[E Group Overseas Report] Except for some concept models, although Jeep has expressed the idea of building a Wrangler pickup, it has not taken any practical action. This also makes many players anxious, and many Jeep players make modifications by themselves Some pickup versions of the Wrangler. In fact, Jeep should be no stranger to pickup truck models. In the past few years, Jeep has launched some pickup truck models. Today we will take a look at the historical Jeep pickup trucks.
When it comes to the history of Jeep, we have to talk about the Willis model, but today we are not going to talk about the various origins of the Willis, we are going to talk about the Willis version of the pickup. This is the first pickup truck model produced by Jeep between 1947 and 1965. A total of four forms were produced to supply the market: traditional pickup, chassis and compartment, pure chassis and platform technology. The first model produced was a 1-ton four-wheel drive model, and a 3/4-ton two-wheel drive model was launched in 1949. The original 63-horsepower engine was replaced by a 72-horsepower four-cylinder engine in 1951. Later, Jeep replaced it with an inline six-cylinder engine with a three-speed manual transmission. In less than 20 years, a total of 200,000 units of this model were produced.
FC=Forward Control, this is a single-row pickup truck that was active from 1956 to 1965, and it belongs to Willis. This car is produced based on the CJ-5 platform. It is powered by three engines: 2.2-liter four-cylinder, 3.7-liter inline six-cylinder and 4.5-liter V8. In addition to three-speed manual and four-speed manual, there is also a three-speed automatic transmission. Boxes are available for customers to choose. The original product is a standard length cargo box, but you can ask the manufacturer to customize it completely according to your own needs, so there are many names: FC-150, FC-170, FC-170 DRW, FC-180 and FC- 190. In 2012, Jeep brought a new FC concept car at the Easter Jeep Safari event. This concept car is based on the 2012 Wrangler Rubicon, and has comprehensively upgraded the suspension, tires and chassis.
Jeep Gladiator (J-Series)
Although it is known as a Jeep pickup truck, in fact “Gladiator” is the original name of this pickup truck. Of course, this car is based on the SJ Wagoneer model. The car was sold between 1962 and 1988, and there were not many changes during the period, but it was first produced by Willys, then changed to Kaiser, then AMC, and finally under the Chrysler Group. At first, it had J200, J2000, J300, J3000 and J4000 models, which were finally simplified to J10 and J20. This model is also divided into two types: long wheelbase and short wheelbase. The power is also very rich. It has 3 types of inline six-cylinder engines and 4 types of V8 engines. After being taken over by Jeep in 1971, the “Gladiator” name was dropped, and military versions of the M715 and M725 models continued to be produced. From 1976 to 1983, Jeep also launched a top-of-the-line Honcho model, which had more advanced equipment, including an interior prepared by Levi’s. In 2012, Jeep also launched a J-12 concept car to pay tribute to the Gladiator. This concept car is based on the Wrangler JK8, which also gives Wrangler players the opportunity to DIY a pickup truck by themselves.
Compared with other models, the life cycle of this Jeep Scrambler is not long. There was a period of glory between 1981 and 1986. The Scrambler or CJ-8 is actually a long-wheelbase version of the CJ-7, with a 2.6-meter wheelbase and a semi-detachable roof. Most models have a four-speed or five-speed manual transmission, although some models are equipped with a three-speed automatic transmission. Although this model has not existed for a short time, there are also some very famous car owners. For example, US President Reagan owns a Scrambler.
This Jeep Cherokee-based Comanche pickup has rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive and two different lengths of the cargo box, but there are many engine choices, including a 2.1-liter diesel four-cylinder engine and a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. There are three gasoline engines including a 4.0-liter V6 engine and a 4.0-liter V6, as well as four-speed and five-speed manual transmissions and three-speed and four-speed automatic transmissions. This car was born in 1985 and was produced until 1992.
Jeep Conversion Kit
If you’re looking to revamp your Wrangler and have the cash to spare, Mopar can help. Between 2007 and 2012, Mopar launched a conversion kit that could help customers transform the Wrangler into a pickup truck, which can be regarded as a modern version of the Scrambler. In addition to getting a decent-sized cargo box, you can also get a fiberglass roof and even a “row and a half” style. And this modification plan is not difficult, it only needs some simple disassembly and assembly, and of course you need to own a JK8 model.
Finally, let’s talk about Mopar’s modification kit. Some car fans may not know what’s going on. Next, I will use some pictures to quickly explain how to use this kit:
First of all, of course, you need to place an order for a kit produced by Mopar, and then wait for the receipt!
Take off the roof and start dismantling the seats.
The next step is to take off the hardtop and remove the roll cage.
Then the rear doors also had to be removed.
Continue to disassemble the container.
After dismantling, start to install the kit. First, the front fender of the cargo box is still a distance away from the front row of seats, which is the “half row” space.
Next move on to the side panels of the cargo box.
Plus new roof.
This is the “full body”.