It’s almost a shame that Jeep J-trucks don’t get as much love as they do. With possible exception of the Kaiser M-715 military rig or people who love watching the movie Twister over and over, J-trucks have been largely relegated to history, and that’s pretty sad in our opinion. To us, they are the best elements of the old-school way of viewing a truck: a useable workhorse that could do whatever was needed. Unfortunately, rust usually played a part in the premature demise of many an FSJ, and the trucks wound up going the way of the dodo pretty quickly.
Luckily, this 1983 model fell into the hands of a loving owner who restored the big beast to what you see now. It’s not a 100% overkill restoration, but there’s no sign of rust, there’s a very clean interior, the bed has been spray-lined, and on the whole…well, let’s not kid ourselves, we are drooling idiots for this truck. The AMC 360 has more than enough oats to move the J-10 around, and the automatic, a Chrysler 727 unit, is plenty capable and strong. Brian and Chad might appreciate an older Gladiator-style nose up front, but I’m personally digging the Grand Wagoneer-style grille on this rig. Upright, simple, and stout, this Jeep hits all of the right buttons. But then there’s the issue of the price tag…one that would pay for a really nice, fairly new used pickup with all of the amenities and creature comforts you could ask for. For us, it’d be a no-brainer, but what about you?