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Unread 07-24-2013, 10:38 AM   #1
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Frame Repair Shops

Hi,
Looking for a shop to repair my frame by the transfercase skid plate. Driver side looks pretty rusted and I don't want to take it off as I might not be able to put it back on. Anybody knows of a decent shop that would take care of that? I tried calling few places, one guy from Manchester quoted me over 2000 just over the phone. Brand new frame is around 2600 so I dont understand how that would even make sense... If you know of anyone let me know, if its a private party I can work with that too! Thanks a lot!

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Unread 07-24-2013, 11:30 AM   #2
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Combine $90+ an hour shop rate plus hours of the most miserable work known to Jeepers and $2,000 comes quickly. You might try hooking up with a local Jeep club. I'm betting there will be members who have done this fix and can help.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 12:12 PM   #3
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I second looking for a local wheeling club. I had this happen to my daughter's ZJ last year, except the one side of her t-case skid fell out of the unibody frame while she was driving it. I limped it home and had a friend come over. It's really not that bad of a job. We cut out a 4 foot section along the bottom and then welded 3/16 c-channel back in place, brought it all back up with a floor jack, drilled new holes and then dropped it back down to weld nuts into the backside.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 01:07 PM   #4
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Well if the repair is really going to cost that much, I should probably invest in a welder. One thing that will definitely come in useful when owning a Jeep. Ive been looking around and got my eyes on Hobart 140. Is it powerful enough to handle project like this?
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Unread 07-24-2013, 01:14 PM   #5
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A 140 can probably do it if you do a double pass and you're an experience welder. I wouldn't start with that as my first project. I'm actually looking for a welder for myself right now and have talked myself out of the 110v welders. I want to build my own bumpers, sliders and other things so I'm looking at the Eastwood 175 or Miller 180. The cycle time on the 220v welders is much better and you can get better penetration on thicker steel with a single pass.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 07:52 PM   #6
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Don't waste time and money on a 110v welder. A great entry level welder is the Miller 211 which can run on both 110v and 220v. Always use 220v when available. Use 110 in an emergency.

Welding overhead on a frame is not exactly what I would call a beginners project. Using flux core makes it that much more difficult. You will find it easier to weld overhead with shielding gas and metal that is fit tightly with NO traces of rust, paint, etc.
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