1981 J10 Located in Sonora, CA *SOLD*

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1981 J10 Located in Sonora, CA *SOLD*

Post by Stuka » Sat Aug 15, 2020 6:38 pm

Yes, I have decided to sell my truck. Before anybody asks, no the forum is not going away. But after 20 years, I need a break for FSJs.

I am asking $3000. Which is probably less than I should. But I am more concerned with who it goes to, rather than selling it for more.

Sadly the truck has been neglected. And it has certainly degraded over the last 10 years after I stopped daily driving it.

I have owned the truck since around 2003, and it's to the point where it needs a full restore, but it's not something I can do currently. It's a very solid platform with very little rust. It spent most of its life in Trona, CA. Which is in the Mojave Desert. So it is nearly rust free. The cab is all solid. I found too small bubbles on the bed. One of them is below the driver side tail light, the other is in the passenger bed seam. The one below the tail light is surface rust where water got under the paint. The bed seam is still surface rust and not rot, and looks to be about 1" long spot. Also, the truck was blue from the factory, a previous owner painted it white. The floors are solid, zero holes or rust.

The frame is 100% solid. The one of the best FSJ frames I have come across from a rust perspective.

It has some dents worth noting. One just behind the driver side door. There are a few dents along the bed sides, and the driver side rear flare got pushed in a bit when somebody backed into it once.

The interior however is not good. The desert destroyed the dash pad, so I removed it. The truck does not have any carpet. It DOES have factory AC (not currently charged and working).

It has a Jeep sport bar on the bed, but it's not original for this truck, it was added. The inside of the bed is very good, which is rare for a J-Truck. The tailgate is not the best though. It has a dent on top that somebody tried to fix with Bondo. And it has the typical dents in the single wall center section.

I converted it to a Razer grill because the plastic muscle grill was damaged when I got it. I have a hood bar that will go with the truck. The grill still needs some of the other holes drilled to be correctly mounted.

Drive Train
  • Engine: AMC 258 with a Weber 32/36 Carb, HEI Ignition, BJ's Offroad Aluminum Radiator (I developed this one with BJs for the i6, it is the final prototype), and an Aluminum Valve Cover. I am unsure if it has 147k miles, or 247k miles. Last I checked compression was 118-122 for all six.
  • Transmission: T176 (Possibly a 177 or 178)
  • T-Case: NP208
  • Axles: D44 and AMC 20. Both have 4.56 gears, Detroit Locker in rear axle.
  • Tires: 33x12.50R15 Cooper STT with 90% Tread
  • Suspension: Rusty's Offroad 6" Springs front, 4" Block and add-a-leaf in back. I had intended to change to a shackle flip in back, but never got around to it.
Known Issues!!
  • NUMBER ONE ISSUE, the fuel tank has a leak. 80+ FSJ's have polyethylene tanks. This one cracked around the sending unit. As a stop gap I put some RTV on it, but it can still leak. I currently just have a few gallons of fuel in it.
  • It will burn a bit of oil on cold startup. Most likely leaky valve stem seals
  • It will get some lifter tick at times
  • AC does not work
  • Clutch has some chatter, but mostly if it has not been driven for a while
  • There is a leak in the cab some place. I think it may be in the cowl vent. But in heavy rain, water will get inside
  • A previous owner used the wipers without rubber on them it would seem, so there are some scratches in the windshield. It is also milky around the edges. So due for replacement.
  • Oh, and the idler pulley will sometimes squeak (Its a serpentine belt). It's not the belt slipping, it's the bearing in the pulley.
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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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Re: 1981 J10 Located in Sonora, CA

Post by coolhand75 » Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:20 pm

That’s too bad to hear. Hope you don’t wait to long to get back in the game


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Post by Stuka » Mon Aug 17, 2020 9:33 am

coolhand75 wrote:
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That’s too bad to hear. Hope you don’t wait to long to get back in the game


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Yeah, not sure at this point. It also depends on if I can even sell this truck. I have a history of not being able to sell anything. I even have trouble giving stuff away :P
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Re: 1981 J10 Located in Sonora, CA

Post by coolhand75 » Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:45 pm

I think the biggest issue is smoging down in the valley. You guys up in the hills don’t have to do that. Right?


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Post by Stuka » Tue Aug 18, 2020 5:54 am

Correct, no smog here. I will leave it up here for a week or so, and then probably put it on BaT
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Re: 1981 J10 Located in Sonora, CA

Post by bigun » Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:32 am

Price?

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Post by Stuka » Tue Aug 18, 2020 8:16 am

bigun wrote:
Tue Aug 18, 2020 7:32 am
Price?
Asking $3K, which seems about right. If it had a nice interior, those trucks are going for around 5. Really clean original trucks are going for 10, and restored are 15-20.
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Re: 1981 J10 Located in Sonora, CA

Post by Xplitive » Thu Aug 20, 2020 8:09 pm

You had me at rust free.
Glad it’s faaaaar away, so I don’t have to move out and live in it.
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Post by ghcoe » Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:52 pm

Too bad it is not 12 more months out. I might have another star on my SW Idaho Overlanding Videos. Hope it finds a good home.
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Post by Renodemona » Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:18 am

I definitely feel bummed to see another long time owner selling their rig...but...you gotta do what makes you happy. Yours was the first other FSJ I ever drove to see wwaaaayyyyyy back 7 years ago I think. I still remember the drive back on Hwy 4 in my Lincoln. (Super fun road in that...in Susan not so much.)
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Post by Stuka » Sun Aug 23, 2020 8:54 am

Renodemona wrote:
Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:18 am
I definitely feel bummed to see another long time owner selling their rig...but...you gotta do what makes you happy. Yours was the first other FSJ I ever drove to see wwaaaayyyyyy back 7 years ago I think. I still remember the drive back on Hwy 4 in my Lincoln. (Super fun road in that...in Susan not so much.)
Yeah, I was just thinking about that the other day. I never even attempted to take of my FSJ’s over those passes. I recall Ed asking me how long until I think his truck would be done. I answered with two years, definitely took a bit longer than that.
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Post by Stuka » Sun Aug 23, 2020 1:49 pm

ghcoe wrote:
Fri Aug 21, 2020 7:52 pm
Too bad it is not 12 more months out. I might have another star on my SW Idaho Overlanding Videos. Hope it finds a good home.
Why wait a year ;)
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Post by ghcoe » Sun Aug 23, 2020 2:11 pm

No place to put it and I just started to work again. Not sure if my daughter would want a Manual or not though, but if she did it would be a cool rig to add to the stables.
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Post by Dr. Marneaus » Wed Aug 26, 2020 9:59 am

Man, another OG out of the game!
Well it ain't just the smoke and the traffic jam that makes me the bitter fool I am But this four-wheel buggy is A-dollaring me to death.
For gas and oils and fluids and grease, And wires and tires and anti freeze....And them accessories, Well honey, that's something else.


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Post by rocklaurence » Wed Aug 26, 2020 2:42 pm

Stuka, this week Im in Palm Springs. I looked up Sonoma and unfortunately its 7hrs away. I would have stopped by for a coffee and checked out your FSJs.

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Post by Stuka » Wed Aug 26, 2020 4:11 pm

rocklaurence wrote:
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Stuka, this week Im in Palm Springs. I looked up Sonoma and unfortunately its 7hrs away. I would have stopped by for a coffee and checked out your FSJs.
Sonoma is actually a different place from Sonora. But, driving distance is almost the same.
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Re: 1981 J10 Located in Sonora, CA *SOLD*

Post by Stuka » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:43 pm

Truck is sold!
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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Post by coolhand75 » Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:48 pm

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Post by Stuka » Mon Sep 14, 2020 4:36 pm

coolhand75 wrote:
Sun Sep 13, 2020 10:48 pm
Nice


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Its going to a good home with a long time FSJ owner.
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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Re: 1981 J10 Located in Sonora, CA *SOLD*

Post by coolhand75 » Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:11 pm

Good to hear


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