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Beating Jeep Frame Rot

Posted in How To on March 1, 2011
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Rust is that four letter word that strikes fear into the heart of any vehicle owner. Just thethought of that scaly cancer forming on the flanks of your favorite ride is enough to send most owners into a self-induced cardiac arrest. And for years, many have sought out ways to protect their favorite vehicle from the onslaught of this parasite, often spending insane amounts of cash on coatings and other products just to fend off the beginnings of something that will eventually catch up with most daily-driven vehicles.

The Wrangler's fuel tank and rear bumper were removed and the whole area was sandblasted clean. This is typical damage done by the harsh winters, moisture, and road salt found in and around the greater northern rust belt. Both rear framerails were toast. Damage extended into the rear crossmember and body mounts as well.

You pick up a good amount of dirt under the Jeep and in your framework. Add some moisture and winter road salt, and presto, you have a corrosive batter that will go to work on your chassis, slowly degrading it over time. Then add in high humidity and there's not much you can do once that protective barrier is broken. When looking for a used Jeep to build up in the northeast, the first question is never: "How does it run?" It's more like, "Is the frame Swiss cheese?" or "How much pavement can I see through the floor when I'm driving it?"

Luckily for us, there are companies like Auto Rust Technicians to help us do battle with these issues. Based in Cranston, Rhode Island, in the heart of the northeast rust belt, these metal masters have been taking care of New England's drivers for over 30 years. Not only by cutting and welding cancer-stricken rides, but also by developing new sheetmetal products to help the do-it-yourselfer repair badly damaged frames and subframes. Auto Rust Technicians offers Safe-T-Cap frame reinforcement plates for several different Jeep applications, as well as other makes. Here's how Auto Rust shop foreman Mike Alba installs the Safe-T-Caps on the rear of a rusty '87-'95 Wrangler.

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Auto Rust Technicians
Cranston, RI 02907
Kirker Automotive
Newburgh, NY 12550

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