Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

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GladiatorGirl
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Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby GladiatorGirl » Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:59 am

Well it's happening! Bought a 1971 Gladiator j2500 for $1500 and it's in the shop getting a new rear diff rebuild. Bought her for a work truck but she's the first auto I've ever loved...any tips or warnings? Thanks guys!

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Re: Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby tedlovesjeeps71 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:51 am

Welcome to the madness! Pics are always appreciated 'round here.
Flesh out the specifics of what ya got and we can probably help with suggestions. What motor etc.

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Re: Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby Stuka » Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:15 pm

Welcome to the forum.

Tip or warnings when going from manual to auto, hmm. Don't go to instinctively push the clutch in when slowing, because you will probably hit the brake pedal instead :)
1981 J10 AMC 258 with HEI and Weber 32/36 DGEV Carb, T176, NP208, D44/M23 with 4.56 gears and Detroit Locker, 6" lift, 33x12.50 Cooper STT's, BJ's Offroad Rear Dozer Bumper.
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Pevious Jeeps: 1975 Cherokee, 2008 JK, 2005 KJ, 1989 XJ

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Re: Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby lkmarsh » Mon Apr 15, 2019 5:12 pm

Welcome! Fifty-year old trucks aren't usually found in factory original condition. Pics might help show
what the previous owner(s) have changed over the years. And we really just like looking at Jeeps.
Lyle
69 1414x Buick350/Th400/D20
PDB, HEI, relays, rallyes, rhino, rust...
73 Wagoneer parts donor

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Re: Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby bigun » Mon Apr 15, 2019 8:03 pm

Watch out for the Skull Hook on the hood.
Knowing what state your in will help if you need help

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Re: Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby mud89 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:43 am

Welcome! What engine do you have ?
J10 81, J10 77, CJ7 80, Gladiator 64, Wagoneer 65, ZJ 5.9
parts vehicles : wagoneer 63, cherokee Golden eagle

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Re: Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby toothofwar » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:13 am

bigun wrote:Watch out for the Skull Hook on the hood.
Knowing what state your in will help if you need help
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has knocked themselves silly on this!

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Re: Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby tedlovesjeeps71 » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:50 am

I think we scared her away... Haha

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Re: Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby bigun » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:33 am

toothofwar wrote:
bigun wrote:Watch out for the Skull Hook on the hood.
Knowing what state your in will help if you need help
I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who has knocked themselves silly on this!

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Took it off of Crom and made hood pins out of stainless steel bolts instead.
Some used to take a tennis ball cut a slit in it and shove it over "The Skull Hook of Doom" to avoid it

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Re: Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby bigun » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:35 am

tedlovesjeeps71 wrote:I think we scared her away... Haha

LE Sigh Le really big Sigh! It always happens :-bd

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Re: Hi Everyone, tips for a gal new to the gladiator world?

Postby letank » Tue Apr 16, 2019 5:05 pm

Welcome to the asylum, we are a very nice bunch of inmates.

What to look for ! fluids, all the fluid should be changed or a least checked for color and smell, too dark, too rusty or smelling like burnt toasts to be changed, especially the trans fluid and the neglected power steering fluid...

Wheel bearing grease on the front for lack of rust, in the rust, pop the carpetting and check for rust spots such as the notorious floor vent holes aka the flintstone's mobile.

Ammeter bypass is a good way to address the sudden loss of electric supply
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85 Gwag (226 Kmiles... the running test lab)
See Engine bits and Fuel and brake lines, and Body work


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