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    1964 Kaiser Willys Jeep Gladiator J300 Pickup Truck "Cindy" Resto Mod Thread

    Good Day Friends!

    Welcome to my build thread.

    Thank you forum leaders and members for all your help!

    And thank you for reading. I'm writing this for you because this thread would have helped me during this build, and I didn't have it like it is presented here. We've got the "Resto Rules", Photo Albums for background, items related to Acquisitions, Builds, and the infamous, "Ole Fiver's Driving Skills Academy for People who Drive Kaiser Willy's Jeeps - Don't Fence Me In!!".

    Hope you enjoy the ride. Let's get started!

    This is a thread about "Cindy" - a completed truck build that is everything I aimed at, and done as done can be. Clocked me today at 64-67 mph on the freeway and dug out of a hole in 2Lo today too; has new air conditioning, heater, new roof carpet, new window tint, new alternator, new paint, new radiator, etc. See them pics!! So excited to be done, as much as is possible.

    How's that? Cindy you say? Yep. She's got that name because I was in a carwash rinsing five years of filth off of a mountain jeep being gifted to a city grand daughter when suddenly I was in a jeep dealership checking out the new Jeep interiors. Why? Cause I wanted to see all the jeep offered packages, in case maybe I was gonna buy the new 2020 Jeep Gladiator pick up truck.

    So they had a line of jeep about a mile long, all different trims, all open. I climbed through every color combination, every leather, cloth, two door four door, soft top, hardtop jeep variant I could see. Took hours.

    Oh yeah, check in with the Mrs. I've been MIA for hours. Only went to the carwashes. Be right back honey. 4 hours later I text her 'hey Cindy, having fun in the Jeep, so many different ways we can do this!' okay. except my wife's name is not Cindy. Auto text, bruh. Not good. And she is none to pleased to hear of my fun times jeeps in any variety of ways not involving herself. So that gets sorted out with several efforts, phone calls, emogis, texts, pictures of jeeps, me with the jeeps, of the saleslady (not named Cindy).

    Wife named whatever new Jeep I got "Cindy". I agree wholeheartedly.


    For the story of Cindy, please read on ...
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    Build Rules

    1. We turn one bolt at a time. (Pelago, RIP)
    2. We like ice cream, going for ice cream, taking people to ice cream. It's all about the sweet stuff - enjoy the ride!
    3. Whatever Resto we do, it'll be what we aimed for, so it's ok to be satisfied.
    4. Whomever we do it for, they never react like we expect, especially if it's yourself. Do it anyway.
    5. We customize to our taste, regardless of what others tell you that you must do.
    6. About midnight oil, we all burn as much as our Willy's Jeep burns. Keep on chugging.
    7. Buckets. We all got one. Turn it upside down. Sit down. Think awhile. Our way of saying measure twice, cut once.
    8. Rule #7 is BS. Your gonna cut 50 times if you cut once. Use bucket & Improvise. Adapt. Overcome..
    9. We post pictures of our builds, the good the bad, and the ugly.
    10. Though the Internet is forever, sometimes it's not. Download, backup, and print what you love.
    11. Give your Jeep 5 minutes, road time before deciding anything. Gives the gunk time to ungunk itself.
    12. What's on your Jeep is on your Jeep.
    13. We simply can't cheat the build.
    14. Buy good parts once.
    15. Gotta love "Made in USA". They are high quality.
    16. Time well spent on a sunny day. Making hay while the sun is shinning so to speak.
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    Rule #13. Though the Internet is forever, sometimes it's not. Download, backup, and print what you love.

    I am truly looking forward to watching this thread come back together. Cindy is a great story! Now the Fence? And where did this statement come from? "Tech for tech's sake is just a bad idea"? I need clarification on why you have to put a gizmo glitter tach in Cindy again?

    80's in high school... a yungun' you are Az!

    Can you explain how to keep an engine from stalling when it wont idle in downtown traffic with a stick shift? I heard you could.

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    [QUOTE=bmorgil;16209]Rule #13. Though the Internet is forever, sometimes it's not. Download, backup, and print what you love.

    Rule #14 Fences are put up to be Parking Block Twerkers, heard from a friend
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    Looking forward to revisit this great story.

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    Oh my God, TJ said "Twerkers"!

    Az please post pictures of the "Fence" and "Gravel pit". I think you should create a go to post on how your brakes came to fruition, and your AC install went, and your throttle control came about, and the oil clean ups, and the "pipe laying" bed liner and cap, and what an RPM is, and why you don't care, and why we need oil... I have a few more, I don't want to overwhelm you you may "Choke" the motor.
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    It will be better than ever. Az did your total number of posts change? It shows you have 427 posts. I think it was much more than that. It looks like your post count reflects the lost posts. I think your total posts count dropped.

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    Who I was when I started the build... What I brung to the project...

    What I had already: confidence, a dream, money to burn, time to waste, a competitor, knowledge of my limitations, research capabilities, and a supportive Mrs.

    What I didn't have and still don't. I don't twerk wrench. I don't turn wrench. I don't own wrench. Extend that to mean I knew going in I would need a team to complete the build because after reading everyone else on here I simply do not have the aptitude, skills, experience, ability, interest, training to touch the truck beyond driving it.

    The story goes...

    I wanted a full size jeep pick up since I saw the 2004 green jeep truck. I had moved to the city, gave away my 78 doge ram charger V8 four on the floor snow plow wood hauler and my 2011 Jeep Liberty limited, sold my allis chalmers tractor, my car hauler, the 88 jeep comanche, and the 2004 jeep liberty. For the first time in a long time ... No Jeep.

    I was gonna buy the new Jeep gladiator pickup. I had a price. $40,000.00 OTD, new. I won't pay more than that for a truck. Call me stubborn. Say I'm stuck in the past. I call it voting with my feet. I won't support an economic approach where an everyman truck costs more than everyman average annual wage. I'm a capitalist pig. Not a communist or socialist. But I'm also a pragmatist, a realist. No economy will thrive which over spreads that gap between haves and have nots. We all get better or we all fail. My opinions. Not meant to offend. Your mileage may vary, and welcome all ideas.

    Couldn't get the one I wanted at the price I was willing to pay.

    Challenge accepted:

    I would build the 2 door, bench seat, manual transmission, long bed, No Tech, Bad Axe Jeep Gladiator for half my stated price point.

    Goal, buy and build for 20K.
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    Acquisition

    Acquisition (a definite fail, but not quiting!)

    Enter Cindy #1. I found a fully restored, everything on it, 1966 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck for $5,900.00. sure the guy was shifty, but me, I could outsmart him. See where this is going? Perfect truck? Fully restored? Cheapest one ever? Shifty dude? Confident dumb *** like me? Doesn't twerk wrench? Wants to buy the solution. Damn fool. I am one. Paid the man the money. No truck. I didn't even get bait and switched. I got straight street hustled. I even called the bank aforehand, yep, he's a real customer - sure you can transfer the money direct to his account. I even talked to the feds or bank investigatory after. Yep, that's the man who stole my money. Here's all the websites he's ripped people off from. end of day? No money, no jeep truck! (Took three months)

    Moral of the story: if you don't exercise your morals, if you ignore what your momma taught ya, no self respecting Jeep Truck will have you either. You simply can't cheat the build.

    Technically, I own this truck... http://topclassiccarsforsale.com/jee...ry-v8-327.html

    Please do not mention this to my better half. Of course she told me not to. I had to. No, I don't actually own that truck. It's just the one I paid for at one time, three years ago when I was a much younger man!

    Cindy #2 Neighborhood truck. Neighbor said guy wouldn't sell. Told him $3500. Met the family. Told em 4 grand. Guy wouldn't sell. Talked to the guy. Offered 6 grand. Guy wouldn't sell. (Took three months).

    Widening search. All the search engines. Virtually looked over maybe a thousand vehicles, maybe 100 jeep j series trucks, offered on some, all the difficulties. Wrong engine, wrong transmission, wrong rust, no tailgate, etc. Right truck, wrong price, wrong timing etc. This took so long I watched one truck go from craigslist to a specialty site (I chatted the guy up and his price was above my available cash - would have bought a completed truck, 84 J Series, sweet complete truck, for under ten grand and been done, but) he sold it to a specialty dealer where I saw it listed the next six months +5K at the price I offered. So much time spent looking!!! No jeep truck.
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    I never new you started out with a "Goal" like you had. A good one Az. Definitely achievable.

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