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Old 06-12-2007, 07:26 AM
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Need Some Advice on FSJ Build Projects

Okay..usually I make up my own mind on these thing, since I love my own opinion so much, but I thought I'd throw this out to those wiser in the ways of Jeep

I have too many projects, with too many options, and I don't want to be waiting another 3 years to drive the next one, so...

here's the deal:

1: 1978 J10 Shortbed. Got the truck for free. Has a title. HAD a I6. Plans were to put in a 401, GMHD44 front, D60 rear, TT rear flip kit and shacks, SOA front. I HAVE ALL the parts EXCEPT the front SOA pieces. The 401 is ready for machining, I have bought ALL the 'go fast/strong' engine pieces already (well over $600 in parts) and they are gathering dust on Flint's shelves.

2: 1979 Cherk WT. Got the rig for free. Has a clean title. Runs! I could drive it tomorrow, but was building it up just a little for trail abuse at my leisure, since I already have Sundog (in my link) which is a finished rig, Moab capable (which I proved to myself), and my daily driver.

my question..(eventually)

I already have the 68 Glad for a truck. It runs. It's not pretty, or reliable, but if I need to haul something, it can do it. I was building the 78 J10 as a 3/4ton Moab Masher, run 35s on it, but..I'd never get the use out of it that all that money would require getting it finished, even if I did it half-azzed.

It's been sitting out back slowly coming together for a year and half now, it's at the point where NOW I'd have to start dumping the money into it, Point of No Return. That's why I'm questioning this.

Would you dump the J10 project, and throw the 3/4 ton stuff and 401 at the second Cherokee? (the one I got for free recently). I don't *need* 4 FSJS (plus the 59 Rambler Wagon)..I'd be content with one DD, one monster Cherk, and the truck for work runs (all I do with it is haul rocks and wood).

My girlfriend is patient with my madness regarding these, the occasional purchases are better then me living at the bar or something :P But even at the ripe age of 33, I don't want to end up some reclusive FSJ hoarder with tons of crap I never have time to finish, I want to enjoy life with my FSJs NOW.

all comments welcome. I've watched a few of you guys go through crap, and want to be sure I'm doing the right thing with my hobby. I like the rigs, but they ARE only a tool to get my butt and my girls up in the mountains, and out in the wilderness, and I'd rather have one or two decent ones, than a sprawl of crap.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:02 AM
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I have a similar problem at work ... too many projects in parallel means that nothing gets finished until the very last, and then all in a batch. This makes the mean time to completion for each project maximally long. Plus, when you manage things in parallel, you can do an almost unlimited number of projects, make progress on all of them, work hard, and never finish anything. Discouraging, and wasteful, since things change along the way, and some of the projects must be abandonded.

So, son, my advice to you is prioritize. You have to decide which project is most important to you. What do you need for your work? Is the 327 truck enough? Then the 401 truck has to move down the list. Do you need transportation besides the 327 truck? That should probably be next. Work on it until you finish it - that is, till you can be happy with driving it and changing the oil occasionally.

Personally, I don't think having all these vehicles compells you to do anything with them. As long as they aren't rotting away, they can sit until you have the time or inclination to work on them, or sell them. Cars are money sinks anyway - as long as you can control the outflow (budget), I'd say do what makes you happy and don't worry about money you've spent or cars you've bought.

Soapbox mode off. Hope this was helpfull.
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Old 06-12-2007, 08:06 AM
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I would go with the running Cherokee. The stock drivetrain will work up through 35" tires, and you can add the 3/4-ton stuff at your leisure. Until then, though, you can have a cool rig to take on the milder trails that would be no challenge to your built rig.
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Old 06-12-2007, 12:25 PM
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Thanks, both of your advice was very helpful.

Yeah, the 327 rig costs me 30 bux a month to look at, and when it's used it's worth it. Needs a cab, but the drivetrain is excellent and the motor is very, very strong. With no lift, an 8' bed, and a custom Tad tailgate you could drop a big block on and not bend it, it's hard to put to pasture.

I have no problem letting the J10 sit and poking at it here and there, but I have a hard time tying up 2k worth of parts waiting for me to poke. I'd like to use them on the 'new' Cherk I think. And my DD is the battle proven Sundog, not touching it, it's already built up as far as stock allows (33x12.50s with 3.54s, no lockers, strong 360 with some mods, 4" lift..and PAID for..also $30 a month to insure).

So by putting the J10 on 'hold', I could have a killer 3/4 ton beastie Cherk with a hot 401 on the road in less than a year for probably another grand...that sounds pretty to me The 360 in it runs, and the drivetrain works, so I guess get the 401 in the machine shop, and start planning the SOA for it over the winter and swap the diffs next year.
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Old 06-12-2007, 12:32 PM
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So by putting the J10 on 'hold', I could have a killer 3/4 ton beastie Cherk with a hot 401 on the road in less than a year for probably another grand...that sounds pretty to me The 360 in it runs, and the drivetrain works, so I guess get the 401 in the machine shop, and start planning the SOA for it over the winter and swap the diffs next year.

Sounds like a reasonable choice to me. I also think you should be checked for a temperature or something because that can't be right...
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Sounds like a reasonable choice to me. I also think you should be checked for a temperature or something because that can't be right...

lol, I blame lack of sleep due to the casino construction :P

Hey, my neighbors just gave me a little Kawasaki 125 'cruiser' to play with too. Must think I don't have enough projects to ignore :P
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