Hi- I am looking at a few wranglers. One of them is a 5speed 01 SE with 82K miles on it. The interior/exterior is in great shape but I am concerned about the frame/undercarriage. As I have never had a wrangler before and do not know much about the repairs/longevity, can anybody help me out and let me know if this frame can be fixed with chassis saver or rustoleum? I'm open to all suggestions.
While it isn't too clear in your pics, there looks to be a fair amount of rust with some scaling. It is the scaling that would worry me more than everything else as that is metal breaking down. That doesn't mean it is a goner, but there would be more work to fix it than I'd be up for, that's for sure and I've done my fair share of restoration work on older cars/trucks.
For that much scaling I would media blast the entire frame (body off) and then treat it with POR-15 to stop it. Anything less you can get by with media blasting and/or a scaling tool and wire wheels and then coat with POR-15. All depends on how much work you want to do.
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Take a grinder, wire brush, etc grind all of that rust off. I cleaned up my chassis way back , took it down to bare metal, used heavy coats of rust primer, then heavy coats of rustoleum rust paint, 3 years later i have a clean looking chassis still.
You shoulda seen it when i first got my hands on it hahaha! I was lucky if there was black paint on the chassis in my case... You will be alright, worst case scenario you need a lil welding and patch work.
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Doesn't look bad at all...surfacey, scaley, cosmetic. If that's the worst of it, grab a couple sizes of wire brushes, hit it with primer, top coat when you can. At another forum I hang out in, a product called Fluid Film is popular to use as a protectant after it's all touched up