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willsmysticcobra
September 21st, 2012, 15:32
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/s720x720/551721_10151157358375926_1054267130_n.jpg

This is breaking my heart. It clearly separated at the body seam.... thoughts?

vt98xj
September 21st, 2012, 16:57
Make a template, cut out the bad section. Use 1/4 rod to get the right shape near the flare mount.

willsmysticcobra
September 21st, 2012, 20:10
wish I knew someone with a welder... I would pay to have this patched up .... I had no idea this was hiding under the flare

souske
September 21st, 2012, 20:20
You could pick up a hf welder on the cheap and teach yourself

willsmysticcobra
September 21st, 2012, 20:41
you know, i thought about that. Once i cut out all that rust cancer, i wouldn't even know where to start.... sheetmetal patch?

souske
September 21st, 2012, 20:48
Yes, cutting to sound metal, and welding a patch in would be the best way to do it.
are there any community colleges near you? Taking an autobody or welding class would be well worth the nominal fee, you get to use their high $$$ equipment plus you ger a crusty old guy with a lifetime of experience to intruct/ advise

xcm
September 23rd, 2012, 11:37
If you dont have a welder, you cant fix that properly. Simple as that.

I wouldnt recommend learning to weld on super thin, half rusted out sheet metal with a HF POS, that will only annoy the crap out of you... obviously you cut most of the rust out, but that's gonna taper off into areas you cant afford to remove. There will still be small pits and reduced thickness material, unless you cut back a foot.

Two words, reconstructive surgery.

xcm
September 23rd, 2012, 11:46
Dont forget, doubled up or differant thickness sheetmetal will show up on black vehicles in the sun, due to varied rates of expansion/contraction.

The good news is, its only a jeep, AND half of that will be covered by the flair.

rockclimber
September 23rd, 2012, 12:56
Comp cut :gee:

willsmysticcobra
September 23rd, 2012, 20:04
Dont forget, doubled up or differant thickness sheetmetal will show up on black vehicles in the sun, due to varied rates of expansion/contraction.

The good news is, its only a jeep, AND half of that will be covered by the flair.

Ya I mean I am really going for function over looks. I could really care less on how it looks post patch. I am just nervous because I am heading into another chicago salty winter and with it all opened up its going to go to hell fast :bawl:


I thought about heading into a few body shops and seeking advice and seeing if anyone would help me out with a $150 patch job.

Vanimal
September 24th, 2012, 09:23
dont think that'll happen for $150.
i learned to weld on rusted out sheetmetal back in CT, so it's not out of the question.

willsmysticcobra
September 24th, 2012, 11:28
How much are you thinkin? Its a 2k jeep, if nobody will take the job for cheap ill just great stuff the hell out of the fender and rivet a sheetmetal patch over all the carnage lol

Vanimal
September 24th, 2012, 11:38
not sure. maybe your best bet is to find someone in a rust free area to cut that section out of a parts vehicle so you can tack weld it on. the sheetmetal and harbor freight welder will probably be less than the repair job if you were to pay for it, and then you have a handy little welder.

xcm
September 24th, 2012, 14:53
Regular ole great stuff is open cell, it will attract and hold moisture.... not exactly what your looking for.

If your talking to body shops, be up front with them, let em know you basically DGAF, but just want it covered and sealed... You might just run into somebody who will hustle that shit on the side.

willsmysticcobra
September 24th, 2012, 23:13
Regular ole great stuff is open cell, it will attract and hold moisture.... not exactly what your looking for.

If your talking to body shops, be up front with them, let em know you basically DGAF, but just want it covered and sealed... You might just run into somebody who will hustle that shit on the side.

ya I knew the con of the great stuff :(

but the DGAF... ya thats the exact ploy I am going to try at a shop lol :greensmok

Voteban
September 26th, 2012, 00:49
You should probably just buy a new Cherokee.




:D




Or you could listen to somebody else that's chimed in. I think a lot of good options have been layed out. Bodywork isn't very fun - but if it doesn't need to be flawless a DIY with a cheap welder (you can probably find a nicer one used for a decent price) and a HF angle grinder is totally doable. Plus you'll end up with a welder and an angle grinder - some of the best things you can have. To source the metal I'd either cut the piece out of another Cherokee or go to town with a hammer and some sheet metal.

willsmysticcobra
September 26th, 2012, 23:32
I am very trusty with the angle grinder, but I have no real use for a welder because I live half my life downtown Chicago in optometry school. I think if the body shops turn me down and dont extend any viable options, it just comes down to simply sealing it up somehow to get through salty winter.

willsmysticcobra
September 27th, 2012, 17:54
Wondering if I had some quarter guards welded in if that would suffice?

http://i162.photobucket.com/albums/t272/Jeepfreak1020/105_0375.jpg

willsmysticcobra
September 27th, 2012, 18:02
wow this thread really kinda opened my eyes

http://www.naxja.net/forum/showthread.php?t=1011630