Got some work done this weekend but not as much as I would have liked. The tank, springs, bushings, exhaust hangers, body bushings were taken out or moved out of the way. I started hitting the passenger shackles section to see where I was at and started on the repair. I got as far as burning in 1/3 of the one shackle area before calling it quits for the day on Friday. I also need to look into better ventilation for my garage with the welding (smoked up the house good lol) Saturday I had to tend to my WJ's rear axle bearing so I didn't get anything else done on the yj, but here are some pics of the progress
A little progress this weekend. Found that my shock mount on the passenger side was also gone so I got that rebuilt and welded in
I've decided to reinforce the frame sections I've welded last year while I had the tank out just to cover my bases. After making templates and cutting them out, the First is the fuel filter area that I got done today
After all this I wire brushed and primed the passenger side so no surface rust would form.
Next is the driver rear shackle plates. I bought both sides with that kit so I might as well use them
I decided to plate the shackle area I welded last year. I cut off/ground down any of the old plates
And man was I glad I decided to do this. I would have failed inspection for sure
On to welding
Then coating. I went over the underside of the tub with a wire wheel and coated with rusty metal primer and rustoleum satin black
After all that I realized I had to do something about my exhaust hanger since I welded over the holes. I broke out the box'o'bolts and tap and die set
Moved on to install my amazon special 3/4" lift shackles I got for 50 bucks. I got these solely because they came with new bushings. The existing ones tore and the eye sleeve mangled when I removed them. These are also greasable.
And... It's on all fours!
Finished up with the gas tank
I'm glad I pushed to get this thing done. I have to install the front shackles, fixing the valve cover leak and then it's off the inspection (she's about 7 months overdue) lol
Thanks Matt, and I completely agree. I didn't want to build a house on sand here especially when I plan on wheeling it (at some point lol). I wanted to be comfortable with my repairs
I don't believe that the frame will last forever as a whole but those sections won't be a problem for a long time. I do have a frame from a 92 that is completely free from rust that I plan on swapping over when the time comes. I just don't have the space or resources for a project like that at my house or I would have put my efforts into that instead of fixing this frame. This method was quicker to get it inspected and on the road anyways so I can drive and enjoy the jeep