Story by Chris Overacker - Edited by Mark J. Smith, JeepTruck.com
Join us as we present a multi-part series of articles in which Chris Overacker owner of
CODE 4x4 Inc. describes how he built this awesome truck.
I’ve been building Jeep’s since my
first CJ2A, back in 1975. By far, my
favorite are full size J-trucks. I live
in western Colorado, but grew up
in the desert and have a love for
off road racing, and simply love
the vintage racers (1980’s). Back
then, racers would “pre-run” the
race course before the race, in
order to learn it. The pre-runners
were somewhat like the race cars,
but typically had more creature
comforts (windows, A/C, etc.), and
could carry spare parts, fuel, and
tools so during the race the crew
could “chase” the race car.
Jeep Honchos were very popular
during that time period. So, my
goal was to build a vintage 80’s
looking pre-runner, that could be
a daily driver, yet was unique in
today’s world of Ford’s, Chevy’s,
Ram’s and Toyota’s. With that
brief background, I’ll walk you
through my build.
Starting with a 1983 J-10 Honcho
step-side, it suffered from the typical
rust as most do, but I couldn’t bring
myself to send a rare FSJ to the
crusher, although in retrospect, it
would have saved me tons of money!
So, here is what I started with.
The floor metal was in need of repair
as well as both cab-corners
I decided to take it down to a bare
frame throw away the junk front
fenders, hood, and stuff I wouldn't be
using. I knew that an in-cab cage
would be fabricated so the decision
was easy to gut it to a bare cab. The
factory fiberglass rear fenders were
cracked, but all-in-all, in pretty good
shape, compared to some I’ve seen.
Plus, had big plans for the
fiberglass units (just wait and
Be sure to join us for Part 2 of Chris Overacker's Pre-Runner build!