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1st Truck-89 MJ 4.0 5-speed 4x4

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I have been lurking on here for a couple of months now and I decided I should start my build breakdown. 

 

I have an 89 Sportruck with a 4.0, pukegoat, 4x4. It is a southern truck that was brought up north a couple of years ago. I bought it a few months ago.

 

Here are some pics of when I got it:

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Right away I took the flares off to inspect the rust. Compared to some of the things I have seen, it is pretty good.IMG_8002.JPG.dd210b908e3e86a4ddc0d8f802b42a8d.JPGIMG_8001.JPG.3a865393d4bf88807d108174ac66c0a5.JPGIMG_7986.JPG.ce6290ad43985dc6ae5073ee74aed764.JPG

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I cut the rust out and started welding in patch panels. My brother helped remove the flares.IMG_8378.jpg.cbb777512a66293bb751c0cfbcfe706d.jpgIMG_8025.jpg.1a596ea018cfeac78c9d5cb1379fba70.jpgIMG_8024.jpg.08989baff3109c8f1e9723d4691b3aea.jpg

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After I fixed the rust (more pics to come), I did body work and primed the bed. BTW I bout this and a 97 XJ for $1,750IMG_8455.jpg.8e99fdb591f4dcf388d581e5939d4f14.jpgIMG_8454.jpg.9bd1ab8ef7eccb56f04257a3f782be8f.jpgIMG_8453.jpg.27334f51135126b2160deec717ee8ef5.jpgIMG_8424.jpg.6f6dd1d5958a40e94bc773ca9a3fb813.jpgIMG_8386.jpg.d6ddd20dc05dcec734f88f8a3d486768.jpg

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The silver door in the above pic I about with another rust free door for $75. Not my bodywork on the door.

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Here I am welding in patches (I was 14 at the time, now I am 15). I used an XJ fender for the patch on one side, the other side I made.IMG_8383.jpg.8115553523255f38e4873e76cb10582d.jpgIMG_8382.jpg.c90f8c92ceee4dab98121e75e9063592.jpgIMG_8381.jpg.af27e5193115493bb91b7982d4d82f5c.jpgIMG_8380.jpg.010bae30d75268f4d96db09e2e718bdb.jpgIMG_8379.jpg.05f700a8d3e8ec0bf94e3c308cdf05b1.jpg

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In the background of the fender pic, you can see my 1972 Bolens Husky 1556 garden tractor LMK if you want to see a post about it.

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Here she is with some 31s. It does sit outside for the winter, but I make sure it does not get a lot of snow on it. It did come inside when it was -40 here. I got it stuck in the yard with bald 235s on it, so we put the 31s on it.IMG_8567.JPG.76f51667f5b1e6c98838435277fb8bac.JPGIMG_8691.jpg.d0b83a14ab9316ad29dc612e7ef9665e.jpgIMG_8690.jpg.161f206759bf77bb101d7f245c6b341a.jpg

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I have an 4:10 Ford 8.8 with an LSD to go in the back of that thing in the future.

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14 minutes ago, 89 MJ said:

I am the kid on the left.

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Previously, I had an 86 AMC Eagle wagon. 

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Nice work, looks good. Your grille is upside down though. :D

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1 hour ago, Darren said:

Nice work, looks good. Your grille is upside down though. :D

Thanks. I’ll have to fix that!

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20 minutes ago, All around mj said:

You do some nice work there. What kind plans do you have for this project?

I plan on painting it (grey or blue) and running 31s on it for now. 

 

Eventually, I want to do a v8 swap and a lift. 

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I like the way you think. You have an idea for future plans and taking one step at a time. My project has pretty much all become future plans because everything is always $$$. Keep up the good work.

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Just now, All around mj said:

I like the way you think. You have an idea for future plans and taking one step at a time. My project has pretty much all become future plans because everything is always $$$. Keep up the good work.

Thank you. I will. 

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Great job on the metal repairs, textbook stuff! Looking forward to see more pics!

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2 minutes ago, SteveW155 said:

Great job on the metal repairs, textbook stuff! Looking forward to see more pics!

And they will be coming once school is out!

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Looks really good.   Thanks for the fender pics that you cut off.   Makes a lot more sense to me now.

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30 minutes ago, Lthompson741 said:

Looks really good.   Thanks for the fender pics that you cut off.   Makes a lot more sense to me now.

Thanks. The only problem, which isn’t a huge deal if you are putting flares back on it is, the wheel openings aren’t quite the same so it doesn’t look great up close. From a far it looks okay though. I’ll see if I can get an up close pic of that soon. 

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Picked up some Cherokee rockers from a friend who had them laying around. Hopefully they will be able to work on my driver side rocker. Also, my grandma has a 5.3 with 74,000 miles on it. The project it is going in is probably not going to happen for a few years, so I am kinda tempted to buy that from her. What do you guys think?

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is it in a vehicle that you'd be buying/storing whole?  or an engine block that will then be sitting on the floor in a corner of a shed for a couple years? 

 

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