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post #1 of (permalink) Old 03-08-2001, 04:46 PM
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Cutting holes in \'glass body

I'm finishing up on installing an AJ's glass body and wondered about leaving the areas where I cut holes exposed. Does the exposed fiberglass act like a wick and absorb moisture? Would it be a good idea to put some type of coating where there is bare fiberglass? I was thinking of using some paint or maybe even some of the 'glass repair bondo in the kits. Anyone ever wonder about this?

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Re: Cutting holes in \'glass body

The glass fibers can wick, but normally don't. It would not be a bad idea to dab some resin onto the holes...that way you're sure it's taken care of. Resing can be bought seprately.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 03-08-2001, 07:32 PM
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Hey-I did that and have also used just silicone...just wondering if you did something like I did...did you cut out thwe firewall to use as a template?...and I also bolted mine on for added support. After a couple weeks of wheelin and the torquie motor i felt some flex in the firewall...the pedals actually move under your feet when your crwling over stuff!! so the added support of the old firewall really helped!...also use those two-sided sticky tape cup holders to support your wire harness running outback to your taillights/fuel tank. Also mount the seatbelt to your seat bolts through the floor with some aluminum to spread out the weight and unatural forces(I didnt do that and mounted my seatbelt away from there and when I got rearended it pulled through the floor and i wailed my chest into the steering wheel!!!).

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 03-08-2001, 09:14 PM
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Re: Cutting holes in \'glass body

I used the plate as a template when I cut the holes, but I didn't leave it on the new body. What body do you have? The CJ is not running right now, so I can't say if the firewall flexes or not. I got the AJ's, and other than a couple of dimensional differences, I am VERY impressed with the quality of the tub. They use some pretty thick metal at all mounting points and on the firewall.

Thanks for the tips on the seatbelts. Right now I'm thinking of making a roll bar that also serves as the seat mounts and also seat belt anchor. Don't have a bender, but I do know how to weld, and might be able to fab up something that would make an isolated cage, just in case the jeep starts going in pieces.

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Re: Cutting holes in \'glass body

I'm using the fiberglass resin to seal up the cut 'glass edges. I don't know if moisture in itself would be a problem, but up here (MN) it will freeze between the layers and that CANT be good for it.
I also cut the firewall reinforcement off the steel body (drilled out the spotwelds from the inside) and it's getting bolted on with the brake booster, steering column, etc. The 'glass "firewall" seems pretty flimsy to me, even with the steel reinforcing plate on the inside (mine is a 4WD Hardware) so I thought it best to stiffen it up wherever I could.

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Re: Cutting holes in \'glass body

I also have an AJ's body. I have left cut edges untouched for over 10 years now with no adverse affects.

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