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Old April 6th, 2016, 01:32 PM
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'83 2.5na 110 HCPU... where to go from here?

Well, it's official. Truck is on the trailer headed to the garage.

I have absolutely no idea what to do with it now. I've considered a basic "restoration" not changing anything big, just new wings and doors to get it all straight.

I've considered the above, plus a 200/300tdi or a SBC and nick's kit.

I've considered just leaving it alone, but getting some more clearance and then trailing it for a while.

Thoughts?? (I have a white hard top single cab for it, not shown).


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Old April 6th, 2016, 01:58 PM
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Have it checked over (brakes, etc.), make sure it's safe, enjoy it for a while, then see what you still want to do to it.
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If it is an 83 it is a 2.25 na.

I would make it safe and use it as a run about/home depot trip truck.
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If it is an 83 it is a 2.25 na.

I would make it safe and use it as a run about/home depot trip truck.
This. And drive it a while before you change it. It looks like a honest, working for a living, beater 110.
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This. And drive it a while before you change it. It looks like a honest, working for a living, beater 110.
I think the wings and paint look great. It is only original once. Repair and galvanize the bulkhead if needed and stuff like that, but the panels a few dings and dents and scrapes is no big deal.
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If it's just going to be a trail rig and you have truck and trailer to drag it with then the 2.5na will get you by (it still Sucks). But if you will be hitting the road with it then plan on a better engine because with a 2.5na it sucks in traffic.
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Yes, 10J motor. I keep instinctively typing 2.5 instead of 2.25...

Runabout truck for now. I'll probably pound out the dents and straighten out the cab and leave it as is and wait for the right parts to come up at the right prices. Had an eye on a 3 door tub and a 200TDI from a disco. Turn the bed into a trailer for it and spray all to match. I'll be sure to post progress when it comes.
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And with my inconsequential commute, the 10J motor should be fine for Fridays or nice sunny days while Idecide where to go with the truck...
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If it were mine I would go TDi when the current motor gives up, leave the beauty marks (patina is too cool on this one) and run the wheels off it.
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Just Drive It and enjoy!!!! Figure out the motor later on, it made it 33 years so far on the 2.5NAD, whats a few more months / years?
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...it made it 33 years so far on the 2.5NAD, whats a few more months / years?
For such a simple statement of fact, you make a damn fine point.
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Unloading it off of the trailer gave me a chance to get underneath and look for leaks. It's scarily dry.. Must be out of oil. high pressure lines are all new, everything is straight and original with barely any surface rust... it's incredibly well preserved, I'm beyond pleased. I'm going to clean, surface prep, and seal some areas on the bulkhead, but it is a SOLID truck.

Driving it - I feel like getting busy after the dance for the first time all over again, Finding a gear is like shuffling around in the night stand drawer at 2am looking for a toothpick... But I can manage to keep it rolling downstream. This will improve with mileage (on my part).

Odd discoveries - there was some interesting electrical workmanship. Turning the key to the "Start" position ques the plugs. holding it there while tapping a momentary toggle switch (that has been painted red) ques the starter. releasing both lets it run as needed, which it does very well. The Speedo doesn't wind. I'll check the cable tonight, not worried.

The accelerator is VERY VERY STIFF.

I believe the bed was used to haul rocks, as the wheel wells were crushed many times, and then pounded back out. Likewise the shroud around the tank fill line in the bed is now concave and wounded, though functional. Spare tire properly mounted in the bed, along with a jerry, which was a nice surprise.

Whoever fitted the soft top was a "muppet" but it's easily fixable. There is some "hand paining" on the driver's wing to cover an exposed bit of the paneling, about 8x10" barely color matched. While I love the patina of the truck, there are some areas that have just gone too far, or have had $.02 repairs done that can't be undone without affecting more than you would want (if preserving the original finish). A couple new wings and doors and pull the body off to truly save the steel bits, paint and reassemble and it's good for another 107k miles.

Bottom line- Tired? maybe, but I think it's just napping. Outlook is pretty damn good.
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I'll be damned if there isn't a galvanized chassis under all that waxoyl...

The only rust holes in the entire truck are on the 1980's shock absorber's shrouds. But It needs new shocks anways.

Very pleased.
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I'll be damned if there isn't a galvanized chassis under all that waxoyl...

The only rust holes in the entire truck are on the 1980's shock absorber's shrouds. But It needs new shocks anways.

Very pleased.
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