Finished Metaltech Fenders and other stuff

ArmyFJ

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Well I finished the tube fenders.

I had to work a lot to get the out side lined up with the inside, symmetrical contour for the skin, a little bit of cutting extra tube off that I didn't have to for the drivers side. (I am sure I just messed something up on it). I made sure it was good to go lined up all over...It was perfect when I tacked it then after I went through and laid down the welds and put the skin on I put it back on and it was canted down. Pretty upset with that result. I will fix it when I get some of my patience back.



The rear quarters were pretty easy, but I still need to bodywork them a little. I had to drive it (my wife had been really good about letting me use the Suburban) the FJ40 is my DD. They came out a little off in the back; not exactly square to the tailgate. Another fix-it-later thing.



So to make it ~rust proof, my next-door neighbor has a compressor and HVLP gun so we sprayed a single coat of primer down to make it last until I decide to work on it a little more. About 3/4 of a quart (8.99 White Primer, and some 10.00 mineral spirits) and 1.5 hours later, OD green is gone.

Matthew
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ArmyFJ

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Thanks. I was thinking about actually painting it white, but now seeing the primer on there. I am thinking more about Dune Beige. It will hid my mess-ups better any how.

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Thanks. I was thinking about actually painting it white, but now seeing the primer on there. I am thinking more about Dune Beige. It will hid my mess-ups better any how.

Matthew

x2. White is not a good color for a 40, in my opinion. The fenders look great though! I really want some but I don't know if I can bring myself to cut my side aprons...
 

ArmyFJ

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Yeah. I am with you on the cutting. It made me sad to cut them. If you do get them. go really slow, I cut a little too much off the rear. Its fixable but it just looks a little funny right now. Metaltech has stock height fender kits too. (No cutting)

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You don't HAVE to cut the aprons....order a set of OE style tube fenders from Metal Tech. That's what I am doing now:

https://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.php?t=152611&highlight=inners

Keep up the good work Matthew, my d.s. is getting skinned tonight and hope to have them painted and undercoating done in about a week. I want to put the last coat on the tub at the same time so it's all sprayed from the same mix for the best color match possible.
 

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Thanks All.

Just waiting for my new soft top then hopefully some new Dune Beige paint.

Matthew
 

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