fiberglass tubs

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Don't be mislead by anyone when they say you can "just bolt it on". Since fiberglass is weaker structurally, you need to seriously consider making structural improvements (like a sub-frame) for the body. You need more than 12 body mounts for fiberglass. I assume that this is a consideration only for vehicles that may be driven on public roads - it may not apply to "trail only" rigs.

I built one of my cruisers with fiberglass. I was very disappointed with my Malotte tub. It was littered with "blowouts" (air gaps between the gel coat and the resin) that made me very angry when finding a few of them after a very expensive paint job.

You may also be spending a lot of time cutting holes in the firewall and dash to fit all of your original equiptment accessories.

If I were to do it all over again, I would stick with metal. It will allow you to finish your project much faster.

...Just my opinion
If I were to do it again
 
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Don't be mislead by anyone when they say you can "just bolt it on". Since fiberglass is weaker structurally, you need to seriously consider making structural improvements (like a sub-frame) for the body. You need more than 12 body mounts for fiberglass. I assume that this is a consideration only for vehicles that may be driven on public roads - it may not apply to "trail only" rigs.

I built one of my cruisers with fiberglass. I was very disappointed with my Malotte tub. It was littered with "blowouts" (air gaps between the gel coat and the resin) that made me very angry when finding a few of them after a very expensive paint job.

You may also be spending a lot of time cutting holes in the firewall and dash to fit all of your original equiptment accessories.

If I were to do it all over again, I would stick with metal. It will allow you to finish your project much faster.

...Just my opinion
If I were to do it again
 

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