Metal replacement tubs recommendations

SCRAMBLER 401

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#1
Anyone have experience with the alumni tubs I have a Juan one currently the body mounts above fuel tank are 3” off so I had to fabricate extensions of original & add a crossmember in front of the one the fuel & brake lines are attached to no threads for dash or windshield had through bolt pretty sad gonna run it till it rusts out probably not long it’s raptor lined in & out so we’ll see I guess
 

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DirtyB

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#3
I mounted my Juan tub a few months ago and everything lined up just about perfect! I was waiting a bit before reporting back to the forum to see if any other problems cropped up, but so far I've only had to drill a few additional holes. Really. Did I just get lucky? This was a tub directly shipped from Juan. No "aftermarket fixes". It's been great so far.
 

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I mounted my Juan tub a few months ago and everything lined up just about perfect! I was waiting a bit before reporting back to the forum to see if any other problems cropped up, but so far I've only had to drill a few additional holes. Really. Did I just get lucky? This was a tub directly shipped from Juan. No "aftermarket fixes". It's been great so far.
. On mine the mounts above fuel tank are 3” off forwards had to weld extensions on dash & windshield mounts not threaded won’t buy another
 
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Halifax
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UK
#5
I got all my mounts in too i think i had to run a tap through one where they had not threaded the captive plate but that was all.
I can understand some of it not being correct though as i had a problem with a wheel box that was welded in back to front on mine which caused me some issues but i managed to notice it and swapped it out before paint, your 3" difference sounds like something similar has gone wrong but you have noticed it a bit late.....

My only real gripe and the thing that i wish was better is that i would of liked the door openings to be more like original so my doors actually match the shape of the tub instead of having strange gaps where there shouldn't be.
Other than that for the little it cost me i cannot really complain, i wasn't expecting OEM quality but it does do the job and saved weeks and weeks of welding that would of cost me 10 times more.
If it helps you at all i used Rivnuts on my dash board to make it a captive fixing and nuts and bolts on the windshield hinges but you need someone with long arms to get the nuts on the back of the windshield hinges!.
 

SCRAMBLER 401

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#6
@AK-RWC has one I believe.

I went with the Willys-Overland modded MD Juan. Helped we had to replace all of my tub/frame mounts, that made lining things up easier.
I got all my mounts in too i think i had to run a tap through one where they had not threaded the captive plate but that was all.
I can understand some of it not being correct though as i had a problem with a wheel box that was welded in back to front on mine which caused me some issues but i managed to notice it and swapped it out before paint, your 3" difference sounds like something similar has gone wrong but you have noticed it a bit late.....

My only real gripe and the thing that i wish was better is that i would of liked the door openings to be more like original so my doors actually match the shape of the tub instead of having strange gaps where there shouldn't be.
Other than that for the little it cost me i cannot really complain, i wasn't expecting OEM quality but it does do the job and saved weeks and weeks of welding that would of cost me 10 times more.
If it helps you at all i used Rivnuts on my dash board to make it a captive fixing and nuts and bolts on the windshield hinges but you need someone with long arms to get the nuts on the back of the windshield hinges!.
yes I just bought some rivnuts for dash didn’t even think of using them 1st time my door & tailgate openings are pretty good actually I sealed all the body seams under tub with 3m seam sealer then epoxy primed & 4 coats raptor liner time will tell I guess
 

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#7
@AK-RWC has one I believe.

I went with the Willys-Overland modded MD Juan. Helped we had to replace all of my tub/frame mounts, that made lining things up easier.
I got all my mounts in too i think i had to run a tap through one where they had not threaded the captive plate but that was all.
I can understand some of it not being correct though as i had a problem with a wheel box that was welded in back to front on mine which caused me some issues but i managed to notice it and swapped it out before paint, your 3" difference sounds like something similar has gone wrong but you have noticed it a bit late.....

My only real gripe and the thing that i wish was better is that i would of liked the door openings to be more like original so my doors actually match the shape of the tub instead of having strange gaps where there shouldn't be.
Other than that for the little it cost me i cannot really complain, i wasn't expecting OEM quality but it does do the job and saved weeks and weeks of welding that would of cost me 10 times more.
If it helps you at all i used Rivnuts on my dash board to make it a captive fixing and nuts and bolts on the windshield hinges but you need someone with long arms to get the nuts on the back of the windshield hinges!.
yes I just bought some rivnuts for dash didn’t even think of using them 1st time my door & tailgate openings are pretty good actually I sealed all the body seams under tub with 3m seam sealer then epoxy primed & 4 coats raptor liner time will tell I guess
 

DirtyB

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#8
That's really surprising; i've had practically no issues with mine (about 80% finished). Yeah +2 on the rivnuts, that's the way to go.
 

AK-RWC

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south central
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AK
#10
I did a pretty detailed write-up for the Aqualu install in my build thread. Let me know if you have any questions. It required a lot of work; it’s definitely nowhere close to being a “bolt on” installation.
 

Jeeperdd

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Gordonsville
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VA
#11
I’ve done the aluminum and the Juan tubs. I have to say I like the aluminum tubs a lot better. But if you are trying to stay somewhat original with you build go with the Juan. Just make sure you put the entire Jeep together befor you paint it, so you know that it all works.
 

CC CJ8

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Cape Cod
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Ma
#12
I'm guessing I recieved the tub that had all of the issues everyone else's didn't have. The body mounts lined up ok - but that was about it. I'm new to this site but know my way around the Jeep since doing a fiberglass swap to it back in the late 90's. The windsheild holes were off or out a 1/2", the passenger side lower door hinge holes were correct on the inside (but somehow were missed on outside), Dash (I had to cut and weld in areas to finish the threshold of the door jamb to meet the dash), Tailgate (Bed cable mount (bracket) - 4 out of the 6 holes were off about a 1/2" on each side. Most of these fixes will be covered by a bracket or trim, but at the price paid and conversations w/ Willies, I was expecting a better product. I'm test fintting everything and doing a full assembly before doing the bodywork and paint. My weekends (rain or shine) are spent working on it, and it will be great when it's done, but at this point, I think fixing a real tub would be the way to go and come in less expensive (with a better quality) then my tub. I'll upload pics when I upgrade my membership.
 

jerseyjeeps

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#13
On the MD Juan/WO, How about trying to mount OEM hard doors or Half cab, or bulkhead, or etc? In addition to the stuff above, that's where I hear the real nightmares lie...Ive heard these are only marginally ok for soft top soft door type restorations...:unsure:
 
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