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War Wagon (1986 GL Adventure Build)

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Thought I would start a thread to document my build and let others enjoy it too as I have enjoyed all the other builds on here!

To start things off, a bit of back ground. I found a 350$ 92 Loyale and a 89 GL 5spd D/R and planned on making my sweet ride out of thoes but my 89 GL started to stink BAD and found a family of 7+ mice had made the A/C ducts home for months and I pulled literal chunks of crap from behind the dash. After 2 weeks of trying to clean it i gave up and decided to make it the parts car and try and find a non-mice-infested car to start with. Since the GL was now the parts car I sold my Loyale ( for more than I bought it for to help fund the project). Months of looking later I found my car (bought if from another USMB guy) a sweet 1986 GL 5spd D/R with only 140k original miles named ( by the owner) Ole Blue. 

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Ole Blue had a drilled out cat and was pretty loud so my first step was to replace the exhaust with my 89s exhaust minus the muffler that I replaced with a 2" straight pipe. I should also preface that this is a pretty "budget build" for about $2500 but plan on adding things bit by bit till its what I want. Did the welding my self so hence why it looks like crap haha.

 

 

 

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How did I miss the start of this build? I love the L series and can’t wait to be driving mine again soon!

I like that flex section of exhaust pipe you have there, I’ll have to look into where I can source some over my way as it’ll help me out with a project.

Cheers

Bennie

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Sorry about the wait, long winter, new kid, full time job, phone broke with all my pics. But today my goal is to put them all up. Here's the new exhaust test fit.20210304_162547.thumb.jpg.a3efd2e42fa3a63a5fc52127ff05ef8f.jpg

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My finished 6 lug conversion, not perfect but is working. Rushed the hole locations cause my son was due at any point. I get some vibration over 45 mph from these I think...oh well

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Here she is all "finished"(never truly are). Sorry for the crappy pic thought I could upload as much as I wanted. Stats are:

Original 1.8L EA82 with Hitachi carb (gonna do the FI conversion soon) 5 speed D/R.

4" SJR kit ( I made my own 3" spacers for the rear to help with tire clearance)

215/75R15 Hiada Pumas (they were cheap, ran out of money but not bad so far) on old 50s Chevy 6 lug steelies

Roof basket for the spare

Fixed a bunch of stuff, drive shaft, cv's, seats, re-bent skid plate.

 

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