been following your build very closely, what a nice truck, turned out incredible, can't wait to see it after all bodywork is complete.
I am doing something very similar (i posted my progress, slow, and not as technical as yours). I did a 6.0L LY6/6l90E swap into 82 J10 (and like you, used 3/4ton axles from a J20). it is running and driving well. next id disc brake conversion for the rear
one question, no clearance issues with brake disc conversion with the original 16" rims/tires (the ones you described as noisy, were 285 wide)?
also, do you know the offset on those original rims?
lastly, do you have any leftover body parts you are willing to part with? mainly looking for the latch and plate of the tailegate? and any other body parts?
Correct, no issues with clearance on the 16" wheels, I can't remember the offset but they were 16x10s with a very negative offset. The wires were 285/75/16 and definitely stretched a little. If I were able to find 285s in a smaller diameter I would have kept the wheels but no one makes a 285 smaller than 33 inches tall.
On the disc brake swap, make sure to change the MC to disc/disc, or the brake bias will favor the rear as mine does currently.
As for body parts I do have several parts from my Cherokee project but I don't have any tailgate parts. I do have the latch brackets that weld onto the bed body available at https://www.johnsonproductionjp.com/sho ... ch-bracket
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