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Old 01-31-2012, 06:42 PM   #1
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1997 Jeep Wrangler frame rotted through

My '97 Wrangler might be on its deathbed and I'm not sure if it's worth resurrecting or even could be saved. There was a lot of frame rust, but now there is a huge hole and I think it rusted completely through today.

Driving felt wobbly and when I looked at the frame I saw there wasn't much holding it up and I was amazed I made it home in one piece. Does anyone know if this type of thing is salvagable via welding or anything like that? I love my Jeep, but not sure anything can be done to save it now and don't have a lot of money to spend. It has $146,000 miles and has been across country and back, but now I just rely on it to drive to work which is very closeby.

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Old 01-31-2012, 06:46 PM   #2
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Pics would help. Some frames are just to far gone to save. If the tub is still good a frame swap would be another option to consider.

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Old 01-31-2012, 06:49 PM   #3
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Pics would help. Some frames are just to far gone to save. If the tub is still good a frame swap would be another option to consider.
Thanks. I'm taking it to a local auto repair shop tomorrow to see what they think. I think it may be too far gone.
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Old 01-31-2012, 06:55 PM   #4
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if its to far gone dont junk it, part it out or sell it to some one here.

Any thing is fixable and can be a project for the right person
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:05 PM   #5
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I will definetely not junk it! I'm just praying it can be fixed. I'll find out within the next few days if it's fixable, then see if anyone would be interested in buying it for parts, etc...
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Old 01-31-2012, 07:39 PM   #6
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hopefully you can do something like this

and install a replacement(or have someone like a shop do it for you)
it's where you cutaway the crap and install a cap

Safe T Cap frame repair kits
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:36 AM   #7
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Thanks for the information and the video! I really want to try and keep my Jeep, if not too expensive and actually possible. If not, I'm gonna have to break down and buy another vehicle and unfortunately, it probably won't be another Jeep due to finances, etc. Thanks so much for your input.
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Old 02-01-2012, 07:50 AM   #8
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Hi
I have the same exact rust problem on my 97 TJ... doing what the video clip did, but im just having a local body shop box out the rotted part with new steel.

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Old 02-01-2012, 09:51 AM   #9
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Do you mind me asking how much it cost with labor? I'm going to a local shop as well after work today, just to show him photos first, that I still need to take; then possibly either have it towed down or drive it there. Nothing is really holding the driver side back frame up anymore because the thin piece of metal holding it broke! Thanks so much for the positive feedback! I hope you are able to drive your Jeep for a long long time!
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:11 AM   #10
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If everything else on ur jeep is good id try to source a good used frame and swap out your old rotted one
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:24 AM   #11
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I guess I'll have to see how much things cost before I do anything, but thanks for your advice.

Maybe someone here has an old frame they would like to sell? Who knows. It's just the matter of getting someone to put in the labor etc. I will find all of this out pretty soon and hopefully it's all realistic for my small budget! Thanks again.
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Old 02-01-2012, 10:48 AM   #12
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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f14/par...rts-65182.html
here in the for sale section of forum. tj frame $350. might want to check if he still has it
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Thanks! I'll check it out.
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dont know the cost yet... its a friends who owns the shop so Im hoping its not too bad but I will let you know when I get the bill. Plus he is doing some body work and paint touch up.
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I see you are in CT, but it might be a good idea to check with Davey's Jeeps in Ohio. I've bought quality stuff from him and will again in the future. Scroll down to the frame sections:
D A V E Y S J E E P S . C O M - Parts Specials
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Thanks for everyone's feedback. I'm extremely happy to say that my Jeep will be saved after all!! I ordered a Wrangler TJ frame repair kit from Safe T Cap in R.I., and a local body shop is going to weld and repair the rotted out section! And...it's even more affordable than I thought.
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COOL. AFTER YOU GET THE REPAIR MADE DO THIS.

Many good ideas here. I did not use water in any way. Mine had lots of rust chips so I went the compressed air and a shop vac. When you blew front to back and had the shop vac over a large hole in between it was very effective. Then I used a magnet on a flexible shaft and was able to get about a pound of rust out. Got it very clean in the end through perserverence then sealed it all up with the Eastwood anti rust roduct made for doing the inside of frames. Very nice now.I have a buddy who drilled holes in his frame, but only in the bottom near the low spots so it will drain freely next time he gets water inside the frame.

I COPIED THIS FROM YOOPONE
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Old 02-02-2012, 07:56 PM   #18
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what part of your frame was rotted out?i also have a 97' tj and can't find my rotted part out on that website. maybe i should just call
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Please update this thread. A few of us would like to know how it turned out. I'd love to see some pics. Thanks.
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Please let us know how much in labor did the shop charged you? i have the same problem looking to use the same solution. I'd weld my self but i don't have any experience nor place to weld, i will have to go to the shop and have the work be done for me.

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