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13 gauage cj-5 tub

13 gauage jeep cj5 tub what do you guys/gals think good or bad
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Re: 13 gauage cj-5 tub

sounds heavy. why so thick?
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Re: 13 gauage cj-5 tub

Stock Jeep bodies are 16 gauge and 18 gauge - mostly 18. 13 gauge weighs 3.9625 pounds per square foot, 1.875 times as much as 18 gauge at 2.0600 pounds per square foor. If a stock body weighs 500 pounds, a 13-gauge body could weigh over 900 pounds.

That's a pretty severe penalty. If I were going to add 400 pounds to a Jeep, I'd do it in the frame, axels, roll cage, side bars . . . Although thicker steel is stronger, it can still be dented. When it is, who will be able to dolly the dents out?
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Re: 13 gauage cj-5 tub

1. Too darned heavy,
2. Don't get near:
a. Mud,
b. Water,
c. Sand,
d. Combination of the above,
e. And you'd find out the hard way.
3. Are you building a Jeep Bulldozer?
4. The frame wouldn't take it,
5. You'd destroy the transmission,
6. Could you lift the hood?
7. It would take a lot of hardening of the rest of the Jeep.
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Re: 13 gauage cj-5 tub

the reason I ask is because I have one in fact I made it. Im trying to get some input because im thinking about opening a small jeeps only shop and taking old rusted out tubs and turning them into 13 gauage pure american steel works of art, could do it for much less than after market 19 gauage foreign junk. Im a welder fabracator who is a crazy jeep nut.restore classic cars every day.and its only about 60lbs heavier than stock and stronger than hell
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dont know where you get your weights from but stock is 340lbs no roll bar seats stero amp tire rack seatbelts ect. only the shell is 13 not the floors did it myself weighted it afterwords 60lbs more hit a tree on the trail no dents tree fell down stock tubs are not 16 gauage the older ones are 18 the new ones are 19gauage paper at best
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Re: 13 gauage cj-5 tub

1. Only 60LBS? [img]images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img]
2. That's still about 25% heavier,
3. Go for it...
4. You're right about the strength...
5. I've seen a complete home fabbed 16ga Tub, and it
6. Was one of the nicest tub's I've ever seen.
7. I gotta admire your style...
8. How did the supension and frame handle the weight?
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you didnt read my post in full or did not understand tub only and not the floors just the outer makings of the tubs skin kin
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frame no problem susp no problem when i first put the tub on the frame (me and only one of my friends) it had no shocks and stock cj5 springs didnt even lower it at all
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how to hammer and dolly 13 gauage steel dents heat heat and then maybe a little more heat 11 gauage frames straightend every day
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