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05-06-2011, 01:16 AM
hey whats up everybody? the name's Bootz. And im the soon to be proud owner of a 70 J-3000 with a 327 and dana lockers. Once the title is in my hands and i start the resurrection I'll post some pics. May end up posting some questions too. Anybody with any advice or parts locations hit me up please.
05-06-2011, 05:42 AM
Welcome from NE Oregon! I have searched a lot for parts, and on here the place that keeps coming up is www.bjsoffroad.com, I just put in an order for several parts there, so I will let you know how the service is.
05-06-2011, 06:00 AM
Sounds like a great project truck for here in Montana. I am new also to the group here, but live in Ronan, MT. I haven't done much work on my 1985 J20 yet, all the parts I have needed so far I just get at NAPA. It seems that most savings that you get at other places is lost in shipping costs, and supporting my neighbors business really has paybacks in a small town. :fsj: I needed one hard to find part, a gas fill hose, but just did a search on line and got a new one. Welcome to the group.
05-06-2011, 08:34 AM
05-06-2011, 02:04 PM
thanks for the quick replies guys.
i checked bjsoffroad. pretty pricey and not much in stock for a 70. lol
anybody know where i can find a tail light cover?
05-06-2011, 06:44 PM
Here are the pics from the Craigslist ad.
05-06-2011, 08:34 PM
Wow, nice straight lookin' truck. Welcome! Saw 2 GWs today in Colville, Wa.
Even with gas prices soooo high, nice to see these old rigs still going. :thumbsup:
05-06-2011, 09:16 PM
Glad to see some more people from Montana. Looks like a great truck to start with. :drivin:
Here are the pics from the Craigslist ad.
My folks live West of Kalispell and I often peruse the Montana Craigslist postings. I stumbled upon this one a couple weeks back. Someone else posted this truck in the online for sale section and there was speculation that the bed is from a later model. I was also under the impression that the 327 lasted only until 68-69. Might be interesting to run the VIN and see what comes up on that truck. Nice score though:thumbsup:
05-09-2011, 02:28 AM
I did a little research on it and itwas supposed to have the dauntless 350. But i checked and it is the vigilante 327 that's in it. So i believe whoever had it before did an engine swap. If anybody else wants to run it just to double check for me the VIN is 3407Z193xxxxx.
What I got on it was:
34 = 68-71 J-4000 4WD
07 = 68-70 Camper Special
Z = 68-71 8000lb GVW
1 = 65-71 Left Hand Drive
9 = 68-70 V8 327/V8 350 w/Smog
3xxxxx = V8 350
As for the bed... Im just glad its got one. It's gonna get a good coat of flat black primer and bed coating anyway. ;-)
05-09-2011, 11:51 PM
Good looking truck, welcome to the fun.
05-16-2011, 02:20 PM
Nice score! You could find a tail light at the Jeep Ranch in Plains. Their number is 741-5337. We have sold them a couple parts rigs over the years. Good luck
05-17-2011, 09:59 AM
Today i become the owner of this awesome beast. Makin my last payment in a few hours!!! :D
05-17-2011, 10:03 AM
Congratulations! Full size jeeps are lots of fun...... enjoy it:thumbsup:
05-17-2011, 08:31 PM
Truck, title, and lots of parts. Need shocks, battery, u-joints, and bucket seats.
This thing was a B***H to get on and off the trailer we hauled it on. We jerked it off the trailer when we pulled it up. Then, one of our straps snapped while hauling it and when we went to take it off the trailer it rolled forward and landed right on the tongue and trailer jack. It took 2 hours of jacking the frame and shimmin it up and my neighbor's blazer to get it off. But it was well worth the pain and frustration. :D
05-17-2011, 10:00 PM
That Jeep is sweet!
05-17-2011, 11:05 PM
Word to the wise, it's hard to hold your honey with "bucket seats". Nice score!
05-18-2011, 02:56 PM
LOL. I use my F-150 for honey haulin. The J-Truck is gonna be strictly business.
05-19-2011, 04:35 AM
Congrats on the Jtruck. Lots of potential there. Looks like it might be a 8000 GVW and so it may have been a camper special. The bed is from a 73 or newer Jtruck because of the long lights. That would be D60 rear and D44 front axle. Have fun with it. :thumbsup:
05-19-2011, 01:39 PM
Thanks for the double check.
Anybody know which wiring harness I need? If so, anybody got the connectors? I can get the wire.
05-26-2011, 08:03 PM
Well i threw a battery in it just to experiment. It doesn't have the belts on it yet or any of the wiring perfect. Like i said, just an experiment. It turned over though so i don't have much to do to get it road ready. :D
05-28-2011, 02:28 AM
The paint scheme i have planned out is Univ. of Tennessee. Its stuck in my head. Here goes:
Tailgate: gloss white w/ volunteer orange JEEP letters.
Bed: walls and floor- volunteer orange lining
Body: gloss orange lateral stripe on gloss white panels with orange liner coated rockers.
Fender flares: orange liner
Hood: center rise- gloss orange; fender slopes- gloss white
Roof: continue angles of hood(possibly a UT "T" centered in gloss white)
Interior: headliner- 1/4" plywood backed UT themed fabric(matching seat covers); floorboards/dash mat- orange lining; dash/corners/exposed frame- gloss white; door panels- 1/8" or 1/16" plywood backed same fabric as headliner.
Exterior armor/accents: liner/gloss orange.
I know its not Griz or Bobcat, but I bleed Volunteer orange.
06-01-2011, 03:03 PM
Sounds great man. Keep us posted
08-05-2011, 09:30 PM
Well its been a little while...
Picked up a wiring harness out of a 77 wag, and a brake booster from a 76 J-Truck.
Found those off a tip i got while i was flaggin traffic for road construction on hwy 200 west of Great Falls. The guy also has a 327 in his backyard. No intent to sell though... :(
Keep you guys updated on the progress of puttin it together.
09-19-2011, 12:36 AM
Got the whole front end end and interior torn down. Now i can get to my problem areas better and so i can take care of a little body work.
Found my shift linkage. The connecting rod is in good shape. I need a new piece on the tranny though...(see pic)
The possibility of a floor shifter seems both more feasible and tempting... ;)
09-19-2011, 12:48 AM
Got my paint idea drawn up. :)
Obviously rough drafts. And subject to be tweaked.
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