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post #1 of 12 Old 09-17-2021, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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I just picked up a fiberglass body and fenders for my CJ7. According to the seller, it was made by Four Wheel Parts (or maybe Four Wheel Hardware) when they still made them. It has been in inside storage for about 10 years so it really is brand new. Is there some way of verifying that it was made by Four Wheel Parts? I have not take too much time to crawl over and under yet and won't be able to until Sunday. Was hoping some others would have the same brand of body and could chime in. Thanks


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post #2 of 12 Old 09-17-2021, 09:01 PM
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Maybe 4WD Parts/ Hardware just stocked them and they were made by another company such as "Shell Valley".

This is a Shell Valley video, maybe somewhere in it you can find a marking of some sort.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=RbJrG2U2CqQ

Other than that, it's a really "sped up" "How to video" that is really a good reference

I got my glass body from "TJ Vanderbosch" for my '46 CJ2A---No videos or marking on it.

See post 14 in here https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f8/f...od-bad-873983/

There were other glass companies, I can't recall any names.

You will love the glass body!

Keep us posted on how it's working out.

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post #3 of 12 Old 09-18-2021, 04:43 AM
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On my Four Wheel Hardware fiberglass body they had the name on the inside of the firewall under a layer of clear fiberglass resin. I'd take a picture but mine has been covered up with a coating.
Yes, Four Wheel Hardware made their own.


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Exactly what John said. I've had mine since 1990

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I would like to find out who made it in case there are some special things to do or watch for. So far the only thing I have found is a serial number tag on the drivers side cowl. In any area that has bolts, such as hinges for the hood and doors, there is some kind of black material coated with resin. It doesn't appear to be metal, rather it looks like maybe a cloth or something like cloth. I thought I read that one of the bodies had some type of material added in high stress areas, although I don't recall what brand that was.

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The later one had better reinforcement. I actually used the original steel plate I removed from the firewall.


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Has anyone actually cut their body seams in? The fiberglass body looks a little "sterile" without the joints between the panels. I actually found a you tube video where a guy installed a tailgate. Mine does not have one but it really looks plain without the JEEP back there, even if the outer skin would be grafted into the glass without actually cutting the opening. Just starting to gather ideas ....

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If you start cutting in seam lines you will weaken the body. The fiberglass is only about 1/8-3/16" thick in most places. Mine does not have a tailgate either, I've learned to live with it plus it makes the body a lot less prone to cracking back there.

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I realize that, I just thought someone might have cut them in and reinforced the back with a few layers of glass cloth or maybe metal that would tie in to some other area that needs stiffening. I guess if there's a will there's a way.

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With a little skill you can paint them in.

A little white for highlites and a little darker shade for color and whala!! prefect seem.


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Has anyone actually cut their body seams in? The fiberglass body looks a little "sterile" without the joints between the panels. I actually found a you tube video where a guy installed a tailgate. Mine does not have one but it really looks plain without the JEEP back there, even if the outer skin would be grafted into the glass without actually cutting the opening. Just starting to gather ideas ....

OMG, that brings back some memories on an old friends Shell Valley CJ-7 tub we did back in the 1990's. We used a small Milwaukee circular saw with a masonry blade and cut shallow straight lines in the tub, about a 1/6" depth, using a straight edge as a guide, clamped to the tub at various points. Some of the top edge cuts around the back part of the tub we used a Dremel tool on those since they were at an angle.
His Dad, who remodeled kitchens for a living, used his small router to cut and remove fiberglass material around the outside part of the cowl where it meets the windshield frame. This matched later CJ's recessed cutout on the cowl panel. Pic below is what I'm referring to.


cowl-panel-2-.jpg


I was totally against him doing this but he had previous experience with fiberglass working on corvette bodies so he did what he wanted to do. All I wanted to do was help him put the new fiberglass body on the CJ frame for the weekend. He really did a nice job and from 10ft away, you would never know it was a fiberglass tub except for the missing embossed "Jeep" script on the side. I think he eventually put on a Jeep emblems from another AMC model vehicle that was chrome to mimic the Jeep script.


Whether he had cracking problems from the cuts he did, I don't know. He kept the CJ-7 for another 3 or 4 years after that and then sold it. I'd ask him but unfortunately he passed away some years ago from throat cancer.

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That's exactly what I was looking for, at least I'm not the only one with OCD! I'm one of those that realize that everything is possible, you just have to accept the issues that might arise. I'm also restoring a 1984 Century Coronado boat which is fiberglass so I'm going to be getting a lot of glassing experience, I'm sure it will carry over to my other project!

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