I would look at it this way:
If there are no frame patches it is good.
And if it is painted, maybe the owner was just trying to take care of it so it WOULDNT rust as badly.
It may have been professionally done. Like boogieman said, nothing really bad about it other than the price. I don't even think the jk Rubicons are going for the much anymore (some years)Thanks private seller said he is not the one who painted the frame. Said he bought it like that.
On second glance, that frame has definitely been capped in the rear. So it's had extensive frame rot, but it wasn't capped at the center portion under the skid plate. In my experience, if the rear of the frame is rotten, so is the middle portion, and whoever capped it cheaped out.
Who did the work? Was the rust professionally cut out and capped with a name-brand system like Safe T Cap or Pocono? Or did his uncle Earl just cap the existing rust with a Harbor Freight TIG welder? I'd say this is priced wayyyyyyyy too high given the uncertainties.
I'm just wondering why this guy thinks 19k is fair price for this... I'm assuming it's got to be heavily modded and he is pricing it based on that? Honestly I think it's priced too high even if it were in immaculate shape.
TJ frames have a design flaw wherein water, salt, and dirt gets trapped inside because there are no drain holes. In the rust belt, this leads to horrendous frame rot. They always rot in the same places: where the frame curves over the rear wheels, and right under the skid plate.I was wondering why the frame didnt have the normal holes. So when its capped like that does it mean work has been done inside the frame or trying to cover up the rot?
He doesnt know who did the work it was like that when he bought it.
Great info thanks!TJ frames have a design flaw wherein water, salt, and dirt gets trapped inside because there are no drain holes. In the rust belt, this leads to horrendous frame rot. They always rot in the same places: where the frame curves over the rear wheels, and right under the skid plate.
Companies like Safe T Cap have pioneered a technique where you essentially cut out the bottom half of the frame in the affected areas using a plasma cutter, and then weld caps over them. If done properly, this extends the life of the Jeep indefinitely. They even include drain holes so water can escape.
There is nothing wrong with buying a Safe T Capped Jeep, but ONLY if you know who did the work. People who are lazy don't cut out the existing rust and just weld the cap over the rot, which will only continue to spread. I suppose you could look inside the drain hole—if you can see the inside of the frame, it probably means the job was done correctly. If there is metal right under the hole, you know it was done shittily.
I would also feel around the frame holes near the skid plate and feel for chunks of rust. Unfortunately, I find it hard to believe this frame was rotten in the rear but totally fine in the middle.
"what are the zip ties on the frame?"