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1976 Jeep Cherokee Chief Z Code 401

1976 Jeep Cherokee Chief

Condition: Used
Make: Jeep
Model: Cherokee
Type: Chief
Trim: Chief
Year: 1976
Mileage: 133,750
Color: Firecracker Red
Engine: 401 CID 6.6L AMC V8
Cylinders: 8
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: 4WD
Interior color: Black
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Annapolis, Maryland, United States
Air Conditioning

Description for Jeep Cherokee 1976

1976 Jeep Cherokee Chief Z Code 401

Barnfind.com 1976 Jeep Cherokee Chief Z Code 401

Built 401CID, 6.6 liter, AMC V8 with Offenhauser valve covers, Edelbrock 1406 600 CFM 4BBL Performance Carb and intake. Electric fuel pump

Dual exhaust

Mallory Promaster coil

HID fog lights and secondary set of fog lights on winch mount

All glass is good

Tilt wheel

Warn 8274 winch

SuperLift with 32 x 11.5 x 15 Goodyear Wrangler MT/R Kevlar tires and full size spare

Factory collapsing roof rack

Crank rear window works but has no key

Old Air Products A/C

New alternator and belts

New air cleaner

Rebuilt TH400 Transmissions

Converted Quadratrac transfer case to 2 wheel drive. Driving options are 2High, 4High, 4Low and Selectro Heavy Duty front locking hubs.

Heavy duty axle supports front and rear

Rancho RS 5000 shocks

Front and rear diff covers

Dual fuel tanks. Auxiliary tank is where spare tire would originally be stored. Spare tire carrier is in rear cargo area


Rear wind visor

Headlights upgrade to LED

Original heater core removed and replaced with current vacuum system.

2” Receiver hitch with two D rings and round 4 pin in rear bumper

Pioneer stereo

Gun rack

Fire extinguisher holder

Can assist with shipping.

For sale locally and reserve the right to end auction at any time.

Vehicle is sold AS-IS and comes with no warranty whatsoever.


The link to the March 2016 Barnfinds.com listing for this vehicle is below. Since being purchased in 2016, the Chief has had a full rebuild of the TH400 transmission, a new alternator, new belts, seats have been upgraded with factory black Jeep seats and updated the intake.


Here is the verbiage from the link:

Among the circles of Jeep fanatics across this great big country of ours, there’s an almost universal appreciation for the words “Z Code.” That signifies the factory-fitted 401 engine, which meant a nice bump in power and stump-pulling torque. It was found in police cars, campers and vehicles like this 1976 Jeep Chief.

If I have my math and my history right, 1976 was the year the 401 got somewhat neutered by the factory due to increasingly stringent emissions regulations and the aftershocks of the oil crisis. While the power dropped off from the previous year, the 401 still came to battle with 320 lb. ft. of torque, a righteous number no matter how you look at it. To this day, Jeep and AMC fanatics get downright excited when they find a junkyard vehicle with a complete 401 still attached.

The seller of this particular Jeep Cherokee Chief claims he has $15,000 invested in the vehicle, with improvements and maintenance including a full engine rebuild and a rebuilt Turbo 400 transmission. The suspension and tires have been updated and upgraded, and the seller installed a functional A/C system. Perhaps the best surprise of all is that it still sports original paint that looks quite good in the photos.

The only major defect listed is an exhaust leak that’s developed since the Jeep has been in storage. This looks like a great vehicle for using both as intended and on the local car show circuit. Though you don’t want to muss up that original paint job, it’s still not too much of a trailer queen that you can’t take it camping and maybe down a creek bed or two. Bidding is just over $2K with the reserve unmet – how would you use this Z-code equipped Cherokee?