1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

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1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

Postby Z-240071 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:04 am

Hello all :)

New to the forum and first time Jeep owner .
Just got me a 1979 J20 firetruck that i plan to bring back to how it started life - as a pickup.
I live in Norway , and this truck has spent its life as a small-town fire-truck , way north in the country .
It has just over 14000 original miles on the road . never driven on salted winter roads , and has been kept stored
in a heated and dry fire station garage until this summer. Seem to have been maintained properly all the years since
1980 , when it was built into a firetruck.
Have not seen many J-trucks in Norway , and could not find any other for sale to compare price with.
But i fell in love , and paid about 5000 usd for it . dont know if i over paid , but i had to have it :D

Hope to get usefull info , tips & tricks from all you members with knowledge of J-trucks :)

I will try to post some pictures . please correct me if i am doing it wrong.

https://imgur.com/a/sOc1e

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Re: 1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

Postby rocklaurence » Sun Oct 15, 2017 5:35 am

Wow! That is a nice truck and complete. I think you paid a reasonable price for what you got. Will the bed Topper un bolt or will it need cut off? IMO, I'd get rid if the Train Horns on the hood and remove the pump from the front bumper :mrgreen:

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Re: 1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

Postby Z-240071 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:49 am

Nice to know the price was reasonable :) It was an auction with starting price at 300usd , and i got a bit carried away :mrgreen:
Yes the topper will bolt off. Not sure how big holes it will leave , but the plan is to make something nice in stainless steel
or aluminium to cover them up . maybe a profile around the bed top of some sort.
The big horns and pump of course have to go !
It has an "special vehicle" title , that has limitations on top speed among other things (49mph) .
In order to get title as a pickup , the pump must be removed. Also the big search light need to be removed.

It starts and runs , but i am told it runs rough .
I think i would like to replace the carb with somthing new .
Any good replacement available ? maybe somthing with a bit more preformance ?
Also thinking on a 2" lift and a bit bigger tires .

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Re: 1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

Postby 63J300 » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:45 pm

I would let the top speed be 49mph and leave it that truck is way too cool

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Re: 1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

Postby fulsizjeep » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:47 am

Congrats on your score. The Holley 2300 (350 or 500 CFM) is a good replacement for the stock Motorcraft 2100 unless it has been changed up already. You have more pictures available?
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Re: 1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

Postby az chip » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:55 am

Nice project! Yours to do as you wish. But searchlights and fire hoses? That would be a blast!
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Re: 1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

Postby Z-240071 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:23 pm

fulsizjeep wrote:Congrats on your score. The Holley 2300 (350 or 500 CFM) is a good replacement for the stock Motorcraft 2100 unless it has been changed up already. You have more pictures available?


Thanks , i will look into the Holley carbs :)
I dont have more pictures right now . I havent got the truck home yet .
The arctic winter has contributed to two failed attempts to get it .
New try on monday :D i will post more pictures when i get it home :-bd

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Re: 1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

Postby Z-240071 » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:26 pm

az chip wrote:Nice project! Yours to do as you wish. But searchlights and fire hoses? That would be a blast!


Im sure every boys dreams at some point to have his own fire-truck :D
But it will be quite useless as a truck , and i would not have much use for it .

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Re: 1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

Postby Z-240071 » Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:42 am

Finally got the truck delivered :)
unfortunately i am away working for a few weeks :(
cant wait to get home and get started !
A few new pics taken at delivery : https://imgur.com/a/5Izl1

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Re: 1979 J20 Fire-truck to truck conversion

Postby az chip » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:00 pm

Looks like fun. Once all the stuff is off she will be 2 feet higher!
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