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Old 01-26-2017, 03:03 AM
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I live in the forest at 8000 feet, the last 1000 of which is made on a mile of decomposing granite. I had always liked the WJ but hated the pigeon-toed stance. Then, about three years ago, I need a new vehicle and found a screaming deal on a '99 limited. I solved the stance problem with JK wheels and 265/60 17 tires. Since then I have driven it like it was stolen and have fallen in love with the inherent goodness of the WJ.

My '99 is getting a little long in the tooth at this point but I really didn't want to let go of the greatness of the WJ. IDEA!! Get another and build it up from front to back the way I want it. Engine, transmission, brakes, seats, everything. So I looked around and found a nice looking '03 Limited that needs an engine. Great, but "By the way, it was hit in the right front and not really fixed correctly." Well, that's where the problems begin.

I pulled the right fender and this is what I see. So here I am, looking for expertise to help me decide whether to continue this project or the scrap her and look for a different one.

I was planning on pulling the engine/transmission/transfer case and rebuilding/refurbishing all of them anyway. This looks to me like I'm going to have to replace the entire front quarter panel. (the subframe appears to be untouched) How much effort is involved in that and how would you approach the job?

Thanks for your help all you smart folks.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:59 AM
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Re: Save her or scrap her

That's some pretty ugly body damage, but I think deciding whether to save it or scrap it depends on you. I would at least check to see what kind of price you would be looking at for new fender and reinforcements etc. Then, you could prep them for paint yourself and see what a body shop might charge you just to paint the pieces if you carry them in. I can tell you that a decent amount of the cost for body repairs is prep time and masking stuff. If you aren't comfortable with this at all, ask about the price for prepping and painting a fender you bring in.
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Old 01-30-2017, 11:46 PM
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Re: Save her or scrap her

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That's some pretty ugly body damage, but I think deciding whether to save it or scrap it depends on you. I would at least check to see what kind of price you would be looking at for new fender and reinforcements etc. Then, you could prep them for paint yourself and see what a body shop might charge you just to paint the pieces if you carry them in. I can tell you that a decent amount of the cost for body repairs is prep time and masking stuff. If you aren't comfortable with this at all, ask about the price for prepping and painting a fender you bring in.

Jeeplady0216, thanks for the reply. I was planning on doing the junkyard search for factory painted fender and hood. I am mostly concerned with how (or if it's possible even) to replace the underlying structure. I'm told it is a series of spot welded formed sheets that can be separated by drilling out the spot welds. I was trying to find someone who might have done this before.
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Old 01-31-2017, 07:55 AM
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Re: Save her or scrap her

I haven't done it personally, sorry. But everything can be replaced. Call your local dealer that has a collision center and ask questions? If no one here has a good answer, I mean.
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Re: Save her or scrap her

Once you start getting into the structure of a vehicle it can get costly and ugly quick not to mention everything has to be exact to a T or down line something might not line up and now your chasing it. If it drives straight and no other damage just fender it and go.
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Re: Save her or scrap her

Depends on how much work ya wanna do. Pick which one you want to keep and use the other as a parts vehicle
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