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Old 03-28-2012, 10:16 PM   #1
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Listen up Geezers!

you got style.

The Jeep "old man truck"
http://www.popularmechanics.com/cm/p.../HF/Jeep21.jpg

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:29 PM   #2
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probably nothing old under the hood between the wheels lol. looks awesome.

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:44 PM   #3
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This resembles "Brutus", my 76 J2000 401ci DD...



Brutus had something between the wheels.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:53 PM   #4
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This resembles "Brutus", my 76 J2000 401ci DD...



Brutus had something between the wheels.
damn what a badass.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:22 AM   #5
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Those old Glads are getting harder to find on the roads every year . Good old trucks, gas hogs, but good trucks. I'd love to have that Red one, don't know where I'd park it, but I'd like to have it.... "BH"
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:17 AM   #6
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Old school

Nice truck JeeperJake, I had one like that..three on the tree w/ a 6 cyl. engine, I really liked that truck. My bother had one with a350 Buick engine and a four speed...that thing was a beast. It would be cool to find one,


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Old 03-29-2012, 06:52 AM   #7
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Very nice truck indeed, JeeperJake...I am kinda poking around right now looking for one in restorable condition...for a project.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:54 AM   #8
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can't decide what I want more, the fc or the j-12. I mean, the FC looks perfect for taking the kids to school, but theres just something so retro and sexy looking about the j-12
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:41 AM   #9
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disclaimer:

THAT photo wasn't Brutus but very similar body style and had more lift.

BEWARE the J2000; and yes, while 401 did have considerable raw power for anything I ever did, the electrical system was curiously and MADDENINGLY fragile. Not to mention such as wheel bearings and a host of minor glitches causing in fact, "a temporary interruption in forward motion".

While styling and pure muscle was what I liked, and the configuration was perfect, and he DID carry a full length bed full of anything you put in there, riding even better and not changing the abysmal gas mileage any, there was serious flaws in reliability on multiple occasions from multiple system failures.

Style/fantasy is one thing; substance and reliability is another. Pay yer $$ and take yer pick.

Brutus came to me with 46000 miles and otherwise stock plus an impressive set of headers. My goal at the time was a dependable rural life style go-anywhere rig.

Over the course of 2 years as a DD, added another 40k miles and I spent an average of $150/month on repairs & general otherwise unpredicted maintenance.

The final straw was a 2000 mile road trip. Nightmare. Brutus got in a snit of flying along the highway for perhaps hours, then just shutting down for minutes to hours. Best electrical shops in 2 states AND various Jeep dealers along the way could not diagnose or FIX the condition.

Brutus became inert on a very remote stretch of road between Idaho Falls and Salmon Idaho. Look at the map. See if you can find, yes, "Mud Lake".....home of the famed Idaho Jack Rabbit Round Up....population of about 12 humans within 100 miles.

Towed to Salmon, spent a week in a buddy's driveway with various highly capable Outback Mechanics unable to remedy.

Finally fired to life, I headed home, died 3 times for 15-60 minutes along the way, and another Jeep dealer had no clue the cause. Made it home at last, to my own drive way. The curious sensation of joy to have made it home, along with infinite displeasure.

Went out to fire Brutus up in the morning to go to work.

Dead. No way.

Went to the GMC dealer & got a deal including they come haul off Brutus.

That was also the last time in over 20 years I needed to use my towing insurance. It was the last Jeep I had too, until my current JK.

So despite my fondness for and devotion to Brutus, he treated me poorly.

Beware, all who enter the realm of J2000. Know your own skill set and bank account.

Far better, IMHO, to pay the banker for a new Jeep than the various mechanics, repair shops and tow trucks to keep an old and unreliable dream alive.
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Old 03-29-2012, 02:48 PM   #10
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So the moral of the story is:

1. Buy a J truck.
2. Park said J truck in your garage.
3. Strip all the electrical and build your own new wiring harnesses.
4. Drive around like a bad-ass in your now reliable J truck.
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Old 03-29-2012, 03:03 PM   #11
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Wow! Sounds like a Lucas Electrics story!
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:42 PM   #12
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Geezer UPDATE:

sorry, the model was "J20" and THIS link is exact look of Brutus. This has a hemi, Brutus was a 401, not so raspy and throatier....although my recent experience with the Ram 5.7Hemi continues currently at 88000 miles with no problems.

Sounds similar but it's actual moving under its own power.


Jeep J20 1978 5,9 L V8 - YouTube

Yes, rewire at the minimum.

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