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    Out with the rusted in with the rust free.

    The tub on my yj seen better days,the seat was falling thru the floor and the body mounts were rotted thru. The roll bar mounts were rotted out along with the anchor points on the floor for the seat belt.
    Got the old tub off finally,gonna clean up the frame and Por15 it. Frame is actually in good shape for a 87.
    So now I search for a decent tub. If money was no object I would be going glass
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    87' yj, 3.5" superlift,HD extended shackles,1.5" homemade body lift,35" bf m/t,ar 767 rims,warn 8000 lb winch. And of course 1000lbs of rust

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    Or aluminum. Seen those for good buck but they're out there.

    What about a TJ tub?
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    Yah but alum. and salt dont agree,worse then steel.

    Sean

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    Well havent gotten a chance to get out and clean the frame up yet, gotta wait to get some money to get some Por15 then to track down a used tub. So it probably wont be till spring.

    Sean

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    Swapping Jeep bodies

    You want to think about changing your old tub over to a new fiberglass tub. I have attached some pics of my fiberglass 93 YJ Jeep rebuild that has taken 1 1/2 years. This is not an easy job at all. Most brackets YOU need to fab up and remember the body is not metal so you add a lot more wire for grounding the lighting system. Even the hardtop/softop bracket and bolts don't easily go back through the body like you do on your steel body. If I was to do it again I would either find a decent shape steel tub and do minor body work or get a tub from Willys Overland that is new and just like the factory original tub.
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    What is with the last pic and the extra mount and bracket in the rear wheel well?

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    The brackets at wheel wells are what the roll bar bolts onto. There is also a pair of them behind the tail lights. A roll bar bolted to the glass body is pretty weak. Like I said, you better know how to fab up brackets.

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    If you deside to change the tub to something other than steel, go Aqualu aluminum.
    I see a comment that says they rust worse than steel..NOT TRUE. Mine has been in place for 4 years, and has no signs of corrosion. I HAVE driven it in the winter, although not much, and it has NO paint anywhere. If I was going to drive it in the snow, I would bedline the inside and bottom, and paint it with the proper paint, and etching primer. I have met a few guys with painted Aqualu bodys, that have been on the road for several years, with no corrosion. Audi's with an A body designation are aluminum, by the way, so any Audi body shop can do the trick.
    There are several downsides to glass. like if you hit anything, its toast, but more important, fitting doors etc and expecting a seal, aint gonna happen. Glass also has steel reinforsements in the mount points, and when water gets in, and it will..it blows up..like rebar in concrete.
    The Aqualu body is actually a structure in itself. It's super strong, with 3/16 panels, and 1/4 mounting points, all fully welded (not takwelded). All accessory holes are scribed on it, so's you can drill your own holes or not. Everything FITS..doors, tailgate, roof, windshield, heater, dash etc. The hump and firewall are made much bigger than stock, so you can fit bigger engines and access the trans etc, and the floor is FLAT, so you can use either stock seats and risers, or just about anything else.
    It is more expensive than fibreglass, but the differance is offset by the strength, and the weight, and the roll bar issue is not an issue.
    Also, Todd at Aqualu WILL work with you, and add custom touches and accessorys if you desire..PLUS..its made in CANADA. Probably the best service and support of any aftermarket manufacturer I have ever dealt with.
    And you dont need any special tools, other than a variety of hole saws, drill bits, and taps, and electrical ground problems dont exist

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