Well today was a good day. I finally got some work done on the frame. These are the 2 bad spots on the right side.
And this one by the right front spring perch as the worst. Looks to me like I lost about 25% of the outer frame thickness.
This bothered me so I made a reinforcement plate for the bad spot.
This ought to stop it from wiggling around while I weld, or should I say attempt to weld.
There, welds are not too pretty but I think it will hold. It would probably have been OK without that but......
I had been working on making up the frame pieces over the last few weeks. This is the plug patch for that hole, Had to put some handles on it as it kept falling inside. And I welded that in.
Once everything was all ground smooth and the hole filled, I drilled it full of holes. There is a purpose for this madness. The last thing that will happen is the frame will be sprayed will bar and chain oil on the inside. I feel this is the best way to go as the oil will wick into all the metal overlaps and provide the best long term protection. I have been doing this on all my vehicles for years and they don't rust, unless I miss a spot. Every year I put the vehicles on a big sheet of poly and spray inside the doors tailgate frame everything. They do drip for a few weeks though.
And here is the reinforcing plate. It goes far enough forward to pick up the shock tower and motor mount. And goes well beyond the spring perch to tie it all together. The welds were getting better as I went along.
Now I will need to back drill the shock tower and motor mount holes.
The edges of the plate will be sealed with some kind of sealant and when I spray the oil in the frame with a 360 nozzle it will go through the holes I drilled and prevent rust between the plate and the frame.
Toward the end I actually got 2 good welds. Must have been a fluke.
I have one more plug patch in the rear on the same side and 3 more reinforcing plates to put on, (1 more front and 2 rears) all of which are already made.
And the last good thing to happen today was that I had about 8 broken bolts in the frame. Hey why not, it's a Jeep right? I soaked them in Kroil for 2 weeks. Nothing. Then I soaked them in PB Blaster for another 2 weeks. Nothing. So today I heated the area around them with a torch until it was red hot and you could take them out with a pair of pliers. Awesome. I even had 2 where the nut-serts were spinning in the frame and they came out too. so now I can just weld the loose nut-certs and I'm good to go.
Very encouraging day.