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post #1 of 5 Old 07-29-2021, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
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New member intro and quick question

Dear All,


I just purchased a 1978 CJ7 that needs some love to get it back in shape. A decent amount of rust on the tub so I am working towards getting the tub off the frame so I can begin the welding and, ultimately, the painting. Anyways, I purchased this one so my son and I could spend time together working on it. He is 14 and this will be his first vehicle. As for my experience level, I just got done with a fully body off rebuild of a 1973 super beetle, so I learned a ton in that build and found I really enjoyed this type work. The only thing that is really new to me is water cooled engines, but I suppose I can figure that part out.


My quick question is this - as I head towards pulling the tub, do I have to drop the gas tank prior to yanking the tub - or can I get away with just disconnecting the fuel filler lines and such and then work with the gas tank when the tub is off? The PO did some real hack stuff under there and I think it would be easier to decipher where to go with it once the tub is off, but it isn't obvious to me whether I have to drop the tank first or not.



Thanks in advance for any help you can offer. I will post some pics when I figure out how to do so on this forum.


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post #2 of 5 Old 07-29-2021, 06:21 PM
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Nope, no reason to pull the gas tank prior to pulling the tub. Just get the fill and vent hose loose from the filler neck, which also easily unbolts from the tub and pull the tub off.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-29-2021, 10:51 PM
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And don't forget the vent and return hoses on the other side that go to the rollover valve in the area behind the driv. rear tire.

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post #4 of 5 Old 09-16-2021, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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I am slowly working down this road. Since this original post I have successfully pulled the body off and my 14 year old has learned to weld on the tub repairing rotten steel. Now that the body is off I am seeing that I need to repair some of the ribbing under the floor pan. I really don't want to buy complete new ribs as I don't deem it necessary, just wanting to patch them up in rusty places.



Question: Anyone know what gauge metal the structural ribs are stamped from? I know sheet metal is 18 ga, but the ribs seem to be a bit thicker and I would like to get close with the patches.


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Question: Anyone know what gauge metal the structural ribs are stamped from? I know sheet metal is 18 ga, but the ribs seem to be a bit thicker and I would like to get close with the patches.


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Sheet metal on the CJ is 18 gauge but the structural support steel, like A & B pillars, floor channels and other supports, are 16 gauge steel.

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