Saturday, February 28, 2015

10k: Leg Room: 1984 Jeep CJ Stretched V8

 Willys-Overland Motors started production of the CJ (Civilian Jeep) way back in 1944 as a non-military version of their dirt conquering Jeep.  Production continued all the way through 1986 when AMC replaced it with the YJ Wrangler.  There was a long wheelbase CJ-8 pickup variant that was available with a cool Scrambler graphics package, but Jeep never built a crazy 4-seat long wheel base variety with the footprint of a boxcar.  But somebody did.  Find this 1984 Jeep CJ Stretched V8 swap here on eBay currently bidding for $7,100 reserve-not-met, located in Cockeysville, MD.  Tip to Bardzik.

You might think that maneuverability, u-turns, parking garages, and such  would be a problem until you realize that few normal objects are barriers to this thing.  Can't make the turn, just run over the curb, you probably won't notice that stuff that is happening in the next zip code behind you where the rear tires are chirping over stuff.

The V8 under the hood is a 5.7 liter (350 cubic inch) Chevrolet small know, the one that is shoved into just about every custom creation ever built?

This thing has enough leg room to put Yao Ming behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and still have room for a 24 pack of beer under the seat. 

 See a better approach on the off-road limo?


  1. Someday, someone will actually make an effort to build something small and usefully-sized again, when I see a current Wrangler out on the road I think 'Why not just buy a f'in Range Rover?'

  2. True, but I take exception to the current FC renegade interpretation of that concept, mainly on style points. I built up a JK unlimited to my own personal tastes, doing all the work myself, and it was indeed oversized for its implied purpose. It looked cool, but I realized that what I had built positioned form way ahead of function. I sold it with no regrets. If FC can make a smaller, diesel powered, trail-capable Wrangler that keeps the retro look going, I'd be the first to put down a deposit.

    1. FCA, your run of the mill Dutch-registered, London-headquartered, Italian-American manufacturer of Jeeps.

    2. Somewhere in muddy southern Italy there was some kid standing by the side of the road in 1944 watching the GIs go up the road thinking 'Someday we will own that company'.

  3. I wonder if Pfizer would pay the new owner to wrap this thing with a Viagra advertisement?

  4. I've got nothing really to add (surprise!). Just a picture of a Mini Moke.



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