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One look at Dan Vicker's 71 J4000
and we knew we had to write a
feature story on his truck.
Dan did a complete resto on this
truck and man does it show. The
folks in Dan's hometown of
Chillicothe, Ohio are lucky to catch a
glimpse of this truck driving down
"I BOUGHT THE TRUCK IN 2008 FROM A
FELLOW NOT FAR FROM ME. HE BOUGHT
THE TRUCK OFF E-BAY OUT OF IDAHO.
WHEN HE RECEIVED THE TRUCK IT WAS
MORE WORK THAN HE EXPECTED SO HE
LISTED IT LOCALLY FOR SALE AND THAT
IS HOW I STUMBLED UPON IT.
IT WAS UGLY ( SEE PICS ) BUT OVERALL
IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
I SENT THE ORIGINAL AMC 360 AND 400 TRANS OUT TO BE REBUILT WHILE I WORKED ON THE TRUCK. ALL THE
ENGINE AND TRANS WORK WAS DONE TO FACTORY SPECS. I ADDED THE HEADERS, ALUMINUM JEEP VALVE
COVERS, JEEP AIR CLEANER, AND ELDERBROCK CARB.
IT STILL HAS THE ORIGINAL T18 TRANSFER CASE, DANA 44 AND 60 AXLES AND FACTORY LEAF SPRINGS.
IT HAS A 2 1/2" BODY LIFT WITH SKYJACKER SHOCKS, MASTERCRAFT COURSER MT TIRES MOUNTED ON A SET
OF TRUE JACKMAN STEEL SPOKE WHEELS. I HAVE HAD THESE WHEELS IN STORAGE FOR 20 YEARS, (I KNEW
THEY WOULD COME IN HANDY ONE DAY).
THE SEATS ARE FROM 4WD HARDWARE,
SMITTYBUILT W/RECLINE AND A
SMITTYBUILT STEEL CONSOLE.
STOCK STEERING COLUMN, CD PLAYER. THE
HEADLINER AND DOOR PANELS WHERE
RECONDITIONED BY J-B UPHOLSTERY.
ALL OF THE CAB, BED, FENDERS, TAILGATE,
AND REAR BUMPER ARE TRUE TO THE
THE 71'S HAD THE RAZOR GRILL, BUT I OPTED FOR THE RHINO GRILL
(JUST BECAUSE IT IS SO COOL)."
Dan is a regular visitor to JeepTruck.com and we are glad he took the time to share
his story with us along with the great pics of this cool looking truck.
At one point in time Dan was consdering selling his 71 J4000 to pursue another
project. After writing the feature story for JeepTruck.com and some encouragment
from his wife Dan had a change of heart and decided to keep the truck .
A year later when we asked Dan if he still
had the truck he replied "oh, yea she's
still in the family and sleeps inside every
Dan since your wife is so supportive of
you and your Jeep Truck we are sure you
are talking about your truck :)
1971 JEEP J4000
NEW REBUILT AMC 360 AND 400 TURBO AUTO
COMPLETE CAB-OFF RESTO. WESTERN TRUCK
ENTIRELY RUST FREE BODY AND FRAME.
HAD BEEN TAKEN CARE OF ITS WHOLE LIFE,
THE BED FLOOR HAD VIRTUALLY NO DENTS IN
IT. THE TAILGATE IS ABSOLUTELY
PERFECT.(THATS RARE IN ITS SELF).