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Unread 05-13-2013, 11:28 AM   #1
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79 Silver Anniversary with a bad frame

I am new to the Forum and Jeep's. I will give you a little history on my Jeep. My Step-Father passed away in February and he was a wheeler and dealer. He had 7 Jeeps and I was in the process of researching all of them. I ran across the 79 SA in the barn and drove it and decided it was coming home with me. I have the original window sticker and all of the manuals. It appears to be stock including interior and wheels. From 20ft it looks like a really nice older Jeep. Get close and you start to see all of the problems.
So after finding this site and reading all of the builds I decided that is what I am going to do with this one. My first question deals with the frame. Am i going to de-value the Jeep if i replace the original frame? I don't have it tore down to the frame yet, getting closer everyday, but it does have a large hole in front of the rear passenger spring mount. I will try to post some pictures tonight when I get home. Also I already have a donor frame that is in excellent shape.

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Unread 05-13-2013, 11:35 AM   #2
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What value does the Jeep have if you don't replace the rusted out frame? Probably less than if it's replaced with another factory frame.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 11:44 AM   #3
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I am going to fix the Jeep no matter what. Just wondering if I should put the time and money into fixing the original frame or use the good frame that I have already.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 12:04 PM   #4
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Use the good frame. Jeep values are pretty much in the eyes of the beholder and the seller. Your not going to de-value something whose value is low already, from a collector's standpoint. Jeeps aren't something you'll see on Barrett-Jackson auctions. And like CSP said, what option do you really have.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 01:32 PM   #5
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There should be a VIN number stamped on the frame rail (passenger side). If you replace the frame you won't have that "matching number". I don't know if that matters to you. Does the Jeep still have the plaque on the dash?
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Unread 05-13-2013, 01:47 PM   #6
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There should be a VIN number stamped on the frame rail (passenger side). If you replace the frame you won't have that "matching number". I don't know if that matters to you. Does the Jeep still have the plaque on the dash?

Yes the plaque is still on the glove compartment. The sun has taken its toll on it. I was trying to post some pictures of it but I am at work and can't do much while I am on the network. I will get some posted tonight when I get home. And the numbers matching is kind of where I was going with this. The value is not really that big of a deal to me as the Jeep will not be sold. I wanted to stay as close to original as i could because from what I can find there are not many of the Silver Anniversary Jeeps around that have not been cut up.
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Unread 05-13-2013, 02:22 PM   #7
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The value is not really that big of a deal to me as the Jeep will not be sold.
That being said then monetary value is irrelevant. Only you will know the frame is not the original so it's a mental issue you struggling with. (and that doesn't sound quite right so don't take it the wrong way. Maybe "psychological" is a better word than "mental".)
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Unread 05-13-2013, 02:51 PM   #8
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Only you will know the frame is not the original so it's a mental issue you struggling with. than "mental".)
You may be right on that mental issue. Didn't think i had been on here long enough for anyone to notice. I am pretty sure that i will be using the donor frame. It is from another 79 at least. And i know the donor frame is going to be safe and a solid foundation.
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