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post #1 of 9 Old 06-28-2020, 07:34 AM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Does anyone know of a body shop in northern va that does welding

The big fat spare on the back of my cj5 tore little lines into my tub after going over a speed bump

The spare is now permanently in my storage room.

I have read many a post on how to mount spares on jeeps .... I now know where I stand on the issue.

I have been hunting for a body shop to weld the rips in the tub.. They are about an inch and a half each and there are three of them around each mounting hole.

I figure a little follow the pool around each ... grind ... finish ... paint ...and I am good to go.

Who does welding ... i canít find anyone

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post #2 of 9 Old 06-28-2020, 02:28 PM
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Contact a fab shop for the welding

Whats over that next ridge?
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Where

I have and nobody knows of one in northern Virginia
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Time to buy a little MIG and learn to weld, you can recoup the cost of the welder if there's no one near you that can weld...


just sayin

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Time to buy a little MIG and learn to weld, you can recoup the cast of the welder if there's no one near you that can weld...


just sayin
Learning to weld is one thing; welding thin sheet metal is a different matter.

If you can't find a body shop to repair the tears, look up a HVAC contractor, or someone who works in restaurant equipment/ventilation hoods. They should be skilled in welding sheet metal.
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Learning to weld is one thing; welding thin sheet metal is a different matter.

If you can't find a body shop to repair the tears, look up a HVAC contractor, or someone who works in restaurant equipment/ventilation hoods. They should be skilled in welding sheet metal.

My reply was sort of tongue in cheek if he learns to weld he will have no competition in the area for work. main thing is to stitch weld it and not overheat one spot, besides, if you own an old jeep, your gonna have to weld on it sooner or later.

But seriously, any body shop should be able to do that repair, maybe they only want to do big $$ insurance work.

fence company, muffler shop, ad on craigslist, trailer repair shop, local farmer/rancher, machine shop lots of out of the box possibilities.

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Ask your local DOT or Public Works where they have work done for their trucks. Many Township, County or State Maintenance facilities have small local weld shops that fabricate and make repairs for Township owned vehicles. I have a local place that is within a mile of my house, but you would never know it was there, that does fab work and welding for both the public and township.

Even brought them my new Repli-tub to stitch weld the sheet metal to add OEM heat shields and rear panel piece.
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Iím good with tongue and cheek ...

Strangely enough, I took two welding classes at Nova CoCo 30 years ago...(northern Virginia community college)

And a ton of bodywork and auto mechanics classes

What I learned was to always pay someone who was good at it and did it every day

Or learn to cry
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Good suggestion

I will look around

Used to live in Indiana back in the 1980s... you could always find good body guys there (with all the car cancer in that state and the Indy race shops)
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