Hi all. I bought my first jeep two years ago. I love it. While I only paid $1,000 for this YJ 4.0 manual - soft and hard top, 77,000 original miles, runs great, the rust is making me miserable. The back part of the frame is pretty well shot. I can still drive it but I'm getting more nervous every day. I bought some plates to weld around three sides but I don't even know if there is enough good metal on top to hold it all together.
I put $500 into new tires, bought floor new molded floor pans (haven't installed yet) so all up I only have about $1,650 into it. I'm trying to weigh up if it's worth trying to find a frame to transfer everything over. Some tell me it's too much work and of course I realize the domino effect when it comes to uncovering tired and/or rusty parts that should be replaced. Could turn into a money pit. Sad because the engine is so good and I love driving it.
I have four boys that suck up my money faster that pig pen clears sand out of a sand box so I need to be realistic about my next step.
Is it worth parting out? Not sure what the engine/tranny is worth.
not looking for much here other than venting to other Jeep lovers who might empathize.
I found a beautiful frame for $1,200 (motor mounts would have to be moved) but even that is probably out of my range.