John Moore ~ Real Men Still Crawl...
97 XJ (Diablo) 4.0L H.O. w/AW4 4sp Auto Dana 30/Chry 8.75 2.5 inch Flowmaster Exhaust 4 inch Lift w/ 32inch tires & RS5000 Shocks
92 YJ (BOSS) 4.0L H.O. w/AX-15 5sp Manual, 231 TCase, Dana 30/8.8 (3.73) 2.5 inch Flowmaster R.E. 2 inch lift and 2 inch body lift for CJ clip
XJ http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2634588 YJ http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3322306
calm down buddy, listen to everyone on here. Get your wife to take some pics of everything and email them to you, then post them on here. you just load them into a photobucket acct and copy the "IMG" url into the post and they'll come up.
like everyone is saying, it's not a huge deal to replace the frame, if you don't mind spending some time on it, then you could be fine. depending on your mechanical experience, free time, and what you want the jeep for, maybe it's not the best idea though, that's for you to decide.
Rule no 1. If its not under warranty, stay away from the dealer. They don't want that kind of work and if they do it, you drive away wearing a diaper cause you got raped so hard.
It sound like the rear frame is rotted out. This is "normal". Quadratec sells replacement panels for the front and rear of the frame. Buy them. If you can't weld, nor know anyone that can, find a local jeep forum/club and introduce yourself. Offer beer and food, and chances are you will get a few guys to come over and help you bring this thing back to life.
If that's not an option, take it to a welding shop and show them the problem and the patches and pay them to weld it all in. Its not that big of problem.
With out pics, I am guessing it will be doable without to much of a problem, no matter what the dealer says. Dealer mechanics have a thing about getting snobish when an older ride comes in the shop, and will almost make fun of the vehicle to your face, cause they are used to working on new shiny things. Ignore the dealer and go to a welding shop if you can't find any local guys to help.
Have your wife post up some pics. If she can't, pm me and I will give you my email adress so she can email them to me, and I will host them and post them.
Don't worry, it will be fine.
Finally, thank you for your service. Its the guys and gals like you that protect our freedoms that let us build these jeeps and pour money into them. /salute/
I agree with everyone else, don't give up on it yet. Rusted Wrangler frames are not that uncommon and not hard to fix. When you own a Jeep everything is simpler. As a veteran myself, I will gladly help you out any way that I can. Ft. Bragg was my home for many years and I even graduated from Fayetteville State University. I really miss the place. I have a brother who lives there now and is currently in Afghanistan also. I know there are 4 wheel drive specialists in that area. Have your wife get a second opinion from them and don't throw in the towel yet. Thanks for your service and feel free to PM me with anything you need.
frame with brake lines, fuel lines, and front leaf springs attached. No rust. Please call 912-429-4526. Here is a Coastal GA craigslist add for a frame. He wants 150 with all that stuff still attached. I've got some buddies up at Bragg that might be able to help you out.