Jeep CJ Bodywork Tips and Tricks: Part 3

    More tips and tricks for building a better body

    Brian GabrielPhotographer, Writer

    Each day in the shop is a day closer to completion of the CJ-6A Tuxedo Park at Quick Draw Jeep Restoration. Dave and Preston Delight have already torn down the CJ-6A, had the sheetmetal sandblasted, cut out all of the panels that were beyond repair, and then installed some made-in-USA pre-fabricated repair panels that were available through Classic Enterprises in Iowa.

    A lot of work was done on this restoration project in a short amount of time. There was still one piece missing though, and that was the rear passenger quarter-panel. The original panel was banged up and full of holes. What was left of the sheetmetal was worn too thin for reasonable repair, so it had to be cut out and replaced. The only catch was that a new passenger-side rear quarter-panel for a Kaiser-era CJ-5 and CJ-6 was not available yet. That didn’t slow down Preston though. It simply meant that he had to dust off the old English wheel in the corner of the shop and fabricate a curved panel the old fashioned way.

    New prefabricated weld-in panels are nice, but they don’t always fit the project budget or project intent. Maybe you just want to learn another skill in the garage. Whatever the motivation, tackling a project like this is always easier with some professional guidance. Watch as the guys at Quick Draw show you how.

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