1966 Thriftside J 3000

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1966 Thriftside J 3000

Postby 66stepside » Thu Nov 08, 2018 9:40 am

jaber wrote:Drive looks awesome...


Thanks! I just wrapped up cutting the final pieces to fill in the area in front of the gate. I hope to complete the next phase of cutting this weekend.

Meanwhile, I had to do the unthinkable and leave Leroy outside while I wrap up the details of the mega cab project, but I did pony up to buy a car cover- one meant for a suburban!

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1966 J3000, 401, T-18, Dana 300
1962 Jeep J-200, 4.0, AW4, DANA 300 Father/Son Project
1954 Willy’s Truck: Stock
1967 Quadcab Thriftside
1968 M715: Stock

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Re: 1966 Thriftside J 3000

Postby 66stepside » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:36 pm

Had to swap out the ignition switch today. Couldn’t find an aftermarket one that fit in the local area, so I had to dig in my stash o’ spare pieces.

Here’s my “new” key to match the “new” ignition:

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1966 J3000, 401, T-18, Dana 300
1962 Jeep J-200, 4.0, AW4, DANA 300 Father/Son Project
1954 Willy’s Truck: Stock
1967 Quadcab Thriftside
1968 M715: Stock

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Re: 1966 Thriftside J 3000

Postby twisted frame » Wed Jan 02, 2019 7:53 pm

Sweet! I kept a dash, key, and ignition switch from a 69 parts truck I had. It might make it into my truck if I swap to a Kaiser dash.
73 J4000. 360, MC 2100, T18A, D20, stock closed knuckle Dana 44 front, 60-2 rear. Warn Lock-O-Matics, Warn/Belleview electric winch, true duals with glasspacks, old-school front diff skid plate, used 265 Toyos on 16" AR wheels.

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Re: 1966 Thriftside J 3000

Postby 66stepside » Thu Jan 03, 2019 3:34 pm

twisted frame wrote:Sweet! I kept a dash, key, and ignition switch from a 69 parts truck I had. It might make it into my truck if I swap to a Kaiser dash.


I geek out on that kind of stuff! Haha. I bought an NOS key blank from eBay years ago and had planned on buying a new ignition cylinder and having the blank made to fit if my current set up gave up on me, but since I had this spare and didn’t want any additional down time, I just used what I had on hand.

When I get some spare time, I’ll figure and where I can source a new switch that fits into the stock location- one of these days.

I’ve heard you can swap out just the key cylinders, and retain the older key, but I’ve never done that. I did keep the non-op ignition cyl. just in case I ever figure out how to do the swap.


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1966 J3000, 401, T-18, Dana 300
1962 Jeep J-200, 4.0, AW4, DANA 300 Father/Son Project
1954 Willy’s Truck: Stock
1967 Quadcab Thriftside
1968 M715: Stock

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Re: 1966 Thriftside J 3000

Postby Phils67 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 3:58 pm

In the very first few pics on this post, what hubcaps are those and what size wheels were they on? I want hubcaps for 16" steelies and think they look great
1967 Gladiator J2000/ 4.0MPI/T18/Twin sticked D20/ locked 44/welded 53/4.27s/4" Hell Creek,35s, pending J20 axles with Detroits and 3.73s and stock height

1990 Comanche/ 2.5TBI Renix/AX4/2wd SporTruck base model shortbed/problem child

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Re: 1966 Thriftside J 3000

Postby 66stepside » Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:51 pm

I bought two complete sets of Alcoa Steelies for the 8 lug axles under her- then welded on tabs to fit the stock 60’s era dog dish caps. They were at an estate sale north of Spokane.

I like they way they turned out, it gives it a sleeper look- not like she’s a 3/4 behemoth.


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1966 J3000, 401, T-18, Dana 300
1962 Jeep J-200, 4.0, AW4, DANA 300 Father/Son Project
1954 Willy’s Truck: Stock
1967 Quadcab Thriftside
1968 M715: Stock

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Re: 1966 Thriftside J 3000

Postby Phils67 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:40 pm

Are they the j20 style caps that were basically dodge caps? The only 60s era caps for j-trucks I know of are the dog dishes for 15" wheels
1967 Gladiator J2000/ 4.0MPI/T18/Twin sticked D20/ locked 44/welded 53/4.27s/4" Hell Creek,35s, pending J20 axles with Detroits and 3.73s and stock height

1990 Comanche/ 2.5TBI Renix/AX4/2wd SporTruck base model shortbed/problem child

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Re: 1966 Thriftside J 3000

Postby 66stepside » Wed Jan 09, 2019 9:32 am

Phils67 wrote:Are they the j20 style caps that were basically dodge caps? The only 60s era caps for j-trucks I know of are the dog dishes for 15" wheels


No, I have a set of those J20 I used to have on It.

If you look closely:

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You can see the hubcaps do not actually fit over the hubcap ring as a stock cap should. I welded hubcap tabs onto the rim so I could run the standard 15” dog dish cap on the larger rims.

If you’ve ever seen the older Willy’s truck rims, you may have seen the rims that had the tabs on them to run hubcaps. I did something like that to the 16” 8 lug steel rims.


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1966 J3000, 401, T-18, Dana 300
1962 Jeep J-200, 4.0, AW4, DANA 300 Father/Son Project
1954 Willy’s Truck: Stock
1967 Quadcab Thriftside
1968 M715: Stock

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Re: 1966 Thriftside J 3000

Postby Phils67 » Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:14 am

Gotcha. The pic with J20 caps was the one I was referring to originally but I think I may do like you did with the early dog dishes. It looks right
1967 Gladiator J2000/ 4.0MPI/T18/Twin sticked D20/ locked 44/welded 53/4.27s/4" Hell Creek,35s, pending J20 axles with Detroits and 3.73s and stock height

1990 Comanche/ 2.5TBI Renix/AX4/2wd SporTruck base model shortbed/problem child

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Re: 1966 Thriftside J 3000

Postby 66stepside » Thu Jan 10, 2019 8:32 am

Phils67 wrote:Gotcha. The pic with J20 caps was the one I was referring to originally but I think I may do like you did with the early dog dishes. It looks right


Hahaha, gotcha. A pic is worth a 1,000 words!


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1966 J3000, 401, T-18, Dana 300
1962 Jeep J-200, 4.0, AW4, DANA 300 Father/Son Project
1954 Willy’s Truck: Stock
1967 Quadcab Thriftside
1968 M715: Stock


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