told by Flint Boardman...
soon as I was on my own in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, I needed
a fishing truck. In the late summer of 1976, I bought a very clean
72 J4600. It had a 360, T18, Dana 20 and 4.09 gears with over
size wheels and tires. It had originally been equipped with an
over cab camper and was bought new in Alaska. This truck was traded
in on a new J20 in Fort Walton beach.
two years, I drove the very dependable Jtruck on beaches throughout
the Florida panhandle looking for big sharks in the surf.
J4000 was sold not long after I took orders to a Coast Guard cutter
out of Honolulu for two years. I had to take a break in my shark
fishing and FSJ addiction for most of that time. In 1980, I got
out of the Coast Guard and settled back into Corpus Christi, Texas.
As soon as I got a job, I got another FSJ to use for fishing.
It was a 1976 Wagoneer with 401, T400 and Quadratrac. With air
shocks installed on both axles, I could get a little over two
inches of lift fully loaded for surf fishing and had plenty of
clearance for 31" tires.
1981, I dragged a big Tiger Shark up the beach to our camp site
from where a close friend landed it. He has been known as Tiger
Frank since that day. This Tiger Shark picked up a bait in close
water only 6 feet deep with official weight of 864 lbs. That Wagoneer
also made many winter trips down Padre Island on camping trips
where we caught plenty of red fish, blue fish, speckled trout,
whiting and black tip sharks with long rods.
a 6 year residence in south Texas, I set my sights on south Florida
as a place to be near the Gulf of Mexico and have a decent life.
About a year before the move, I had bought an 81 J10 that had
a 258, T176, NP208, 2" AAL lift and 33" tires. The yellow
Wagoneer was sold. The J10 was well suited for the beach and stood
up as a good fishing truck until 1992 when I sold it to move to
three FSJs gave me great service driving beaches between Corpus
Christi, Texas and Naples, Florida providing access to great camping
and fishing spots. They worked hard so I could play hard and had
the cancer to show for it.
I could afford my first Jeep, I shark fished right off the top
of my first two cars, both Ramblers. This one is from Cape San
Blas, Florida, July 1974.