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Old 01-02-2020, 05:56 PM
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I guess what I meant to say is, I think your price is very reasonable. Lol. I wouldn't sell mine that cheap and it's not even painted yet.
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Old 01-04-2020, 08:08 PM
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Fixed the speedometer today. Turned out the drive gear in the transfer case apparently wasn't engaged...not sure how that's even possible. Pulled it out and the teeth looked OK, so carefully reinstalled and checked the shaft for engagement...it seemed hooked up, so Rufus and I took it for a drive. Bingo, speedo.

Also hooked up the heater hoses to the core. On demand heat and defrost for the first time in a decade. Turned it up full blast so I could leave Rufus' window down and still stay comfortable. What'll they think of next...heat in the cab when it's cold outside.

Found a spare A/C power switch in the boxes of left overs, so that got fixed. Also found the aluminum door sill trim pieces, and ordered a new pair of anti-roll bar rubbers yesterday. Little projects for next week. Plan to remove as much of the air injection (emissions) systems as possible. No longer checked in Texas given the age of the vehicle. I'd like to pull the tubes on the manifolds and plug the ports, but I've read bad stuff about getting the fittings to break loose. Maybe just pull the pump and hoses. I'll save the parts for the next owner.

By the way, I used Velcro to reattached the passenger side door card/upholstery. Used staples on the back side of the cardboard. Glue on the door piece. Worked OK, but the stack up of Velcro leaves a visible gap at the rear door edge. I plugged the gap with some thin black foam...looks decent, but I'd go back to the clips if doing it again.

I need to put one of those little chrome JEEP emblems on the tailgate to keep other drivers from "tail gating" as they try to identify the make of the truck. Today two guys in a C10 first rode my rear roll pan, then pulled up close on the passenger side and mouthed "what is it?"...until Rufus jumped half out the window and growled at him. "Stay away from my truck, ya damned fools" Good dog! Then the driver pulls forward and almost side swipes us as he rubber necks the front grill. Rufus is understandably berserko. Guess they missed the "JEEP" that's clearly embossed on the spinning hub locks...
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Old 01-23-2020, 09:29 AM
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As I mention in my ad in the For Sale section, I took the truck over to Streetside in Fort Worth yesterday. They want to list it and say they can get me what I'm asking here....but they'll add their $2500 to the sell price.
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Old 01-24-2020, 10:13 AM
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I'm going to drag the roll bar out of storage and clean it up. Looking for opinions as to whether a street restomod truck would look better in advertising photos with or without the roll bar installed. It goes with the sale, but I'm trying get the best look for an advertising spread.
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Old 01-24-2020, 11:06 AM
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that truck will look good with or without roll bar installed !

but the roll bar is a definite plus to add to the sale.

this is a great j10 for someone out there.

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Old 01-24-2020, 11:58 AM
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My useless recommendation would be to offer it for sale in the classifieds here. I think you will make a couple hundred on it but it won't raise the value of your truck at all.

Or use it as a bargaining chip. Buyer says "I'll give X for the truck." you say "Hm. That's a little less than I was hoping. How about X+Y and I keep the roll bar?" He says "Ok, sounds good" (then you sell it here) or buyer says "Ah man, I really wanted that roll bar." You say, "OK, X+Y, and I throw in the roll bar for free" and he feels like he is getting a deal but you are actually getting rid of the roll bar and more money for your truck.

I know it would suck to ship but when I have seen folks looking for those original roll bars, they are usually willing to pay decently for them, along with shipping...
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Old 01-25-2020, 05:38 PM
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I took the truck over to a local car club gathering last night...lighted mall parking lot. Most lookers thought it was a Chevy C10 from the rear. Then they thought it was a Comanche. So I think I went too far with "cleaning it up".

I decided to reinstall the Honcho roll bar and will put the J10 badges back on. The roll bar cleaned up nicely. Finished the installation today. I used the engine lift to get it onto a creeper in the bed and then rolled it forward. Tight squeeze and I didn't want to scratch or ding the bedliner. Took a looong time by myself, but it's done. The one thing I like about the look of the roll bar is that it tends to hide the angular, lopped off appearance of the rear of the roof.

A few photos...

DSCN2151 by Rufus, on Flickr
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DSCN2158 by Rufus, on Flickr
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Old 01-25-2020, 05:53 PM
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HOLY CRAP
IT JUST KEEPS GETTING BETTER.
I AM A BIG FAN OF THE BAR.
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Old 01-25-2020, 06:27 PM
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Wow. Nice. It looks great!
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Old 02-28-2020, 05:29 PM
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I've been away for a while. A couple of engine compartment photos. Edelbrock manifold/4-barrel, new battery, new power steering components, HEI. Lots of thumbs up but no buyers on the various websites. Haven't taken it to Streetside yet....guess I better get after it.

DSCN2159 by Rufus, on Flickr
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Old 05-02-2020, 07:42 PM
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Missed all the usual Spring car show sale opportunities, since they're all shut down in these parts. Backed it out of the shed last week to check the AC in warm outside temperatures. Just a trickle of cool air. Added a small can of dyed tracer oil. Bingo....right in front of me...the suction hose fitting on the compressor was leaking. Tightened it and added a can of freon. Still pumping ice cold today. Fixed. I also replaced the sway bar mount rubbers. Still need to hook up the new interior light and clean up the grill. Pretty much done.

I think I'll put it in storage over the blazing hot Texas summer. Nobody seems to be looking or buying toys anyway.
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Old 10-26-2020, 08:19 PM
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Well, it started right up after almost six months in storage....and then it abruptly died after about ten seconds. Turned out it was the distributor. Rather than start chasing/replacing components, I just bought a new HEI complete with plug wires. Swapped out the driven gear to preclude any issues concerning mesh with the cam gear.

The AC has also lost it's charge, so a new compressor is on order. I'm running out of things to fix.
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Old 10-26-2020, 11:36 PM
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Has it been 6 months?? My goodness!

Could you post a video of it running? I would love to hear those side pipes!
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Old 11-06-2020, 09:03 PM
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Installed new AC compressor and belts. Also replaced the HEI and plug wires with new. Need to"tidy up" the engine compartment a little....dang wires and hoses everywhere. But it's mechanically about done. I'll charge the AC in a few days when I received new "Jeep spec" service port hardware for the compressor. Hoses were converted to R 134 tolerant material some years ago. Nothing much to see in the photo, but about a week of work for this old geezer. Need to find and install the fan shroud...

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Old 11-07-2020, 10:49 AM
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price just went up,....just kidding

one of the nicest j trucks out there.

the right person has not seen this yet...

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Old 11-08-2020, 11:05 AM
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I took the truck off the market.
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Old 11-09-2020, 08:29 AM
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too nice to sell anyway,......

hope you are doing well.

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Old 11-12-2020, 06:34 PM
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The service valves for the compressor arrived earlier in the week, so I installed them along with an after-market hi-lo pressure safety switch. Vintage Air has one with fittings that can be inserted right after the receiver/drier....surprised the original system didn't have one.

The original compressor service valves were nasty when I examined them.
No wonder it leaked last time around. This afternoon I evacuated the system and then charged it with 134. Blowing cold...hoping for no leaks.

From what I could find on the internet, the system using the York compressor originally took 36 ounces of R-12. The R134 conversion formula multiplies the R-12 number by 0.9 and then subtracts an additional 4 oz. So the R134 total would be 28.6 oz. I put in two 12 oz cans for now, and it's blowing cold. If it doesn't leak over the next week or so, I'll put in a partial can to top it off....or maybe wait until Spring when it gets hot again.

By the way, the $85 Harbor Freight vacuum pump has easily paid for itself several times over between the Jaguar and now the J10.

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Old 10-20-2021, 03:04 PM
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This truck is back on the market. Will post a new classified shortly....the last one vanished. DFW area...$21,000. PS, The AC held its charge all summer...still blowing cold.
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Old 10-23-2021, 06:34 AM
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Added an idle "kicker" solenoid to the aftermarket Edelbrock carb, which activates with the AC compressor. Not an issue until outside air temperatures gets into the upper 90s. At that point the carb tends to transition toward overly rich condition and the engine idle starts to bog when the AC comes on. The idle speed kicker solves the problem. BTW, the stumbling issue was occurring with the fresh air intake hose installed on the stock air cleaner.
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