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Old 01-07-2017, 03:22 AM   #1
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1987 gmc jimmy dally driver build

Hi guys. I have a 87 gmc jimmy that I'm building for my DD and it has a lot of problems that need fixed and I've already started started the build.
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Old 01-07-2017, 03:24 AM   #2
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Hi guys. I have a 87 gmc jimmy that I'm building for my DD and it has a lot of problems that need fixed and I've already started started the build.
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Old 01-15-2017, 02:09 AM   #3
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Re: 1987 gmc jimmy dally driver build

The work on the jimmy has been slow ordered a lot of parts. Ball joints tie rods all bearings and seals and brakes.so while I am waiting for the front end parts to get here i did the rear end brakes and the rear brake where bad.
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Old 01-15-2017, 02:11 AM   #4
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This is the passenger side.
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Old 01-15-2017, 09:38 AM   #5
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Re: 1987 gmc jimmy dally driver build

I hope you pulled the rear axles and replaced the seals. It appears as though both were leaking quite a bit.

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Old 01-18-2017, 07:43 PM   #6
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Re: 1987 gmc jimmy dally driver build

So finally got my ball joints today.now to install them.
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Old 01-18-2017, 07:59 PM   #7
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So for anybody wondering what I have done to the truck as of now here's the list. Front end.
Ball joints
U joints
Spindle bearings and seals
All four tie rods moog
New rotors pads calipers and hoses
Hub bearings and races and wheel seals
New steering stabilizer
And the steering disk at the box
rear end
Drums shoes wheel cylinders rear hose
And all the hardware.and that's just a part of it the 700 needs a rebuild and the case is leaking.
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Old 01-19-2017, 01:53 PM   #8
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Re: 1987 gmc jimmy dally driver build

That's a good start. Take care of all of the safety/drive-ability stuff then you can start on the fun stuff.
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Old 01-21-2017, 09:06 PM   #9
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So Here's an update on my jimmy had a major set back today.the new ball joints where pressed in at a local shop and got some bad news.The passager side knuckle top ball joint had mushroomed by someone before me trying to remove it and when pressed out it wiped out the top bail joint hole.so now the bail joint can be fully seated and you can turn the knuckle upside down it will fail out.so now I'm stuck trying to find a new front axle.
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Old 02-06-2017, 10:18 PM   #10
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Re: 1987 gmc jimmy dally driver build

So after a week of looking found a good set of knuckles.so that's one good thing.so today but instead of working on the front end I decided work on ac in the truck. it was 72 today.i had fixed the ac in October it worked good but all the air was going to the floor I now no why my plastic tab was broken so I made my own today.
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Then I did a little engine work with fresh oil and filter.new spark plugs new antifreeze tstat and temp sender.but the best thing I did was a new carb a used qjet that I built myself.the truck was a tbi motor that for some reason the po did a carb conversation using a crappy Holley 650 that leaked more gas than it burned.i fixed it but then it never ran as good as it does now.so got tired of the Holley so I rebuilt a qjet.Got it tuned and it runs so much better than Holley ever did.
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Old 02-18-2017, 02:24 AM   #12
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Re: 1987 gmc jimmy dally driver build

So after a few weeks of rebuilding the front end I moved on to the rear.and not so good pulled the diff cover and found some pieces of the locking assembly.its a 10 bolt g80 gov lock I got lucky and there was no damage to the carrier so I converted it to open diff before it did it for me.
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After converting it.
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Here's the locking assembly.
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Old 02-22-2017, 07:43 PM   #15
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So After 3 months of rebuilding the suspension on the truck I finish it.today was the first time I got to drive the truck on the road it did good except for the alignment pulls to the right.gonna get it alignment tomorrow and hopefully sometime next week it's going to have the transmission rebuilt.if all goes good then I can start on the interior next month.heres the jimmy after a bath.
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And here's the interior does need a bit of work.
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The back is a little better than the front.
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Old 02-22-2017, 11:02 PM   #18
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Looks like you got all the hard stuff done. I am hoping to get started on my project soon.
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:04 PM   #19
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Looks like you got all the hard stuff done. I am hoping to get started on my project soon.
yes It was a lot of work but well worth it when it's all done.
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:08 PM   #20
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Don't have much to do on the jimmy right now so messed around with the wheels and cleaned them up as best as I can.
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Looks good!
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Nice work that's a good looking truck.
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Old 03-05-2017, 09:28 PM   #23
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Old 03-05-2017, 09:32 PM   #24
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Re: 1987 gmc jimmy dally driver build

So after a week of driving the jimmy around got tired of the steering wheel not locking in place so this weekend I tore down the column and found this.
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Those 4 bolts holding the tilt bracket should be unscrewed individually and put some thread locker and tighten them back up. Since your already there. But your probably way down the road by now.
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