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Forum: For Sale: Complete Vehicles (Need not run, must be complete, no parting out) Yesterday, 05:20 PM
Replies: 2
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Posted By Towtruck
I believe I bought this truck in the Dallas area...

I believe I bought this truck in the Dallas area for my brother in that time frame. He moved it up near Green Bay and then sold it shortly thereafter to a gent from southern Wisconsin....probably...
Forum: For Sale: Complete Vehicles (Need not run, must be complete, no parting out) Yesterday, 04:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 144
Posted By Towtruck
I've seen1260 and 1650 as the total for Honcho...

I've seen1260 and 1650 as the total for Honcho stepsides built in all years. By the way,how many miles did the original speedometer show? Also, the sentence that says "with the addition of the...
Forum: Build Threads 12-09-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,040
Posted By Towtruck
Thanks, KJ. I'm documenting the build for...

Thanks, KJ. I'm documenting the build for historical reasons, and so that potential buyers can see the before and after condition for themselves. I'll miss having the dang thing, but not as much...
Forum: Build Threads 12-07-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,040
Posted By Towtruck
Exhaust pipes/mufflers are sanded to bare metal...

Exhaust pipes/mufflers are sanded to bare metal and treated with Metal Prep to address any microscopic rust. The truck body is masked in that area and the pipes will be painted with VHT (hi temp)...
Forum: For Sale: Complete Vehicles (Need not run, must be complete, no parting out) 12-06-2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 605
Posted By Towtruck
The refurbish should be as done as it's going to...

The refurbish should be as done as it's going to get under my stewardship by the end of next week. You can check it out in detail on my thread in the Build Section. Asking price is $16K...no...
Forum: Build Threads 12-06-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,040
Posted By Towtruck
Back at it. Installed the instrument cluster...

Back at it. Installed the instrument cluster yesterday and the headliner today.

Painted the "chrome" edging around the cluster and polished the three lenses. Rechecked all the bulbs and ran new...
Forum: For Sale: Parts and Pieces (To keep our rigs running) 12-05-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 8,594
Posted By Towtruck
Do you have a couple of the adjustable...

Do you have a couple of the adjustable louvers/vents for the air conditioner evaporator on an '81?
Forum: Build Threads 11-26-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,040
Posted By Towtruck
I searched all over the internet and couldn't...

I searched all over the internet and couldn't find an exact match for the evaporator switch. There are plenty of switches, but I think most of them use an external resister block which would take...
Forum: Build Threads 11-25-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,040
Posted By Towtruck
Had a family emergency last week, so I'm a little...

Had a family emergency last week, so I'm a little behind schedule. Back at it yesterday. Installed all of the AC components...worst part is hooking up the hoses to the evaporator as it's so close...
Forum: General FSJ Tech 11-23-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 317
Posted By Towtruck
Great advice here. I was looking at video on...

Great advice here. I was looking at video on this same subject last week and came across this one. While it's for a Jaguar diff, the basic info is applicable and Paul does a good job of...
Forum: General FSJ Tech 11-14-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 326
Posted By Towtruck
Since the recent cold snap slowed me down with...

Since the recent cold snap slowed me down with this reinstallation, I think I'll add a high/low switch to the old style system. Seems like a worthwhile safety feature, and I need to have that...
Forum: Build Threads 11-11-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,040
Posted By Towtruck
Thanks, Gents. That Arctic air mass slammed into...

Thanks, Gents. That Arctic air mass slammed into North Texas this morning, so I just put the evaporator in an upstairs bedroom for a few days. I think it will be dry by the time it warms up around...
Forum: Build Threads 11-10-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,040
Posted By Towtruck
Changed the oil in the compressor by sucking the...

Changed the oil in the compressor by sucking the old out with a syringe. Condenser, accumulator, and radiator are installed (new bottom radiator hose and new antifreeze). Held off on the evaporator...
Forum: Build Threads 11-09-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,040
Posted By Towtruck
Post Yesterday I checked all the bulbs in the...

Yesterday I checked all the bulbs in the instrument panel (replaced one burn out). Cleaned the printed circuit board and verified that the back lighting is functioning correctly. That LED...
Forum: General FSJ Discussion 11-09-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,710
Posted By Towtruck
Thanks very much, gents. I wasn't very clear in...

Thanks very much, gents. I wasn't very clear in my post, but this compressor was run with 134 and ester oil for perhaps a year way back when I initially converted it to 134. I'm just thinking an...
Forum: General FSJ Discussion 11-09-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 3,710
Posted By Towtruck
I just finished cleaning/flushing the evaporator,...

I just finished cleaning/flushing the evaporator, condenser and the lines and getting ready to reinstall after ten years sitting on the shelf. The condenser and evaporator are original factory...
Forum: General FSJ Tech 11-09-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 326
Posted By Towtruck
Makes sense to me...thanks.

Makes sense to me...thanks.
Forum: General FSJ Tech 11-08-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 326
Posted By Towtruck
Air Conditioning System - 81 J10?

I removed the original factory AC from my truck about ten years ago, and am in the process of reinstalling the same system (with R132 hoses and a replacement compressor). I think I have all the...
Forum: General FSJ Discussion 11-05-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,008
Posted By Towtruck
I used plastic sign board as a doubler/backing to...

I used plastic sign board as a doubler/backing to repair the sagging carboard on my J10. But it eventually warped from the heat beatng down on the roof panel. It last six or seven years before...
Forum: General FSJ Tech 11-05-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 366
Posted By Towtruck
I used the Velcro for a decade, but it's...

I used the Velcro for a decade, but it's difficult to get it into the channel evenly because the sticky side tends to grab here and there during installation. Then after a few years, the glue...
Forum: General FSJ Discussion 11-04-2019, 06:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 286
Posted By Towtruck
I'm a fan of flat, matt, and satin on these old...

I'm a fan of flat, matt, and satin on these old angular boxes. Never cared for the Jeep decal kits. Discrete pin striping on matt or satin would look cool. Otherwise full on flame job, or leave it...
Forum: Build Threads 11-04-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,040
Posted By Towtruck
I found all of the AC parts a few days ago and...

I found all of the AC parts a few days ago and cleaned, primed and painted with the special coating recommended for vinyl and plastic. When I tried to fit the evaporator it was blocked by some...
Forum: Wanted 10-31-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By Towtruck
They sell several sizes specified for the...

They sell several sizes specified for the CJs....I think one of them might work. Thank you for the tip.
Forum: Build Threads 10-26-2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 105
Views: 8,040
Posted By Towtruck
I started on the interior today. Found the AC...

I started on the interior today. Found the AC evaporator...but one adjustable cold air vent is missing and another is broken. It was last installed about 15 years ago. If anyone has those vents to...
Forum: Wanted 10-26-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By Towtruck
Air Conditioner Vents

I'm reinstalling the AC in my '81 J10 and discovered two broken adjustable vent assemblies when I took the evaporator unit out of storage. I wonder if someone has any, or barring that, does anyone...
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