EZ YJ Floor Repair

When removing the carpet from my YJ I was greeted with this sight, oh no!

By Wayne Swanson

 

 

First things first, I made an exacting cardboard template of the area to be repaired.

 

 

 

 

Then there was the search for parts. Luckily there was a complete parts car in the next stall.

 

 

 

 

Upon inspection I found some more parts to use later.

 

 

 

 

 

Anyway, back to work. Using a screwdriver I traced the pattern onto a suitable piece of scrap.

 

 

 

 

Then using a jigsaw, hammer and screwdriver I freed my new floor from the scrap.

 

 

 

 

Next I used the same tools and trimmed the tub on the YJ.

 

 

 

 

Trial fit says ‘perfect’!

 

 

 

 

Since the trimming went all the way to the outer tub, a little angle iron was used for support.

 

 

 

 

Make sure to use something to protect the paint on the outside.

 

 

 

 

Then crank up that welder. Repeated blows with a hammer keep the new floor flush with the old one as well as adding a nice textured, non-slip surface.

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, some of the rust crept up the side of the tub as well. So much for protecting the paint.

 

 

 

 

A little grinding reveals a larger tender spot than originally thought. Good thing I have more scrap.

 

 

 

 

I used a little less hammer work here, after all this is on the outside.

 

 

 

 

A little POR 15 goes a long way…

 

 

 

 

on the inside as well.

 

 

 

 

Next, a little seem sealer and all is as good as new.

 

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