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Nottajeep

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Does this frame look bad above the leaf spring mounts?

Should I pass it over when looking to buy?
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Can't tell, but looks like a lot of fresh paint. Any close-up pics?
 
Hi All:

This FJ40 has had a "shackle reversal" done on the front suspension. The "roughness" you see is the welding for the reversed shackle hangers.

Hard to tell from a photo whether the underlying steel is solid or rotted.

Regards,

Alan
 
I think that Jason is referring to the area in the red circle.
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Rudi
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If could be some old undercoating pealing off, but right at that curve would be a place to collect mud and such causing rot. That is something you would really want to inspect in person, if that is bad I would hate to see the back, the rear is usually much worse then the front.
 
A few more photos. Starting to look more like rust?
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That could be damage from leaking brake fluid (brake fluid does nasty stuff with paint)

it could also be accumulation of gunk from a leaking steering box
 
Take a screwdriver and start poking around.

Rudi
 
looks like its from the clutch or brake master to me... try wiping it with w wire brush
 
looks like someone painted over old hard grease...maybe when the shackle reversal was done. Too hard to tell from the pic.
 
Yea - the fact that the spring hanger shows the same evidence of whatever that "rippling" effect is would lead me to believe it's not frame rust.
 

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