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Old 06-21-2006, 02:05 PM   #1
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Got some bad news the other day. A 1994 Wrangler Sahara I recently bought has BAD rust damage on the frame. Seeing about having it welded/repaired, but rust will certainly continue and put me in the same shape again down the road.

Can I apply a product like POR-15 and significantly slow the progression of rust destruction or is it a lost cause pretty soon again.

This Jeep is worth spending "some" money on. 6 cyl., 55,000 miles, looks good, new SR-A 30" tires, Jeep 8" canyon wheels. I'm sick about it,

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Old 06-21-2006, 02:33 PM   #2
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I would definitely repair any bad spots in the frame. I have heard good things about POR 15, but have no first hand experience with it. Others have suggested using a roofing compound, as a undercoating. I would try to remove as much of the rust as possible before coating it with anything. Good luck with this, I know it is a very time consuming project. Other than that, I would say it would be worth it, if the damage isn't too severe.

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I agree with bluvikng. I've used POR-15 on a 4x4 I once had. Seemed to work great, but you really never know whats going on where you can't see.

Are you taking everything off the frame to do this? I've seen some frames for sale through different routes that are reasonable.
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How bad are we talking? I will guess its worse than just a lot of surface rust. You can weld in new sections of course.. just takes time and effort and some $$. You could buy a new/used frame but that is a major project. Por-15 is a great product, but it can't replace missing metal. Can you post some pic's, so we can see how bad it is and maybe we can offer some better guidence.
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Old 06-22-2006, 09:35 AM   #5
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I agree with bluvikng. I've used POR-15 on a 4x4 I once had. Seemed to work great, but you really never know whats going on where you can't see.

Are you taking everything off the frame to do this? I've seen some frames for sale through different routes that are reasonable.

Don't plan to take everything off of the frame, just weld-in a section that's mostly gone. Could use a lead on a frame to cut up & use to patch.

The POR15 is just to try to preserve what's left.
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How bad are we talking? I will guess its worse than just a lot of surface rust. You can weld in new sections of course.. just takes time and effort and some $$. You could buy a new/used frame but that is a major project. Por-15 is a great product, but it can't replace missing metal. Can you post some pic's, so we can see how bad it is and maybe we can offer some better guidence.

Hard to get pictures under there, it's dark. There is a 5' section of frame on the driver's side that's all but gone. Needs to be cut out & a new piece welded in. The remaining frame seems solid enough to last if it can be preserved from futher rust damage.
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:09 AM   #7
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A five foot section? Trash it.
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:20 AM   #8
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If you have that much rusted through, I don't know if I would trust the rest of it. You may be better off replacing the whole frame. Due to the shape of the rest of the Jeep, and the low mileage, I would say it is worth replacing the whole frame.
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Well, he has said a five foot section is gone and he needs to weld in a new section. That seems like a really bad idea. I don't see any other option than to either get another frame or just let it go. I mean, the fram isn't much longer than 5 feet anyway.
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Old 06-22-2006, 11:41 AM   #10
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I completely agree with you. That is way to much rust damage. I changed the verbiage a little on my last post, I guess it was confusing the way I said it.
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just a guess but he might have meant 5" rather than 5'.
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just a guess but he might have meant 5" rather than 5'.
I bet your right, now that you mention it. I was kinda wondering how he could even drive the thing with 5 foot of frame rusted through.

There is a huge difference between " , ' ............lol.
Five inches is very repairable.
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some states wont inspect a vehicle with a welded frame if the jeep runs great with low mileage and the body is awesome then buy a new frame with the hot dip galvinizing option it is a long expensive project but you will be intimate with every nut and bolt on your rig and have the satisfaction of knowing you built it from the ground up yourself
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I'd still go for the new frame. If there are five inches you can see, there's still alot you can't see.
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