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Old 08-26-2012, 09:55 PM   #1
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Post New Here, need some advice

Completely new to this site, and forum type sites in general. I am looking to buy a Wrangler, (have always wanted one) the older the better. I am looking into a 1995 Wrangler tomorrow, and the only things I know so far is that "the frame needs some work due to rust, and it has some other problems." As this community of Wrangler Gurus exists, I was hoping you could tell me what I should be looking for, to determine if this is a dirty diamond, or a potential money drain. I am not a very skilled wrench, but my mechanical reasoning knows no bounds. Any input you guys could provide will be pointing me in the right direction.


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Old 08-27-2012, 07:01 AM   #2
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Check the frame real good for rust, holes at the rear shackles, body mount plates, check the mounting area at the steering box. Check the body for rust, floor pans, fenders. Check the exhaust manifold for leaks. Look for a check engine light. if in doubt take the Jeep to a good mechanic for inspection.

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Old 08-27-2012, 08:38 AM   #3
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Take it to a mechanic and have them look it over.
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Old 08-27-2012, 12:15 PM   #4
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if you can't weld or don't know someone who does, avoid the rusted frame
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Old 08-28-2012, 06:34 PM   #5
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First off, thanks to everyone for the replies, it is reassuring to know that I at least looked in the right places. I checked the frame, the rusting is bad to the point of complete failure! Holes, and breaks all over. There are small areas of rust on the actual body. The exhaust appears to have fallen off, and there is a tremendous leak in the gas tank. My mechanic has told me that all the fixes are simple enough, EXCEPT the frame. It either needs a lot of repairs or a complete replacement. (He recommends replacement.) The seller wanted 1400 for the Wrangler. No way. I talked him down to 900. The tires are in great shape, the small block Chevy motor has less than 140,000 miles, and the lift kit is what I wanted. I am thinking if I buy it for 900, I can thoroughly check it out (let my mechanic run the gauntlet on it) to decide if i should get a new frame or just gut it for parts and move on. Can anyone point me in the direction of Wrangler frames that would fit a 1995 Wrangler?

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Old 08-28-2012, 06:51 PM   #6
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New frame from Quadratec for a 95 goes for $2699.99 ...
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:27 PM   #7
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New frame from Quadratec for a 95 goes for $2699.99 ...
Thanks for the quick reply mac65, if I were to order one of those, do you have a guess on how much the Freight Fees would be? Also, would you happen to know the details regarding the replacement of the frame? Is it a matter of moving all the parts over, or is it way more complicated?

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Old 08-30-2012, 08:07 AM   #8
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Dont know freight costs.... looks like a pretty involved job to me... get on line and order a catalog from Quadratec, their free and will give you all kinds of ideas.
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Old 09-04-2012, 10:06 PM   #9
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Quadratec has been the gospel for me these past few days. They have everything I could need, and some stuff I don't! I have a lock on my hood, which the ignition key doesn't fit, is the lock re-key able? For that matter, is the lock on the rear gate re-key able?

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Old 09-05-2012, 07:25 PM   #10
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run away... rusty frame is the worst thing you can have. rust will never end unless you cut the rusty parts off and weld new metal on which STILL is never good. the frame is the whole jeep.. without a frame you have nothing.
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Old 09-06-2012, 06:11 PM   #11
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run away... rusty frame is the worst thing you can have. rust will never end unless you cut the rusty parts off and weld new metal on which STILL is never good. the frame is the whole jeep.. without a frame you have nothing.

The rust was nowhere near as bad as it looked. I have already handled that, now I am building upon the little things, like the locking hood, ignition key doesn't seem to fit

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