I am a 60 year old auto technician primarily schooled by FMC but I have worked for Toyota and Subaru as well and touched a little bit of everything in my 42 years on the job. I live in the desert southwest here in the USA. Special thanks to Ratsun's extensive data base of knowledge,
I have been lurking reading and learning for a couple years now and my projects are nearing completion. The 82 is pretty much there, only a few minor details left. It was never meant to be a garage queen or a show truck. It was supposed to be a parts truck!
I purchased the truck a couple of years ago from an individual that had worked really hard fixing it up to haul his dirt bike around. He ran into some serious issues when the inside of the cab caught on fire destroying a third of the interior and wiring. It had a nearly new 2.2 ATK engine and clutch. I was told the transmission was good as was the transfer case but the truck had not run in many years. It had a lot of unknowns. The truck did have a lot of hard to find aftermarket accessories like the skid pates brush guard roll bar and rear pipe bumper. It also had some nice 31/10;50 15's on some decent alloy wheels. Many of the parts made there way to my other project that I'l post about in the future. The body was an ocean of waves from some really poor prep work with a nasty gray paint job that blew off the first time I pressure washed it. The front floor pans were rusted out and had to be replaced. I pulled off all the badges and trim, welded the holes up and shot it with U-Pol Raptor Liner.
If I had to do it again I'd probably be just as crazy and save the Ol' girl from the bone yard again. Just about nothing I haven't touched on this truck. Did everything myself including the bed liner paint job that covered a multitude of sins.Shes not a beauty queen but she is a bit of a bad ass. Here's to Old School. Parts truck to everyday driver. All in a Days work