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About PCO6

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    Newmarket, Ontario
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    Restoration and Fabrication. Camping and building trailers for same.

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  1. If you change your mind on your valve cover … brake fluid is also good cutting oil.
  2. I tried that in my LJ and it bought me a few years before I finally had to replace the box. It happily surprised me!
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    convertible wagoneers

    Why remove the one thing that doesn't rust?
  4. I was faced with this on my old XJ. I'm not sure how you use your MJ or if it's a look that that you'd want but I found it MUCH easier to go the 2"x6" slider route. I cut the original rockers out and found that a lot of the original sheet metal they were welded to needed repair/replacement too. I decided to gut everything and it made the job pretty straight forward. You could play a bit with 2"x5" or even 2"x4" tubing if you want to tuck the rockers in more to make them less noticeable.
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    Evolution '88

    Ron Covell's work is great! I have a few of his books that go back to the pre-internet days. It's much better to see his videos now though. That's the right approach. I think I started out at 80/20% and eventually worked my way up. lol. I like to think I made a few "perfect" panels ... but I'm not so sure. I've met 4 or 5 panel beaters over the years and got to go through their shops. They all had pretty good equipment but they all had a LOT of home made ones too. A lot of their work was done by hand. I never pass up a good "chunk of metal" that I can bang something out on. You do nice work btw. I'm enjoying this thread!
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    Evolution '88

    What you'll find with an English wheel is that you can make one of anything with it. Making a second one to match is the hard part! lol. Panel Beater humour I learned from a pro many years ago. I had the same one but recently sold it because I wasn't using it as much as I used to and it was taking up much needed space in my garage. Those are good basic units and there's lots of info on line on how to improve and fine tune them. I learned the basics from a panel beater back in the early '80's. The main thing he taught me was how to do proper hammer welding. Basically O/A fusion welding without using filler rod. If you plan to shape panels, weld them together and then run them through the anvils it's imperative that there be no filler rod. Filler rod welds will nick the anvils and destroy them pretty quickly. Have fun with it!
  7. I have not tried that but I think you would have to immerse a rim or anything similar. I have used Permatex Rust Dissolver Gel (pink naval jelly) for years on chrome and lightly rusted sheet metal with good results. I keep a supply of it in an old ketchup bottle. Basically squirt some on, spread it around with a cheap paint brush, follow up with some steel wool or an SOS pad and rinse it off with water. Works great! Re my XJ, it's an '89 with a 2" lift and 245/75R/16 Goodyear Duratrac tires (30.5"). It's pretty much rust free. I have it (and all of my vehicles) sprayed at Krown Rustproofing once a year and I touch things up with a shutz gun and Krown T-40 as I work on it.
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    jdk - We love Beaver in the eastern provinces too.
  9. Manche757 - It works well in the winter but it works better in the summer. You can heat it up (submersible heater for example) but I have never felt the need to. Phosphoric acid won't attack chrome, rubber, glass, plastic, paint, etc. It will derust any ferrous metal. if you have rust pits, scratches, etc. on chrome it will remove them and not hurt the chrome. I've used it on aluminum but you have to keep an eye on it. As for driving my Jeeps in the winter … Hell ya! it's the best time! My MJ is only 2WD so not so much but my XJ is a regular driver.
  10. I've never used the electrolysis for derusting but I know some guys swear by it. I could be wrong but it seems that the setup is a bit of work. I been using phosphoric acid for years with good results. Basically drop your items in and wash them off with clear water. The product I use is B&G Remover. I also sandblast some items.
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    Post A New Picture You Took Thread!

    I've seen similar ones "in action" and you're right. I'm not sure if they look dumber moving or standing still. To each his own I guess … and I don't imagine they come cheaply.
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    Post A New Picture You Took Thread!

    ^^^ YIKES. Those wheels look out of balance just sitting there!
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    Post A New Picture You Took Thread!

    Towed home a new project a few weeks ago ...
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    The [poor] little guy

    Nice find and it looks to be in pretty good shape. That was a long trip!
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    Picking up a new hobby I've always wanted to learn!

    Another cheap and easy thing to do is to get yourself a pair of drug store reading glasses. I thought my welding was starting to go down hill. Three bucks for a pair of 3x's glasses and I'm now back on track.