We Got The PARTS BODY For Ed’s LJ20 That Was Stuck 40 Years In The Sierra Nevada Mountains

We Got The PARTS BODY For Ed’s LJ20 That Was Stuck 40 Years In The Sierra Nevada Mountains

It has finally arrived! The parts body to help make Ed’s Golden Nugget look new again. We also finish up the gas tank on the frame and other important stuff. Ed’s ride is getting closer and closer to being finished everyday!
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24 Responses

  1. CKAmina 76 says:

    It makes me happy to see all these big tough guys, real men’s men get all sentimental towards Ed! Clearly the sane option is to shred the original and swap on the donor but you guys are building this with your hearts and not your brains! Cheers to all of you, you’re all really good people!

  2. Mark Reetz says:

    I think Ed would say “put that body on it! you’re wasting time!” He’ll love it! Cool seeing Paul & his brothers James & “Darryl” using the ol’ eyecrometers sizing up the parts.

  3. M J C says:

    Great progress, it’s looking really good. I’d definitely be hard pressed not to just swap the body, it’s even the right color. There’s really nothing salvageable on Ed’s body so I’d save a ton of work. I know you enjoy the work so it’ll be fun to watch either way.

  4. Megaglow Z says:

    All I can say as to whether or not to do a body swap, is what will take longer? I remember you wanting to make sure you got this done because Ed is well old… The faster the better. I can tell you that when my parents retired, they wanted to go travel and camping, but they put it off for about 10 years. They both got sick and never got to do any of it. Just something to consider, and remember that Ed doesn’t have to pass away for him not to be able to enjoy this. Love what you are doing for him indeed.

  5. Jerry B123 says:

    How about just taking all the salvageable parts off Ed’s, and put them on the good-vehicle, the dash, shifters/knobs, door-handles, one good fender, etc, whatever parts you can put-on without cutting anyway, it just seems silly too cut something up for no reason, good-luck on whatever ya decide, great video guys, thanks for sharing.

  6. DW says:

    I don’t understand the thought process of not using the good body when so much of the other stuff has also been replaced. The frame is the heart of the vehicle. Keep some good sentimental pieces, get it together as quick as possible, Ed is “getting up there” in years and I’d think getting it done sooner is better than possibly getting it done too late.

  7. Alex Klein says:

    Body swap is the way to go. Would also be more structurally safe for Ed.

  8. Robert Brown says:

    WOW! Strong opinions on the body swap! Both ways! Here is an idea for a compromise: Use the (identical once painted anyway) new body. swap in some original parts with “character” then Chop up the old body into pieces, stamp them with “Ed’s Golden Nugget” and auction them off as wall art to the fans. Share the sentimentality, build a better Nugget. Proceeds could go to Ed, to a charity he supports, or just cost recovery. Whatever you do, I am sure it will be awesome! Great work! Great content!

  9. Dave Patti says:

    I think no matter what you guys decide to do, Ed will be so appreciative. I think the opportunity to drive an old Suzuki like he did decades ago will have more meaning than whatever parts are in it. I already have a few boxes of Kleenex ready…

  10. John Kolodzie says:

    putting the new body on the is the better option you could transfer part’s from ed’s if needed but time/work wise is a much better option also considering you are modifying the frame and drive Tran/engine anyway. if you were doing a complete stock restore then I’d see but since your upgrading it no worry. plus ed isn’t getting any younger

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