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Old 06-07-2012, 12:18 AM
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Nearly new J-Truck owner

I'm could, quite possibly, become the new owner of a 1969 Gladiator J3000 as early as tomorrow (or Friday)!!

Found a 69 Gladiator J3000 in all-original running condition.
Truck was family owned the entire life of the truck. Record will show current owner as the 2nd owner, but they got it from family.
Only 77K original miles.

Truck is a 4x4 with Buick 350, TH400, D20 and D44 front & rear.
Confirmed by VIN (serial number): 3406W19300687.
Red patina, and very little if any rust.

As described (and the pictures i've seen) the only rust is surface rust in the bed where it has been used.

Truck IS DRIVABLE... no major issues. Supposedly good tires. "Starts right up!" Headed up tomorrow (7 hour drive) to pick it up and flat-tow it back (another 7+ hrs)....overnight trip.

Will post up pics when I have more, or when she returns home.

I'm Jazzed!! Hope I can sleep...
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:25 AM
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Sound like a good J truck. Waiting on pictures .
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:52 AM
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Welcome from California! Can't wait to see pics, I'm a sucker for the older trucks.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:29 AM
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Welcome from California! Can't wait to see pics, I'm a sucker for the older trucks.

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Old 06-07-2012, 08:28 AM
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Congrats, waiting on pics
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Old 06-07-2012, 08:41 AM
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... waiting on pics
Yeah Me too!

Haven't seen it in person yet. Waiting for them to send me more detailed pics to make my decision (I'm mostly decided already though... If it's "as described" I'm gonna go get it.)

Here are the Pics from the listing.

Orignal Black CA plates and good tires!



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Old 06-07-2012, 09:51 AM
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pre80 rigs dont have a 100k miles indicater on the odometer.most people dont know thiswhen they list mileage.so if paperwork dont prove it it could be 177k miles
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Old 06-07-2012, 11:14 AM
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pre80 rigs dont have a 100k miles indicater on the odometer.most people dont know thiswhen they list mileage.so if paperwork dont prove it it could be 177k miles
Yeah, I knew that. Family history and condition of the truck tells me it could probablyy be 77K, but I'll look for documentation to prove it.
Even if they don't have it, it's not a show stopper. Condition of the truck is the prime factor, and I'm a pretty handy mechanic. So I can do anything to it I need to...
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Old 06-07-2012, 12:52 PM
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Still a great find !!!!
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Old 06-08-2012, 07:32 AM
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Welcome to the land of empty pockets and unfinished projects...

Cant wait to see more pics of it...
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Old 06-11-2012, 04:44 PM
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Well guys... I bailed... drove 8 hours and I was sorely disappointed in the condition of the truck. I dont think the seller intentionally misrepresented it, but pictures that I did get (seeveral actually) and from everything they told me, I expected a truck in much better condition. I won't go all into it... it was driveable, but had issues with the differentials trans & transfer case, in addition to rust-through in several areas.


Called/texted home to my brother to check craigslist from tsomething else, and he found me a M715 in the same area!! (so my trip wasn't a complete waste). So I bought it, and towed it home instead!

Runs good. Has a Chrysler 225 slant-6, and a fiberglass hard-top.
Is currently registered and drivable. Evereything else original as far as I can tell.

I'll get pics up later. I can't get to them here...

Edit: The only problem I did have... the rough ride home managed to snap off the starter. Part of it is still attached to the engine while the bulk of it was dangling from the battery cable... (starter must have been original to the engine to be so fragile... although that 99 freeways is really rough!)
Something fell down into the belhousing and jammed things up, so I'll have to pull the tranny if I can't find anything from the inspection cover. If I have to pull the trans, I might just replace the clutch and do a "quick" trans refresh will I'm at it... Gonna try to get this ready fro the USO car should on the 27th... stay tuned....


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Old 06-12-2012, 09:04 PM
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:13 PM
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Here it is!







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Old 06-12-2012, 09:15 PM
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Sounds like everything turned out for the best in the end, I'd take a M715 over a 69 Glad any day.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:16 PM
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:21 PM
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Oh... and I got the winch too! Had to take it off to install the tow bar...

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Old 06-12-2012, 09:24 PM
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Wow!
sounds like things worked out for you in the end. That is a sweet ride.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:37 PM
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Has some rust issues... Passenger size is the worst...
These are the worst areas, the rest is mostly superficial, or easily repairable. Frame does not appear to have any issues, just surface rust if any.

Passenger floor


Under Pass side seat




Passenger rear cab corner



Same corner looking up (truck bed on left, cab on right)




Passenger Rocker



Passenger front cab mount

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Old 06-12-2012, 10:00 PM
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Sounds like everything turned out for the best in the end, I'd take a M715 over a 69 Glad any day.
Yeah... but carried twice the pricetag of the Glad..
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Old 06-13-2012, 01:14 PM
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Yeah... but carried twice the pricetag of the Glad..

Yeah but you got twice the truck. I love early Gladiators but the '715 would be hard for me to pass up especially with such a cool motor swapped in. Shame you have to swap K-frames now to install a v-8. (Mopar joke) ha ha.



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