Hello again everyone. I think that I am going to start a build thread for my 1981 jeep j10. Most people probably have read my other post but I'll start with describing it a bit. It is almost entirely rust free and in pretty good shape for an old truck. It has the dual gas tanks for a total of 50 gallons or $200 dollars worth of gas
it has a 4in lift, chrome brush guard with two fog lights. It has lots of other stuff too that I cant think of at this moment. So anyway here are the pics of her after a wash. (im not sure if they are going to end up at the bottom but thats what it looks like. Well I have just started working on it. I would love to be able to drive this truck around.
Anyway I have not done much work as of yet, only a few things. But the first thing I did was replace the door with bent brackets for a new door. That was a hassle and isn't even done. It would have been easy except I had a j20 door from 76 which didnt match the latch system on the door. So I pulled out the latching stuff in the door and put in the same one from the old door. To my dismay The 3 screws that hold it in were in the wrong configuration. So I thought of changing the latching part on the body of the truck but one took 2 screws and the other 3. So today I went and bought an old door off a parted out 1980 jeep which WILL fit in.
The last two pictures are with the j20 door that doesnt latch.
Also I put in the new hood latch cable so i can finally close the hood. That took all of a minute. She really needs a rebuilt tranny and I wouldn't mind rebuilding the carb. But she runs pretty nice. I also need to fix a leak in the exhaust manifold and hammer out some of the body pieces. I was going to try to hammer out the dent in the front quarter pannel when I took off the door. But when I felt inside it was fine. So there are two different pieces of metal on the quarter pannel and only the outer one is bent. I will figure that out though and hammer It out.
Also I have been toying with the idea with putting in a 360. It has the 6 cylinder. Just making it up the hills where I live is difficult. Plus a 360 would be a whole lot of fun
But I dont know what I would need to get for the 360 other than the engine (different bell housing? stronger components?). And a 360 from the junkyard is like 500 bucks. And 500 I can afford.
And another idea that i was thinking of is I really would like to put on some 33in tires. But width of 12.5 and I have the white star 15 in rims. They are only 8in wide. Could this be a problem? The guys at the tire shop suggested that I get wider rims. But I REALLY like the original rims. I would love to keep the originals you know. I really dont want the tires to look really stupid either. So my question is can you do this? Is it practical? And would that look stupid? I figure the tires would bulge out the sides a lot?
Thanks so much, I'll try to keep this thread updated!