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How to identify frame rust?

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by FJ55partsBoise, Mar 20, 2004.

  1. FJ55partsBoise

    FJ55partsBoise

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    I have heard several of the regulars mention frame rust. I would think it would be obvious to see frame rust? Is it not obvious?

    It would seem that if I live in the Western U.S. (Washington and Idaho) and have never seen frame rust... is it a salt issue or a East coast issue mainly?

    My FJ40 is from Eastern Washington since new and has zero rust anywhere. Just trying to learn about where the frame rust usually appears?

    Thanks. I am trying to help a friend find one back east.
     
  2. cajunfj40

    cajunfj40

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    My cruiser came from Canada. The frame is rusted a little in the rear triangle cross braces. I went around the frame with a ballpeen hammer. I just tapped all around it looking for soft spots. I diddnt find anymore, just surface rust.
     
  3. yooper

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    It's pretty obvious when you see bad frame rust. The steel actually starts to blister and flake off. You want to check for structural soundness. I use a screwdriver and hammer and just tap all over. I once put a screwdriver all the way through a rusty frame member of an FJ62 here in Upper Michigan. Didn't buy that one...
     
  4. lowtideride

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    yulp def a east coast thing... my cruiser spent it s whole life in PA and it did one hell of a number on the frame and the body...while banging the hell out of a spring pin part of the frame fell out over the spring hanger... further away from the engine the worse it gets..so i have some work ahead of me cutting out the rust and welding new metal in...its kinda weird the begining of the frame looks perfect and the end looks like hell.. i guess its all the oil the engine throws around... anyway id check above the spring hangers.. thats the worst spots on my frame...good luck
    -al
     
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    [quote author=lowtideride link=board=1;threadid=13437;start=msg124425#msg124425 date=1079828831]
    yulp def a east coast thing... my cruiser spent it s whole life in PA and it did one hell of a number on the frame and the body...
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    yeap, here in PA we spare no salt. they even salt when it rains....in the summer. even our creeks are salt water fisheries....
     
  6. IDave

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    I remember staying in the Chicago suburbs one December a couple of years ago. We woke up one bright morning to see (what appeared to be from the 6th floor of our hotel) a fine white blanket covering the roads. "A skiff of snow!" we thought. Until we realized it was only on the roads. It was all salt, up to a 1/2 inch deep in the gutters. Forecasters had predicted snow, but neither had it materialized, nor had it even clouded up. Nonetheless, the salters were out in force all night. Wow, I say. We took pictures, we were so amazed!
     
  7. FJ55partsBoise

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    Wow you have to be kidding. Salt on dry roads? WTF?