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 Post subject: I drove my new J10 DD for 50 miles (long post)
 Post Posted: Tue Jan 08, 2008 12:49 am 
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As some of you may know, I have been looking for a Daily Driver replacement for my ‘99 WJ for a while.

My 1999 Grand Cherokee Limited (WJ)
My WJ has some serious issues. I’ve had major issues with both its front and rear brakes.
I paid big $$$ and installed updated Mopar rotors (are suppose to correct rotor warpage)
with Stillen cross drilled rotors and Stillen pads.
I still have rotor warpage.
I have had the front hubs replaced multiple times.

Bushings and the ball joint for the rear suspension needs replaced; basically the rear suspension assembly needs rebuilt.
When going around a curve, like an Interstate exit ramp, the rear of the WJ will fishtail and get squirrelly.

Other smaller, but annoying problems, like the A/C, heated leather seats and the several stereo speakers do not work.
The rear door gaskets are shot and leaks wind/water.

In August, I was T-Boned and the drivers door and front fenders were damaged.
The door will shut and latch, but it badly bowed and has a 2 inch gap around the top.

1982 Jeep J10
So, while looking, I found an excellent deal for a 1982 J10 pickup on Craigslist, not far from my parents and my wife’s parents home.
The seller was a widow and it was her late husband’s truck.
He passed away in September and it has sat in the driveway, only used by a neighbor once to haul a tiller.

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This J10 is powered by a AMC 360 V8 and is backed by a TF727 and NP219.
Some of its amenities are: A/C (converted to R134), cruise, tilt wheel and rear sliding glass window.
Not mounted, but included is a factory brush bar and the original Muscle Bar grill and shell.
It has power windows and door locks, but I wonder if the doors came from a Wagoneer, for it also sports a Pignose grill from a Wagoneer.
It has burgundy interior, with a super nice black dash pad, black sports steering wheel and black A/C vents/controls.
Its burgundy head liner is in nice shape
The burgundy passenger door panel is in okay condition while the driver’s door panel is missing.
The only original seat is the driver’s side black and grey clothe bucket and is in fair shape.
The passenger seat is a very nice maroon clothe seat from a van and its mate for the driver’s seat was included.
Its long bed is covered with a white truck cap.

I spoke with the owner a few times on the phone, made a deposit and arranged for a pickup, December 28 at 1:00PM.
She called a few days before the pickup to let me know that she drove around the block and it was running rough.
She told me that after I saw it, that if I did not want it, that I could back out and she would refund my deposit.
I arrived on time, to discover that what I thought was a dirty white truck, was really a black truck that the outside had sprayed primer gray. (I like black!)
It was nearly rest free, with some rust in the outside bed seam, and a couple of small spots on the lower fenders.
The seam at the bottom of the doors has rusted open.
It started fine, with a slight rough idle.

After the transaction, I drove down to the local Go-mart for a small bit of gas (high price)and discovered some vacuum lines laying loose.
I found a screw in the cab, plugged the hose feeding all the others and the idle smoothed right out.

Disaster
I drove from Fairmont, WV to Weston, WV where I filled up with gas at Sheetz.
I left Weston, where at near mile marker 85, I was following a red Chevy Colbalt.
In the passing lane was a tan-ish minivan and my wife was following in our KIA.
I was thinking what a good deal I made and how well this truck was running, how nice it rode, tracked straight,
when the red Colbalt, changed lanes, sorta cutting off the minivan, and continued onto the median.
When the Colbalt’s wheels dropped off the inside lane shoulder, the driver jerked the wheel back to the right, lost control and shot back across the Interstate and into the guard rail.
The collision with the guardrail bounced the Colbalt right in my path.
I saw it coming, applied the brakes, but it was to late.
I hit the Colbalt square in the drivers door.
I limped the J10 down to the rest area and walked back to the crash site, where three WVDOT trucks had stopped to assist.
The driver was a middle aged female and surprisingly was not hurt, as she only complained of a headache.

EMT and VFD arrived, then we all stood in the now rain as we waited for the law enforcement to show up.
The other driver waited in a WVDOT truck.

The Lewis County Sheriff Deputy filled out the accident report, charged the other driver with Failure to Maintain Control and for the fault of the accident.

The distance, right at 50 miles from where I picked up the J10 to the accident site.
Time, about 2 hours.
50 miles and 2 hours! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to me!
I am such a major loser!

The Damage
The J10's passenger side fender is pealed back.
The passenger side corner of the hood and radiator core support in the headlight area are hurt bad.
The radiator core support from the radiator to the driver side is fine.
The hood is jammed to the back and to the left.
It will not open and I'm sure it will need to be cut off.
The worst looking part is the axle is pushed back on the passenger side about 2 inches
But the underneath is fine: the frame is not bent; steering assembly is fine; the spring is fine.

The Deputy allowed me to park the J10 in rest area for the weekend.
The next day, my father and I went back to dolly home the J10.
While upon the Dolly, I saw where the collision caused the passenger side front spring shackle to be rotated up,
instead of hanging down like on the driver's side.
All it would take would be to somehow ‘pop’ the shackle back in its normal position and the front end mechanicals would be (should be) fine.

It still runs fine and I drove it up and off the Dolly.
It is parked at my parents house, waiting on the Insurance adjuster to come out and check out the damage.
I fear I will be in for a fight to have my J10 not to be declared totaled, but have it repaired.

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I told my kids, that we (I) need to look at the positives of life, which are hard to to do when you are going through rough stretch.
Was easy to tell my kids this, leaving the accident site in our KIA, but is hard to put into practice.
I was thinking, the few hundred dollars I saved and scrounged and worked for: Gone.
I still have my DD problem to solve and now I have other "project" that I really did not need.
I need to listen to own words, be strong for my family and myself.

In reality, the positives are: that my oldest daughter and I were wearing our seat beats and
that we were not hurt and the other driver was not hurt.
(another positive: they very nice black seat belts and buckles!)
I am glad I hit this lady with the J10.
My wife was following my in our KIA and had she hit this Colbalt, things have been much worse.

It is truly a wonder that we escaped any injury.

When I went back to get the J10, I brought a camera to take some pics of the guardrail this lady hit

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Wow, glad to hear that everyone is ok!

That spring hanger shouldn't be too hard to flip back around. Just jack the truck up by the frame and use a large pry bar to swing it back down.

If the insurance company does total it, you should be able to buy it back from them pretty cheap, the only disadvantage is you may end up with a salvage title.

I have a hood, and maybe afew other parts that would fit that truck if you are interested, make an offer.

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Wow, well like you said at least no one was hurt.


That is one of those stories that you can't make up.

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Glad you're all ok...and for the most part the trucks ok too...just some body damage really...i'd still make it a DD

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Glad youre ok. Had somethin kinda similar happen right after i bought my car, luckily it had to go back to the shop for some stuff they agreed to fix and i was drivin the old chevy pickup when i got t-boned, had it been in the car i would prolly have had some hospital time. I was jus thankful it hit the truck, an we bought it back from insurance, now its my brothers beater truck. Once again, glad everyones ok!


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Glad to hear everyone is ok. The truck should be fixable... what did the Colbalt look like?

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Chambord wrote:
Glad to hear everyone is ok. The truck should be fixable... what did the Colbalt look like?


Like it got T-boned by a J truck.

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Chambord wrote:
Glad to hear everyone is ok. The truck should be fixable... what did the Colbalt look like?

It was destroyed....totalled and it was complete!
My J10's passenger corner hit the Colbalt in the driver's door.
The entire driver's side of the Colbalt folded up like a envelope.
Both wheels were broke at the spindles.
The front wheel was hold on by the CV joint and tie rod.
The driver needed to crawl out on the passenger side.
It was carried away via a rollback truck, the scrapper's torch is its fate.

I want to get a bumper sticker that reads:
"My Crumple Zone is YOUR Car!"

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The PIG Smith wrote:
Chambord wrote:
Glad to hear everyone is ok. The truck should be fixable... what did the Colbalt look like?

It was destroyed....totalled and it was complete!
My J10's passenger corner hit the Colbalt in the driver's door.
The entire driver's side of the Colbalt folded up like a envelope.
Both wheels were broke at the spindles.
The front wheel was hold on by the CV joint and tie rod.
The driver needed to crawl out on the passenger side.
It was carried away via a rollback truck, the scrapper's torch is its fate.

I want to get a bumper sticker that reads:
"My Crumple Zone is YOUR Car!"
:lol:

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kennedy wrote:
Wow, glad to hear that everyone is ok!

I am very glad!
It could have been much worse!
That J10 took a big hit, but kept us safe.
Thank God for a full frame and steel fenders, instead of a unibody and composite fenders.
Neither my daughter or I came away with even a scratch!
We were able to open the door and exit out of a still running vehicle while the other lady was not! hehehe

kennedy wrote:
That spring hanger shouldn't be too hard to flip back around. Just jack the truck up by the frame and use a large pry bar to swing it back down.

I agree.
Easy Fix.
I think once it's clear to work on it, I'll jack it up and use a tire iron to just pop in back in place.

kennedy wrote:
If the insurance company does total it, you should be able to buy it back from them pretty cheap, the only disadvantage is you may end up with a salvage title.

I am hoping not to have a salvage title.
I have the clear and clean title and its in my name. They'll have to fight me for it!

kennedy wrote:
I have a hood, and maybe afew other parts that would fit that truck if you are interested, make an offer.

Currently, my J10 is parked at my parent's house in WVa.
I dunno why, but I felt more comfortable to leave in the same state that is was wrecked in.
The adjuster came yesterday and looked it it.
He had never seen a J10 before.
He was 99% sure that it was to be declared totaled, because of its age and not the amount of damage.

Thanx for the offer for the parts.
A Wagoneer Hood and Radiator Core Support would work on my J10.
The Wide Track Fender could have been a hard item to locate.

BUT, some of my luck is not all bad.
I was able to purchase the entire from clip from this '79 Golden Eagle Cherokee for $125. WHOOOHOOOO
I have the option for the both doors for $50

What I think is sad, is that this GE should have never been parted out.
But the owner wanted the drive train and axles, so I need to be thankful that I was able to purchase the body parts.

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I do not pay a lot for this J10
I am praying that with the Insurance $$$, that in the long run, I may end up with a free or near free truck.

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Just fyi, depending on what states the titles get transferred to, sometimes a salvage title can come back clean when registered in another state.

I need a radiator out of one of those Cherokees thats being parted out!

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noone means any harm and that it's all in fun.. but then there's kennedy..

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kennedy wrote:
I need a radiator out of one of those Cherokees thats being parted out!

PM sent about the Radiator

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Its too bad I don't have the money nor the means to go pick those up as they set, since he's just parting them out...

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noone means any harm and that it's all in fun.. but then there's kennedy..

'46CJ2a/buggy project in the works, yeah, still have those parts.
'14 Chebby Silverado, 4x4
'88 GMC S15 Trail Gypsy
A sweet lawn mower
Motorcycles: '14 HD FLHTCU, '92 HD FXRS, '26 HD JD, '02 Suzuki DRZ400, '56 Cushman Eagle, '48 Simplex ServiCycle, '72 Honda MiniTrail50, '81 Yamaha YR250, Probably some other stuff
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My J10 is parked at my parents house in West Virginia.

The adjuster came at looked at it on Monday.
He told Dad that he had never seen a Jeep J10 pickup before.
So, how can he actually write a report about the damage if has never seen a J10 before?

He told Dad that he thought the radiator might be busted.
But of course, I already knew the rad was not hurt.
The Radiator Core Support was only hurt behind the passenger side headlight
The radiator has a large steel support bracket around that sorta protects it.
The adjuster crawled underneath and was telling Dad about these plastic radiators and accidents...then he stopped...
"Oh, this thing has an all metal radiator...looks fine, no damage."
When Dad told me this, I just about busted a gut.

He did tell Dad that he was just an adjuster to write a report and does not make a decision in anyway.
But he was 99% sure that my truck would be declared totaled, not due to the damage, but because of its age.
This I was expecting.

So, far, we have not heard anything, but we have been calling.

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My wife called the other person's Insurance Company to get a status.
The adjuster's report had been received and the estimate of damage was $4784.24.
They have yet to decide on a settlement.

How much $$$ do you realistic think I could get?

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1993 GMC 3500 extended length cargo van, 6.2L Diesel powered.
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What did you pay for it? I'd take no less than 5k after buy back.

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noone means any harm and that it's all in fun.. but then there's kennedy..

'46CJ2a/buggy project in the works, yeah, still have those parts.
'14 Chebby Silverado, 4x4
'88 GMC S15 Trail Gypsy
A sweet lawn mower
Motorcycles: '14 HD FLHTCU, '92 HD FXRS, '26 HD JD, '02 Suzuki DRZ400, '56 Cushman Eagle, '48 Simplex ServiCycle, '72 Honda MiniTrail50, '81 Yamaha YR250, Probably some other stuff
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The PIG Smith wrote:
My wife called the other person's Insurance Company to get a status.
The adjuster's report had been received and the estimate of damage was $4784.24.
They have yet to decide on a settlement.

How much $$$ do you realistic think I could get?


you'll get kelly blue book value i'm sure and they will probably offer you to buy it back for $500...

if you get to keep it and get more than $2000 i'd be real suprised...but ya never know, we did good on the bronco the two(!) times it was "totalled" by the insurance, got it back both times w/o a savage title...

i'd call your insurance guy and see what he thinks you should get out of it, its hard to consider if they may classify it as a "classic" or a pos...

on thing that's important when they call to offer you money...tell them you want it (i assume you do) and then tell them that you need $$ to transport it back home (i.e. either money to rent a truck and trailer etc) when i rolled my jeep my insurance spilt the $300 with me that it cost to get the jeep home on a ryder truck and rental trailer...

they also might just make you an offer straight up with you keeping the jeep because they have no reason to want it...they wouldn't make money off it like they do the newer cars to sell them for parts (i.e. the car you smashed up)

good luck

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macgyvr wrote:
if you get to keep it and get more than $2000

This is kinda what I am looking for: $2000 and I keep my truck.
I would happy if they just wrote me a check for $2K, I sign a release and I went about my merry way.
Now, if they offer more than that...well, that's even better, but I fear I am in for a fight.
If they offer me some low ball number, I am not gonna be very happy.

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1993 GMC 3500 extended length cargo van, 6.2L Diesel powered.
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It's been some time since I posted the status of "50 Miler", my J10 that did not make it more that 50 miles.

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The other driver's Insurance Company did settle up with us a couple of weeks ago.
I got a check for a little more than $2100 and was able to keep my truck and its clean title.

Earlier in the year, I purchased a entire front clip and doors off of a '79 Golden Eagle Cherokee from fellow IFSJA member RockJeep44
Being a southern rig, it was nearly rust free! YESSS!!!
But being a southern rig, the parts were in Georgia, I am in Indiana and my J10 is West Virginia.
While I had paid for the clip, I had not picked them up.
I was sorta struggling with the means (gas $$$) and a time that good for the both of us for me to collect these parts.

My wild and crazy uncle went to Florida for a spring vacation with some other family members.
While he does not have any time constraints, he agreed to stop by on his way home and picked up these parts.
As I was not there, I do not have any pics to share.

My uncle lives close to my parents and this is where my J10 has been stored.
My uncle took the replacement clip and my J10 to friend of his that runs a small part time body shop,
to have the sheet metal hung and get it road worthy again.
His friend does good body work, but does not paint (somehow he has painted for so long, the paint flumes now bothers him)
The big thing for now is that this fellow does good work a low (or maybe no) cost.

So, soon, I will have a good running J10 truck with mismatched colored panels.
While it would have been nice to have the inner fenders, radiator core support, firewall, etc...to be painted now, while its apart,
a good paint job is something that I will just to wait to have done later.

I hope you AMC/FSJ enthusiasts with your gas sucking rigs have left enough fuel at the pumps for me to fill this beast up,
so I can drive from WV back to Indiana! WOOHOOOO!!

I'll post updates as they happen.

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1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (my DD)
1993 GMC 3500 extended length cargo van, 6.2L Diesel powered.
1982 J10 - current project, replacement AMC 360 sitting in the engine bay.
1981 J20 - stock with a super kewl commercial flat bed (stored, long term Diesel dually project)


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I have both of those patches... they are foot-a-floats though... so did the J10 float 50 to? j/k

Glad to hear that everything is comming together for ya!

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My uncle called to tell me that while my J10 was up on the rollback, they 'popped' the front axle back in place.
While this is good news, the not so good news is the top spring on the passenger side is broke.
While he mentioned that it probably would not be an issue for now, that the springs will need to be replaced.

I need to decide if I should use Wagoneer Springs on my #6200 rated J10 (Waggie Springs are rated less), seek out J10 springs or go with a small (4") lift kit.

Oh well...need to get the truck repaired first, get it home, then decide what to do.

I still have my '93 GMC 3500 Diesel van that I could use it's 6.2L Diesel and it's 14bolt rear axle.
It is my understanding that a GM Van axle is a near bolt in for a FSJ.

So, if I start messing with suspension lift kits, maybe I would swap the rear axle and springs for my 14bolt and new springs.
Same with the front, swap the Dana44 for a D44HD and new springs.

Hmmmm...lots to think about....glad I am dreamer!

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2004 KIA Optima (wife 's DD)
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (my DD)
1993 GMC 3500 extended length cargo van, 6.2L Diesel powered.
1982 J10 - current project, replacement AMC 360 sitting in the engine bay.
1981 J20 - stock with a super kewl commercial flat bed (stored, long term Diesel dually project)


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... so did the J10 float 50 to?

Yes, it was floating along I-79 at 70MPH....for 50 miles.
For the ~hour I was behind wheel, I thought I had a new truck, from how well it was running.
Life Lesson: Don't get too cocky...things have a way of biting one in the buttocks.

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2004 KIA Optima (wife 's DD)
1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited (my DD)
1993 GMC 3500 extended length cargo van, 6.2L Diesel powered.
1982 J10 - current project, replacement AMC 360 sitting in the engine bay.
1981 J20 - stock with a super kewl commercial flat bed (stored, long term Diesel dually project)


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hehe...i drive my gas guzzler about 5 miles a week or less :flipoff2: cant blame me


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