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post #1 of 6 Old 06-17-2021, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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fiberglass pitfalls

I may have a line on a cheap used 1979ish fiberglass tub. I have a 1984 with a very solid frame but a tub that is starting to rust out. My Jeep is nothing special and is far from original so it's not like I would be destroying a true collector. What are the pitfalls to going to fiberglass besides electrical? I'm obviously not looking for a show queen, just something that will survive through the NW Indiana winters. I'm guessing I could get it for the same cost of new floors, bottom structure and rockers but without having to do all the labor so lets rule out cost. Are there any problems using a 79 tub in place of an 84 that might make this a mistake? I'm new to Jeeps but not new to building cars.


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post #2 of 6 Old 06-18-2021, 10:21 AM
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I have a 77 cj5 with a glass tub installed by the PO minutes before I bought in 1994.
Other than faded paint, it looks exactly the same as when I got it.
When I wheel, it’s usually quite harsh and the tub ( and fenders and hood) have held up well.
An added bonus is the weight loss, less to get unstuck and more fun on the road.

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-18-2021, 11:19 AM
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I've had a fiberglass body on mine for nearly 30 years. I have absolutely no regrets. As you already know the only real issue is running separate grounds but if you replace your harness with one like painless wiring it will already have the grounds for everything built in. Make sure you seal every bolt that goes in the body and I highly suggest you use stainless hardware

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post #4 of 6 Old 06-18-2021, 06:05 PM
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Iíve used mine for plowing snow for a couple of decades now. The tub still looks fantastic.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-18-2021, 08:12 PM
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I put on my body in about 1991,

It's lighter (Better MPGs), It's quieter (no metal sounds), EZ to make repairs/ mods, Since 1991 I have never discovered any rust on the body at all!

Had to ground everything, used "Buss Bars" to consolidate "Grounds", "Accessories", live 12 Volts stuff. Doing this allowed me to "fill up a buss" then run one wire from each to my ignition switch, Not filling up the limited space on the switch.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-18-2021, 09:29 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks to all the replies, have not heard from the seller so maybe this won't pan out.

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