Thread on restoring a body

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Spencer54
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Thread on restoring a body

Post by Spencer54 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 2:56 am

Can anyone point me in the direction of a post that details restoring a body and making repair panels at all.

I've had a search but can't seem to find anything?

Thanks

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Re: Thread on restoring a body

Post by Beers » Thu Sep 14, 2017 5:50 am

Spencer, don't know if this is what you're looking for but thought it shows some nice fabrication work on an early GPW tub

viewtopic.php?f=95&t=150074&hilit=Restoration

John/Hell-fire posted some photos of the ground up rebuilding of his MB tub here, excellent job done

viewtopic.php?f=127&t=172207

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Re: Thread on restoring a body

Post by Jeep Fun » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:32 am

Restoration threads are mostly on the general g503 page.
viewforum.php?f=144

I always enjoyed Zeph's GPW restoration thread. You need to fix the photo bucket issue but he's linked a work around that works.
viewtopic.php?f=144&t=189015
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Re: Thread on restoring a body

Post by dpcd67 » Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:15 am

Here is how I do it; cut out the rusted places in square panels. Get some sheet steel and cut those to fit in the holes. Hold them in with magnets, or the little T shaped sheet metal holders. Weld in new panel. Grind off the welds. I use 16 gauge steel; why? It is thicker than the original steel, but it MUCH easier to weld in as it is easier to control welding heat that way. I am doing an M38 right now.
Ninety percent of a jeep is flat panels; for the curved ones, I bend steel around pieces of pipe, etc. For 90 degree bends, I clamp steel to think steel bar and use a hammer to make the bend. Easier than it sounds.
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Re: Thread on restoring a body

Post by Spencer54 » Fri Sep 15, 2017 8:25 am

Thanks they are perfect!

Wish I knew Spanish....

Bit I'm struggling with is the transition to the gearbox hump, but plenty of inspiration there.

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