As I was dealing with a tailpipe issue, I noticed I have some frame rot on the back right of the frame, at the rear shackle. It looks like:
I took a hammer to it and there is some more rot up from the hole, and a little behind. There doesn't seem to be any major problems on top of the frame, just the bottom (a little on the side).
As someone who is just learning about tinkering with vehicles, what do I do? I have done some research about doner frames, but this is above my finances and I have no welding knowledge/equipment. I have read about some solutions that seems to put more metal around the problem area - but how will this work if the issues is right where the shackle connects to the frame?
I am hoping this is less of a problem because it is on the bottom compared to the top? This problem is not on the other rear side of the frame, just the right rear section.
This Jeep is an April to October driver only, and I would be surprised if it did more than 1000-2000 miles a season (from now on - I just bought it this spring) I don't go crazy off roading, maybe some class 4 roads once in a while...I really just wanted summer jeep to take the dogs to the river and bum around town when its nice. Lots of dirt roads.
I am looking for suggestions, hopefully not super duper expensive, and hopefully not "scrap the jeep". Anybody had a similar experience?