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Old 03-01-2011, 02:24 PM
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New project '69 Gladiator J3000

It's great to finally be a member of this forum, and I am looking forward to your opinions and suggestions.

I am an avid Jeep fan, currently driving an 07 JK, and have had my mind set on rebuilding a Jeep for a long time. The initial idea of building a TJ was tossed as they are far too common now

I have always liked the Gladiator, but here in South Africa they are extremely rare. Last week I managed to find my first real project vehicle, a '69 Gladiator J3000, or at least half of it The bed looked like swiss cheese, so I left it where I found it.

I know this will not appeal to the purists, but this vehicle is way past the restore point. I will be getting it back on the road but with a few tweaks.

After a bit of research I decided to go for a 4.8L vortec V8 motor with a 4L60e transmission and NV231 T/C. I will also be doing a full long arm coil conversion on it.

I am a complete novice when it comes to rebuilding a vehicle but I do learn fast and appreciate all the input I can get.

This is the starting point:








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Old 03-01-2011, 02:43 PM
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Great! We're looking forward to the project. Im surprised that you'll not go with a Diesel as there more available there.
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Old 03-01-2011, 02:43 PM
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Great! We're looking forward to the project. Im surprised that you'll not go with a Diesel as there more available there.
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Old 03-01-2011, 03:22 PM
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Very nice looking project, Beale.
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Old 03-01-2011, 06:55 PM
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Welcome to the land of empty pockets and unfinished projects...

Looks like you found a good one to start with. And 2 Rhino grills to boot. One for the truck and one for the shop wall....

Congrats. Cant wait to see where you take this.
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Old 03-01-2011, 07:07 PM
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Cool, Should be a great project.

And it is a Right hand drive truck.


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Old 03-01-2011, 09:11 PM
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Nice project!
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Old 03-01-2011, 09:55 PM
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:02 AM
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Thanks guys,

The Rhino grill was an absolute must.

Only about 10% of the early Jeeps came over with right hand drive so I was very fortunate to find this one.

I'm not really a big fan of a diesel but I did consider it. I was looking at installing the new Toyota 3L DiD motor, but it would be hugely distasteful to put a Yota motor in a Jeep
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Old 03-02-2011, 12:13 AM
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Looks like a great project
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