I Do This For The Glory
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Jeepn: rusty tub pics
Yep, definitely worse. Glutton for punishment aren't you.
Forget FarmJeep, get your own welder, and forget the 110V mig, you'll burn it out on a project like this. What do you have for body working tools? Torches?
Mine wasn't nearly as bad, but I can't see the supports underneath yours. Judging from where I can see though, they're probably shot as well. In my estimation, this tub is scrap, maybe good for the rollbar and/or heaterbox. Mine wasn't nearly as bad, and when I started it I knew I had a long road ahead of me. However, the more I dug into it, the more I found, the metal looked fine in places but was completely gone once I cut into it, paint sandwiched in the rust, no bubbling either. Knowing I had a long way to go, I sectioned the tub off (something I learned from blueberry raking a large field growing up) and attacked individual sections. Once one was completed, I moved to another. Now that I look back, I'm amazed at what I've replaced, literally about 75% of the entire tub.
Also keep in mind that when starting on a tub like this, it'll never turn out correct, it's too far gone to maintain the proper lines. As a result, I'm going to have to make each body lift puck individually for the body to sit level, I know there is as much as an inch difference in some spots.
If you do attack it though, you can make it better than original. I'm talking about heavier metal (so it won't rust as easily), no sandwiched metal to catch dirt, recessed tanks and lights, and higher wheelwells for larger tires. About 1/2 way through with mine, I looked at it, and how much time/money it had taken. If I hadn't been 1/2 way home, I'd probably have given up and just saved the money for a new tub. If I had to do it over again, I'd have never started on it.
Are you going to attack it?
Winter Harbor, Maine
'81 CJ-8 Scrambled!
It's a Jeep, Chevy, IHC kinda thing!