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Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Maddening » Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:23 pm

Hi Guys, long time lurker, first time poster. I have a '77 J10, Built 360, TH400, Quadratrac, 92k original miles. Mostly restored, frame off, only paint job not professionally done, poor Maaco style job. I wanted a nice classic I could drive in winter if I wanted since I also have a '47 Chevy Sport Coupe, '71 El Camino, and '84 Grand National none of which really useable 7 months out of the year here in Alaska!

I have had it since June, about 175 miles driven so far, really just all miles considered shakedown drives still... In that few of miles it has left me stranded once at 1 am (a breaker where fusible link would be made that an easy fix), and then now at night it has left me driving to work with flickering headlights/dashlight/taillights (headlight switch I assume, which is on the way). I expect the guy who restored it before me did not drive it too much in recent years before I bought it. Anyway, long time reading these forums, well before I bought this J10 I was doing the research.

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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby will e » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:17 pm

That looks good! Welcome to the board. Thanks for joining!
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby jsinajeep » Tue Aug 28, 2018 8:55 pm

That is a nice looking J truck.

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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Chubbinius » Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:45 pm

That blue pops on there with the chrome; a very nice truck!
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby fulsizjeep » Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:08 am

Welcome to the madness. The floor mounted dimmer switch is also a common cause for flickering lights. Check the grounds to while you are at it.
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Maddening » Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:00 pm

fulsizjeep wrote:Welcome to the madness. The floor mounted dimmer switch is also a common cause for flickering lights. Check the grounds to while you are at it.


Thanks, I also ordered the dimmer and dimmer pigtail when I bought the HL switch. Never can have too many new parts! :-bd
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby KJ Ryu » Wed Sep 05, 2018 12:19 am

I was going to suggest the dimmer switch, as well. Had to replace it in both of my J10s.
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Maddening » Sat Sep 08, 2018 1:12 am

Ran a little test last night, started up the truck and turned on the lights then just waited, after about ten mins it seemed like something heated and the random flckering on and off started, all exterior lights and instrument panel, even the dome light which I had turned on with the HL switch... Today I went a little nuts at the auto parts store, so I now have new LED lights in every exterior bulb possible, the Grote LED HL seem really nice BTW, I hope anyway. It took the amperage draw on that circuit down from around 14A to 5A when all lights are on. I also changed the headlight switch and the dimmer switch at the same time I put in all the LED. Well, I started her up and went for a night drive, no better way to test than in the field... :lol: One hour and not a single flicker on/off. Crossing my fingers I wiped this one out. Not the best pics, but all the lights are now insanely bright, hopefully I have the headlights adjusted about right now, spent some time working on that on a dark street, don't want to be flashed. I also put all my new lenses on everything, that helped a bit, the old were all hazed and cracked. Oh, and new big mirrors too, think they came off a '96 or so Dodge, I forget, much better than the old ones, those things shook like mad on the highway.
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Chubbinius » Sun Sep 09, 2018 9:08 pm

That really looks nice! I had the same issue happen 2 weeks ago on my 1970 Wagoneer. I replaced the headlight switch in under 5 minutes and it was good to go.
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Maddening » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:29 am

Seems to have done the trick in my case too. I work nights, so have driven it a few hours worth of night time now with no issues. It was embarassing driving down the street and the people oncoming think you are flashing them, lol! It has to have been the HL switch, or maybe dimmer, I did both same time, the switch I replaced looked new, but that doesn't mean it was good, and the dimmer wasn't corroded or anything either, but you could tell it was old.
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Maddening » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:50 pm

Bored at work on a Saturday when I'd rather be out wheelin' my JK... no reason not to get in some extreme off-camber! :lol:

It kinda looks like the logo actually!
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Chubbinius » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:01 pm

Nice! Headlights look crisp and clear too. My worry before replacing the switch was that a police officer was going to ticket me for mine flashing, haha.
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Maddening » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:15 pm

Me too, once it started doing it I didn't drive it at night, but the first night I had not much choice, I got lucky that the only cop I passed that night the lights miraculously stayed on constant for 45 seconds just long enough to get by as he turned the other way... haha!
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Chubbinius » Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:10 pm

Maddening wrote:... just long enough to get by as he turned the other way... haha!

Nice! :D
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Chubbinius » Fri Nov 30, 2018 10:30 pm

Hoping you are alright after the quake.
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Maddening » Sun Dec 09, 2018 3:09 pm

Thanks! Yup, everything is A-OK! I had been moving house so luckily most everything of mine was in boxes! My parents lost a few little sculpture things but not much else either. I was scheduled to be at work that day at 12:30 pm, but at 8:30 am it hit. That was the most amazing alarm clock ever, only about 4 hours sleep since I got home at about 3 am, but I was UP! :o I got the day off, (and lost a days pay) :( because the highway collapsed and was closed. https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/2018/12 ... -congress/

My little cabin did OK, and my J10 didn't even flinch.
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Next t the Knik River, nothing to do with the quake, just liked the shot. :D
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Fast79Chief » Mon Dec 10, 2018 6:47 am

Nice J truck!!
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Chubbinius » Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:56 am

Glad to hear that you were unscathed, Maddening. That Blue J truck looks great in front of the red cabin and the white snow. Hopefully most folks were as lucky as you with the center being a bit outside of Anchorage.
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Re: Long Time Lurker, First Time Poster in Alaska

Postby Stuka » Mon Dec 10, 2018 1:13 pm

Really like the color!

Glad you were ok in the quake. The damage done to some of the roads there rivals what we have had here in California.
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