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Discussion in 'Jeeps with the Buick Heartbeat' started by Jim Weise, Jan 27, 2010.

  1. Jim Weise

    Jim Weise GOT AIR?

    Hi there, welcome guys..

    Please take a minute to read the posting rules, located as stickies in the bench forum.

    Enjoy! :TU:

    JW
     
  2. Nothingface5384

    Nothingface5384 Detail To Oil - Car Care

    Hope you guys enjoy youre new spot on the site!

    this is comming from a toyota guy :laugh:
     
  3. Macjeeper

    Macjeeper MAC

    Hey Guys, awesome!

    Thanks for the moderators of this site to acknowledge the other Buicks powerplants in other vehicles.

    We will try to keep on promoting the better 350v8 version than the other GM product, lol

    I have had my Jeep J-3600 Gladiator trucks longer than my 1963 Special / Skylarks, with another 1969 350v8 truck in storage and spares from at least 3-4 blocks at the house, + a 1970 Electra 455v8 on the side yard with trans.

    Also, have a 1968 M-715 truck in storage, along with a 1964 J-300 small window cab truck and a 1981 J-10 Honcho stepside w/6 Cyl.

    Also have a 1965 Chris-Craft XL-175 SunLounger boat with the OMC/Buick 225v6 I/O powerplant.

    So I will change my info block soon to reflect my vehicles, sorry no imports yet, but I'm interested in either Alfa Romeo's / Fiat brands if I can fit my 6'-4" frame inside one.

    Thanks again, will look forward to lots of interest in the J-Series or Wagoneer vehicles with the Buick350v8's

    Mac
     
  4. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    Thanks Jim & Mac---

    It's nice to see I'm not the only one with two intersecting worlds of interest-- I think it is important to promote our common interest in Buick 350 engines, for one, to show the aftermarket how many of these powerplants are still out there.

    I'm also appalled when people assume Jeeps are always AMC powered. If you ordered a Wagoneer or Gladiator pickup with a V8 engine from mid- '68 through mid '71, then it came from the factory with a Buick 350-2 bbl. CJ owners for years have been pulling the odd-fire 225 V6 Buick engines factory installed during roughly that same era and bolting a Buick 350 right up to the same bell housing. I know a LOT of gearheads that don't know these facts. Maybe this forum will help spread the knowledge.:Smarty:

    It's important to me for a Buick powered Kaiser-Era Jeep to stay that way and be upgraded with a 4 bbl intake or a 455 instead of an AMC 401 like their buddy's Cherokee Chief.....or much worse-- a Chebbie wrong-block...:boring:

    Thanks for your interest in these incredibly rugged, simple, useful and POWERFUL trucks, Buick V8 faithful.... Look around, you may have more V8Buick folks in your area than you thought....
     
  5. Tad

    Tad Member

    Tad Waves Hello :beers2:

    I tried to update my sig line:
    It's really quite a conglomeration of parts from over the years but it started out as a 1970 w/a Buick 350.

    (looks like I need 10 posts to link up a decent sized pic)

    It's been sporting a '71 Skylark 350 since '02 and the original engine is sitting in an '83 FSJ Chero frame with another TH400/NP205 waiting to become a full caged buggy, time and $$ permitting.

    Thanks,
    Tad
     
  6. bmcmillan

    bmcmillan Dented Hood Tach

    What a neat forum this will be.:TU:
    Dan, Do you have any pictures of your 69 jeep trucks?
    If so, please post a few.
     
  7. sailbrd

    sailbrd Well-Known Member

    I don't know... they may be a bunch of knuckledraggers... should fit right in. :grin:
     
  8. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    I'll get at my other computer this evening and do that, Brian--- Nothing spectacular, but they were close and available. I searched for two years for a TH400/B-350 Gladiator in the PNW and found two in a month... I plan on using the best of both to do a driver quality resto on the short (7') bed J2000. Somewhere along the line the J3000 will turn from farm runner to parts hulk. I look forward to the finished product being a nice compliment to my Buicks....
     
  9. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    Amen, Doug, that would be me......:laugh:
     
  10. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    Here you go, Brian-- not much to look at, but both could be running with a days work. The Big J3000 long bed appears to have the original '69 350 (early style rockers) with a '72 cast 4bbl intake and a q-jet added. After some diagnosis it appears the fuel pump eccentric lobe has a nice groove worn in it (as I've seen happens occasionally to members here) so the fuel pump won't even prime at all--- the PO complained of a lack of top end power, some had thought the cam was going flat... I'll either change the eccentric or the engine for a spare onhand, we'll see.. The white J2000 has a '72 350-2 with a freeze plug popped out... I have a rubber temp replacement, we'll see if there is anything else wrong with it... I have a rebuilt '72 350-4 with low miles I plan on going over for the J2000 when it is done. Also planning on a front disc conversion, too.
    Interesting, both trucks were originally turquoise, with the J2000 having a matching 'Custom Cab' interior.
     
  11. bmcmillan

    bmcmillan Dented Hood Tach

    Thanks Dan;
    I have alot of interest in the J-truck with the buick heartbeat.
    I would like to put together a tow/plow truck for myself.
    My dad always had a jeep when we were younger. I would like a J-3000 or something equivalent to a 3/4 ton jeep. My crazy thoughts are a V-plow, and towing a (28ft) fifth wheel camper.
    I have alot to learn about the J-truck.
     
  12. BlueSky

    BlueSky Gold Level Contributor

    You sound a lot like me--- I've learned a lot about these trucks at IFSJA.org and from a couple of Jeep books currently available. I already mentioned which years had B-350s-- another thing to look at is the VIN in the door jamb/a-pillar-- if it has a 'W' it's a 5000' Gross 1/2 ton, 'X' 6000' (heavy half?) and 'Y' its a 7000' 3/4 ton. Mine are both 6000'-- seem to be the most common, possibly. J2000 is a short wheelbase w/ 7' bed, J3000 6" longer w/ 8' bed and starting in 1970 a J4000 had wheelbase extended 6 more inches, to fit conventional campers, I believe. last year for J3000 was 1970. These trucks can be hard to find, epecially in good shape, but they tend to be cheap, unlike our Buick A- bodies!!!
    Also, mid 1970 the grille switched to the full length 'razor' grille so many associate to '70's full size jeeps....
     
  13. bmcmillan

    bmcmillan Dented Hood Tach

    Great info;
    I have been looking, but as you have mentioned. Tuff to find.
    But I keep looking, things always pop up in the craziest places.
    I really like that about the vin. I think a (heavy half)? would be a great
    start.
     
  14. 59Willys455

    59Willys455 Well-Known Member

    Hi Fellow Jeep Freaks!

    I thought maybe I was a "lone wolf" on this board to have a Willys panel truck & a '70 BBB 455 "stump puller" out of an Electra 225 with 86k on the odometer. I've noticed the two of them making eyes at each other & muttering something about hooking up. Could it be that they would like to become one?

    I found a '59 Willys panel truck about 15 miles from home a little over a year ago that came from Texas in '79 & hasn't been out of the barn or on the road since. Someone has really turned it into a Heinz 57 variety before it came to Indiana. The title says it's a '61, 4cyl, 2wd. The data tag translates to a '59, 4cyl, 2wd. It actually has an old flathead 6cyl in it with what appears to be a Ford rear. It also has some stuff underneath that appears to be from a 4wd. It needs the usual door bottoms, front floors, body support braces, etc, replaced. Some idiot welded the hood hinges to both the hood & the firewall, so now I will have to try & grind those pieces apart.

    A friend of mine has a '51 Willys panel truck that he's owned for over 30 years. Last winter he put his 3rd brand "x" 350/350 in it. This winter is supposed to be a Ford 9" rear.

    I've been debating whether to go ahead & build it with the BBB heatrbeat or sell it or concentrate on the roadster that's been occupying shop space for way too long. If I sell it, the roadster will inherit the BBB along with the '87 GN 200-4r tranny. Any thoughts or ideas?

    Thom Kleckner
    aka: 59Willys455
     
  15. 59Willys455

    59Willys455 Well-Known Member

    Hi Fellow Jeep Freaks!

    I thought maybe I was a "lone wolf" on this board to have a Willys panel truck & a '70 BBB 455 "stump puller" out of an Electra 225 with 86k on the odometer. I've noticed the two of them making eyes at each other & muttering something about hooking up. Could it be that they would like to become one?

    I found a '59 Willys panel truck about 15 miles from home a little over a year ago that came from Texas in '79 & hasn't been out of the barn or on the road since. Someone has really turned it into a Heinz 57 variety before it came to Indiana. The title says it's a '61, 4cyl, 2wd. The data tag translates to a '59, 4cyl, 2wd. It actually has an old flathead 6cyl in it with what appears to be a Ford rear. It also has some stuff underneath that appears to be from a 4wd. It needs the usual door bottoms, front floors, body support braces, etc, replaced. Some idiot welded the hood hinges to both the hood & the firewall, so now I will have to try & grind those pieces apart.

    A friend of mine has a '51 Willys panel truck that he's owned for over 30 years. Last winter he put his 3rd brand "x" 350/350 in it. This winter is supposed to be a Ford 9" rear.

    I've been debating whether to go ahead & build it with the BBB heatrbeat or sell it or concentrate on the roadster that's been occupying shop space for way too long. If I sell it, the roadster will inherit the BBB along with the '87 GN 200-4r tranny. Any thoughts or ideas?

    Thom Kleckner
    aka: 59Willys455
     
  16. sean Buick 76

    sean Buick 76 Buick Nut Staff Member

    Welcome Jeep people!

    Keep in mind that the Buick 350 came in BUick cars from 68-81 so there are a lot of us running these powerplants and we have experiences that may be usefull for you.

    The Smallblock section above the tech section is a great spot for 350 chat....
     
  17. BBBB64lark

    BBBB64lark Rice eater

    Welcome Jeepers. I've always thought Buick torque worked great in trucks. I miss my 67 J2000. I removed the original 327 Rambler v8 and put in a Buick455/T400. Easy swap using factory 69 Jeep parts. Semi floater Dana 60 from a 71 J4000. 4" lift on 35" tires. That truck would go almost anywhere and take anything I could dish out. I also used to love picking on 5.0 mustangs with it.
     
  18. 1967GS340

    1967GS340 Well-Known Member

    Glad to see that you guys could put together enough people to make this work. I think that it's going to be a good thing for everyone in the long run.
    Welcome to the board!
     
  19. Hector

    Hector '79 Buick Limited

    I'm with all the others welcoming all the new members and thank V8Buick for making it happen.

    Perhaps one of you can start a thread with links to the history(prod. numbers,years,models,etc) for these vehicles for those of us not familiar with them.Anyone with pictures of a stock one,I would like to see the lay out of the 350 in the engine bay.Good luck with your builds.
     
  20. Tad

    Tad Member

    This is about as stock as I can get. It goes back and forth between my '70 Wagoneer and the '71 Skylark I bought for the engine swap.

    buick350s.jpg

    Not a great pic, it's been resized and transfered many times since '02.
    Also: I didn't buy it to just trash the Skylark, it was a local 4 door with a bad rear hit that didn't sell on Ebay. I kept the drivetrain and everything else went to a local Buick guy I know.

    EDIT: That came out really small, I'll link the bigger version when I make it to 10 posts.
     

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