1983 Jeep Honcho
Engine: AMC 360 cid (5.9L) V8. Bored .030, WEISCO forged 9.5
1 compression pistons, balanced rotating assembly (harmonic balancer and flexplate), crankshaft ground .010 under. 260 duration cam. Double roller timing chain. Heads milled .020. 3-angle valve grind, adjustable rocker arms. Oiling system has been up-graded with the extra line in the valley to aid rear crank mains & rods. Oil pump hand-fit to achieve the maximum flow and oil pressure (30 at idle, 55 at cruise). Flow-Cooler water pump. Stock exhaust manifolds (= no leaks), 2.5" exhaust. Flowmaster muffler, rear exit. Quiet but authoritative.
Transmission: AMC (Mopar) 727. Rebuilt with a Summit Racing master overhaul kit. Beefed up clutch packs, HD one-way clutch. Valve body modified for full oil flow in park. 1800 RPM stall torque converter. New flexplate. Derale brand cooler.
Transfer Case: NP208. Rebuilt with new bearings, chain, small parts and seals. New rear yoke (1350 series u-joint).
Rear Axle: GM 14 bolt 9.5" ring gear (semi-float), 6-lug. New 3.73 ring & pinion, new Eaton Posi, all new bearings, new shoes, drums and all hardware. Moroso 5/8" wheel studs installed in the 33 spline shafts. BTF welded steel cover.
Front Axle: Dana 44, open case, new 3.73 R&P, all new bearings. Stock D44 axle shafts (30 spline inners, 19 spline outers). New Spicer axle U-joints. New Wilwood dual piston calipers, new pads. Moroso 5/8" wheel studs. BTF welded steel cover. Wilwood dual piston calipers on stock rotors. Locking hubs.
Drive Shafts: Tom Woods custom. Front has 1310 series joints, rear has 1350 series joints.
Tires: 5, General Grabber Red Letter, 35x12.50R-15. Less then 1000 miles on them.
Wheels: 6 (yes, truck comes with six) Superior brand “Magnus" 15x8 aluminum. These wheels are period correct for this vintage of truck. Very sought-after in the vintage racing crowd. They have been repainted black and then clear coated.
Suspension: BDS brand leafs which provide 4" lift. FOX 2.5" remote reservoir 12" travel shocks (one per wheel). Front upper hoops create an engine cage. Custom bump stops. Limit straps (one per wheel). U-bolt flip kit on front leafs (under axle). Custom track bar keeps the steering firm and tight. Modified drag link (longer then stock). Bilstein stabilizer.
Fuel System: Custom aluminum 20 gallon fuel tank mounted in the frame, behind the rear axle, vented with roll-over valve. Fuel filler placed in the left rear fender. (the stock Jeep fuel filler between the cab and fender is still in place, but in-operative, appearance only). Howell fuel injection. External electric pump and filter. Fuel return system from throttle body to tank.
Underhood: Custom built inner fender wells, small tool box holds a spare fuel pump, belts and misc. Fuel pressure gauge. Every hose is new. Master cylinder is new. Vacuum storage can (for power brakes). Sanden A/C compressor. Flow-cooler water pump. Ford Dura-Spark electronic ignition.
Electrical: Painless brand harness custom wired into the truck. Autometer gauges (speedo, tachometer, oil pressure, water temp, trans temp, volts, fuel level, vacuum).
Five, Light Force brand 7" round pencil beam lights (mounted in a cage with an electric actuator). Lights lay flat (horizontal, for pulling into the garage). Hit the switch and power them up to vertical for use. Three 4"x6" LED lights on front bumper. Hella halogen headlights. LED tail lights. Alpine AM/FM/CD mounted in dash. 10 disc changer mounted behind the pass-seat. CB 2-way radio mounted overhead in the cab. Master battery disconnect switch behind driver’s seat (accessible when seated). AGM battery mounted under bed, behind transfer case.
Interior: The cab was stripped bare, sandblasted inside, underneath and outside. All (minor) rust was removed and replaced with new sheetmetal, then every inch was epoxy primed. The pinnacle of this truck is the custom internal roll cage. It is tied into the cab sheetmetal with dimpled gusset plates, and the dash is form-fitted with it. The underside and interior were sprayed with paintable bed liner, then painted in a single stage automotive paint. A Tuffy brand, steel storage console is sunken into the floor and welded in. The parking brake handle is mounted in the console (theft deterrent– set brake & lock console). A custom shifter- console connects the Tuffy box to dash. It houses the trans shifter (Winters sidewinder-gate type), two drink holders, several switches and horn button. Tilt steering column with Camaro steering wheel. Bestop brand reclining seats, mounted to 6-way power bases. The firewall, floor and back of cab have had sound deadening (Dynamat) installed, then vinyl backed carpet installed. The roof and top of dash has been custom upholstered along with the areas of the roll cage that needed padding. The inside of the doors has sound deadening plastic foam glued inside. New window regulators installed. All new weather stripping. Custom aluminum door panels are covered with carbon fiber vinyl. 6" speakers in door panels. Vintage Air (brand) heater/defroster and A/C unit custom installed in dash. A/C will blow 38 degree air in the heat of summer, and the heater must be on low to keep from roasting you out of the cab!
Exterior: The body is painted (a 2013 Jeep color) “Dune". The hood and front fenders are AutoFab brand fiberglass. The rear fenders are the stock Jeep step-side units (also glass), but have had AutoFab front flares installed (to match the bulged front fenders). Daystar hood vents. New windshield. Tinted windows. Tool box is mounted to the bed cage and is full of spare parts. The bed has been reinforced and mounted solid to the frame. Sprayed with bed liner underneath and inside, then painted to match. Floor had a rubber mat.
Tube Work: Bed cage supports the upper rear shocks. Rear bumper holds the swing-out spare tire rack. Front “pre-runner" style bumper is period correct. Bumpers and bed cage are powdercoated. Rock rails (nerf bars) are frame mounted.
Miscellaneous: This truck was 100% disassembled, The frame was sandblasted, then reinforced, primed and painted. Every single item has been rebuilt, replaced or custom fabricated. It is truly 100% rust free and has better rust-proofing then the factory ever dreamed about. This truck has less then 1000 miles on since the build. It is garaged 95% of the time. It drives far better then it did new, is rattle-free, no leaks and simply fun to drive. A real attention getter.
The Start: Purchased used, this Honcho Sport Side (step side) was in need of repairs. It had the minor rust in the cab corners and floorboards. Delivered from the factory with a V-8, 4-speed manual, nothing fancy, but it was in fact a Honcho, sport side. Rare indeed. The decision was made to completely rebuild the truck. Being the owner of a 4x4 shop, and having experience with over 10 full size Jeep builds (one of which was also a complete frame up rebuild) the challenge was on! This truck has thousands of man-hours, and over 50K in parts and sublet labor for body and paint work. It was just appraised for 45K and I have the paperwork to prove it.
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