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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    City/State
    Vienna, VA
    Scrambler Year
    1982 Scrambler
    Year Purchased
    2006
    Posts
    55

    Best way to fix rusted body mounts

    I will be removing the body off my 82 scrambler this spring. I know I have a couple body mounts that are rusted through. What is the best way to go about welding in replacements?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    City/State
    Central, FL
    Scrambler Year
    1984 Scrambler
    Year Purchased
    2007
    Posts
    132
    You can buy new ones, I just did mine and the few that were rusted out were just rusted out around the rubber bushing. Since the sides and most of the top was good I just cleaned them, cut a piece of steel the shape of the top and welded them on. I them drilled out the correct size hole with a cutter I got from Home Depot that fits to a normal drill. It worked out very well. Much easier then cutting off the old ones and putting new ones on. I could have done a much cleaner job, but it is under the jeep! I am sure they are as solid as the original as I only really had to patch the area for the bushing. I had to do the for in the rear and 3 others.

    I have attached a picture of one of them. Not great but you can see it.
    I also attached a picture of removing the body with an engine hoist connecting it to the seatbelts. Just locked them in on each side and hooked the two belts on. Allowed me to slowly lift it and check everything, and made putting it back on very easy as we could slowly lower it line it up etc. Worked better then I could have hoped. I had my son help me but with this approach and being able to roll it I would not hesitate to do it by my self, and it was fairly balanced, could roll with one hand and steady with the other. It was also very solid. I tested a lot before I finally decided to really lift it off the frame.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    City/State
    Vienna, VA
    Scrambler Year
    1982 Scrambler
    Year Purchased
    2006
    Posts
    55
    Thanks cjgoode Love the idea of using the engine hoist and you solution seems quick and sturdy. I wonder were there any rust issues on the actual body where is attaches to the mounts? I haven't had the body off yet but it looks like I will have some issues in that area as well.

    How would one tackle that problem?

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    City/State
    Thayer, KS
    Scrambler Year
    2-1982 & 1984 POSTAL
    Year Purchased
    2002
    Posts
    2,200
    Here is a good article on repairing them yourself.

    http://www.offroaders.com/info/tech-...-cj7-frame.htm

    A drill press and 1 1/4" hole saw really helps.
    Be sure to buy a good quality hole saw, I bought mine at ACE Hardware store.

    Here is s recent replaced center.
    That hole saw even cut the holes for the rear crossmember and it is 1/4"

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    City/State
    Central, FL
    Scrambler Year
    1984 Scrambler
    Year Purchased
    2007
    Posts
    132
    I had a rust bucket and yes several of the mounts on the body were rusted. some looked good but when I started to remove the bolts for the body the real problems came out. Several bolts broke as they had rusted out inside the rubber washers. Some broke the nuts loose where they are welded inside the body and had to be cut off. 2 of them just ripped the body apart where the metal plate is inside the body. They have plates inside that can move freely for adjustments and the metal around it was so rusty it just ripped them apart. You might have some of these surprises.

    I took metal plates and drilled a hole in them larger then the body bolts, then I welded a nut on the other side. I then just cut it to patch over the old metal. I also cut and welded additional support onto the side of the c channel or built a new one. so the nut is on the inside like the old one. One catch is that unless you want to do a lot of work and make a sliding plate like the original the new holes and nut are stationary so make sure you put them in the correct spot or getting the body back on will be tough.

    I patched a lot of rust problems, added support and fixed major rust outs around the body mounts and the seatbelt mounts. I am not a great welder, but with a little grinding and herculine on the bottom and top you would never know. I did spray it with a rust converter before I started, after and I also coated the top and bottom with Eastwood Rust Encapsulator then applied the herculiner. I will be very disappointed if this rusts. But for me it looks great the texture of the herculiner can almost hide anything. And I took a rust bucket with lost of wholes patched it with $200 of metal and coatings and a 120v Lincoln electric mig.

    Now I just have to finish the body and paint it.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    City/State
    Melbourne, fl
    Posts
    124

    Body mount - frame side

    Since I am not ready for a frame off resto nor have the time right now....

    Where can I buy the body mount? This is so I can remove he old one from the frame and weld a new one.
    _____________
    1982 Scrambler (Sold)
    2002 TJ Sport (Rebuilt)
    2006 TJ Unlimited Rubicon

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    City/State
    Vienna, VA
    Scrambler Year
    1982 Scrambler
    Year Purchased
    2006
    Posts
    55
    Did a quick search found these. http://store.kryptonitecustomworks.c...rmofor76j.html
    not sure if they are the best price out there.

    Doug

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2002
    City/State
    WLAF, IN
    Scrambler Year
    1985 CJ8
    Year Purchased
    1996
    Posts
    174
    Great post and resource. Thank you for sharing.

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