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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-15-2002, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Disapointing weekend, (now with a pic of damage)

Hey all, well I got to spend this weekend working on my jeep. '85 cj-7. got some body repairs done, my kill switch in and some electral clean up.
so since I had been work so hard, I took it out for a spin around the neighborhood. no trails, just streets.
Well I have known that the frame had rust problems, and a I had been offroading with it without problem.
well while driving around I with through a dip, nice and easy but it was still bumpy, and I hear a POP! I thinking thats not normal so I drive the 2 blocks back to the house and park it in the garage. I start looking around and there it is, just in front of the drivers side motor mount the frame broke clean through. its now offset by a half an inch. Needless to say, its not moving for awhile if ever.
so now here I sit, wondering what I should do. should I:
A)buy a new bare frame and begin work, cost $2000
B)buy another klunker with a good frame, put two into one cost $1000-$2000
C)buy a decent one keep old one for any usable parts and junk the rest, cost for jeep $3000-$5000, money made on parts sold $800 +/-
wadda ya think?
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-15-2002, 07:03 PM
 
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Re: Disapointing weekend, no more jeep for a while

If I were in you situation, I'd go for option A or B, most likely A. It's a lot of work either way, but option A means only having to take 1 Jeep apart, and you have a known good frame. [img]images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

Is the frame beyond repair? I'm not an expert on frame repair, but any chance you could weld it back together and add some steel for reinforcement?
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Re: Disapointing weekend, no more jeep for a while

a brand new frame would be a good excuse to fix any other problems while your at it, but maybe more trouble than you want.

i just sold my CJ7 for a TJ cuz it had so many lil problems and it was cheaper to get a new one than do all repairs

take a close look at the time and $ investments, you might finds its cheaper to get a new one and sell this one
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Re: Disapointing weekend, no more jeep for a while

Those new frames offered are real cherry units . If your plans are to keep this CJ for the long run , then invest in the new frame . Imagine this baby showing up on your doorstep
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Re: Disapointing weekend, no more jeep for a while

good excuse to get the new RUBICON [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]

weld it, sell it and get a fuel injected YJ or (dare i say) a ROUND TJ. you might feel more at home with the ROUND [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Disapointing weekend, no more jeep for a while

thats a good lookin frame. I just don't know if I have the guts to try it. I mean if I really go through with the frame, then I should almost go ahead and get a new tub and fenders. I have a lot to think about.
for those who have gotten new frames, was it worth it?
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Re: Disapointing weekend, no more jeep for a while

Where are you at?? I have a great CJ7 frame that I have been trying to sell for $200... It's a good southern frame no salty winters no rust. I am in East TN
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Re: Disapointing weekend, no more jeep for a while

I'm assuming you have a daily driver, so getting this thing on the road ASAP isn't a high priority.

If I were you, I would start checking the local classified ads and whatever you can find on ebay or any other online classified listings in your area. I would look for both used CJ's and CJ-7/YJ frames.. whichever one you can get a better deal on, take it.

That is just my strategy. If you feel that dropping 2 grand on a new shiny frame would be a good investment for you, then do that.

The question is what do you want, and how much are you willing to pay to get there?
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Re: Disapointing weekend, no more jeep for a while

Like a good boy scout, I keep an extra frame ...



Cost: $ 400.00
Strip and Prep: 2 Daze
Sand Blasting: $ 50.00
Powder Coating: $ 250.00
Total: $ 700.00

Just go find one ... [img]images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
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southern california. I don't think it would be cost effective to ship. LOL thanks though
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