Also, I talked to the guy that I bought it from and he is willing to weld the frame for me if it is repairable and if I can get it clean enough first. So, spent tonight with a hose on the undercarriage in the dark and I'll check tomorrow to see what "cleaning up" I have left.
What debruins is saying is that when you have rusty metal and try to weld to, or on it, it splatters and eats through the metal. If the rust is bad, then the new welds will eat through the rust.
It can be done but it's a pain if the rust is bad.
As for "cleaning it" he is talking about grinding off the rust and "cleaning" the metal.
I like the Jeep though, a little work and get rid of the body lift and it would be great.
I knew that cleaning it meant grinding the metal to get rid of the rust, but I thought that it would be best to get the mud off first. Before I can clean it by grinding off the rust I'm going to need to have someone cut off the welded on plate. This is stuff that I'll have to work out with the guy I bought it from that has offered to help fix it.
Does anyone know where the mechanism is that makes the brake lights turn on when you push the brake pedal? I got the headlights and all the turn signal lights (both front and back) to work, but the brake lights aren't working. Where is it that the brakes make the lights work? Is there a fuse to check as well?
thats i didnt mean to sound like youd ruined your jeep, just if you get if its bare metal and you get it wet and let it sit for a day you could get some rust there, and thats not fun to weld, if you grinded it all off thats fine b/c it would have just been surface rust, but i know its hard to get a grinder in on the frame from underneath.
Thanks guys for all of the advice, but it actually ended up being somethings quite different. The problem was a loose alternator belt. I guess that it was only squealing when in gear because that was the only time that there was enough load on the engine to cause extra strain. I was able to discover this because when I left the jeep in neutral and rev'd it real high the squeal came back. I just pulled the alternator out a little bit and tightened it and there was no squealing all the way up to 60 mph!
Now I just need to take care of the frame crack and figure out why the brake lights aren't working and she'll be good to go... at least for now.
Thats a great outcome man.........I guess I lost that 20 ........Im very happy it turned out to be a minor deal...now weld up that frame and get dirty wid it .......g
You can wire the $20 to the "Steve's future Jeep problems fund" I'm sure I will need it eventually
On another note, does anyone have any tips on making the engine run cooler? I know that it may be because it is about 95 degrees out today, but she is running hot enough to spit coolant out the emergency pressure hose. I'm done driving her for today, but I had taken her for a 10-15 minute ride at speeds up to 55 mph and she got pretty hot. The last owner had hardwired some electric fans to the radiator to help cool it but we (me and the previous owner) replaced those 2 with a motor mount flex fan for simplicity.