From The Archives #91

by Wes Kibble on May 11, 2011

This 1957 Jeep Gladiator Fire Truck is one of my favourites. I have actually never seen one in person. Have you?

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Jim Blair July 18, 2012 at 8:01 am

Actually, that’s a Kaiser Jeep because it’s a J200 and that was first built in 1963 and in ’66 it was changed to mean the wheelbase and load capacity. IE: J2000, J3000 and J4000 until ’74 when it was cut down to J10 for heavy 1/2 ton and J20 for 3/4 ton. Sadly the pickups went away in ’88 when Chrysler took over but Jeep had started the nicer interior and more car-like interior that begat the SUV craze with the Grand Wagoneer.

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Herve Gruyer March 31, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I agree : it’s actually a 4WD J200 with a 6cyl from ’63, ’64 or ’65. J200 was the short wheelbase model, usually the firetrucks were built rather on a long wheelbase (126”) J300 cab and chassis, or even on duallies J300. Yes the Gladiator model names were replaced by J2000 and J3000 in january 1965 , so for the ’66 models. The first V8 FSJs were available during 1965 spring and the J4000s (132” WB) in 1970

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