There’s always some element of adventure in buying an old Jeep. And if you’re like us, adventure always equals fun. We’ve always wanted a J-truck and had been casually looking for a good deal on one for a while. A few years back we had an opportunity to trade for one when a guy bought a Patriot Blue ’01 XJ from us (“Shoe Horn XJ,” Part I & II, Mar.-Apr. ’10). The XJ buyer mentioned that he was “kind of” trying to sell a ’78 J10 with a 360, T-18, Dana 20, and dual Dana 44s. It sounded nice but seemed to us that maybe he was not really quite ready to sell the J10 and we did not really have the time, cash, or space for it in our fleet just yet. Fast-forward a few years and the XJ buyer (now XJ owner) had decided to start a family. His wife asked for one thing for Christmas: the J10 gone from the garage. It just so happens that at about the same time we noticed a free spot in our driveway and were getting serious about filling it with a Jeep pickup. So we were browsing Craigslist and saw an image of a familiar J10. A couple of phone calls later and we conned a buddy and his trailer into loading us up and heading across town to look at a $1,000 ’78 J10 with 89,000 miles. Spoiler alert! We bought it, and it’s way cooler than we could have ever imagined. Follow along as we bring you along on our purchase to show you what we found and what we did to get a J10 named “Piggy the Pig Truck” back on the roads and trails using mostly junkyard parts. And tune in next issue as we delve further into this new project Jeep and get it ready for some Jp Jeep-type adventure!
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