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Old December 4th, 2008, 16:36
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A Pillar and Roof Repair from Roll

Thanks for checking my post. I have a 98 4 door xj that was in a light roll and busted the windshield, bent the A pillars and the front part of roof. I am getting a good body shell for the parts to fix it. I am not looking to make it look really good. I actually don't care how it looks. I just need to know the proper way to weld the A pillars and top on so it will seal decent and be able to withstand a roll. For piece of mind I will probably put an interior cage in it. I have a 220v Lincoln mig to weld with. The previous owner has already done some cutting out of the roof that was smashed down (I didn't have the pleasure of tipping this one over).

Safety is obviously my main concern. I know I don't want to just cut the old pillars off and butt weld the new assembly on, but I would like someone with previous experience to give me some ideas of what works and what doesn't. Getting the doors to shut right is another challenge, but just as long as they latch, it'll be fine. I am going to use this as a trail project, but it will be on the road too and need it to be weather tight.

Anyway, thanks for reading and here are some links to pictures

Thanks

Brad


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Old December 4th, 2008, 16:49
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Re: A Pillar and Roof Repair from Roll

You want to mitre the cuts as much as "reasonably" possible(on the pillars).For any roof sections get a flanging tool if possible.
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Re: A Pillar and Roof Repair from Roll

Yellaheap has some good info - http://naxja.org/forum/showthread.php?t=917214
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Old December 5th, 2008, 08:41
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Re: A Pillar and Roof Repair from Roll

I rolled my XJ twice before I put a cage in it. You best bet is to get a port o power and all the attachment heads (pick up a harbor frieght cheapy) and strighten out what you got. If you cut any thing youll deffentally was to put a cage in before you drive it again.
I have a few pictures of the roll and body work here:
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Old December 5th, 2008, 09:45
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Re: A Pillar and Roof Repair from Roll

Nice work on the red xj. That's a lot of bending to do.

I think I am going to run with the bend it, cage it concept. The PO did do some cutting but I will just straighten the pillars and then cut out the piece to plug the hole in the top. I'm not going to try real hard to make it pretty because its likely it'll get bent up later. Only trouble I see is getting the windshield hole close enought to get the glass in.

I'll post picks when I make progress.

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