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post #1 of 12 Old 07-19-2019, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Any ideas on straightening this out?

I was installing my new fenders and the wouldn't line up right. One wanted to sit lower than the other in the front. Got to looking around and noticed its bent right at the door jam on the drivers side. Any ideas on how to straighten it out? I have a feeling the rotted body mounts is what caused it. So far I can find replacements for those either. I'm working on a budget so 3k for a new tub is out of the question

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-19-2019, 08:25 PM
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Yes, It can be straight. The issue comes from the amount of $$$ and time. To gather the parts needed from Classic or C2 or vintage you will have the same as a used tub. (here in Colorado 5's used will go about $500 and up) The PROBLEM is once you start to replace those parts lining everything up with a restamp panel becomes time and welding wire more than anything to make it right. Then you cut it open to find even more repair is needed. ( this is not the smartass answer, this is proven fact). Ask me how I know LOL.

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I may have spoke to soon. After looking at the picture, Is that white bubbled paint or snow? Kinda hard to see with old eyes.


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It's some sort of bedliner according to the po

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post #5 of 12 Old 07-20-2019, 03:53 AM
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It's some sort of bedliner according to the po...

...to hide all the rust and bondo. Your $ budget of low cost will yield a low quality fix that will have you doing it again in a few years. Save your money and buy a used tub that is rust free or a new one. Trying to patch that much rust is both time consuming and an endless money pit.

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That's what I was afraid of. Well I got to looking around last night and found a few used tubs. Just sucks I'll most likely lose my tailgate

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If you have a welder, you can cut your tailgate out of your current tub and weld it into the new tub like so many have. You will be money ahead if you can find a good straight, rust free tub to start with.
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Yeah, I hate to be a downer... But I would just live with it and save for a new tub.
Without being there in person it's hard to tell, but from the looks of it, there's probably a lot of sins hidden under that bedliner and bondo.


Mine's in better shape than that... But after patching all the rust and having it come back after a few years... I decided to just bolt on some armor to cover it, and eventually save for a new one.
These things just weren't galvanized and made to last, so even if you think you fixed all the rust. It's still there, hiding in all the seems and places you can't see or get to. Waiting, lurking, ready to bust back threw in a few years time......

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The tub I found is fiberglass and from what I've read it's pretty tough to reinforce the fiberglass tubs for a tailgate. Sucks but that seems to be my best option right now

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The tub I found is fiberglass and from what I've read it's pretty tough to reinforce the fiberglass tubs for a tailgate. Sucks but that seems to be my best option right now

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Do you really use the tailgate much on a CJ5?
I use it now and then on my 7, but only because there's actually space back there...

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Do whatever you have to do to get your fenders to fit. WAIT! and then wait a little more until you find a good tub like you want. Everyone is in such a hurry. Wait until you find what you want while working on the wiring, suspension, frame and all the other stuff that needs attention. Find exactly what you want and then you will be happy.

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The tub I found is fiberglass and from what I've read it's pretty tough to reinforce the fiberglass tubs for a tailgate. Sucks but that seems to be my best option right now

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post #12 of 12 Old 07-20-2019, 09:14 PM
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Super pricey, but this is my long term "when I have the time and money" goal...
https://www.hardbody4x4.com/jeep-bodies.html

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