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Old 12-01-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Frame Rot Repair with AutoRust

My shop finally finished the repair to my 94 YJ today (after 4 months of it sitting in their lot, with nothing being done to it). Repair to front section of frame done with AutoRust part ART-102L purchased from Morris 4x4 (Auto Rust Front Shackle & Steering Box Mount Section Left ART-102L) and some angle. Below are pictures from the before and during phases. Later tonight I'll post some of the completed job after I pick it up.
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Old 12-01-2011, 03:37 PM   #2
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'During' photos. Second-to-last photo is of the remains of the old section of frame.
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:07 PM   #3
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Old 12-04-2011, 02:11 PM   #4
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What was left from the old front left section of frame. It literally crumbled and twisted into pieces when he began cutting.

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Old 12-04-2011, 02:28 PM   #5
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Damn man! That is some serious cancer. Glad you were able to get it all cut out and replaced... even if it took 4 months. :/
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Old 12-30-2011, 02:31 PM   #6
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When you have a place on the frame thats rotted is the rest of the frame free enough of rot?
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When you have a place on the frame thats rotted is the rest of the frame free enough of rot?
In my YJ's case, the answer is yes. The front two thirds of my frame was in excellent condition. However, from the rear leaf spring mounts back, were many rot holes and very heavy rust. The worst rot holes were at or very near suspension points, such as the rear upper shock mounts and near the rear shackle mounts. I sandblasted what was soild, and re-made what was bad. Here is what the frame looks like now. It's proof that with enough determination, just about any frame can be saved.
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Holy crap.That must be a huge undertaking!! How long did it take to get the tub and everything else off???
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Holy crap.That must be a huge undertaking!! How long did it take to get the tub and everything else off???
I didn't keep count of my hours for de-construction. I worked on it a little bit during evenings and weekends over probably a 3 week period. I'm not in a rush, as this is a complete frame-up restoration/build-up. I must say, just about every bolt fought me. PB Blaster was my friend, but there were some bolts that either had to be drilled out, or had snapped off. When it goes back together, all frame and body bolts will be coated with Never Seize, and some will be replaced with stainless steel bolts, coated with Never Seize.
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Send the frame out and have it galvanized !!
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Send the frame out and have it galvanized !!
You know, that's an idea. There happens to be a hot dip galvanizing business in my city (Tampa), and they have a huge kettle that is plenty large enough to handle a Jeep frame. I have no idea what it would cost tho, but it can't hurt to call them to get a quote. I don't know how well paint would stick to galvanizing.
My plan was to spray two coats of two part epoxy primer on the outside, and spray Eastwood's Internal Frame Coating on the inside.
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How is that internal frame coating?
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You know, that's an idea. There happens to be a hot dip galvanizing business in my city (Tampa), and they have a huge kettle that is plenty large enough to handle a Jeep frame. I have no idea what it would cost tho, but it can't hurt to call them to get a quote. I don't know how well paint would stick to galvanizing.
My plan was to spray two coats of two part epoxy primer on the outside, and spray Eastwood's Internal Frame Coating on the inside.
I am also a Land Rover freak......check out this website, they galvanize their frames. East Coast Rover Co.

On my Jeep I had a Ziebart undercoating and internal frame and body panel coating.

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How is that internal frame coating?
I've never used it. Check it out and decide for yourself.
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BalooNY - About how long did it take to do the drivers side? i have the same issue and just ordered the frame piece.

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