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Old 02-04-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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rust inside frame on perfect TJ

I just bought a perfect 99 wrangler sport here in NC. The jeep is perfect,not a scratch or dent,100% stock,never off road. The paint shines like new and the interior looks great. I hate rust. The outside of the frame looks awesome,it is factory black and looks great. In fact I made sure the frame looked good since I hate rust. After reading here i decided to stick my fingers in a frame hole....and found a lot of scaley rust. Its in the typical area just in front of the rear axle. I used a magnet to remove a lot of it from both sides and came up with a pile about the size of a baseball!!! I am sick to my stomach.

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Old 02-04-2012, 05:56 PM   #2
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don't feel to bad, im in the same situation. My jeep has lived in Florida its entire life. I found a lot of rust in the same place you did. You did the right thing pulling all the rust out, you have to get all the stuff out.
I got two bottles of this
Internal Frame Coating Rust Prevention w/Spray Nozzle on eBay!

Should stop rust, good luck with it.

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Old 02-04-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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I read about that stuff but i am thinking about selling it already and looking again. I really really hate rust. I looked 8 months for this jeep. I am so mad!
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Old 02-04-2012, 10:07 PM   #4
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i have a rot spot on my frame. i'm gonna get a tcap installed,scrape,wire brush,blow out and internal frame coat until i get a garage and i get the balls to do a frame swap. i love my jeep. i have no clue how to do a swap but i am willing to learn.
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:38 AM   #5
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I read about that stuff but i am thinking about selling it already and looking again. I really really hate rust. I looked 8 months for this jeep. I am so mad!
I suggest you go buy brand new then. Any one that bought a Jeep for anything close to what it was intended for will have had it in some water at least, I hope, so you probably will find SOME rust some where, on every used one you look over, especially if you live any where near the ocean and that salt infested air!!
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:37 AM   #6
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I read about that stuff but i am thinking about selling it already and looking again. I really really hate rust. I looked 8 months for this jeep. I am so mad!

I am not about name calling and such, but seriously, man, you are obsessive about the rust thing and you should let it go and enjoy you nice clean Jeep!
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:42 AM   #7
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The only way not to get rust inside the frame is to coat it when brand new or never drive it in the rain... Be happy with your purchase or like the previous comment said go buy a brand new one.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:50 AM   #8
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Same situation, that's the only place I have rust on mine, also a little on the top of the skid plate, I had to sand it down and repaint it. I also vacumed out the inside of the frame and painted it with rustoleum.I might get that section of the frame replaced...I think you would be hard pressed to find a 99 with ZERO rust anywhere!
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:59 AM   #9
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The amount of rust you pulled out of your frame is not enough to compromise the integrity of the frame. Go to the Eastwood site, buy 4 cans of internal frame coat, spray away and you will be fine. The coating seals everything up nice and hard. Then just stay on top of it. Keep it clean and dry and you will be fine for a lifetime.
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:30 AM   #10
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If that Jeep is 12 years old, and all you have is a baseball size pile of iron-oxide, that is nothing.

Newsflash....steel rusts. It comes out of the ground as iron oxide, turned into steel through heating to drive out the oxide part, and then spends the rest of its life returning to it's normal state.

The outside is likely free from rust becauses someone kept it clean and dry. But you can't keep the internals of a frame that way. Rain, humidity, etc... get inside the frame rails and stay there.

There is really not much point in removing the rust because, rust also acts as a barier to some degree. I am not saying that rust is good, but if you remove rust and expose bare metal, the metal will just rust again.

If you are a kook.....and I mean that in a sincere, nice way, do this....because you will NEVER find a frame that old with no rust inside somewhere, this is what I would do.

Go to Home Depot and buy a boroscope. They are pretty cheap now. It is basically a rode with a camera. Stick the thing down into one of the ports and look around. You will see how "bad" or "not" bad the situation really is. You can actually take pictures and video of it. Be warned....it will look worse than it is as the light on the scope exaggerates the solors etc.... and will probably look worse to you.

If you want, you could then retore it from the inside out which would perhaps be nothing more than flushing all the crap out, and then coating with the Eastwood product. IF, you have more crime and mud etc...., you may need to cut the frame open in a few spots to allow a place for the crap to go and then weld it back up. You can wash it out with the hose and use the scope to see ther results.

My Jeep has spent all 12 years and 130k miles of it's life in MN and WI and has only some rust and is still solid. I doubt you have any real problems, but you are more than entittled to be a little "crazy" if you want....I love guys like you, because I like to buy your stuff when you are done with it.
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Old 02-05-2012, 01:10 PM   #11
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It is probally not as bad as i think. I grew up in NY so I know what rust can do. I got most of it out and will get the eastwood frame paint and coat it good then some plack spray paint on top of that. I know the frame will last longer thank i will need it to,i just looked so long and hard it shocked me. I appreciate all the advise!!!!

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