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1982 Sportside J10

Post by 66stepside » Wed Mar 03, 2021 7:33 pm

“One more oughta do it”. At least that’s what I keep telling my wife. I doubt she believes me, you shouldn’t either.

There is only one more I need to complete my “Stepside Collection”, though.

This beast is an 82 Sportside, and I’m the second owner. It was in the local family’s possession since new and the DMV let me keep the original plates on her.

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She has the 258, 5 speed, np206 amc 20 rear and the 44 front. Black interior, factory bucket seats and AC. She’s been sitting for 10-15 years, but turns freely and turns over by ignition. She wants to start, but since I pulled one of the spark plug wires off, she doesn’t. There’s a lot of work to do before I’m ready for that step.

This one is about preservation. But she might get new paint. I’ll have to clean her up before I decide on that.


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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by Stuka » Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:01 pm

Wait, did you tow it with your wrangler?

And no, I definitely don't believe that you only need one more :P
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1982 Sportside J10

Post by 66stepside » Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:35 pm

Yes I towed it with my 04 LJ with a tow dolly. It was only 29 miles away.

My 66 needed new belts and PS pump, so I used plan z. Haha. Towing was ok, stopping was “fun”.


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Post by Stuka » Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:36 am

66stepside wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:35 pm
My 66 needed new belts and PS pump, so I used plan z. Haha. Towing was ok, stopping was “fun”.
I would image so!
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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by 66stepside » Thu Mar 04, 2021 8:40 am

Stuka wrote:
Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:36 am
66stepside wrote:
Wed Mar 03, 2021 10:35 pm
My 66 needed new belts and PS pump, so I used plan z. Haha. Towing was ok, stopping was “fun”.
I would image so!
I'll be the first one to admit my jeep addiction clouds my judgement more often than not. :ugeek:

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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by Hspencer » Thu Mar 04, 2021 7:32 pm

John D. Rockefeller was once asked “How much money is enough?” He answered “Just a little bit more.”

Same for Jeeps!


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Post by 66stepside » Thu Mar 04, 2021 10:50 pm

Hspencer wrote:John D. Rockefeller was once asked “How much money is enough?” He answered “Just a little bit more.”

Same for Jeeps!


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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by 66stepside » Wed Mar 10, 2021 5:41 pm

I was worried:

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This is why anti-seize is a good idea.

It’s been soaking for a little over a week.

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Nothing really got to the threads!

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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by 66stepside » Sun Mar 28, 2021 2:48 pm

She’s a runner, driver and a stopper!
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Viror (here on the forum) came over to buy some parts and volunteered himself to be my wingman; he hosed it with starting fluid and tinkered with the carb while I cranked it over.

New gas lines and filters were required-plus 10 gallons of fresh gas. I have the rear bumper and brackets ready to go.


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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by rocklaurence » Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:24 am

So, did you run out of room at your place and your now Squirreling away your Jeeps in storage?

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Post by FLeetFox » Mon Mar 29, 2021 10:35 am

You know I am subscribed! Looking forward to this one.

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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by 66stepside » Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:24 pm

rocklaurence wrote:So, did you run out of room at your place and your now Squirreling away your Jeeps in storage?
Lol, kind of.

I threw my back out and couldn’t quite muster getting the non-op 65 Wag loaded up and hauled off (it sold). So I had to temporarily put the Sportside in storage as I didn’t want a non-runner blocking my access to the garage and my stash of jeeps. Once my back is back (dad joke alert!), she’ll be with the rest... especially since she can scoot around on her own now.


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Post by 66stepside » Mon Mar 29, 2021 12:26 pm

FLeetFox wrote:You know I am subscribed! Looking forward to this one.

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Thanks- me, too! This version of the Stepside has been on my bucket list for quite a awhile.

I’m only missing one Stepside version now.


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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by twisted frame » Mon Mar 29, 2021 6:00 pm

Nice extraction on that plug! Impressive. You said it had a black interior...I think I see black lowbacks? Or is it a Laredo interior?
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1982 Sportside J10

Post by 66stepside » Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:50 pm

twisted frame wrote:Nice extraction on that plug! Impressive. You said it had a black interior...I think I see black lowbacks? Or is it a Laredo interior?
Thanks- it was a bummer when she broke off and it took some coaxing for sure. I’m glad it came out.

I don’t think it has the Laredo, or the honcho package; it’s still dusty as heck, but there’s no badging, or other indications that it’s a “special” edition.

The J10 does have the factory bucket seats and center folding armrest, too, though. I don’t know if that was standard for the j trucks in the 80’s, or not.

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I insured her today and drove her to the car wash, then put the stock wheel on the rear passenger’s side, then vacuumed her out:

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Post by 66stepside » Fri Apr 02, 2021 1:07 pm

I took her to the day job as the “final test” before I certify it as a runner/driver:

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Now begins long path with misc tinkering to to a mild resto on her.


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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by FLeetFox » Tue Apr 06, 2021 9:32 pm

Man, looks like a real solid one to start working from. Thanks for sharing the pics.

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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by Stuka » Wed Apr 07, 2021 2:58 pm

A 4" and 33's and it will look awesome. The T5 however would literally scream at you for doing it :)

Good to see you have it into daily driver condition. I however have never seen a spark plug separate like that before.
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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by 66stepside » Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:35 pm

FLeetFox wrote:Man, looks like a real solid one to start working from. Thanks for sharing the pics.

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Thanks! She is very solid overall, I have a carpet kit coming for her and while I’m doing that, she’ll get a thorough scrubbing.


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Re: 1982 Sportside J10

Post by 66stepside » Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:39 pm

Stuka wrote:A 4" and 33's and it will look awesome. The T5 however would literally scream at you for doing it :)

Good to see you have it into daily driver condition. I however have never seen a spark plug separate like that before.
She rides very stiff as she sits. I’m not sure if it is the shocks, or what. It rides like a 3/4 ton! Lol.

A lift and 33’s tires would be sweet- but unlikely without a drivetrain upgrade.

I’ve never seen a spark plug that messed up either. I’m glad I was able to extract it.


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