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Old 06-05-2018, 11:03 PM
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Noob quickly racking up a collection. Question

Just got into the game myself this past January with a new JK. Love it. About a month later a local guy was getting rid of some rust in the shape of a 77 CJ-5 V8. Barely run. I couldn’t pass the opportunity/challenge. Haven’t done much for the rust, but I got her running and plan on some tune up over next few weeks. Here is where I probably bit off way more than I can chew. Please be gentle, my son and daughter are obsessed with Jurassic Park. And I found a tribute Jeep 1988 YJ for not much. It needed a slave cylinder and had some frame rust. I looked at all the pictures and didn’t see anything I haven’t seen before. After purchasing it I found more pictures, and it seems like there is some rot (not rust) in the rear. I think there are patch kits for these areas, but is it at all worth it? It seems to be where the struts attach to frame. Did I totally screw up? Or is there a path to redemption? Sorry if lost is messed up. I can only get on forum through mobile version. Here is a link to the good pictures. Any input aside from I am stoopid would be appreciated. Thanks All.
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Old 06-05-2018, 11:47 PM   #2
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That frame is trashed and not worth saving. The rest of the jeep don't look THAT bad, not great but not as bad as the frame. Unless you want to do a frame swap that is a parts jeep and should never be driven on the road.




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Old 06-06-2018, 12:40 AM
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I did forget to mention I did not intend to use it on roads much. It really was a drive into the ground on a farm kinda thing. My 1500 doesn’t is my daily and I hate riding it though the muck of the farm then to work. I originally got the CJ for that and I am kinda enjoying learning a little and getting my hands dirty. I expect this would never pass inspection. So driving on the road is a never. But I appreciate it. I can honestly say I see something not right in that pic, but don’t know enough what exactly it is. Thanks.
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Rust around the steering box is very bad because it's only a matter of time before the steering box rips off the frame. They sell a section of frame to replace it but by the time you get done patching that frame there will be no frame left. It's a junker.
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Ouch! I wouldn't drive that on or off road.
It always bums me out whenever I see a YJ frame like that. Because it means there's 1 less jeep in the world since it's likely to get parted....Does seem like a possible candidate for a frame swap though. It's not really that hard to do either. Plus the Jurassic park Yj's are so damn cool.
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If you have a welder and can weld it might be salvageable. Quadratec and many other websites sell frame repair parts. Just make real sure you know what you're getting into before you start.
After looking through the pics, I'd either replace the frame (probably not) or part it out (more likely).
Put a pencil to the cost/benefit of each option. Don't forget to charge yourself for the time you'll spend on each option.

That Jeep doesn't look safe to drive in its current condition. (Correction....Looks terribly unsafe).

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That’s my plan. With the movie coming out I am just going to sure it up. Give myself the winter to frame swap it. As long as everything else is in the condition it seems to be in. Didn’t cost much, so there isn’t much to lose. Some fun. I don’t plan on driving it really. Unless it all gets fixed. Drive in movie theatre is going to rent it for the showing of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom in hopes of bringing people by and dragging them up to concessions to see it. And my 5 and 3 year old couldn’t care less if it doesn’t get loved much at first. If I can get it in working order I’d be thrilled. Looking at those replacements pieces now too. Found a frame locally no rust just needs paint for $599. I don’t feel it’s so bad. All in good fun.
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That YJ isn't that bad. Still worth $1500 where I live, if you paid less than you have already won. That thing is a good candidate for a frame swap and some love.

I'm rebuilding 92 YJ from the ground up that has 223k miles on it. $4500 in parts later I have myself a YJ built exactly how I want it. You can do the same thing with that 88 and still be in it for less then buying one complete. These YJ's have held there value.
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I hate to be that guy but 1988 isn't even the correct year to be a Jurassic park jeep it should be a 1993 or at least a 1992-1995. I know, who cares i dont even like Jurassic park i thought the movies were stupid. But it still annoys me the same way 1970 general lee's annoy me


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Old 06-14-2018, 02:08 AM
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All in All I pad about that much. Not including sales tax.

I wasn’t and am still not ga ha over the Jurassic Park Jeep in the way I might sound. I briefly looked into it once and was aware of the years. Never considered it until this one showed up in my search. I’d prefer the Back to the Future Delorean as a movie car. The idea came from my fathers farm. Just wanted a silly Jeep I didn’t care about. And taking care of all these big animals gave way to the Jurassic Park jokes. love my JK but not in the mood to tangle with a bull and have him kick in a door on my commuter car. 🐂

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