More Body­work Tips for Your Jeep

Ham­mer­ing steel and bend­ing pan­els

Jp Magazine - - Table Of Contents - By Brian Gabriel jped­i­tor@jp­ Pho­tog­ra­phy: Brian Gabriel

Jeep Restora­tion in Huntsville, Utah, to bring you the tips and tricks to el­e­vate your body­work game. The sub­ject used for this ed­u­ca­tional process is a su­per­cool CJ-6A Tuxedo Park, but this information can help with any sim­i­lar-era Jeep CJ restora­tion project.

This par­tic­u­lar project started with the en­tire dis­as­sem­bly of the Jeep when it first rolled into the shop, and some frame re­pairs done with gen­eral shop tools (“Get­ting Straight,” Aug. ’17, page 54). Af­ter sand­blast­ing the body, the sheet­metal that was too far gone was re­moved, and new pan­els made right here in the USA (“CJ Sheet­metal Work: Part 2,” Feb. ’18, page 60) were sourced as re­place­ments. We even got the in­side scoop on fab­ri­cat­ing a rear quarter-panel from scratch (“Jeep CJ Body­work Tips: Part 3,” April ’18, page 54).

All that’s left now be­fore paint is fi­nal me­tal sur­face prep. Any good pain­ter will tell you that your paintjob will only be as good as your prep work. We have al­ready laid out a solid base to work with, but it’s still very much “rough around the edges,” as they say. Noth­ing a lit­tle body filler can’t fix though.

That’s right, the dreaded “B” word— Bondo. Al­most ev­ery re­stored ve­hi­cle on the road has it some­where. When it comes to Jeeps, af­ter 20, 30, 40, 50-plus years on the road it’s al­most guar­an­teed that there are not many f lat or fully in­tact pan­els left. We went to the guys at Quick Draw Jeep Restora­tion for some old-school body shop tricks that can help make your Jeep’s old body as true as the day it rolled out of the fac­tory door.

We bring you even more body­work fin­ish tips from Jeep restora­tion spe­cial­ists

This straight and clean old Jeep CJ is al­most dry af­ter its last round of wet sand­ing. It took a ton of man-hours to get this CJ-6A Jeep body into primer. For pro-level body­work tips and tricks you can use at home, keep on read­ing to see how it’s...

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