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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-23-2002, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have a frame...now what

I found me a rust free, completely straight cj frame. Now I have to decide what to do with it. Should it be powerdercoated, por 15, or maybe galvanized. I want it to last so I'm trying to come up with the best ideas.
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Re: I have a frame...now what

1. Sandblast.
2. Dip galvanize.
3. Coat inside and out with the coating of your choice.
4. IMHO ... hammerite.
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Before you just go and coat it what abou reinforcing it, adding a shackle reversal, maybe some 2.5" wide spring hangers up front, replacing the rear crossemeber with a bumper, tying a front bumper into the frame, and a beefer steering box brace? CJ frames are alright though they can be made beefier and if you are going into all this work why not do it right?

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Re: I have a frame...now what

How the heck are you Larry? Kinda what I was thinking, not sure about hammerite, tried it on the first build up, I could use it I suppose, might try something else though. Read some stuff on the matkins site, they were talking about getting it coated on the inside, sounds like it could be difficult.

Barrolroll....I'll use all my old stuff on the new frame so it will be reinforced.

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How the heck are you Larry

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2. Some days it don't pay to get out of bed! [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
3. I agree 100% with what Jeeper99xj had to say, any welding on the frame after it's coated or galvanized kind of defeats the coating.
4. Coating on the inside is difficult, no doubt about it, but it makes a big difference.
5. Most rust spots in a frame develope from the inside to the outside of a frame due to trapped moisture, mud and the like.
6. A good example is the tail section of the frame... it just captures gunk and muck and rots. It think that's its' job.
7. I like hammerite because it can be brushed, thinned, sprayed, sponged, or poured on and then it can also be easily touched up.
8. The other two things I like are:
a. Farm frame paint for tractors. The stuff stays pretty pliable. It forms a cushion, is somehwat self-healing, inexpensive and easily re-covered.
b. Mixture of Linseed oil and dust and motor oil. This stuff is nasty, messy and hard to work with... but it works. Just look under you CJ where the oil was flung by the leaking valve cover, or rear main... no rust! This formula has been around for years, but it does need constant attention... and it smells and dosen't look too pretty.
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Re: I have a frame...now what

Hey Leve, You better watch the use of the "G" word the moderator may get down on your case. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Hey Leve, You better watch the use of the "G" word the moderator may get down on your case

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2. As I typed the words I watched and thought:
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Re: I have a frame...now what

Let's see if we can keep this one on-topic, O.K?

LEVE: as for sandblasting, what about the inside of the frame? Can you actually blast down inside there and have it be effective? (I might try this, unless someone warns me against it. Just got a blaster, haven't used it yet). If not, got any other tricks? I've heard to acid dip it, anyone gone that route?

thanks for any tips.............................................. .......
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Re: I have a frame...now what

1. IF you can get your sandblasting wand down the frame channel you can be effective.
2. It's not an easy task, and would involve some:
a. Blind faith you're doing it right.
b. Good timing on how long to leave the wand in one position.
c. The right blasting medium.
3. If you were to go galavinized then I'm sure the shop would require an acid dip.
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Re: I have a frame...now what

what about pouring some 50wt oil inside the frame.. and standing it on end.. a few times.. then plug all the wholes after the jeep is built with that expando foam stuff?
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