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post #1 of 11 Old 07-12-2015, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Advice on Frame Repair

Hello All!

New to the forum and to jeeps. I purchased a '79 jeep with the intention of doing a frame up restore on her. I've never done anything quite like this, so it is going to be a learning experience.


Now shes look more like this:


When I bought her I knew the frame had some rust in the back, as is common with the CJ7s. What I didn't realize was that someone had already done a bad repair job on the frame in the rear. I pulled off the back bumper and got a good look at it today. So here is the current state of the back of the frame:







The PO put a metal beam inside the frame to support it (driver side one is stuck). Then drilled holes through the frame and bolted metal sheets 1/4 inch thick out the outside. When I first saw it I just through that is was how the bumper was mounted to the frame. Obviously not.

Has anyone dealt with this level of rust damage on a CJ frame before? I'm thinking I could get a local welding/fabrication shop to cut the last 1-2 feet of frame off, fabricate a replacement and then weld it on. Does this sound reasonable ? Is there a better way to go out this repair?

Any help/ideas are appreciated!

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-12-2015, 10:54 AM
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IF you have the skills, equipment, and spare back half of a late CJ frame sitting at your house, go for it.
but when farming something like that out to a shop, it would be better time and money spent to just replace the frame with a better one. I usually pick up good frames in the free to 400 buck range....in my area....
I have done extensive frame repair before and can't imagine trusting a regular shop to get it right.and their labor bill would be huge.

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Hey thanks for the reply man. I found some prefabricated parts on the Web thag are used to fix that section. I think I'm gonna go ahead with the repair
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I just went through the same thing. My son is 15 he wanted a cj5 so I figured he needed to learn something anyway. We picked up a 79 and the back part of the frame needed work in the same spots as yours. Check out my pics of what we did. I don't know how to paste the link but I just put it in the jeep build section. 1979 cj5. If you have any questions about what I did let me know and good luck!!
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I am in the middle of doing exactly this. I purchased the AutoRust repair sections and am pleased with their design. I only have one side on now but it turned out as well as I expected.

What I started with:
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Section welded in:
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Shot with primer:
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Here we go this was my start. Pretty much the same on the other side.
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All finished up for the most part
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Thanks for the pictures guys! Definitely a confidence booster to see pictures of what you've done.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-13-2015, 01:59 PM
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Did the same for the back end of my frame as well, but didn't have as much rot as some of you guys have.

Only had to replace 5 inches of the inner frame pieces on both sides. Had a local weld shop fabricate some pieces that matched OEM frame dimensions.










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Did the same for the back end of my frame as well, but didn't have as much rot as some of you guys have.

Only had to replace 5 inches of the inner frame pieces on both sides. Had a local weld shop fabricate some pieces that matched OEM frame dimensions.








Are they holding? I live in the rust belt and have never seen a frame repair last.. It takes the temper out if the steel and it rots out 10x faster at the weld line. I fought with mine for years, then it was welding patches to patches as the only way to keep it together. In hindsight I could have just bought a new frame for what I spent.

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Yeah, its holding. But then again, I never take it out in the rain or salt covered roads in the winter. Plus, the entire frame is painted and coated with Linseed Oil in the inside.

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