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Old 03-30-2011, 11:22 AM
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Rust Spot...Fixable?

I am thinking of buying a 97 TJ but there is a rust spot on the back. Was wondering if this is bad beyond repair or if its fixable and also is it something that would make this jeep something to shy away from and try to find another one?
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:24 AM   #2
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The picture is really unfocused but I would say it's very fixable. Brush on rust preventer for now so it doesn't spread.

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Sorry for the quality but its the only picture I have showing it. I didn't take it the seller sent it to me.
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I have the exact same rust spot but on the other side. I've already got it down to metal and just has to be primed. It was really easy. What are the jeep's specs and price then ill let you know if its worth it
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Its a 97 4.0 91k miles 5speed 4" rough country lift and 33x12.5 tires
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I'd say about 7 or 8 grand
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in that case I wont tell you how much I'm picking it up for til I actually get it.
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Things you must check: 1. Floor, make sure its not rusted through 2. Transfer case , make sure the driveshafts are tightly in there 3. Signs of too much offroading
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Def. fixable. Even if it's happen to have gone all the way through the boxed body mount is right behind that panel. I had a major rust spot there, small amount ate through but just filled over it because the body mount is right there.
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Or if worse comes to worse cut it out and cover over it with body armor.
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mine had the same spot when I found it, dealer fixed it before selling it to me
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around where i live, jeeps like that are common for 4-5 grand. i got my 97 for 4100.

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only if you live in the projects. if its through, you cut it out and use it for a template to make a same sized replacement panel. butt weld it in, glaze it, prime and blend.
that is an easy fix.

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around where i live, jeeps like that are common for 4-5 grand. i got my 97 for 4100.

OK, WHERE THE HECK DO YOU LIVE!? Been trying to find a decent affordable jeep on every site possible!
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check out craigslist for pittsburgh.

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