Adopted another truck!

Discussion in 'Jeeps with the Buick Heartbeat' started by BlueSky, Dec 29, 2013.

  1. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    Picked up my "new" farm/plow truck yesterday. '69 J3000 with utility body boxes grafted onto the bedsides! Even came with the keys for them!
    Its a factory B350 truck with the T18 4speed. The current engine is a '73 or '74 350, appears to be rebuilt, with the '69 2bbl intake on it. 4.09 Dana 44 front, Dana 53 open rear. I'll put a trac-loc rear in it from a parts truck. Also have an AEI distributor to drop in it.
    Runs, drives and stops real well, came with a stack of receipts, including entire brake system gone through. I never knew 4 wheel drums could stop so well! Rust just getting started here and there, only a few modest holes in the cab floor, best I've seen in these trucks. Nice receiver hitch, I need to build a tailgate. It was less than two miles from my home, too!
     

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  2. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Nice !!!
    that's a nice look the way the boxes use the original lower fender

    I kept the original type drums on the Roadmaster .. they will stop the car. Drums get a bad rap if you ask me..

    I like your truck, very nice !
     
  3. 71skylark3504v

    71skylark3504v Goin' Fast In Luxury!

    I don't mind drums either. Except if you get mud in the drums, then you can kiss those shoe linings good bye.:mad:

    Nice truck!
     
  4. bhambulldog

    bhambulldog 1955 76-RoadmasterRiviera

    Cason,
    I'm sure that's a valid concern
    I wouldn't have thought of it
    The only time I go off road is at work in the company truck
     
  5. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    Thanks guys... Drum brakes work great IF everything is functioning... adjusted properly, which some may forget to check...
     
  6. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    Great truck!!! I am so jealous!! I really want to get one of those Buick 350 powered Jeeps! I will eventually... use POR 15 to treat the rust and keep it at bay... Wire brush off loose rust and then paint it directly onto the rust, it works AWESOME!
     
  7. woodchuck2

    woodchuck2 Well-Known Member

    I had a 67 J3000, used to be a State truck. Truck was solid with the exception of some rot started in the drivers floor. It had the 327 Vigilanty with a slushbox. Wish i never sold it. The truck i have always wanted was the Jeep J-series with the stepside bed like the truck in the movie Tremors.
     

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  8. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    Thanks, Sean... Yes, they are around, and not too expensive. Check Craigslist religiously. Mid-'68 to early '71 had the 350, unless a 6 banger.
    Yes, I need to attack the rust soon. First up is fixing the haywire gauge cluster, then a tune-up including HEI distributor I'm going through now. Then put a factory bench seat back in and look at that floor rust...

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    Woah, never heard of that Flick, gotta see it now... The stepside ones are rare... I never see them. Just the old Willys bed on the newer truck! I bought the tailgate off a '67 a guy had, identical to mine except for the old 327 and it didn't have back up lights. Those old motors must be stout, they have their following, too. Not me, I'm a Buick man....
     
  9. htrdbuick

    htrdbuick Gold Level Contributor

    Nice truck! My father had a 65 J 200 when i was a kid, i learned to drive a stick on that truck. That truck was tough as nails. It had a 230 inch overhead cam 6 cylinder if i remember correctly. It was tough to find parts for that one back in the early 80's good luck with it!
     
  10. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    Here's one like your Father's... I may eventually try and buy it for the wheels (vintage aluminum 15x10s) The six cylinder is gone from it and was hit hard on the other side. Some time in the mid-late 60's Kaiser gave up on that OHC engine and began using an AMC 230 (or 232?) as the base engine. The small back window went away for 67, I think... Yes, glad I have parts trucks to maintain this one and restore the J2000!
     
  11. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly post whore

    Sweet. My neighbor/cousin had a 81 I tried to get for years. Idk what happened to it. Was a red j10 4wd lb. His was a 304 with a 4 speed.
     
  12. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    Too bad it got away. I didn't know 'til I started bringing mine home that Jeep kept making the J10/J20 until '87 when Chrysler took over... I wonder how few they sold in the mid 80's....

    It's real nice to go to the pull and save for door stainless from a Grand Wagoneer all the way to '91 for my '69... amazing. Same front door!
     
  13. htrdbuick

    htrdbuick Gold Level Contributor

    the OHC six was the 230, the 232 was the other engine that was common in those trucks I'm not sure who they were getting those from. It seems that they sourced a lot of the small parts from other big three companies so there was some availability of things like voltage regulators or horn relays that were used on other more common vehicles. It was not uncommon to have parts counter guys try to sell us 232 parts and tell us the 230 wasn't listed in the parts books. Most everything we ever needed came out of a junk yard, wagoneers were really popular then so they were a good source of parts.
     
  14. nekkidhillbilly

    nekkidhillbilly post whore

    The sold many of the wagoneers
     
  15. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    The 232 conventional 6 cyl. was an AMC engine, they continued using that one after AMC bought Jeep, not sure for how long. Yes, Its interesting how my trucks have Saginaw steering boxes and the same pump as my '70 buicks, TH400 transmissions, BW manual trans. Dana front and rears. The original alternator on the new truck looks like a Delco at first glance but its a Motorola, with a Moto voltage regulator on the fenderwell. Delco's were swapped in on my other trucks. The exterior door handles sure look like those on my buddy's '70 Charger, need to check...
     

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