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Fixing a rusty Wrangler YJ #1455736
06/20/13 03:26 PM
06/20/13 03:26 PM
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Am considereing buying a 'typical' $1000 Michigan Jeep Wrangler YJ (1987-1995) as a beater/summer toy/whatever. Am very familiar with Michigan rust in general. My question is: If/when the frame/spring mounts/body mounts are rusty, are these Wranglers fixable with frame patches, welding plate, etc? Or once rusted I should run away screaming. Don't really want to consider a new frame.

I'm considering cheap, that's why a YJ and not a TJ.

Any experiences?

Re: Fixing a rusty Wrangler YJ [Re: coffeeman383] #1455737
06/20/13 06:18 PM
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you could buy this one for 3 grand,runs perfect no rust.

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Re: Fixing a rusty Wrangler YJ [Re: coffeeman383] #1455738
06/20/13 06:27 PM
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you should ask this in the truck forum.


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Re: Fixing a rusty Wrangler YJ [Re: Golden-Arm] #1455739
06/20/13 07:41 PM
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this is my opinion...


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Re: Fixing a rusty Wrangler YJ [Re: coffeeman383] #1455740
06/20/13 10:26 PM
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A frame swap would be 10 times easier than trying to fix a rusty Michigan YJ frame.

Re: Fixing a rusty Wrangler YJ [Re: Cooter] #1455741
06/21/13 12:31 AM
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A frame swap would be 10 times easier than trying to fix a rusty Michigan YJ frame.




Even in northern IL, when that rear spring perch rots away, expect to replace the entire rear of the frame, from in front of the rear perches all around to the same point on the other side. You won't be able to find anything to weld to, otherwise. Then while your there replacing the rear crossmember and spring perches on the frame, you can put in the large patches you will need at both rear body mounts. Of course, you will then probably have to replace both sides of the body tub..... the question is where do you want to stop fixing rust this time, so you know where you have to start next time, probably next year about this time.
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