As Jeep collecting gets into full swing, many rare and forgotten Jeeps are rediscovered. The CJ-10 is one not familiar to everyone and was designed from the outset for export markets, Australia in particular, where light 4×4 utility pickups, a.k.a. “utes,” were (and are) very popular. With Jeep’s enviable name recognition, it was thought a CJ-based unit would have the suds to knock Toyota, and others, off their high-horse export markets. The serious design work on the CJ-10 started in 1980, but there is rumination on the topic in export product planning materials as early as 1977.
The original platform for what would become the CJ-10 was the J-10 series Jeep ½-ton trucks; though by the time it was finished it had been altered considerably. Originally, it was conceived in two GVWs (5,900 and 6,700 pounds) and a choice of three engines. The running gear remained fairly standard fullsized Jeep stuff, a rear semi-float Dana 44 (low-GVW) or Dana 60 (high-GVW), Dana 44 front, NP208 transfer case, Chrysler TorqueFlite 727 automatic or Tremec T-177 four-speed manual. Engine choices started with two gas engines, the 151ci two-barrel, four-cylinder and 258ci two-barrel six-cylinder, and a 3.3L Nissan SD-33 six-cylinder diesel. Gear ratios were 4.10 for the 258 and diesel but 4.88 for the four-banger. The CJ-10s were offered as hardtops or softops.
The CJ-10s in Australia were most often called the J10, marketed at times as the “Jeep One-Tonner.” They were well received in Australia but the universe didn’t align to knock the Japanese off their domination of the Aussie 4×4 ute market and imports had stopped by 1985. The Australian dollar was low against the U.S. dollar and dropped even more, effectively pricing the CJ-10 out of the market. But the CJ-10 wasn’t quite dead yet.
In 1984, a CJ-10-based flightline aircraft tug was developed for the military. It was based on the VAM-built CJ-10 and the first prototypes were built in Michigan for tests. Once greenlighted for production, VAM parts were assembled by PSI-Mobile, in Dearborn Heights, Michigan, into the bobtail CJ-10a tug. The 4×2 CJ-10a was produced into 1986, to the tune of a few over 2,000 units and that’s when the CJ-10 DNA finally died.
The civilian CJ-10 had all the right attributes to succeed in the markets in which they were introduced. Currency exchange rates and an ailing AMC/Jeep conspired to prevent exploiting the CJ-10’s obvious virtues. Until recently, CJ-10s had almost been forgotten, except by some in the hard-core Jeep collecting crowd. In Australia, they are already a collectible.
The ’82 CJ-10 you see here now belongs to Brett Quodling of Canberra, owner and operator of the oldest Jeep business in Australia Jeep City since 1954. It’s one of a handful that are still in good condition with many years of service ahead of it . It’s a right-hand drive, 6,700 pound GVW model, with the AMC 258 4.2L inline 6cy engine, 4 speed top loader T177 gearbox and instruments in kilometers. It’s been stored in the back of a shed for the past 10 years, until a recent facebook meeting took place over some CJ10 badges. From there the previuos owner introduced Brett to his collection of Jeep and especially the three Cj10’s trucks and many new and restored parts he wanted to sell. You could imagine the excitement when Brett had the opportunity to fly to Adelaide to inspect this rare vintage Jeep collection!
Once a deal was done a return trip to Adelaide Hills was on the cards, driving over with the Jeep City JK Supercharged Rubicon and trailer in tow. A 2 day epic shed session happened and all the parts and trucks where packed, strapped and wrapped ready for a return journey back to the east coast of Australia. A 2800km round trip Brett left Adelaide with the complete CJ10 on the car trailer loaded with small, breakable and expensive parts bound for home. Once home the parts where unpacked and identified, tagged and the arduios task of pricing these rare items was still ahead. The other 2 CJ10 where then arranged to be picked up by a car carrier and delivered to the Jeep City holding depot in Fyshwick Canberra. As we type this letter the remaining 2 CJ10 are being loaded by custom vehicle solutions who move vehicle that arent running or driving.
Over the coming weeks parts will be released onto the Jeep City website, ebay store, Facebook market place and Gumtree. With a great cult following with the Cj10 here in Australia, I believe these parts will sell fast. Considering our harsh coastal condition many CJ10 are in need of fresh panels, parts and pieces. Limited numbers of parts will be available as there are only 2 x Cj10 Jeeps to be sold off in pieces and the 3rd will remain complete for just the right buyer who can appreciate the rareness of the CJ10 – The Jeep One- Tonner. sold 24/12/2018
The SOLD Pending deposit Details :
Vehicle: 1982 Jeep CJ-10
Owner: Brett Quodling – Jeep City
Estimated value: $15,000
Engine: 258 cu in (4.2 L) AMC I6
Torque (lb-ft): 137.5 @ 2,000 rpm
Bore & stroke (in): 3.31 x 3.94
Comp. ratio: 20.8:1
Transmission: 4-speed Tremec T177manual
Transfer case: 2-spd, NP208
Front axle: Dana 44
Rear axle: Dana 60, semi-float
Axle ratio: 4.10:1
Tires: 35/12.50R15 Mickey Thompson Claws
Wheelbase (in): 119 Length 196 in (4,980 mm) with the utility box and rear bumper
Fuel capacity (gal): 20 (main), 15 (aux. opt.)
Min. grd. clearance (in): 9
Curb weight (lbs): 4,300 (2000kg)
GVW (lbs): 6,700
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