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Old 08-27-2014, 09:19 AM
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Recently picked up 1968 J3000, long road ahead!

Hello all! I recently brought this rig home:

http://i.imgur.com/wsnbNWp.jpg

It is a 1968 J3000, in pretty solid shape actually! Normal bed rust thru along the seam forward of the wheel well on both sides. Tail gate roll is shot, as you can imagine. Passeneger side rocker panel is the only one with a hole, about an inch and half thru.

I picked this up from a Jeep nut down in VA. He said the previous owner was a Vietnam vet, who bought the truck when he got home and drove it till the day he died in 2005. Truck has been sitting since then.

The guy I bought it from cutout the rust holes in the cab floor and welded in new metal. At some point someone dropped in a plastic gas tank as well. The truck has the 232 inline six, and (I think) the T-15A 3 speed (on the column) also Dana 44 front and the Dana 53 rear... while under the truck tho, I found this interesting rear suspension setup:

http://i.imgur.com/CiH97aS.jpg

Anybody have any thoughts on this?

So she's home now, I've replaced the point and condenser, changed the oil and I now have her running and driving from the key. Here she is at her new resting spot:

http://i.imgur.com/GLG750d.jpg

Not to rest long tho!
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Old 08-27-2014, 09:38 AM
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Cool old truck! The rear leaf springs look original and the shocks just look like a generic coilover to me. I've never run them, but I think they give a little amount of lift to saggy springs. Those coil springs above the frame must be another helper spring add-on, also not original.
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:09 PM
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The rear shocks look to have a cheezy J.C.Whitney "convert any shock to a coil-over" kit. Worth their weight in scrap.

Looks like a great starting point. Also, the lack of side marker lights make me wonder if it isn't actually a 67.
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:17 PM
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The rear shocks look to have a cheezy J.C.Whitney "convert any shock to a coil-over" kit. Worth their weight in scrap.

Looks like a great starting point. Also, the lack of side marker lights make me wonder if it isn't actually a 67.

IIRC, DOT mandated all vehicles 68 and newer had to have side marker lights. If I'm right, then you've got a 67 or older
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Old 08-27-2014, 06:42 PM
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That is interesting on the side marker lights! It is titled as a 68, but that could easily be wrong... any other indicator I could look for?
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Old 08-27-2014, 07:46 PM
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When the DOT comes up new regs there's usually a year or two grace period for compliance. Chev truck got the markers in 68 but don't know when Kaiser complied. Also back in those days there was no model year designation in the VIN and regardless of what month/year it was built they were commonly registered according to date sold. Model year change over on the assembly is generally in JUL so a rig built in MAY67 as a 67 could have sat on a dealers lot till 01JAN68 and registered/titled as a 68. Same a 68 model built in AUG of 67 and sold before 31DEC could be registered/titled as a 67.
Not exact science but the eng build date can give a clue. If the motor was built in 68 you know the truck wasn't built before then. There's also a build date stamped into the ring gear on the axles.
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Old 08-28-2014, 12:19 AM
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My 68 doesn't have side marker lights either.
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Actually First side reflectors on the fenders for the '69 model year
If you give the serial number by PM or in the thread , i can estimate a production date, won't be very accurate though ,not much data for 68. As Joe said you have also the engine build date
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:31 AM
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Thanks for all the replies, loving learning the lineage!

Speaking of, below are some pictures of my carb, I think it is supposed to be a Carter YF? It is a Carter, but I am not certain how to identify for certain...

http://i.imgur.com/z1prIqY.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/qud07W2.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/WDCyZw3.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/cq301Ij.jpg

EDIT: After closer inspection this evening, this is a 2 barrel carb, and the Carter YF was a single barrel if my research is right. The side of the carb is also stamped "Carter WCD"...

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