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Old 09-03-2014, 01:34 PM   #1
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Is this a normal or bad amount of frame rust?

Hi guys, I am looking at a 97 Sport, 4.0 auto, 120k miles. It has been a 1 owner, all original. I can purchase for 5600. This is a picture of the frame and I want to know what you guys think?





It has this then a golf ball size hole through fender.

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Old 09-03-2014, 01:40 PM   #2
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You have no pics of the frame in there: just the floor pan there, with some kind of cutaway part of the surface and the other pic is the drivetrain, mostly. Doesn't look too bad, actually, in that pic. But that floor pan needs a closer look. What do you see when you look under the carpet? By the pedals...? Might wanna check that out.

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Try to get more pictures of the frame itself, especially where the rear lower control arm attaches to the frame in front of the rear wheel, and where the skid plate is bolted to the frame. These are 2 of the most common rust problem areas.
Also check out the brake lines because they can rust enough to fail.
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Is the second pic the gas tank skid??
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I believe it is
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I believe it is
That's replaceable or upgradeable. If you can get pics of the frame that would help.
Is this the same Jeep from your other thread?
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:58 PM   #7
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Skid can easily be replaced. The frame is what you need to get a good look at. Preferably with a screwdriver & force.
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Is the second pic the gas tank skid??
Hey! Good call there! LoL...wasn't thinking...yes: you can replace that with something better.
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Old 09-04-2014, 11:21 PM   #9
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I do not consider rust normal. I would look for a vehicle with less of that normal rust on it. You can fix a lot of things but rust is not one of them, it is a loosing battle once there is perforating rust.

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rust is normal for any TJ exposed to wet/snowy/salty roads.

rust is also repairable.

rust on a TJ, if not too serious, can be a great way to talk the price down quite a bit.

as to whether or not the O.P.'s TJ is too far gone, there are not enough pix to tell, yet.

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