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Post Posted: Sun Aug 07, 2016 10:34 pm 
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Hi All

I am stripping down my 79 LJ80 so I can remove the body. I have no idea where to start and I appreciate it is a big ask :( :( but does anybody know of a step by step guide. I've seen the front part off and then the rear tub. I have plates welded in to the front foot wells which I assume need to be removed so I can access the mounting bolts. Trying to think ahead I'm also considering dustless blasting for the body panels. Any help would gratefully received.

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 08, 2016 12:02 pm 
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Post Posted: Tue Aug 09, 2016 1:48 pm 
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Thanks MrRocky

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Post Posted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 8:03 pm 
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Hi all new here not shore if this is the right spot for my post

But I need help I am 15 and have just purchased a lj81 in amazing Nic doesn't have any rust really and only has 8500 km original but the front bib is really ayers up it is a 1978 model and I can't seem to find a new one any tips on were I can get one as eBay has them but there not the same


Thanks heaps tom

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:44 am 
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Sell it to me Problem Armsup sorted lol

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:44 am 
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Sell it to me Problem Armsup sorted lol

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 4:44 pm 
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Na sorry mate I love it to much will be a great first car

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Post Posted: Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:24 pm 
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Will a newer front bib fit if so will I need a different grill
As it has angled bottom edges on it and the grill and newer ones don't and it also has gaps down the bottlom with newer ones don't have either

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 8:44 am 
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No it won't fit

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2017 9:37 pm 
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OK what's different on them and is there some were I can get one for it

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:36 am 
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I had a quick look today and it looks like the late LJ80 bib will fit an early model, or at least could be made to fit quite easily.

FWIW this is an LJ80-1

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This is an LJ80-2 which we normally call a Stockman.

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Early LJ80s are much rarer than stockmans, especially in a trayback. I believe the LJ81-1 was only made for 11 months. You'd be very lucky to find an early LJ80 bib panel in good condition but you can buy stockman ones new. Personally I prefer the look of the early front end.

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 6:07 am 
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Ok thanks a lot for the help I might keep trying to find a early one

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 1:23 pm 
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What's wrong with the original one? Throw up a picture! :)

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:11 pm 
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How do I do that it is just bent and cracked and has big all over it

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 4:51 pm 
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Take a look here for how to post pics. viewtopic.php?f=1&t=54448 I'm sure we'd all like to see a thread about your car. :)

I reckon early LJ80 front panels were quite prone to cracking. I'm in the same boat with an early LJ81, my front bib is bent on both sides, riddled with cracks and bogged up. Mine had a corolla radiator fitted and has broken 3 of the 4 radiator mounts off. I'm going to move to a chassis mounted radiator like a Sierra or Jimny has.

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:42 pm 
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Ok I still can't get the photos to upload how is your resto going and how much did it cost u to buy and in what condition

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 21, 2017 7:42 pm 
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What's your number I can text u some pics

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 11:32 am 
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Ok so I haven't done a lot more on the ute just little bits and pieces but the rubber bit on the air intake from the air box has a big split in it so it's no good just woundering if any one knowers where u can get them for future reference

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:24 pm 
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Common problem. You can still buy them new from Suzuki.

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 3:19 pm 
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U can buy every single bit/panel ect.. from columbia via ebay or new genuine from suzistore or from dealerships

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Post Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:07 pm 
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Ok thank u so much for the help

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Post Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 9:30 pm 
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U guys recon when she's done she would handle the old telegraph track

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Post Posted: Sat Nov 11, 2017 10:17 pm 
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And would a sierra bull bar fit a lj 81

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Post Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:58 am 
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Hey what do u guys think I could sell my 1978 lj Ute for when it is done I’m going to keep it stock

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:54 pm 
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Hi all I’m starting the body work on the lj this week and was wanting to get a new bonnet and may be a new front bib it’s a 1978 model just wondering if u guys know of where I can get them from or if u have one u would sell would be looking at getting one in the next 3-4 weeks as going to spray it these school holidays after Christmas thanks Tom

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 8:54 pm 
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Columbia via ebay or import monster
A mint lj bonnet can go from $500 - 900 if you can actually locate one.
Front bibs are easier to find locally sub $100

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:18 pm 
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You can buy them new for quite a substantial cost. I haven't seen anywhere that sells LJ80-1 bibs but there's a number of places that sell stockman ones.

http://www.extremebends.com/body-parts- ... 110_111_24

People spend years looking for decent bonnets. They really just never come up for sale, you have to look overseas and be prepared to front up some proper money. There's always talks of people making fibreglass ones, I don't know if that's come to fruition.

Really I'd contact some panel beaters and see what they can do with them.

I reckon you'd have to be insanely lucky to find an decent LJ80-1 front bib any time soon, I don't think I've ever seen one for sale in Aus. Probs best to look at Japan if you really need a replacement.

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Post Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:43 am 
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Ok thanks will just try fix front bib and there’s a place where the do them up down here might go ask about a bonnet or might just have a go at it there isn’t much rust just lots of dents

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Post Posted: Mon Dec 18, 2017 9:20 pm 
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Hey would a Sierra bull bar fit a lj81 can modify mounts just wondering about width

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And alternators how much can they take as I want to put some good lighting on the Ute and what’s a easy upgrade

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