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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-21-2007, 12:52 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Got a line on a used glass tub...

Well, I am saving up for a glass tub from 4WD Hardware, however, I came across one today on ebay:
eBay Motors: Jeep CJ7 Fiberglass Tub (1976 - 1986) (item 220113548197 end time May-24-07 20:00:27 PDT)

My question is, should I be careful with a used glass tub? Does this seem worthwhile, or should I just continue to save up for a new one so I know what I am getting? I am not in the Pennsylvania area to inspect this, nor do I know anyone in this area to do that for me. I would be purchasing this "site unseen" and trusting the seller to be honest.

Any advice??? Thanks!

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Well one benefit to fiberglass is that it obviously will not rust on you, so unless there is obvious damage to it (i.e. cracks, etc...), it should be fine. I mean, Chevy has used them on Corvettes forever and they have lasted pretty well, so I see no reason to worry.

I say go for it!

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From the pictures it looks good. I'm wondering what's under the guards and liner... Even then, most problems are fixable.
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I've never worked with glass before though. How difficult is it for a novice?

I'd also prefer to have the tailgate on there as well...can that be done?

It is starting to look like a new tub is the way to go!

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According to the seller:

"There is no physical damage, but there is a scratch in the paint."

Does AJ's make a good product?

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IMHO, AJ's tubs were the best of all the glass tubs.... AJ's was sold last year after the death of one of the owers.
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I've always heard that AJ's was top notch. From the Picts and the description, I'd go for it. As for the tail gate, I don't have one and quite honestly could care less if there was one. Sitting at $400 right now, you could get a damn good deal on it. Working with Fiberglass isn't bad at all either.

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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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Hey Taz, thanks for the write up on the tailgate install!
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Taz,
So I can re-use my old tailgate, correct? I'd prefer to keep the tailgate looking original with the Jeep logo rather than the flat, smooth surface that is on the glass tub.
I have never fabbed something in this manner. Are the pics you attached of the opening you created in your glass tub??? That is a beautiful job on the seams!
If I bid on it, I probably wont start until tomorrow night as the close of the auction nears...I know what you mean about the bidding starting in the last minute.
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