I got around to fixing my frame, I must say it wasn't as hard as I thought.
The jeep handles alot better now, dosn't feel like the wheels are going to jump off when I turn hard now!
Hear are some pics of the project
after I cut out the bad stuff
even the inside was cracked bad
sorry guys can't post my pics anymore. (my post count got reset!)
starting the welding
adding the sleeves
welded in a new peace, then fishplated overtop.
I used 1/4" plate (alittle thick, but it was the thinest I could get from work)
First I removed the steering box,
then cut out the face of the frame, wow it was bad. I left the inside wall of the frame so it would stay strait.
the I made a template from cardboard, and fabed the peace. I put it inside the frame and welded(overhead & flat) to the old frame.
next I cut a strip of steel for the bottom (again I left the old metal there and weld to the new plate)
next I welded the sleaves for the bolts (steering box)
then I made another template to fill in where I cut the old steel (face of frame) I ground it down to fit exactly and gave it a slight bevel (for good weld penitration) Then welded it into place.
Then I fabed another plate to fishplate. this plate goes about 6-8 inches over good steel and back about 3-4 inches over my new plate.
I also welded up the crack across the top of the frame.
Then cleaned up with grinder and prime and paint.
It took me 2 full days, but I ran into MENY hard bolts....lol I couldn't even get the front wheel off, the lug nut was so stripped I tried everything, finally I used the welding machine to melt the lug nut off..lol amazing I didn't damage the aluminum rim.
Also I did all the brake , roters, and drums while I was at it.
It isn't a hard fix, I got all my supplys from work for free (steel, welding rod, grinding disks)
all it cost me was $60 for the welding machine for the weekend, and $15 for primer and paint.
Don't be affraid to do this repair, I put it off for a year, and I'm luckey the frame didn't snap, down the highway..