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Old 09-15-2013, 08:25 PM   #1
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Frame Rust Hole

Hi, I'm looking at a 1994 Wrangler. It has 131,000 miles on it and it's lifted on 33's. I test drove it and it rides beautifully, only has some cosmetic problems but it has a small rust hole on the frame above the rear driverside tire. Should this be something that turns me away? Or could this be repaired easy? I'm looking for something that is going to be reliable yet fun to drive. It has the 4 cyl engine and it comes with a winch and cv radio and a few extra parts. The seller is asking $2300 obo. Is it worth it? Thank you.

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Old 09-15-2013, 09:18 PM   #2
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I would stay away from any rotting of the frame. It spreads like cancer inside and is impossible to stop. Also I feel that the 4cyl is a little to sluggish. I prefer the inline 6cyl with the 5speed. I'm sure your going to hear a lot of different opinions but this is just mine. BTW- how much are you looking to spend ?

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Old 09-15-2013, 09:59 PM   #3
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I was going to ask $2000 for it. Right now I have an olds alero that's literally falling apart. There's everything wrong with it and I just want to get rid of it. I'm willing to spend money on having the frame welded. Also I might go to school next semester to be a diesel/auto tech and there's a welding class I'll have to take. I'm sure they would let me work on it there for the class.
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The problem with attempting to weld the hole is getting all of it. If the rust is in the boxed area of the frame and you weld a plate on you might not be able to get all of the rust and it will just eat through the repair. Also have to wonder how much rust you didnt see. Do you know any competent body/frame guys that could look at it? If not I would continue looking especially since its a 20 year old four popper. That would be more of a toy than a daily driver imho.
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Old 09-16-2013, 06:03 AM   #5
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Well it would partially be a toy as well as a driver lol. I don't drive much at all. But I'm leaning away from it. But out of curiosity is $2000 even worth it?
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Old 09-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #6
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I can't truly advise if I havent seen it.
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Old 09-16-2013, 03:43 PM   #7
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I uploaded a photo of the Jeep itself and te hole. Sorry the picture is a little blurry.
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:24 PM   #8
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Rust starts from *inside* the frame out, mostly. Guarantee there is a lot more inside....
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Old 09-16-2013, 04:35 PM   #9
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All good advice so far. If you really want it, offer 1500. Use the rot as a bargaining chip. That little spot wouldn't bother me much, but as has already been said. It probably looks a lot worse on the inside of the frame.

One thing nobody has mentioned is that if the frame is rotted the tub prolly is too. Look under all the carpet. Especially the driver and pass floor pan, and below the seatbelt. Those spots rot often. Check the hard brake lines too. I've seen those just about rot off. Check the body and shock mounts too.

There is a guy near me with a '93 for sale. You can see right through the frame near the rear shackle mount. Huge peices of frame are just gone. Won't budge from 2000$. Granted he is crazy but....

Actually now that I think about it, that jeep wasn't there last time I drove past. Wonder if some poor sucker bought it.
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Old 09-16-2013, 07:15 PM   #10
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Thank you, there is a little rust under the petals I forgot to mention. And I will use what you guys told me and I'll tell him all of that. He recently bought it a few months ago but he doesn't have a job anymore because of school so he can't afford the gas. I saw the jeep a few months ago and it was priced at $2900, he's probably looking to get most of his money back. I'll just offer his $1500 and let him know that there is frame rot worse on the inside. Thank you for all of your feedback and I will let everyone know how it goes

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