March 3, 2020
CREAMSICLE: 1978 JEEP J20
Recently we found this article on TREAD Magazine's website featuring the father/son team of Bert Garrison Sr. and Bert Garrison Jr.'s revival of their 1978 Jeep J20 which included one of our Pure Line 1000W Inverters. Take a look at some excerpts of the original article below!
1978 JEEP J20
In 1977, Bert Garrison Sr. ordered this beautiful Alpine White 1978 Jeep J20 from Hinkle’s Jeep Sales in Pickens, South Carolina—at the time, the largest Jeep dealer in the world. The order was for a long wheelbase, three-quarter ton, no frills work truck. The plan was for it to be used in a small home-hauling business before eventually getting a slide-in truck camper.
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY
Bert Garrison Sr.’s son, Bert, got the keys to this family work horse when he got his driver’s license in 1977. Those early years for the younger Garrison were filled with fond memories in the J20, like going on his first date to the drive-in to see Star Wars. The truck was then used to drive between Greer, South Carolina, and The Citadel for college for a few years, before Garrison went off to the Air Force on the West Coast.
Garrison started a full frame-off restoration in 1995 to bring the truck back to its factory fresh glory. The restoration took nine months and was completed in a one-and-a-half car garage.
The restoration wrapped up just in time for Garrison to get a new assignment with the Air Force, this time out at Edwards Air Force Base in California where he flew the legendary SR-71 Black Bird. He made the move to the new assignment by pulling a 28-foot gooseneck box trailer with his freshly restored Jeep truck.
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