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Unread 09-22-2012, 08:38 AM   #1
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The '85 J10 Restoration

Picked this very solid truck up for $1600. 4.2 I-6, 3 speed automatic, 4x4 all work great. Florida truck. Very original, still had factory shocks on it. 104,xxx miles. Here is when we picked it up:

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Unread 09-22-2012, 08:44 AM   #2
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Then we got it home and started doing a few minor touch ups. The PO had the entire front grille and bumper painted olive drab green. No bueno, and the rims had never been cleaned.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 08:51 AM   #3
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and then it was sitting way too low to the ground so we ordered up a Rustys 4" full leaf pack, drop pitman arm and steering stabilizer. We used 1.5" adapters behind the original rims to fit the 33x12.5 Goodyear wrangler duratracs. The rear end needs just a small block lift to bring it up a little past the front. I like trucks to have a slight rake to them.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 08:55 AM   #4
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I work in a collision shop so I was able to score some GMC Acadia exhaust tips. I have plans to incorporate these into the truck with a custom exhaust. And now today I have started the body work. I have a local vinyl guy making the replicated pioneer badging. Truck will be painted stone white again.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 08:56 AM   #5
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I will be keeping this thread updated as much as possible with lots of pictures. Any questions ask away. This is my first FSJ project so I will try to answer them as best as I can. It is a learn as you go type experience for me.
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Unread 09-22-2012, 03:39 PM   #6
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stripped the parts down, getting ready to remove the bed once I get a few extra hands to help. Body work starting now.
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Unread 09-23-2012, 02:19 PM   #7
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beginning to think I will have my work cut out for me on this project. Got the sandblaster out today to hit some trouble spots and see what I'm up against. Found some cancer that was poorly addressed by someone during this trucks life. Fiberglass was used to fill in deep pits, and some mud work was done on the rear bedside so far....
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Unread 09-23-2012, 03:56 PM   #8
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I wish my J 10 was as solid as yours . Yours has to be the cleanest one for a 200 mile radius of Buffalo !
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Unread 09-23-2012, 05:58 PM   #9
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thanks, we were surprised that we found it on craigslist in ny to begin with. But when we found out it was a Florida truck we knew that was the only reason it looked the way it did.

On a side note I discovered that whoever painted this truck before had an absolute obsession with body filler. Instead of knocking a few high spots down with a body hammer they simply built the entire side of the bed up with filler to level it out. I will be bringing out the sandblaster again tomorrow (weather permitting) to get the remaining paint and filler off. One bedside with the DA sander just took far too long. Anyways here is my progress for the night.
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Unread 09-23-2012, 07:08 PM   #10
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Ahhhh bondo and the old fender in a can technique.
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Unread 09-23-2012, 07:16 PM   #11
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Good thing is that underneath the metal appears in pretty good shape. They were just too lazy to break out a hammer and dolly I guess. I will remedy that.
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Unread 09-24-2012, 06:20 PM   #14
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I will do it justice, It's my first j-truck project and I want it to be my best work yet.

Today I had the sandblaster out again and was blasting away even more paint and body filler. I ran out of daylight so had to call it quits early, but I was able to do some sanding on the passenger side. Why the person who painted this before decided to load such a straight truck up with filler is beyond me. Seeing what I do now, the body lines just werent as crisp as they should be, more rounded if anything. Anyways on to the important part: PICTURES!
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Unread 09-24-2012, 06:22 PM   #15
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sorry, what I meant to say is that the lines on the truck weren't as defined because they were layered in body filler. Typing after a long day of body work for a living and then some more after 5pm doesnt make for the best posts. I should just stick to pics lol
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