My ‘79 FJ40 Build—a long time coming & a long way to go.... (1 Viewer)

HefJ40

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Once the old was cut out, the panel fit beautifully and closed the gap. I still don’t understand it, but he was right....and I’m relieved!

Also remembering to hit the laps, spare tire mount bracket, rear sill horns and any metal to be buried with weld through primer. Anything else I should be doing to these areas prior to welding?

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Tack, tack, tack.....repeat. Had some burn throughs but was able to fill. Pretty ugly, but had some good sections. Dialing in the right gap, torch angle, distance and duration. A lot to think about for a split second weld. Takes some getting used to, I guess.

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Cleaned up.

So all the tiny little depressions between welds, is it suitable to leave as is and take care of it later will the skim of body filler? I’m assuming you don’t go back and keep tacking new welds and grinding down. I can get a closer pic if needed. The weld gaps where the spare tire carrier mounts get drilled out anyway, so I didn’t fill those.

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Working underneath that cruiser would be a lot easier if it were on a rotisserie or upside down. Will save your body and easier to do much nicer work. Looks goo so far.
 

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I am not sure either I am currently getting ready to put in a new rear sill and was wondering if it got welded to the quarter panel.
It was such a good fit that if I hadn’t welded it, it would be a rub point and a place to collect dirt and moisture. I also welded it to help lock everything in place prior to wheel well supports and wheel wells. I will use seam sealer where the sill meets the quarter panel. Don’t know if that’s right, but that was my train of thought.
 

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Working underneath that cruiser would be a lot easier if it were on a rotisserie or upside down. Will save your body and easier to do much nicer work. Looks goo so far.
I agree, that would definitely make things easier when doing the underside. I’d thought about a rotisserie or making one. This won’t be my last cruiser build, so I may think a little more about it!
I wanted to get at least most of my tub bodywork done before pulling it off the frame to ensure everything aligns correctly. I’ll flip it once it’s back together and dress up underneath.
 

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