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Old 02-16-2007, 06:47 PM
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Does anyone know the value of an 83 jeep honcho j-10 sport side like this?

I live in wasilla and I have a 1983 Jeep Honcho j-10 series with a short be sport side. I have posted this also on car domain and jeepsunlimited.com I am curious as to whether or not anyone might know the value of this jeep? I have heard that there was a limited number of this model made. Here is some history on it and what has been done to it.

It has been a project that was passed on down from my wifes step dad to her right before he died. For the last 4 years, my dad and I have been working on it little by little. In this honcho is a newer 360 v-8 engine that has been bored 30 over and completely gone through pistons, oversized cam. It has under 10k miles on the engine as well as the transmission and the t-case. The body itself has about 129,000 on it original.

At this time it still had the original paint job which was white, (I am trying to find pictures of it with the original paint job)with the original Honcho on the side of it. The Honcho lettering and design was white and red stripes that began at the front fenders and ran down the majority of both the drivers side and passenger side doors. This same design was on the hood as well. After we had the work done on the Engine and tranny, then we went in and started replacing other internal parts as well. We added a 4 barrel carburetor, new intake manifold, of course a complete tune-up, new alternator, battery, air intake, custom exhaust, radiator, clutch fan, pulleys, you name it we have gone through it.

Then it sat for about a year or so, because we had enough vehicles for transportation, then as things happen in life we had to down size and then start driving this awesome GAS HOG =) Jeep to work, guess thats what a 4 barrel carb will do to ya, and a lead foot. Next I finally got the idea of selling it about a year ago, but I wanted it to be eye catching so instead of restoring it and painting it back to the original color I went ahead and decided to do a custom paint job that would be eye catching, because I figured that there would not be a great market here in alaska for someone to appreciate the fact that there was a limited number of these sport side honcho's made in the first place.

So I traded my motorcycle for a custom paint job that took almost 4 months to complete, thats what happens when you have friends help you out. I decided to have it all redone in a metallic jet black down to the inside of the doors jams. Then he went in after completing this part of the paint job, and sprayed in frost pearl blue ghost flames. I am going to add some new pictures, well better pictures for that matter I took these in a hurry and my batteries were dying on the camera. The flames looks awesome in the sun because of the pearl they change color as the sun hits them, so it actually makes it looks like they are moving. Then of course after the paint job was done, I shifted again and decided that I did not want to sell it, that again was about a year ago.

There are a couple of things that I still have to do if I decide to keep it, right now i have it up on craigslist here in alaska looking to possibly sell it or trade it for a newer truck, but if I do keep it it is going to be work to the interior of the jeep. It needs a new headliner, the original headliner is falling down, I need to replace some of the glass on the gauges, also I need to put some seatbelts in it, well the female ends at least. Also I would like to put some new speakers in it and maybe an amp to help out the cd player that was installed, and add some custom rims and tires. Other than that just about everthing has been gone through, I do have to fix a spot on the passenger side of the bed that has a crack in the fiberglass above the wheel where one of my friends (in a bone head move) sat their weight on it after I just had it painted and cracked. The crack is about 1 1/2 inches, and some paint has come off so, that is something also I would like to get fixed.

I just got it back from the shop, I had a complete inspection, (Basically a pre-buy) Had the timing reset, it was off a little, new plugs, new blower motor, full service and oil change. This beast is running better than it ever has, and it will smoke the rubber off of the tires if you want it to. It has amazing take off, and one amazing passing gear. Still debating on whether or not to let it go. I have been offered a 99 ford f-350 7.3 diesel full four door, with lots of upgrades for this jeep, but I just cannot pull the trigger yet, we'll see what happens. Thanks for looking and take care.


here are some extra pics from my post on cardomain.com I plan on getting some better pics later on.












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Old 02-16-2007, 07:16 PM
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step side fan

being step side fan the value goes buy how much some one is willing to pay. up in alaska I am sure there are very few of them up there. I have seen a limited # in utah but I have also seen alot of them on this site and around the web. the paint is killer. I wish mine looked that good. your price would all depend on the collector. the only hit you would take is what do you have for drive train after the 360. but then again that thing looks to good to take it down a trail and get it all dirty. I would like to know what mine is worth also but it doesn't compare to the looks of yours.
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:22 PM
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engine bay and cab

I noticed some thing in you pictures if the inside of the cab and engine compartment haven't been paint it is a turn off for some people you can tel it is not factory paint but to a body man it is a sign of sloppy work. don't get me wrong the paint is awesome but you can tell there was some corners cut if you don't do the whole thing with a color change.
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Old 02-16-2007, 07:31 PM
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Like Runner said...depends on what someone is willing to pay for it. Your J10 looks very nice though.
I believe Bob Davis was offered $12,000 for his completely restored J10 Sportside...right before it was wrecked of course.
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:04 PM
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It's a good question...does anyone know production numbers on sport side honchos from the 80s...i.e...quantiy made
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:47 PM
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neat truck, but if you are going for "collectors $" there is issues; 1) J-trucks have no collector value
2) the paint is not origional if there were.

Cool truck, they make good hobbies, bad investments.

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Old 02-16-2007, 08:49 PM
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As my father always said "Its only worth what someone is willing to pay"

Nice looking rig.

I say Enjoy it while you can and FSJ is the way to GO.

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Old 02-16-2007, 08:54 PM
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Cool truck, they make good hobbies, bad investments.

Mike D.


Mike summed it up very well. No disrespect directed towards you or your rig. I think it's beautiful. From a collector standpoint though, I've yet to see a market for the J series trucks.
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Old 02-16-2007, 09:25 PM
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Nice truck. Gotta lose the hubcaps though.


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Old 02-17-2007, 01:22 AM
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99 ford 7.3L

been offered a 99 ford f-350 7.3 diesel full four door This truck is worth at least 15 G's but there are allot more of those on the road. I am a FSJ nut I would keep it and cherish the rest of my life then give it to my first born so he could enjoy it as much as I did.
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Old 02-17-2007, 03:25 AM
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Re the number produced in '83 - check out the link from this site:

http://www.ifsja.org/tech/figures/fsjprod.html

Looks like a nice Jeep.
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Old 02-17-2007, 07:29 AM
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You have a nice truck there. What someone is willing to pay is the question. There's a limited market for these Jeeps. Most if us already have one (or two, or three, or four). Your location further restricts you potential pool of buyers. How much would it cost for me to get there and then bring it back to Minnesota, for example.

The custom paint is another factor. Your buyer is going to have to like it. Me, I'd have to factor in the cost of fixing the paint. Buying the truck and then immediatly having it repainted is costly. Anytime you have something custom painted, you are likely hurting its resale value or, at least, restricting your potential buyers.

Lots to take into consideration when determining value.
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Old 02-17-2007, 08:34 AM
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That's a sweet looking ride. I bet you have a hard time keeping rubber on those street tires. After looking at the prices of different older vehicles it really depends on the area. Down here the old broncos are hot and run between 6k to 12k. Like the others have said location is your worst enemy. But dont ever expect to get out of it what you put into it. I would also look at mileage on that ford. I drive a 250 every day and would much rather be driving my jeep. BTW my mpg is about a consistent 13 mpg. but that's with a full ladder rack and 4wd.
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Old 02-17-2007, 02:11 PM
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why are there hidden hyperlinks in these threads? this is probably the 3rd post ive noticed this
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Old 02-17-2007, 10:22 PM
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Its a fact of life, there just isn't a market for FSJ's in Alaska, especially J-trucks. I've owned several and I get sick and TIRED of hearing.... Is that a FORD???
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