At this time, and in the forseeable future, I have absolutely no interest in a "juggy" or an extreme rock climber. More interested in something to put some time and exprience into.
Like most of these projects, it isn't a matter of what its worth, or what is practical. It is more of a hobby. I've got most all of the tools necessary, except the specific body tools (pullers, hammers, etc.)
The frame on mine COULD be repaired to get by. The body tub could be patched to get by. The body mounts are gone so they need to be replaced, which will mean extensive cutting, welding, etc. because every one will be a hassle.
The brake lines are all rusted and need to be replaced. And on and on as is with all rusted vehicles. So, the reasonable thing to do is to sell it for salvage and buy another one. Or drive it till it falls apart.
But, since when are Jeep owners reasonable.
The salvage vehicle has virtually all of the parts needed to combine the two vehicles. I can even cut the parts from the rusted one to replace on the bent one.
The entire salvage vehicle is $400 set on my trailer. The salvage tub is quite good all the way back to the rear of the back wheel wells. It is the rear corners that took the real hit. I can buy two complete new corners for about $130. If I am lucky, I won't even have to remove the tub from the frame.
Basically, I strip it to the tub and frame and transfer everything else to it, updating as I go. When I get done, I have a renewed YJ (new U joints, etc.) and a decent body, pristine rustless frame, etc.
My plan is to start repairing the salvage tub. If that isn't practical, I will patch my old one and move it to the salvage frame using the body mounts from the salvage. However, I am pretty sure that I can get this one in good shape by replacing the corners at most.
It won't be a show vehicle, but certainly a reliable one. My existing one only has 83,000 miles so the drive train is good.
If all else fails, I can still sell off the parts of the salvage vehicle and get more than the $400 back.
So, back to the original question. Does it appear that the existing corners can be salvaged or will they have to be replaced?