1984 holden jackaroo

Submitted: Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 21:15
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So many questions finally found a place that seems to be able to help. Any more mods on the old jacks would be great as nobody else seems to want to know about them. I love mine to death it goes as far as anyone else and further, cheap easy to fix and reliable.
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Reply By: dogart - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 22:14

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 22:14
Matt hi,

I have the ole' 84 LS jack
a/c p/s d/fuel
300,000km's
This has been a great vehicle.
The major problem is RUST!
Roof is the worst as well as chassis rails.
Front horizontal suport that is in front
and below radiator, totally eaten through.
Bottom rear of front guards, comon rust prob.
(can get after market panels pretty cheap)
Most is due to poor drainage, red dirt can clog
chassis rails and hold moisture very well.
A must is to high pressure spray under car after trips esp beach work.

Check your gutter rails for any cracking, peeling and rust.
Get onto it asap!
Have seen many years ago, in Perth some guy was doing
fibreglass jackaroo roof raplacements. Could be interesting.

Mods
Rebuilt 1.9L G200Z motor
Bored 60thou
better cam
extractors
bluebird carby

doesn't sound like much but it's pretty quick!

I totally stripped it about 7/8 years ago
baked enam silver.

The rubber seals for rear side windows get very very britle
with age. Be carefull and maybe expect it to crack around edges
if not breaking altogether if you try and replace windows.

Duel fuel problems with pumps seizing if not const alternated and used.

I have removed all carpets and all interior panels.
Custom ply panels with black leather look vinyl.
Had reconstituted rubber insitu flooring from
up under dash right through to the back.
Can get the hose and basically spray the entire
lot clean. Alot thicker & tougher than the spray on
liners that you see.
The corrigations in the floor of the jack are filled so it
is completely flat. Rear seat still fully functional.
Excellent sound deadiner.

Custom aluminium rear bumper that has stealth rod holders
incorporated into the bumper. Great for when you can fish
from the car. Open the barn doors and have 3 rods all set.

As you said cheap and easy to fix.

If it wasn't for the rust I'd fix it up, again!
Prob sell it soon. ItT is and still will be an excellent fishing 4x4
for someone who is willing to put some time into it.

Bringing back lots of memories...
That should be of some help anyway.

cheers
wolf

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Follow Up By: matt - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 12:16

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 12:16
We are looking at a better cam what did you get? We are looking at a ST3 (if you know of them). Already have extractors and the motor has been rebuilt same with the carby. So wife says not allowed to touch them again. Has got rust in the bottom of the front passenger guard this is the only place I have searched and searched where can you get replacements? also back bumpers - where can you get them?
We got our jack about 2 yrs ago and have done a few mods
- new sunraysers and 31 x 10.5 hankook all terrains (made a huge difference in the mud and sand)
- central locking
- extractors
- hi flow exhaust
Nearly the whole car has been replaced other than the body and interior

Thanks
any pics
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Follow Up By: dogart - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 13:55

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 13:55
Cam mmm Sorry Matt, was a while ago now, nothing over the top.
See what I can do re some pics.

wolf
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Reply By: Member - MightyQ - Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 23:49

Sunday, Aug 24, 2003 at 23:49
G'day Matt, This maybe irrelevant but for 12 years I owned a 1982 Jackaroo 2.2 Diesel. At the time,when this model came out, it was considered a long wheel base but in reality very short by todays standards.
I did over 490,000 kms in the old girl and the only problem was with the engine cutting out (at the most inoppurtune moments-middle of intersections). Tracing the problem took a while but I finally traced it to a pin-prick hole in the water seperator- sucking air in and causing air to block the fuel flow Remedy get rid of the seperator, I mean it's only 2.2 litres and its very easy to bleed.
Always use clean fuel(if possible),washable foam air filter(and wash it regularily),keep grease up to all the bearings(wheels, tailshaft, front hubs.
A few years back I stripped it completly(well alright my wife and I stripped it), went over it with a fine tooth comb repaired minor rust spots at the corner of the side windows, and transformed it from it's original 'cloudygrey' to a brilliant 'british racing green', yeah!, yeah! I know there's a few of them, I'll have to find the reciept.
This machine took me to the cape- towed a caravan as far as cook town, the rock towed a trailer- via oodnadatta
Yeah I loved the old 'roo'
mightyQ
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Follow Up By: matt - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 13:21

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 13:21
Thanks
It's good to know people who still like the old buggers. How did it go up to the cape we are looking at doing it next year with two kids- June/July. How are the creek crossings as we have a petrol? Is there anyway of making a petrol able to cross deep creeks - mods available
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Reply By: dogart - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 01:58

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 01:58
matt

nice jack for sale on carsales.com

81 $2700ono
total rebuild
has photos

wolf
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Reply By: Dennis (Brisbane) - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 12:31

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 12:31
HAve a look at this site

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They also have stuff for Rodeo owners
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Follow Up By: matt - Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 14:35

Monday, Aug 25, 2003 at 14:35
Thanks have tried emailing these guys a few times now with no response. I may have to call them
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Reply By: Matt M - Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 13:58

Tuesday, Aug 26, 2003 at 13:58
Matt, Rob at Jackworld really knows his stuff, but Im pretty sure its mainly a one man show so is rather busy!! I have sourced a few Isuzu parts from him (brake cable, brake pads, lower ball joints, headlights timing belts and a few seals! Never let me down although sometimes it takes awhile to get through!

If you know your stuff it helps him immensly, hence the rather detailed order form, Isuzu have MANY different parts for the same vehicle so you have to supply the most information possible about your rig to help him!

Goodluck
Matt.
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