Join Date: Nov 2001
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The AJís tub and one piece front end is what I have. Mine is probably about 17 years old.
First, donít get excited. The real bidding on ebay takes place in the last minute.
If you are lucky enough to be able to get it cheap enough to justify a road trip to pick it up, it is a good, solid tub. I donít remember any big problems with the tub. The hardtop fits but I never drilled the holes for the bolts, just held the top on with clamps. Door fit is good.
The tailgate is not a problem. I ordered mine the same way, they wanted a lot of money to cut the tailgate opening. I cut the tailgate opening myself. I used a metal cutting blade in a circular saw but I would recommend using an angle grinder.
One thing you will encounter, if they havenít changed things, is three metal plates imbedded in the tub to hold the factory tire carrier. They have to be cut through for the tailgate opening. Donít get them hot or they will lose their bond to the glass and will cause a blister. All three of mine did. If you are not using the OEM tire carrier, Iíd recommend grinding out the glass and removing the plates.
The outside opening for the tailgate is wider than the distance between the wheel wells so I cut at a 45 degree angle. Now you have to finish the edges and build a lip on the inside for the tailgate seal. You need to grind a taper into the outside of the tub so that your patch go out at least 2-3Ē past the edge of the opening. Thereís not much room on the inside before you run into the fenderwells. Then you need to gel coat your patch before painting.
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