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02-11-2020 07:03 AM
Deer-Slayer_5 I know I let my updates go a little longer than I'd like but here's a fender update. I got most of the holes patched up.. I still have one to patch but I needed to assemble the fender for rigidity. It looks ugly but it will be filled in to perfection. Using some advice from NashvilleTJ, I found that my wire speed was too low. I'm using a Lincoln electric Pro Mig 175 from the early 2000s not that it matters lol

Anyways, here is what I finished last night. The good ol' harbor freight spot welder was busted out and it works wonders, although I could use a bigger spot weld tip. I still need to make a few spot welds in the areas the spot welder cant get but that's easy. All I need to do is fit up the cover, put seam sealer/ rust preventive and weld it up!

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01-29-2020 01:24 PM
scooby533 We have a bunch of Stratasys resin printers as well as a few powdered metal and a slew of the desktop types.
01-29-2020 10:55 AM
NashvilleTJ I think that's pretty cool.
01-29-2020 09:28 AM
Deer-Slayer_5
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Very nice work on Additively Manufacturing those! When you get the chance, post that print file onto the sticky for CAD/CAM drawings!
Roger that! I have some refining to do dimension wise but I'll put up a common file that most folks can use since there are many types of printers and printer software.

This was done on a SLA resin printer
01-29-2020 08:41 AM
scooby533 Very nice work on Additively Manufacturing those! When you get the chance, post that print file onto the sticky for CAD/CAM drawings!
01-29-2020 08:10 AM
Deer-Slayer_5
Under dash lights

I found some OEM under dash lights a few weeks ago and started to clean them up and decided to have some fun on my lunch breaks. I decided to make a model of the lens of the dash lights and to 3D print them in clear resin. I think they turned out really good for a first time print. Sometimes the prints aren't exact the first time but these fit real nice. I'm going to try and see if I can polish them up to make it look like it was injected molded. Tell me what you guys think!

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01-27-2020 06:47 PM
Deer-Slayer_5 Brought the grill back home from my work. It never made its way into the primer booth due to it getting taken out every time I was told "its getting primer on today". Just decided its better off at my house rather than being handled all the time. It still needs some sanding in my opinion, so when I get the fenders ready for some body filler, which that won't be much I'll sand it. Im going to keep the grill in the house so it doesn't rust or anything.

Heres some pictures below. If you see my previous posts, it has come a long way for sure. Water shouldn't be able to get to the areas that rusted out before. It's not terribly cold in Cincinnati but I'm ready for warmer weather. The cold garage is the only thing keeping me from working on things.
I also finally got all my OEM gages together and they are ready for installation but Im far from that right now!

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01-20-2020 04:16 PM
MetalMountainGoat I wouldn't have had the patience or skills to redo those fenders like that. Good on you for doing it.
01-20-2020 03:42 PM
pman
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Originally Posted by Deer-Slayer_5 View Post
Those panels may have been just as expensive as a replacement fender, but I can say I repaired it and nothing beats OEM.
Thatís the truth! The Cobra replacement fenders (specifically the passenger side) have fitment issues in a major way. A bunch of us commented on it here when I was going through that debacle with my CJ5 restoration. Unfortunately the PO had cut my fenders beyond repair, so I went the ďnewĒ route. In hindsight, I wish Iíd sourced used fenders and windshield hinges. Hinges are another item the aftermarket canít get right!!

Will wait with my popcorn for your next update.
01-17-2020 07:32 AM
Deer-Slayer_5
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Originally Posted by pman View Post
Deerslayer-

I havenít been on the forum much recently but finally found the time (and motivation) to restart the restoration of my 82 Scrambler. I stumbled across your build here and Iím VERY impressed with the work youíve done!! Iíd have ditched the fenders and bought replacements, but I really like your motivation to work with what you have. That fender skin is pretty cool (and didnít know they even existed)!
pman,

Thank you so much for the comments and tuning in to my thread. I really appreciate it! I've had this project going on two years now just taking my time and here lately, trying to share my work for those rebuilding or just doing small repairs. Those panels may have been just as expensive as a replacement fender, but I can say I repaired it and nothing beats OEM. I will say, if you search the internet hard enough, you can find a lot of odd parts for these old Jeeps. That's how I found the repair panels, endless searching.

I also want to thank everyone who reads and sends comments and suggestions! You guys help keep my motivation going and give me some ideas when I'm stuck.

More updates on the fender will be coming soon!
01-16-2020 07:58 PM
pman Deerslayer-

I havenít been on the forum much recently but finally found the time (and motivation) to restart the restoration of my 82 Scrambler. I stumbled across your build here and Iím VERY impressed with the work youíve done!! Iíd have ditched the fenders and bought replacements, but I really like your motivation to work with what you have. That fender skin is pretty cool (and didnít know they even existed)!
01-16-2020 07:02 PM
Deer-Slayer_5 ***Longish Post be sure to check out links at the very end, I have text between photos in some places***
So here we go, I started tearing apart the in the drivers fender... I have repair panels for it I found on eBay (Ill post an initial review). I kinda cheated on this one because I knew the metal on both panels were not fixable or would require more work to save it. Knowing that I found these panels on eBay just made it easy to just replace.

First step was finding all the spot welds and drilling them out for the inner fender well. Pretty self explanatory so I feel a picture is not going to show much. I had to locate the cover plate spot welds and drill or grind those out too. Having the paint off of the fenders makes it easy to feel for the low spots. After each spot weld is drilled out it gets a little more flimsy, this can help show the hidden spot welds.

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My review of the panels I bought:
The panel that has the contours of the upper fender claim to be "New Old Stock". The only difference I see is that it does not have fender flair spots. No big deal there, a drill bit and file can fix that. The cover plate looks good but it does have minor differences. The seller does not claim this as "New Old Stock" but a reproduction. The size is very close, you can see in the pictures my red line from the original. Keep in mind this is just laying on the fender and not clamped in place. One other difference is my original cover plate has a bend at the very top to connect to the fenders upper most lip by the hood. The new one does not have this and I think I like that construction due to water being able to get between that panel.
This plate is also a little thicker than the original too. Again, not a big deal to me because who's gonna notice until you read this post? I'll update this review later after instillation is done.

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Passenger lower fender panel
Drivers side Lower fender panel
I guess the person with the cover plates are sold out.. Last I check they had a few.. the seller is named "cjsrus" and can be found here
They could be making more. I've had good experiences with them in the past
01-13-2020 09:16 AM
Deer-Slayer_5
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Originally Posted by NashvilleTJ View Post
No need for a TIG - unless youíve been looking for a reason to get one. Set your MIG on the lowest setting, use thinner wire such as .023 if you can, and do a series of tacks. That method works fine on sheet metal.
Yeah that's how I'm set up now with 75% argon 25% CO2 mix doing the small tacks. I was having a hard time with it on my grill so I figured I am too hot even on the lowest setting. I can give it a try I guess, it wouldn't hurt. I just had more consideration of the tig because that inner fender well is lighter sheet metal. I'll make sure to do a lot of trial runs first
01-13-2020 08:47 AM
NashvilleTJ
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Originally Posted by Deer-Slayer_5 View Post
I'll definitely be breaking the ice with the drivers side fender for sure. I've got a rust hole in the inner fender where the washer fluid bottle and engine control module sits as well. That's thinner metal than the outer fender so I guess I need to get a tig welder if I want to do it myself. I don't think my mig welder will do the thinner inner fender well without blowing though. Even on the lowest recommended setting. As for now I'm closely reading Adam's 1979 CJ5 resto because he repaired the same areas of his fenders


No need for a TIG - unless youíve been looking for a reason to get one. Set your MIG on the lowest setting, use thinner wire such as .023 if you can, and do a series of tacks. That method works fine on sheet metal.
01-13-2020 08:06 AM
Deer-Slayer_5
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Originally Posted by Axhammer View Post
As far as the spot welded fenders...Iíll be watching to see what you do, Iím behind you in my rebuild, so you just go ahead and break the ice and I will follow?
I'll definitely be breaking the ice with the drivers side fender for sure. I've got a rust hole in the inner fender where the washer fluid bottle and engine control module sits as well. That's thinner metal than the outer fender so I guess I need to get a tig welder if I want to do it myself. I don't think my mig welder will do the thinner inner fender well without blowing though. Even on the lowest recommended setting. As for now I'm closely reading Adam's 1979 CJ5 resto because he repaired the same areas of his fenders
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