Montana Flip: 1979 Jeep J20 3/4-Ton Pickup – SOLD!

Jun 2020 | Classifinds, Truckin Tuesday

July 6th Update – a check of the listing link confirmed the seller deleted their post, so we’re calling this one “Sold!”

June 22 Update:  If you recall when we first featured this 1979 Jeep J20 on May 12, the private seller provided limited pictures on a lightly snowy morning in Montana where he found this offering.  Fast forward one month, and he now provides updated pictures with the asking price lowered to $17,250, which now places it within the high end of the NADA Guides retail price range.  We’ve updated the link below; Good luck with the purchase!

The Jeep Gladiator, known after 1971 simply as the J-series truck, remains a rare site we gravitate towards each time we come across one when preparing for our latest “Truckin’ Tuesday” theme.  This latest 1979 example originally offered in May 2020 on Craigslist in Madison, Connecticut appears to be a private seller trying to flip a rust-free example found in Montana and brought back to an affluent area of the Northeast to sell for a slight profit. Originally offered at $18,500 the seller’s revised asking price now falls at the high end of the NADA Guides Classic Car Online Valuation Tool ‘s “Low”, “Average”, and “High” retail value range of $4,710, $11,100, and $17,640, respectively.  For additional context, a review of confirmed two similar examples sold for an average of $14,000 in the back half of 2019.  If you are serious about buying this J20, you can start the conversation by calling the seller at (860) 982-1252.

Jeep’s full-size pickup, originally called the Gladiator until 1971 when it became the J-Series, was largely based on the company’s SJ Wagoneer platform built under the Kaiser, AMC, and Chrysler brands between 1962 to 1988.  The Jeep Gladiator J-Series is noteworthy for remaining in production for more than 26 years on the same automotive platform.  For 1977, still under AMC ownership, Jeep J-10 1/2 ton pickups included Dana‘s manual four-wheel-drive system, a more powerful 258 cubic inch six-cylinder engine, and heavier axle tubes, while power front disc brakes became standard equipment. Stepping up to the 3/4 ton J-20 such as the example featured here meant a jump to AMC’s 360 cubic inch V8 engine being standard with a 401 cubic inch mill optional. Jeep’s innovative full-time Quadra-Trac four-wheel-drive system was also available with both automatic and manual transmissions.

This video provides an interesting comparison test of the J-Series versus similarly equipped Chevy and Ford pick-ups that proves how tough these trucks really are:

While the fact this truck is from Montana has us confidently thinking the body and frame on this example are truly rust-free, we have no pictures of the blue interior or the engine bay to determine an overall condition or the engine size. With the seller asking such a premium and commenting this truck is a “must see”, we get the impression you will not be disappointed wi you go to see it in person.  Good luck with the purchase!

Here’s the seller’s brief description:

“1979 Jeep J20 pickup, White exterior, blue interior, Montana truck,
no rust at all, runs well, V8, 4 speed, tires very good. This truck
is a must see. Call 860-982-1252

Do you have a J20 story you’d like to share?  Comment below and let us know!

1 Comment
  1. Tiger

    I recently grabbed up 79 j20 4×4 as a toy. It’s all there, kinda. My jeep guy really wants it after going through it but I need a work truck as a trade. I’ll never fix it and drive it into the ground unless someone wants to rescue it and trade for a 3/4 4×4.


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