This is my 82 short bed I picked up for 800 bucks. I figured since I've done a good amount of work on it so far that I may as well throw up a build thread to document the progress and get some feedback. Im 16 and this is my first car... well truck, so being on a typical teenage budget of just about 0 I wanted to do more of a classic but cheap restore of the truck and improve its 4 wheel capabilities just a bit while keeping everything either original or 80s era. Here it is. Im finishing up a youtube series that ill start posting about the truck. Ill put a link soon on this thread.
Here it Is at the lady house I got from
After I got it home. Now I got this vehicle through some peculiar circumstances. First I was originally heading out to this ladys house to buy an old dirtbike from craigslist. I had no intention of buying this truck or any truck for that matter. This lady had a ton of stuff on her property and said all of it was for sale, including the cars. I saw the pickup and immediately fell in love with the pile of crap. Now heres where things get interesting. Because of some rather tragic circumstances that I won't go into detail about, the lady didn't have the truck in her name nor the keys to it, but had to sell it because she needed money. After I ran the vin to make sure it was clean I worked out a price with her and went out two weeks later and brought the truck and the bike home on a flat bed for 800 bucks. I took the door off and brought it down to a lock-shop to make a key for the door which I was hoping would match the ignition, which it did. After changing all the fluids and putting new belts on I got the thing running pretty well and drove it around for a few thousand miles. The thing would always run hot and over heat if I got on the freeway but I only drove it around town so that was fine, until the entire motor self destructed. Within a period of twenty minutes the motor destroyed all of its bearings, cracked a piston, broke the timing chain guides, stuck a valve, and was firing on two cylinders. So me not knowing much at the time decided I was just going to pull the motor and rebuild it. Well sure enouph within 3 hours I had bought a harbor freight cherry picker and had the motor sitting next to truck
Now you might be thinking "How does a motor that only had 100,000 miles on it destroy itself?" Well when I pulled the motor and did a little research I found out the motor that was in my 82 truck was actually from 85, so I have a good feeling that the original motor was swapped and used for something else and the motor that was thrown in its place had well over 100,000 miles on it. So I cleaned up the engine bay and made it look new and then the truck sat for a summer until I could afford a new motor.
After I got some money together I bought a rebuilt engine from davez offroad performance outside sacremento. I had him build me an 82 style motor and he was nice enough to accept the 85 as the core for 82.
I highly recommend anyone in california to check davez engines out. He builds them all in house, offers a good warranty (I had a pretty big oil leak out of the oil pump when i got it and he was willing to pay any mechanics fees down here in la to get it fixed, but I just had him send me all the parts I needed to fix it myself. The leak was just a fluke, it happens some times but its nice to know he stands by his product), and it was only 1500 bucks!
I had him install a 268 grind cam, a new clutch and flywheel, waterpump and a few other options like new exaust studs.
I cleaned and painted all the parts that came off the old motor like the power steering pump, brackets, bolts, etc, threw some new ignition parts on there and got the new long block assembled and ready to go in the truck.
Then I got the new motor in
There will be more to come in the next few days so stay tuned