Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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Welcome to the board! The SS body on my CJ7 was made by MD Juan, and I suspect, but don't know for sure, that most of the sheetmetal you can get now comes from them regardless of who you buy from. In the past there have been gripes about CJ panels from Omix, JC Whitney and others, but it's not always clear who actually made the parts.
The body I got directly from MD Juan is mediocre in fit and finish, but that's not necessarily an indictment of their products in general; stainless doesn't form the same as carbon steel. Dies designed for carbon steel stamping can't be expected to do a good job with stainless. There is evidence of a lot of hand work after the stamping to get the parts into shape. Nevertheless the tub isn't quite square, the hood doesn't meet the fenders uniformly, the body mounts under the tub didn't match the frame horns in a couple of places, the bends at the corners aren't real sharp, and so on.
My expectation would be that any parts that come from them will be close, but maybe not exactly right. It's the kind of thing that body shops have been dealing with for years with all replacement parts not from the original manufacturer. If you buy from a reputable vendor you can send them back if they're not acceptable, but I recommend that you resolve to work with what you get, because in the long run that's what you'll have to do anyway.
You can see pictures of my Jeep on my website, but keep in mind that it's stainless, and stainless just doesn't form the same as carbon steel, so your results may vary. When I got the SS body, the original was so bad that a tennis ball would roll around and eventually find a hole to fall through, so I was very glad to finally find someone who would make a stainless body for me. The fact that it isn't quite as good as the new factory body wasn't disappointing at all. I was really glad to get it, and still am glad that I did.
Last edited by Jim_Lou; 10-16-2013 at 10:33 AM.