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Old 03-17-2016, 01:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So I might as well start my project post since I am starting on my rig already.
I just picked up a 1982 LJ80v that is almost street worthy. I am going to break my build up into stages.

First I started out with a pretty much stock LJ80v with a light bar and some lights, RPM gauge, and battery relocated under passenger seat. From my knowledge that is about all that has changed. The body has had work done to it(bondo, floor patches etc) seems pretty solid right now as does the frame but we will see later on when I attempt to do some body work to it.

What I am looking for is mostly just a weekend wheeler to go wheeling with both 4wd vehicles and ATVs/Side By Sides, I am also considering using it as a 2ndary vehicle if need be... I live in the country but my work is about 5km away(50km/h speed limit) and the closest town is 15km away(80km/h speed limit) as well the closest trail head is about 5km away as well. Likely will not use it regularly(only when the wife needs the DD or the DD is in for repairs).

So here are the stages of my build:

Stage 1: Street Queen
Swap Disc Brakes in All 4 Corners
Upgrade the Master Cylinder
Swap out the distributor for a SJ413 distributor as well as coil.
Relocate the seats to push back to the rear wheel well.
Give it some TLC(oil change, spark plugs/wires, replace 1 headlight and 1 turn signal bulb, drop in a yellow top battery, relocate the battery to just behind the passengers seat since I am sure its current spot might get a bit wet later on.)
Remove rear tire carrier and add License plate holder to the rear door.

Stage 2: Weekend Wheeler
Do a spring over on it with either stock leafs or other depending on what options are available.
31-32" mudders
Drop in a 1000cc big block out of a SJ410
Front and Rear HD Bumpers(2" receiver on each for a portable winch setup)
Add tube sliders to the rockers

Stage 3: Lock her up
Get some manual locking hubs from a SJ413 up front
Locker front and rear
Add a bit of trussing to the axle housings
Maybe upgrade to recentered hummer 2pc 8bolt rims with ABS beadlocks.
Build some tube fenders for it
Exocage it? Not a fan of the look but might be needed to protect myself and the LJ. May consider other options as well.


As you can see there is alot of plans for it, whether they get accomplished will be one thing however I hope to be able to complete Stage 1 over the next couple of months. Possibly start on Stage 2 this year as well.. If all goes well anyways.

Here are some pics of the day I picked it up... one picture is of my son happily sitting in the drivers seat... he asked me if I bought it for him lol.

I welcome all feedback good or bad would love to hear from everyone.





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Old 03-18-2016, 08:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Cool looking rig, it has a cooler face than my 87. I also love they way they stand out from the sea of normal-people cars!

It's going to be a great project, I use mine as a DD frequently, after a good snow theres no other way in our out of this property, only the Sami gets out.

It should be a fun project, dont forget to include pics of progress.
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Thank you, meant to post the rest up earlier but took awhile to get approved.. here comes some more of the build!
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So after spending the afternoon I ended up getting her running via fuel IV... The fuel tank is shot.. does anyone know if there is NOS fuel tanks for these? or if a fuel tank from another vehicle will work in it? or will I need a custom one built?

Once I hooked it up to the fuel IV she started up with some choke then idled smooth when I dropped the throttle she sputter a bit at first but after that ran GREAT. Initially there was some smoke but after she warmed up the smoke went away... I did let her cool off then started her up again and dropped the throttle without any sputtering at all.

I also believe it is the battery that is shot on her so I need to drop in a new battery, new fuel tank and she should be close to ready to hit the road.

Here is the initial video of her running with the initial sputter:
https://youtu.be/R_41K2Ecegw

Also attached is the IV setup.



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So I got her out on the trails for the first time, she did surprisingly well with stock ride height and street tires I must say... Also brakes work pretty good and no issues with the tcase or tranny. Speedo and Temp gauges work.. also found the issue with loosing all power that I referred to before.

There is a loose wire underneath the dash on passenger side.. I did not trace it yet but will be replacing it next weekend.. I found out the hard way when I was in a mud hole and hit a root which bounced the truck up. Lost complete power and stalled right in the pit.. She fired right up once i found it and crawled right outta the hole.

Here is a video and pictures
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vPicX60058
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So had a somewhat successful day... first had to change brake pads/rotors on my DD... then I was able to swap out what the previous owner put on this thing as a fan belt with an actual one.. the one that was on there was like 4mm wide when the real one should be 9.5mm wide. That got the alternator working a bit but still just not quiet there.. so yeah will need an alternator but atleast i got a good battery in it now.

After that I had the itch so got my friend to dolly me to the local sand dunes(next road over) and we had some fun.. finally got it into 3rd and 4th gear in 2wd and she runs good no noises or issues from any gear but a bit sloppy steering I will need to address..

Here are some pictures for now... videos to come shortly.







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Video 1:
https://youtu.be/C81QsafzZyQ

Video 2:
https://youtu.be/rjKEg6vqdAw

Video 3:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hZeP1e

Video 4:
https://youtu.be/lKPwRBdWt1A

Video 5:
https://youtu.be/ruIIznhjhl4

Video 6(Inside the Cab):
https://youtu.be/Rwn8X6LbB_E
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Thats awesome! That looks like just to much fun, glad you are enjoying it. Sounds like it probably doesn't need much to do the job. There is something to be said for light weight and low HP when your out on the sand!
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Yeah it was pretty capable in stock form however I am not one to keep a vehicle stock unfortunately
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Understood! mine is a bit from stock and its awesome in the hills in tight trails where even a YJ is a bit bulky. If your looking to off your alternator check out the GM alternator conversion. I ended up with a CS130 gm alt and I like never having to worry about enough juice to drive stuff, even the winch.

I got the conversion brackets from Trail Tough or Low Range, cant recall which because I have spent a lot of money between those two, but I got the alt and pigtail from Autozone and wired it myself complete with idiot light. Works perfectly.
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