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The J10 finds a new home

My old ’81 Cherokee Chief, aka “The Chevvy”, had seen better days with many trips to Fraser, Moreton and Stradbroke Islands, tinny on top, loaded with outboard motor, fuel and supplies in the back, as well as a Jayco caravan in tow.  As my wife’s shopping wheels and school bus, it was showing the signs of age with rust coming through in all the usual places.  At the time, transport inspectors were getting active in our area, writing out defect notices, so I decided to take him off the road and sort out repairs sometime down the track.  Time flies, so Chevvy sat and deteriorated somewhat more and, wondering what to do with him because values on those old FSJs were like zilch, I got the brilliant idea of importing a LH drive “Townside” J10 Long-bed from the States and use all the RH components to convert it.

J20s were imported to Australia in the late ’70s and through the ’80s, mainly as cab/chassis and the J10 title was given to the Australian CJ trucks.  At the time they were know as J10s because of the badging, Christmas treed from the USA parts department… typical Oz Jeep thinking!

Enter jeeptruck.com… After a few months I found one that looked good and following a phone call to convince the seller (aka “Buckshot” Genderon) this was not a Nigerian scam, the deal was done and “Jethro” was shipped to Oz.

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He turned out to be a goodun and I couldn’t wait to get the spanners out.

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Lifting up the floor mat, not a bit of rust to be found.  Paintwork was tired, wiring was a bit dodgy under the hood, it had a bench seat out of a ’53 Oldsmobile or something and the front chassis rails were a little bit butchered for fitment of a winch bar, but there was nothing too seriously wrong!

Next step was to load him up to transport to our workshop for blasting and painting, figuring I would do the assembly back home in my shed.

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Chassis and body parts were blasted with the only rust (or lead filler) found in a couple of small holes in the turret.

Abrasive blasting   Rust holes in cab roof

Prior to painting, I sorted out the firewall to mirror the Australian conversion of the Chief.  First step was the undersides of the cab and bed, blasted, primed, coated with about 2-3mm of Polyurea elastomer and finished in two pack poly body colour.

Clear primer     Applying Elastomer

Elastomer Coating     2mm coating

Finish colour     Exhaust heat shield

Topsides of the panels, dash parts, chassis and axles then painted.  The cream colour is primer only.

jigsaw puzzle     Dashboard and Wiper Linkage

paint finish gloss     donk painted

chassis in spray booth     3'' lift

A few additions/modifications were done.  Bar to take a rotating beacon for when I take him on construction sites, a rear bumper and tow hitch fabricated, and a front winch mount detailed into a factory front bumper courtesy of the Chief.

Light Bar     Rear Bumper

winch mount     Winch bar

“Work” work has taken precedence over my rebuild for the last few years, meanwhile Jethro is waiting patiently to be finished….. oh! and I picked up an XJ from the damaged auctions with a tight 4.o EFI engine for a cupla bucks, so Jethro might see an engine swap and auto tranny when I get back to him.

By |2017-07-12T14:09:23+10:00June 3rd, 2010|Project: 1982 J10|0 Comments

Grandpa’s homecoming


I was a little bit excited about this delivery today! Welcomed a 1942 GPW to the Don’s Jeep Garage tribe. Ripper.

After my local mechanic came to our workshop to do the annual roadworthy inspection on one of our trucks, he spied the J10 and while having a geezer I told him that I had a cupla old Jeeps.  He said his brother had one in the process of restoration but would never get it finished because he had lost enthusiasm.  Out of interest, I went to check it out and suggested he put it on eBay with a starting price of $10K.  He then said “What would you pay for it?” Thinking it wouldn’t be accepted, I offered $???? (amount not shown to ensure I remain married).  Anyhoo, next day he comes back down to my workshop and says “You now own a Jeep”.

So… Gen’nay (pronounced with a Forest Gump accent) is now in the queue for a makeover.  Apparently all the mechs have been sorted and it’s just paint and assembly.  I don’t play golf or go fishing much, so my retirement program is filling up fast.

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By |2017-07-12T14:09:23+10:00April 23rd, 2013|Project: 1942 GPW|0 Comments

Great plates

Yes, I’m addicted to Jeeps. And yes, I’m addicted to personalised plates. In some cases, the plates have arrived before the car does. And I’ll also admit that in one particular case, the plates arrived before the deal was finalised on the car. #powerofpositivethinking

Do you have personalised plates on your ride? What’s your combo?


This girl has a nice pair of plates…eh?


By |2017-07-12T14:09:23+10:00April 1st, 2015|Spare parts & other stuff|0 Comments

Termites and Bondo

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PO told me all the rust repairs had been done by an aircraft metal worker and that all the curves were shaped to original.  It looks like that was achieved by pop-riveting thin gauge sections over the original body panels, then a liberal amount of body filler applied.  At first, this looks like a major problem to restore but at least the original rusted panels are still in place so I can remove the overlays and abrasive blast the original metal to see how replacements can be fabricated and welded into place.  The above photos are inside the rear of the cab corners, battery box and where the front panel joins the inner floor.

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Looking under the front corners of the cab, some original metal has been cut away and thin replacement panels are tacked in place.  This will take a bit of soul-searching to work out, after these sections are removed.

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Rear mudguards have spacers fitted to allow cover of the wide wheels and with a few dings, there will be a few modifications required here as well.

The inside top section of the windscreen has got a piece of metal screwed into place which I have yet to remove to see what is behind.  Fingers crossed that the rust has not grown through to the outer roof skin because that can be a bugger to weld without distorting the shape.

Door hinges will need some work.  Left side seems to align reasonably but the right drops when opened.  Bondo around the inner frame joint to the floor points to a few problems there.

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Bed floor is cactus, with deep rust pitting and undulations.  A complete replacement will be needed but I’ve yet to decide whether to fold up sheet metal like original or go for a polished timber look.

Second pic is inside, lower corner of the dash/windscreen

Accelerator pedal appears to be from an FSJ Cherokee or truck… at least it’s Jeep.  It’s a bit awkward to operate and will need a bit of tweaking to get it right.  I think OEM pedals are available but the cables are not so that probably explains this modification.

Drivers floor has had the overlay panel, riveted treatment a few times… I think I can count three or four.

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A 3″ body lift, along with a SOA conversion has got him sitting about 6″ higher that original.  That would not get through Australian Design Rules, so the body lift will need to go and if the SOA doesn’t slip through inspection, I will have to sort some lifted springs to get the oversize wheels to clear.  Need to do a bit more research before going further, but I believe a maximum total of 4″ is legal in either spring or body, or the sum of both methods.

The following is just something to give you FC buffs something to look at while you wait for me to get this project started sometime down the track….. 2017? 2018?:-



By |2017-07-12T14:09:23+10:00May 2nd, 2015|Project: 1958 FC150|0 Comments

Love at first sight

Loading at the docks









Picking up the “Fugg” from the docks, I got it firing after a jump start but he kept dying under load and I had to winch it up the ramps onto the trailer.  Customs required two goes at high pressure cleaning to pass inspection which added a week or two from when he landed and an extra couple of hundred bucks in import charges.










“Touchdown”.  Fired him up but the same problem of dying under load and trying to turn those big tyres with an undersized steering wheel made it a mission to get him into the shed.  From what the PO told me prior to purchase, I thought it would be driveable (with a few tweeks) from day one…. Wrong!


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I knew the dashboard was out so the PO could fit a timber overlay, but I think this is looking like a total rewire job.  I hope the steering shaft has not been butchered to fit the aftermarket steering wheel, because it will certainly need the larger diameter of an original one to keep it on the road…. either that or I’ll need to beef up my biceps at the gym.

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PO was looking for that military look with the olive drab paint and the addition of ammo boxes and tools, but I will try to get him back to civilian life with a new paint scheme when I do the restoration.  The spare wheel is normally mounted on the right hand side of the bed with the top section of the bed recessed to allow fitting of same.  I can’t see evidence of the recess, so maybe the spare was an option back in ’58.

By |2017-07-12T14:09:23+10:00May 3rd, 2015|Project: 1958 FC150|0 Comments