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Old 04-23-2017, 08:59 PM
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My 1987 J20 Build- with working pictures...

I figured I better start a build thread here. I have one going on CJ-8.com already. It will be slow progress, but the end result should be cool...here goes!

Background story- Beginning May, 2016...

I have always loved FSJ's and have owned multiple Waggys. But I never had a Jeep Truck. I knew that someday I would build one, but that day never happened...until now. The need for a tow vehicle provided all the justification I needed to start the Craigslist search. I missed out on a few, passed on many more, and finally found "The One". It is a rust free J20, 1987, originally owned by Al Unser Jr. of Indy 500 fame. After negotiating a screaming deal including delivery from Springfield OR to Redmond, OR, I was a proud new owner. Here's what I started with...

Craigslist ad:





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Old 04-23-2017, 09:18 PM
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Got it home, here's some of the initial pics. From the front and it looks just like the add-



From the rear-



Dealer decal-



Proof provided by seller- yep, Al Unser Jr's truck!

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Old 04-23-2017, 09:28 PM
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So, my first order of business was to check it all out. Tired 1977 360, 727, 228. Nah, not my style. Hacked wiring by PO. Big Time. Mouse infested Waggy seats. No headliner. Wheel flares cut to fit bigger tires.














But...No rust. Yep, I love it. And...low mileage 60K..not that that matters.

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Old 04-23-2017, 10:15 PM
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OK...Photobucket is being too frustrating. I'll continue tomorrow...
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Old 04-24-2017, 06:06 AM
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Nice looking truck! Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.
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Old 04-24-2017, 08:21 AM
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Old 04-29-2017, 10:44 AM
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...delivery from Springfield OR...


Really!? That was right in my backyard. I must have been sleeping on CL. Not that I need another J20, but...

Looks real good. Let me know if you end up over here again.
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A/C

Just noticed your A/C install
I also am going that route, but I am putting the cold air outlets in place of the ashtray and clock slots in the dash (1979 J20) are you going with the Gen 4 unit? I see that the sliding controls are same as what I am using...but I'll be mounting them vertically on the left side in place of the old controls.

What model # AC kit did you order?
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:02 PM
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Just noticed your A/C install
I also am going that route, but I am putting the cold air outlets in place of the ashtray and clock slots in the dash (1979 J20) are you going with the Gen 4 unit? I see that the sliding controls are same as what I am using...but I'll be mounting them vertically on the left side in place of the old controls.

What model # AC kit did you order?

I'm going with the Gen II. The Gen IV took up too much real estate, and I didn't think I needed that big a system on a pickup cab. If it was a Waggy I'd go with the IV. It was the 68000 unit. Amazon had the best price, you bought the evaporator and they threw in the control panel. I'm mounting the panel where the original panel was in my '87, and putting the heated seat switches next to it.
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Old 04-30-2017, 09:10 PM
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So, with the dash out, I decided to repair the area under the headlamp switches where the PO had installed a pyrometer. I got a sheet of thin Kydex, and cut a replacement applique. Came out pretty good. No lettering but that's OK. I might put the dual tank switches in the blank area. I also repaired the headlamp switch retaining tabs and cleaned the contacts on the dimmer.

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1970 Waggy SOLD
1982 Scrambler SOLD
1981 Scrambler - Current Project/Keeper

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Old 04-30-2017, 09:18 PM
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I also ordered a set of the ABS door panels and kick panels from Men In Black. Excellent product, great communication, can't give enough positive feedback.

Also found a nice Warn 8274 and a mount on Craigslist. I'm going to integrate the mount into a factory front bumper. May use the 8274 or may get a Warn 10K.



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