while researching and decided to pick it up Monday. I like the variable speed dial on it as pictured. It has plenty of adjustment to it and I find that turning the flap discs at a slower rpm seems to make them last longer. It also gives me a bit more control, it seems to work well, it's a keeper. I then moved on to making a new mount strip for the drivers seat which had cracked so I could weld in the floor support which was a pretty nasty job. You get a nice shower of sparks when welding overhead lol. I also welded up a a new floor pan seat belt anchor because mine was too rusty to salvage as you can see in the picture, I'll weld that in this weekend when start on the front pan and a pillar/rocker repair. . I also tacked the seat belt mount in place on the b pillar patch and put that aside, to be welded in later.
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post #172 of 181 Old 06-18-2021, 07:11 AM
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Iím a big fan of the Milwaukee grinders. I have a couple that Iíve abused hard for years, and they just keep going.
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post #173 of 181 Old 06-22-2021, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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The problem with Raptor liner is that rust can be festering underneath it for years before you are aware of the issue. Granted it is all about surface prep and I didn't install it myself so I can't say how well it was prepped. I do know the floors were in decent shape 16 years ago when this stuff was put on though. I don't recommend it unless it is going on new sheet metal like a new truck or sand blasted surfaces. I think rust can creep back out of seams and begin undermining the coating, I think that is what happened to my floor. You can see in the first picture the floor doesn't look too bad but as soon as I ran the scraper over it a few times the Raptor started cracking revealing all the rust. I am leaning toward paint only on the floors when it goes in for paint. I like the idea of being able to see the rust as soon as it starts and deal with it immediately. I was able to drill out all my spot welds and remove the A pillar over the weekend. I also got started cutting the floor out and was able to finish that up today. I have a little patch work on the rocker in back of the A pillar then I can start fitting in the floor patch.
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Interesting about the rust under the Raptor Liner. A lot of people do that on the interior, and Iíve also seen a few use it on the outside.

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Interesting about the rust under the Raptor Liner. A lot of people do that on the interior, and Iíve also seen a few use it on the outside.
I know Jeff, I see Raptor mentioned lot on the forum, that's why I shared those pictures. If it is a new Jeep or truck I would imagine this is not an issue, like when you line a brand new truck bed, but due to the surface strength of this stuff, all hell could be breaking loose underneath the surface and you wouldn't know about it until the Raptor bubbles up, which could take years. Kind of like spaying rubberized rust proofing on your frame, not a good idea.

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It's been a busy couple weeks. This was my daughters new used Subaru, the white mashed one, the insurance co owns it now. She and the other driver both walked away from the crash with no injuries thankfully. The other driver ran a stop sign and my daughter never had a chance to avoid it. Both cars are a total loss unfortunately. We owned it for a grand total of 55 days, ouch, it was a nice car and only had 63k on the odometer. I got the pleasure of trying to find a replacement for it amid the car inventory shortage we are experiencing, the market place has changed so much since only 2 months ago. Slim pickins out there now, the best I could on short notice was a 16' with 100 k on it, silver in color. It is so competitive that when I would find a lower mile car it was sold by the time I got there. It's has been too hot to do much of anything on the jeep so I went shopping on fb marketplace and found some nice yj doors for summer, had to drive to Mass to get them, only a couple hour ride each way, not bad. They're in great shape and had been stored for 30 yrs, best of all they have no rust. Can't wait to get them mounted up and adjusted correctly. The last picture you see is the first cut and fit of the drivers side patch. I hope to have that cleaned up and start tacking it in this week.
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Sorry to hear about your daughter's car accident, thankfully nobody was injured.

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I finally got a couple of hours to myself today for the final trimming and fitting of the driver front patch and I was able to get it tacked in as well. Hopefully I will have it welded in place tomorrow.
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I finished welding in the patch today, unfortunately I couldn't get any welding in yesterday. It came out better than I expected, I was worried about some of the larger gaps I had to fill. I also had a few minutes to start grinding the welds before I had to call it a day. Over the weekend I'll fabricate the driver side A pillar repair patch and hopefully get it welded and get that much closer to taking my first cruise with it since maybe April.
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I was able to finish up grinding the welds then I started on the a pillar patch. I had to heat it and add that extra little bend in, that's why it is blue. I hope to weld that in this weekend, only a week behind schedule but I'll take it.
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