Tips and Tricks for Jeep Frame Repair

Getting Straight

Brian GabrielPhotographer, Writer

There comes a time in almost every Jeep’s life when it needs some reconstructive surgery. Whether it’s age, hard use, abuse, neglect, an accident, or the ravages of nature, a Jeep can become rusty, crusty, bent, crunched, or twisted. In this article, we are going to focus on structural repair and bodywork. These tips and tricks for body and frame repair are applicable to any Jeep from flattie to Wrangler because, after all, sheet metal is sheet metal. There are several companies that produce aftermarket replacement panels, floorboards, floor supports, rear fenders, side panels, frame sections, and crossmembers to help you get your project back on the road and looking great, but if you don’t know how to blend them in to your ride, then they’re just parts taking up garage space.

Our subject vehicle is a really cool (and rare) Jeep CJ-6A Tuxedo Park. The owner used it to run around town and go to local car shows where it became a local favorite. One day the Jeep was rear-ended just as it was pulling into a car show, and the damage to the body and chassis was significant. We joined Dave and Preston Delight, a father-son team, who own and operate Quick Draw Jeep Restoration in Huntsville, Utah, to learn body and frame repair from these professionals.

Follow along was we pass that information on to you, starting from square one with this project: initial evaluation, tear down, sand blasting, the hard truth under the paint, and frame repair. Learn from the pros all of the tips and tricks to a proper restoration, and stay tuned to jpmagazine.com for more frame and body repair tips.