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Old 04-22-2011, 08:30 AM   #1
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Rust on 97 TJ

I've just a 97 Wrangler with lots of rust on the chassis in the hope of finding a good shop to fix it. The engine is very strong and the car looks really good on the outside. Every shop I went to, they say they can't fix it; it is too much work for them. The last shop I went, they say I have to buy another chassis. Any idea of a good shop in New-Jersey (preferably Union area) who can take care of this for me? Any other alternatives?

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Old 04-22-2011, 02:22 PM   #2
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you have some work ahead of you. I had a similar issue. as long as the rust is just surface rust and has not eaten a hole in the frame you'll be ok for the time being. Go pick up some wire brush attachements for a drill, remove what you can from around the frame, and go at it. Do it in segments. Get some rust o leum rust sealer, spray that then spray black rustoleum paint. Make sure you cover as much as you can to stop the frame from being eaten up. Its not hopeless. A shop down in FL quoted me 2k to remove the body and clean the rust up. Biggest thing is to make sure the frame, or body mounts, are not rusted through.

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At $100/ hour for labor, you could easily spend more than the jeep is worth on body work. Check out the cost of restoring a classic car. they cost tens of thousands of dollars, mostly for labor, and take months. Do what Sahara13 said, do it yourself a little at a time. Treat the inside of the frame so it doesn't rust through.
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