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    My 65 Gladiator

    some 30 years ago a good buddy and i rebuilt his Gladiator that he found on a farm.
    back then i told him if he ever wants to sell i take first option!



    what a surprise to get a call the other day if i still want the Jeep.
    he did not have time for the Jeep anymore, he sold his Farm and the engine was busted.
    i jumped at the opportunity and bought the Gladiator for next to nothing.







    i opened the engine up expecting a disaster but only found the timing chain and gears worse for wear.
    i ordered them from the USA and now the 232 is running nicely again.



    there is still a lot of small things i need to do but i am very proud of the jeep.



    i could not resist buying a model of the Gladiator on E-Bay wich cost more than the engine parts at the end of the day

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    Frickin sweet!


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    Wow congrats on the new to you Gladiator!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kavanji View Post
    some 30 years ago a good buddy and i rebuilt his Gladiator that he found on a farm.
    back then i told him if he ever wants to sell i take first option!



    what a surprise to get a call the other day if i still want the Jeep.
    Nice Jeep! I've always liked those and I'm interested to see what you do with it.

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    That is a Sweet Ride!

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    I like it! Good luck with restoration.


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    thanks

    the truck was assembled in Toledo, Ohio and shipped to South Africa as a cab and chassis.
    the bed is local content, that is why it does not have any fender flares on the bed.
    when we did the build up 30 years ago we swapped the 3 speed for a 4 speed out a wagoneer.

    my son and i just replaced the Release bearing on the clutch,the old one was trashed and making a racket.

    the next thing will be a front disc conversion, power brakes and power steering.

    i need some info as to what the biggest Tyre i can fit on the closed knuckle Dana 44 in front.

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    Congrats. Very cool.
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    OMG, that thing is GORGEOUS!! Congrats to you


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    That thing is great ... love the right hand drive


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