1965 Jeep J1000 (Hauler)
Last updated Jun 15, 2008
I purchased this truck in 1978 because my Dad had one like it that was too cool. The truck had a camper shell on it with some pretty wild deep red upholstery and interesting photos for wallpaper. The truck was in the process of being lifted so 44's could be run on it. The rear bumper was 46" off the ground it looked ridiculous at that time with the 31's that were on it. I got it home and took the 10" block out from under the rear springs and flipped the shackles around they way they belonged and wow what a difference. The canopy was pulled off and I took the skin off to repair the rot but the whole thing fell apart so the idea and balance of the camper shell was disposed of. The engine was a 327 vette motor that ran but not so well with the stock three speed on the floor ... bad combo let me tell you. The engine lasted a few years then spun a rod bearing, the tranny well it didn't work too well but held together until the engine quit. The engine was replaced with a 350 basic rebuild and it ran good although the tranny said no more. At this point, about 1990 it was time to improve what was there so it could be trusted and I had a few extra car dollars. The engine was again pulled down to build to match the use and run at the RPM the gears (4.27's) kept it at, 3100 at 60MPH. A lot of careful consideration was given to the pieces installed in the engine. The tranny was changed to a turbo 400 and the transfer case update to a 203 to match the trans. Both axles were gone through and brought up to specs and the brakes upgraded to newer larger 11" drums. Power steering and brakes were added to match the potential go power now available. First drive was simply WOW this truck now was the ultimate sleeper. It jumped off the line like a hungry cat on a fat mouse and was the surprise of many thought to be quick cars. The exhaust had a very throaty growl so there was always the guy that would snicker at the line. Gotcha! They knew they were had when it barked the tires as it snapped into second. When the first service was asked of it which was the family trip to the beach with the travel trailer it performed better then plan. ATV's in the bed, loaded trailer and 65 MPH over the mountains without breathing hard to say the least it was cool. The truck now sits patiently waiting for the rest of its rebirth and so do I.
HP by calculation only 375
never ran 1/4 mile but the 1/8th was high 9's at 100ish (only did this one night since that was not what it was for)
wing windows as air conditioning, heater and no that's it.
350 Chevy, ported heads, cam, headers, 2.5" dual exhaust with Walker low restriction mufflers, edelbrock manifold port matched and carb, MSD ignition, Turbo 400, 203 tranfer case, shortened drive line, upgraded brakes converted to power, power steering, all new wiring, cibie headlights, 4 row radiator and custom shroud. The rear bumper that came off my Dad's Jeep when he replaced his with a chrome version.
Oh ya the white spoke wheels those were not my choice I have to thanks some wonderful Firestone technician for those GRRRR. That's another story.
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