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1976 Jeep Cherokee CHIEF

Condition: Used
Make: Jeep
Model: Cherokee
Year: 1976
Mileage: 18,081
VIN: J6M16MP078308
Color: Red
Engine: 401 bored .030 over w/ high comp pistons & cam
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Auburndale, Florida, United States
Air Conditioning, Power Locks, Power Windows
4-Wheel Drive

Description for Jeep Cherokee 1976


No reserve, this rig needs a new home!

Previous total restoration in which the builder meticulously chronicled with pictures and diary entries online at the International Fullsize Jeep Association (IFSJA) Forum, his handle is: “Sappy 76” I have copied all of his entries into a single word document, which is available upon request via email. I also copied all of the photos which documented the extensive restoration.

-OR- you could use this link to visit the forum yourself:


In 2014 I bought this rig from a collector in San Antonio, TX which goes by the eBay username, “texastimemachine” As far back as I could tell, this Chief came out of California 10-15 years ago with a short stay in Michigan. The truck had a Texas title and now has a Florida title, which I have in hand. At the time of purchase, I was told the builder had in excess of $25k invested.

Since I’ve owned the Chief I’ve invested about $4k in bodywork, parts, electrical repair, rebuilt the Hydroboost, replaced power steering pump, master cylinder, added Bilstein shocks, tune up (plugs, wires, distributor cap, and K&N air filter), alloy rims, & new tires. The odometer reads 18,081 – which I believe to be the accurate mileage since rebuild as chronicled online at IFSJA.

This Chief is turn-key, its ready to drive right now. Its mechanically sound, runs VERY strong, and doesn’t burn or leak oil. Not sure what it's rated to pull, but it seems like it couldyank the slab out from under my house. The wiring harness was replaced with a new ‘79 Cherokee harness eliminating the glass tubes for modern fuses. The interior is in excellent condition with new carpet, aftermarket front bucket seats and center console. Take a close look at the attached photo’s, note the barely visible penny; tires are nearly new. The 5” lift is tasteful and not over the top – it looks great and handles well. Every time I go down the road I get thumbs up, waives, and questions at the gas station – everyone loves it.

- Highly desirable “Rhino Grille / Gladiator” front clip

- Highly desirable 401 (from ’83 Cherokee) bored 0.030 over, Keith Black pistons, Comp cam, & Hedman Headers

- Automatic GM TH400 with Quadratrac 4wd

- Edelbrock aluminum intake

- Power Windows & Locks (all work including rear tailgate)

- Power Steering

- Factory A/C

- Dana axles out of J20; Front HD44 and Rear D60 w/ 3.73 gearing

- Brakes: 4 wheel ¾ ton discs w/ hydroboost (stops on a dime)

- LED Tail lights

- LED curved light bar on top
- Alarm w/ 2 FOBs

- CD Player w/ amp & remote

- CB

- Aftermarket 35gal fuel tank

- Aftermarket (winch compatible) modified Cliffhanger front bumper

- Aftermarket chrome Nerf Bars

- Aftermarket rollbar inside

- Aftermarket steel rear bumper with swing open spare carrier and LED back up lights

- Roof rack; 5’x7’ Con-Ferr with steel mesh welded platform

- Smittybilt 54” Trail Jack (winch / lift / pull up to 7k)

- Class III Hitch

- New gauge cluster (at time of rebuild)

- Auxiliary electric oil pressure gauge

- HD Alternator

- Moto Metal 17x9 alloy wheels with Cooper Discovery R/T-3 tires

As you will see when reading the builder’s well detailed log – this was his daily driver - unfortunately he lived in Michigan. Upon completion of the restoration, the builder enteredit in a car show. Although it’s never been a “Trailer Queen” this Chief has been and retains the potential to again be show quality. I encourage you to take a few minutes and research the cost of the components the builder used: try not to swallow your tongue...

Paint is bubbling and rust issues should be addressed to preserve this awesome truck of a bygone era. I have purchased many hard to find body parts (pictured & included in sale) that you can have replaced prior to paint:

- L & R Widetrack front fenders (fiberglass)

- L & R lower door panels

- L & R rocker panels

- Tailgate (lower) panel

- Also included is weather stripping for the passenger door and the sweeps for the window channels in the tailgate and passenger door. All parts are new.

The Cliffhanger front bumper is setup for a winch (I removed the Harbor Freight 12.5k winch shortly after buying it & have been trying to get a Warn for Christmas but Santa hasn’t complied yet…) The air pressure gauges & electric pump are intact & working should you decide to switch back to air shocks from the Bilsteins I installed. The LED light bar was inadvertently dis-connected at the last trip to the mechanic and 1 of the Bosch fog lights is burned out. It’s starting to shift a little rough and the front end is getting a little loose and will need ball joints soon. These are all very addressable issues and not out of the ordinary for a 40-year-old vehicle. I am very saddened to sell my Chief; however, I can no longer work on or enjoy her due to a traumatic back injury.

Additional info: the builder installed a DVD player with dual 9” monitors (built into the back of each headrest), 2 accompanying headsets and game controllers are included - all of this A/V gear is intact. Shortly after buying the truck, the battery was running down overnight so I disconnected power to the A/V system and have never tried to address since. It may be an easy fix, especially if you’ve got kids toentertain – and the A/Vmay help justify the purchase when negotiating with your wife – Good luck men!

If you’ve got questions, don’t hesitate to call, text, or email Kevin at (724) 877-0445 between 8am-8pm EST or anytime at kwm1970@gmail.com.


A $500 deposit is required from the winning bidder, due electronically via PayPal within 24 hours after the auction ends, to hold the vehicle. I do not accept Paypal for payments over $500 - deposits only. I will not be accepting trades. Respectfully, please bid responsibly by having any required financing in place before committing to purchase the vehicle as full payment is due within7 days of auction end via cash or certified bank check (drawn on a major US bank). I can hold the vehicle for no more than 2 weeks at no charge to the winning bidder after the auction (the charge is $20 per day thereafter unless another arrangement is made). I apologize in advance, but bidders with zero feedback will have their bids canceled, no matter what the amount, unless you contact me in advance of bidding. Bidders outside North America (anywhere other than the US, Canada, or Mexico “mainland”) are welcome to bid, but also must phone me before bidding.