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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-30-2006, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
 
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Finally started the project!

Nothing too spectacular yet, but I finally started on my new rig buildup. Figured I'd start a new post and just load pictures as the buildup progresses. I've had the Jimmy for almost 1 1/2 years now and all it's done is sit around collecting dust. This is going to be my budget buildup trail rig. I pretty much have all the pieces collected up, now it is just time to start tearing into it, which I started on Sunday. Anyway, here's a couple picts so far. First is as it was when I picked it up, a $150 e-bay special that only was lacking a motor and raiator.
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Here I've got the whole front suspension out and have removed the 10 bolt to make way for the dana 44 out of my other '76.
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And here is the final one for now with the new 6" superlifts installed. Just need to hang the 44 and start on the rear which will be a shacke flip, 2 inch blocks, and a corp 14 to replace the 10 bolt in the rear. Anyone looking for some 10 bolts with 3:42's??
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Heck yeah, it's gonna look alot better. Nope, dunna need no 10 bolts.

Darn you and your take-off wheels and tires from a Z71. I like that style.
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Thanks. I'm excited to get it done and on the trails for this springs wheeling season. Rims are actually for sale. Tires are going on my HD, but I haven't bought a new set of 17's for it yet. They came off my buddies girlfriends 'Hoe. She had about 2 weeks of road time on them before they came off and the lift went in it. She sold me all four tires for 175 and I told her I'd e-bay the rims for her when I got the chance.
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all projects have to start some where. better than seeing it go to the scrap yard like so many other old chevy's.

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I hear ya. I also have an old 71 Jimmy that I picked up a year ago that I would have loved to redo, but it was beyond saving since the winters of Wisconsin had not been very kind to it. This '86 was actually very solid, especially the underside, since it had spent most of it's life in the south. Other than the doors being rotted on the bottom, the only rust on it was surface.
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finding a truck from down south is key.

it is sad when you get a truck that just can't be saved. rust is evil.

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Like I said, this '86 was surprisingly solid underneath. When I first bought it, I didn't look too closely because I was just going to use it as a plow truck. But after I bought my tractor, I figured I'd convert it to a wheeling replacement for my '76. That is when I really started looking at the structural stability and was quite happy with how it had held up. i know exactly what you are talking about with southern trucks. If you look in the background on my second picture, you see a prime example. I brought that '56 back from south of Atlanta 5 years ago. Couldn't believe the shape of it. Only thing hurt from being in the south for all it's life was all the seals on the windows and doors. I'll have to snap a pict one of these days and post.
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i've got a car with some "surface rust". or at least that is what i was told before i bought it. the floor pan was rusted through.

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