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post #1 of 4 Old 01-04-2014, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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2004 unlimited question

I'm looking at a 2004 unlimited with very low miles. I'm told that the frame is in good condition. Not rusty but some discoloration or rust starting. Attached are some pictures they sent. should I be concerned or is there a specificplace I should get pictures of?


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post #2 of 4 Old 01-04-2014, 06:51 PM
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You need to crawl under the LJ and feel inside the frame for rust chunks that have broken loose. Bring a hammer and bang on the frame to check for weak spots. Pay close attention to the area around the transfer case.
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post #3 of 4 Old 01-05-2014, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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A couple followups.
When slide under the jeep and bang on the frame, what am i looking or listening for?
When i feel inside the frame is any rust acceptable?

The current jeep i'm investigating is 4 hours away. They are willing to provide pictures. Are there additional pictures i should ask for before making the treck?

It is very low mileage 20's, one owner, well maintained but jeeps in this area of pa are often rusted from salt.

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post #4 of 4 Old 01-05-2014, 06:58 AM
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That rig looks solid considering it is from PA. I would lightly bang the frame near the transfer case skid to verify whether that area is rotten. The frame should sound basically the same when you tap on various spots. A thud sound that is different from other areas may be an indication of rot.

I would also feel inside the frame at all entry points for large chunks of rusted metal that broke loose from the frame. I wouldn't be concerned if there are small rust flakes or dirt inside the frame, which can easily be removed. The LJ is bound to have some rust inside the frame after 9 years of salt exposure.

You should ask the seller for pics of the floorboards under the carpet. Quite often the area around the drain holes in the floorboards rot. Also ask for pics of the area where the body mounts to the frame. This is a common area for rust damage.

Good luck. Honestly, that rig looks clean and I doubt you will find any significant rust.
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