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post #1 of 11 Old 08-19-2017, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for insight on frame damage and leak of potential jeep purchase.

Jeep was hit in the front. Hood bumper and grill are toast, fenders not bad enough to warrant repair.

Real issue is the frame, you can see in the pic both frame rails are shifted over towards the passenger side. I looked underneath and nothing is twisted or kinked, no welds damaged. Jeep drives straight. Is this something I should walk away from? Price is right including money for repairs.

Other issue of lesser concern, oil leaking from rear of oil pan area. Easy enough to replace oil pan gasket or is this a warning sign for something else?

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post #2 of 11 Old 08-19-2017, 08:56 PM
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I would recommend taking this to a frame repair shop because honestly it doesnt look that bad or atleast in the picture I dont know how much itll cost because I never bent a frame but once they have it bent back its not going to have anywhere near the factory strength unless you have bracings put over the frame and have a steel bumper put on haha. And to address that rear oil pan leak I would change out the rear main seal, thats usually the issue when theres oil leaking out the back of the engine and its not that bad to replace either.
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Price is right including money for repairs.

By this do you mean YOUR final investment would be on par with the cost of a rig that had no damage?
Does this include the time you will spend on repairs?

Unless your end cost would be thousands less than a non damaged rig, and you plan on off road for it only Id pass
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post #4 of 11 Old 08-20-2017, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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yes, after repairs it would still be a very good deal as long as the frame repair is not too costly. Some searching shows straight forward frame repairs costing from $100-400.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-20-2017, 06:57 AM
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You have no idea how much this could cost. Plus for whatever damage you see, there will most likely be damage you do no see. I would suspect the repairs, parts, paint refinishing would equal thousands of dollars which is why the owners insurance company isn't paying to repair it.

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While hard to really tell anything from a picture, that type of frame damage I believe is pretty easy to fix. I think the real answer to your questions lies in the details of what else is broken, bent, etc. Things can start adding up. Until you know that I don't see how any conclusions can be drawn.
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You have no idea how much this could cost. Plus for whatever damage you see, there will most likely be damage you do no see. I would suspect the repairs, parts, paint refinishing would equal thousands of dollars which is why the owners insurance company isn't paying to repair it.
I know what replacing body panels will cost, there will be no labor or paint refinishing for this. Will be spending time at the junkyard/car-part.com. This is a 14 year old Jeep, it will never see the inside of a spray booth.

No doubt insurance would never fix this for book labor and new parts.

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While hard to really tell anything from a picture, that type of frame damage I believe is pretty easy to fix. I think the real answer to your questions lies in the details of what else is broken, bent, etc. Things can start adding up. Until you know that I don't see how any conclusions can be drawn.
Yup, its a bit silly to ask such a question on a forum sight unseen. I inspected as much as I could and it seems fine aside from this frame thing. Actually pretty clean all over for an old Jeep, helps that its a So Cal Jeep.
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I know what replacing body panels will cost, there will be no labor or paint refinishing for this. Will be spending time at the junkyard/car-part.com. This is a 14 year old Jeep, it will never see the inside of a spray booth.

No doubt insurance would never fix this for book labor and new parts.



Yup, its a bit silly to ask such a question on a forum sight unseen. I inspected as much as I could and it seems fine aside from this frame thing. Actually pretty clean all over for an old Jeep, helps that its a So Cal Jeep.
As Marko from Tropoja says to Bryan Mills in Taken, "Good luck"

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As Marko from Tropoja says to Bryan Mills in Taken, "Good luck"
I prefer Bryan Mills to Marko, "If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you."
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-21-2017, 12:53 AM
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If the frame is bent it's an total in the eyes of insurance companies. I guess my answer would depend on what uou want it for, offroad toy or more daily driver. At the worst you can buy a frame and trade it all over

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post #11 of 11 Old 08-22-2017, 11:13 AM
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Damage looks light. Reason for buying wrecked is to to cut cost so make sure the effort saves you some money. That front section Seems weak and only lateral support is that flimsy cross tube. Seems like if you cut tube out the frame pieces could me more easily pushed back into place then support with a new cross tube and maybe an extra support nearer to oil pan.
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