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1964 Jeep J300 Thriftside

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1964 J-300 Thriftside
The Jeep Thriftside bed is what people today call a stepside. It was a carryover of the long, narrow bed found on the old-style Willys pickups, and trucks so equipped were a few dollars less than the more stylish Townside models. In the '63-'70 Gladiator era, signified mostly by the "bucktooth" grille, Jeep trucks were offered in a staggering variety of configurations, three wheelbases, and around 10 GVWs. Through 1964, the only engine was the 230ci OHC "Tornado" six. It was snappy enough, but Jeep needed a V-8 to compete. That came in '65 in the form of an AMC 327. AMC's 232 OHV Six replaced the Tornado. Kevin Banonis' '64 Thriftside represents the last of the Tornado era at Jeep.