I've owned many makes and models of trucks over the years. I must admit that the '82 J10 with the 360 and 4 speed manual that I bought in september, is the baddest, toughest, and most fun vehicle A person can own.
Received a 1986 Grand Jeep Wagoneer by default. Had some wiring problems. Hadn't run in two years. fixed the wiring and it started right up. Changed oil and xmission fluids plus filters. It has run absolutley great since. Never had a Jeep before because I was afraid of them. Not now..Don.
And you put the comment here instead of on a Grand Wagoneer review because...?
I happen to own a 77 J10 and my thoughts are the same as everyone elses - it's hands down the best truck ever built. I love it with a disturbing passion and will never let go of the beast. I have owned it for 3 years now, hoping to make it 30. It is a beautiful piece of american history that cannot be matched by another truck, and I just wish that there were more of them around.
I had to sell my "74 J10 Pioneer in early 2005, and I'm feeling sick about it to this day; hands down the toughest and most fun truck I've ever owned. I payed off an automotive shop doing engine upgrades for a guy who couldn't pay the bill and ended up with a great deal on the truck.
After a total performance rebuild on the AMC 401 I won't even begin to detail here including a re-boring of 35 over and all new high performance internals including a crazy cam and crank combo, I was peaking close to 500HP (492HP). About 4 inches of lift with a front spring over and rear custom shackles plus 2 inch lift leaves, and 35 x 12.50 Mickey Thompson Baja Claws, got me pretty much anywhere.
I hope to build another one when I get back from Korea later this year. The J-series Jeep pickups are simultaneously the ugliest and the most beautiful trucks ever made.
USMC - South Korea
Howdy boy's and girl's,
I just picked up a 1978 J-20 dully with an ambulance bed on the back! It has the 360 and a 4 speed gear box. It was on a USAF base since new and now its mine! HOT DIGIDY DANG MAIN!!!
Now all I have to do is go 1400 miles one way and pick it up and drag it back here to Memphis... Good an excuse as any for a road trip!
Any one out there have any info on this here truck? How many made? Resale value? Etc...
Oh yeah, it's supposed to have only 14,700 original miles on it!!!
Ye HAAA!!! Y'allll.
Hello. I agree with everybody else, The J10 pickup is the toughest truck ever built!My '81 J10 Laredo short-bed will be with me for years to come. What other vehicle would make a 16yo want to trade his 92 camaro heritage edition for a truck? Mine's got a 360, 4-speed, 33" tires and will go through anything I can throw at it, and my parents can't tell me I'm speeding because the speedometer is broken. Now I just have to fix my see-through floorboards and the rust spots on the bed right behind the fender flares. The only problem I've ever had was a lose bolt holding the power wire to the solenoid for the ignition. These are great trucks and if you ever come across one make sure to get it before somebody else does.
Just bought my first J10, 1980 from a buddy for $200 bucks. He needed the money. I sold a 1974 Ford F100 Ranger for $400.00 and got this little 4 wheel drive gem. The lifters on it are worn and it doesn't have diddly for power right now because of that, but I took my 10 yr old and 3 yr old out for a ride through the timber with it the day I got it, we went over a few trees and bounced around like crazy, but we couldn't get it stuck... I love this truck. Just found one on EBAY for $2K and put my bid in as soon as I saw it, I think I will just keep getting them, Would like the boys to each have one when they grow up.
These trucks just rock! I currently have a '75 J10 and a '64 J-200. Owned them both since 1998. In that time, I've rebuilt a leaky clutch cylinder and replaced 2 wheel cylinders on the '64 and have had to replace the starter once and overhaul the carburetor and distributor on the '75. I don't consider those major wallet-busters. These 2 trucks have never let me down, even on long trips. The '64 is low-geared in the rear so it tops out at 52 mph with the original 6 cyl, but it sure can pull stumps.
I own a 79 J10, bought it new ($6995) and loved it. My husband called it Judy's Jeep. We lived in Oregon and it got plenty of off roading way back then... It's been sitting in the garage and now the driveway for awhile. My husband died a few years back and my son wanted to restore it. Has under 50k original miles, and really should be taken care of but know the kid can't, doesn't have the wherewithal. It is rusting... what to do? Advice please. Thanks, Judy.
I just bought a 79 J10 for only 500 bucks. I've had to replace the water pump. Also, the truck is going to need all new floor boards, but I don't care, it's the best truck I've ever driven. It's only got a 258 motor, but that's good enough for right now.
Also, the bed was completely shot so I ripped it off and I'm making a completely new bed out of wood. It's going to be looking like a real country truck.
These trucks are very durable. I just bought a 78 Jeep J10, and I have to say they are quite easy to fix rust on. You do not have to go buy a new panel like some say, just do it the right way and your rust will not reappear.. cut the rust out and patch it.. plastic filler it, then prime it and base coat n clear it... (I think I would know, I'm in the auto collision industry).
I'm about to be the owner of a '74 (?) J10 six banger/4 speed that I traded a '78 dismantled Ford F250 super cab 4x4 for. I also got a 24 x 30 metal building (disassembled) for the trade! I've been wanting one of these for a while. It's been stored in a barn for about five or six years, I can't wait! North Central Texas. Oh yeah... just came across this website today.
Hello From Saskatchewan! The province between Manitoba and Alberta if you didn't know. Two years ago I got 75 Jeep J10 Pioneer. It has a rebuilt AMC 360, barely has 2000 kilometers on it. Hydromatic transmission and the Borg Warner transfer case. Dana 44's front and back.
The truck hadn't run since eighty five; that's the year grandpa parked it. It had some electrical problems, so me and dad worked on that. Changed the oil, put some coolant in and a alternator. It fired up right away! It sent chills down my spine when it ran for the first time in twenty five years.
Still got lots of work to do though. Cleaned out the gas tank and chunks of old dirt fell out. The dirt was at least an inch thick. Thought to myself; that's why grandpa got the motor rebuilt!
I have 1977 J10. I was wondering how you go about telling if it is 401 or a 360? I have been told both. Still don't know for sure. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
Regarding the question of whether you have a 360 cu in or 401 cu in engine.
Go to this website: http://www.offroaders.com/tech/jeep/vin_72-80.htm
It has an explanation of the Jeep VIN numbers. With it, you should be able to figure out what engine you have.
I have an 82 J10 and I'm trying to do a lift without buying new springs. I put 4" blocks in the back but I am running into problems on the front with the springs being on the bottom.
Any suggestions will help. Thanks.
Regarding 401 or 360, look on the side of the block, it will either have 401 or 360 stamped on it in big numbers, you can't miss it.
Vin checking is useful, but doesn't tell you if someone has swapped engines. My J20 is registered 401, but at some point someone put a 360 in it.
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