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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-06-2009, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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YJ Replacement Body Panels

Does anyone know where I can order some body panels for the drivers side of my YJ. I can find a universal that fits CJ-7's to Wranglers (at least thats what it says), but they are the full length of the side. I just need basically under where is says jeep. I don't want to pay $250 for the whole side when I don't need it.
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I did find something that says the CJ-7 driver side body panel will work...anyone know if it will?
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Why not just do a little rust repair rather than whole panel replacement?
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I was jsut going to get the panel because if it works, its only $30. The hole in the side of the jeep is about 6" diameter and its partially up in the JEEP on the side. So I will probably have to cut all of that out too. Plus I'm not good at body work so I was figuring instead of cut around everything, it would be easier to cut straight lines. I will take any suggestions though, I'm always willing to learn something new.
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Try the junkyard.

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It's all pretty flat material, and easily worked. My concern is that if you start poking around, you'll find more rust. But heck, give it a try... what do you have to loose (except the word: Jeep)? Moses Ludel's book, the Jeep Rebuilders Bible does a good job of detailing rust repair.
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The CJ7 and YJ pieces are the same because the only difference is how the tailgate mounts and the location of 2 body mounts underneath.

I doubt any repair panel will have the JEEP or JOOP stamped in them. If yours are gone, either get one from another tub or do without them.

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Ok, I am going to at least try to cut out the rust and repair, if it look terrible I will just order the side panel and get some help installing it. Any know if sheet metal for HVAC duct will work fine or do I need to pick up some metal from somewhere else. I can get the duct metal for free so I figured if that would work, I would try it. What gauge metal would be best?
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Match the guage. IIRC, OEM Jeep panels were 18ga. I wouldn't use HVAC material. HVAC duct metal is a very mild steel, and has a coating that doesn't lend well to welding. I'd be trotting down to my local wrecking yard or Pick'N Pull place and getting a peice of trunk lid, hood, etc from a wreck. You'll end up with better metal, just watch the gauge.
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CJs are 16 and 18 gauge - 16 in the floor and the reinforcements, and 18 everywhere else, I think. Duct sheet is thinner than that - probably 22 - besides which it's galvanized, which complicates the welding. I suppose it would be OK to spot weld it but for any other technique you should grind or acid-etch the coating off first. The amount of 18 cold-rolled sheet you need shouldn't cost much, so I'd recommend not using the HVAC stuff.

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