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Old October 29th, 2010, 09:56 PM   #1
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Please take a look at these photos and let me know your opinion of the condition and repair-ability of this rust. I'm also assuming the tape on the window means I'll need a new top. This is a vehicle I may purchase. Thanks in advance.

1st pic - body rust - fender, rocker and lt quarter. The damage is evident, but should I be concerned about hidden damage to the interior?



2nd Pic - frame. I'm looking at the area where the spring is attached. Just flaking surface rust, or something more serious?


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Old October 29th, 2010, 09:59 PM   #2
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Old October 30th, 2010, 05:00 PM   #3
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Yup, Jeeps rust fast, and YJ's always rust right there. Probably looking at $100 if you did it yourself, probably less. As for a professional job, maybe $400-600? As for the undercarriage, looks pretty superficial. My vote, buy it, don't fix it, and wheel it.
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On the drivers side body panel there is also a frame inside the cab that rots with it and supports the body a bit. I cut out that rusty spot on my rig and welded in panels and reinforcements on that frame inside the cab. Then I had to tweak my door closers. Later I noticed the floor pan inder the driver's feet was also rotten. I fixed that with a panel taken from an old steelcase file cabinet. The frame looks good to me. Where you really need to take a picture is where the rear frame meets the crossmember behind the gas tank. It rots there too. Sand gets inside the frame and migrates all the way to the back where it collects water and roadsalt and rots. I fixed those 2 sections on mine too. My suggestion is that, if the price is right, buy it and fix it up yourself. I have had a blast with mine and have no regrets about buying it.
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nothing easier that fixing flat panels with rust, so dont let that hold you back, however check the frame in the very very back where the spring mounts to the frame, seen alot of yj's get some rust in there, and that is probably a more in depth fix
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normal rust wear and tear.. suggestion when you go take a look at it, and take a screwdriver to the frame and strike it in a couple places that look bad to test how thin it has gotten
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normal rust wear and tear.. suggestion when you go take a look at it, and take a screwdriver to the frame and strike it in a couple places that look bad to test how thin it has gotten
x2, if its solid the owner would be okay with it.
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