The JEEP GLADIATOR (or JEEP PICKUP) is a full-size pickup truck based
on the large SJ (
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Introduced in 1962 for the 1963 model year , the Gladiator was a
conventional body on frame pickup design that shared its basic frame
architecture and front end with
Designations were J200 (short wheelbase trucks, up to mid-1965); J2000; J300 (long wheelbase trucks, up to mid-1967); J3000; and J4000, the first model with a longer 131-inch (3,300 mm) wheelbase.
Gladiators were available in RWD and 4WD , and came either with a solid front axle, or independent front suspension with optional dual rear wheels.
Gladiator trucks were available as: Cab and Chassis; Wrecker; Stake Bed; and chassis -mounted campers with extended wheelbases. The load bed options were Townside, Thriftside (a "step-side"), and Stake Bed, with up to 8,600 lb (3,901 kg) G.V.W. and almost two-ton payload capacity.
A new overhead cam Jeep Tornado engine 230 cu in (3.8 L) straight-six producing 140 hp (104 kW; 142 PS) was standard. Innovations for four-wheel-drive pickups included optional automatic transmission (an industry first), as well as power brakes, power steering, and a Power Take-Off unit for numerous accessories that included snow plows and push plates.
In early 1963,
During 1965 the 327 cu in (5.4 L) AMC V8 engine became available. It produced 250 hp (186 kW; 253 PS) and 340 pound force-feet (461 N·m) of torque at 2600 rpm. The standard Tornado engine was replaced by American Motors' 232 cu in (3.8 L) OHV inline six .
For 1968, the flared-fender Thriftsides models were dropped while a new camper option was added for the J-3600.
American Motors Corporation (AMC) purchased the Kaiser Jeep
operations in 1970 when Kaiser Industries decided to leave the
automobile business. The
In 1970, the Gladiator's front grille was changed to the same design
JEEP TRUCK 1971-1988
The Gladiator name was dropped after 1971, after which the line was
known simply as the
From 1971 to 1972
The AMC 258 cu in (4.2 L) I6 engine was introduced in 1972 and offered through 1988. The engine produced 112 hp (84 kW; 114 PS) and 210 lb·ft (285 N·m) of torque.
The AMC 360 cu in (5.9L) was offered in 1971 and through 1988. Producing in early versions 175 hp (130 kW; 177 PS) and 245 lb·ft (332 N·m) of torque. Later 360s produced 195 hp (145 kW; 198 PS) and 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) of torque.
The model designations were simplified for 1974, with the J-2000 becoming the J-10 and the J-4000 changed to J-20. Larger brakes were made standard and the turning radius reduced. The Quadra-Trac system was now available with all engines.
The AMC 401 cu in (6.6 L) was offered from 1974 through 1978. These engines are known for their toughness and excellent power output. The 401 produced 225 hp (168 kW; 228 PS) and 320 lb·ft (434 N·m) of torque.
1983 saw the new full-time four-wheel drive system, Selec-Trac, replace Quadra-Trac;
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The HONCHO was a trim package on the J10 pickup, offered from 1976-1983. It consisted of bold striping and decals, and was offered with factory extras such as the Levi\'s interior or a roll bar . The content of the Honcho package varied from year to year, but "always included the wide-track look of the Cherokee Chief."
The Honcho was one in a series of special decal packages offered for J-Series trucks in the mid to late 1970s, which included the Golden Eagle and the "10-4" which offered an optional Citizens\' Band radio along with the decals. The Honcho package was only available on the sportside (stepside) and short bed trucks. Between 1980 and 1983, only 1,264 of the sportside versions were produced.
Decal packages were available for many of Jeep's vehicles in the
1970s, including a package for the
JEEP TRUCK CONCEPTS
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A production-ready version of a
2005 JEEP GLADIATOR
In late-2004 a new JEEP GLADIATOR concept was introduced. While not
officially intended to be sold, it was used as a demonstration "that a
The Gladiator concept features an open-air canvas roof, fold-down windshield , removable doors, and has an expandable truck bed. The Gladiator has a 2.8-liter, 4-cylinder common-rail turbo diesel engine that provides 165 hp (123 kW; 167 PS) and 295 lb·ft (400 N·m) of torque. The truck has a 6-speed manual transmission . Ground clearance is 13.7 in (348 mm), with a break-over angle of 23.2°, an approach angle of 47.6° and departure angle of 38.0°. Front and rear tires are 34 in (864 mm) and are mounted on 18x8-inch wheels. The Jeep Gladiator has a 1,500-pound (680 kg) payload .
A "midgate" made the concept Gladiator truck closer to an imitation of the Chevrolet Avalanche , "than an attempt to revive its namesake's glory."
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