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Jeep J10 Parts and Jeep J10 Accessories

Some Interesting Facts about the Jeep J10

  • The Jeep J10 was also known as the "Gladiator" and it was in production for more than 26 years. From 1962 to 1971, it was assigned with the J200, J2000, J300, and J3000 designation before being called the J10 in 1971.

  • Sharing the same body mold with the Jeep Cherokee and Wagoner, the J10 was designed with a 7-foot bed on a 119-inch wheelbase. A larger 8-foot box on a 131-inch wheelbase was also offered on the Jeep J10.

  • There were three trim packages available for the Jeep J10: The 10-4, Honcho, and the Golden Eagle. The Honcho designation became the J10's most common nicknames.

  • The J10 Honcho incorporated the wide-track look of the Jeep Cherokee Chief, giving it a meaner stance. Levi's Strauss and Company provided the Honcho's exterior while a roll bar set was also installed in the vehicle.

  • Considered as the most obscure Jeep J10 model, the 10-4 trim package was the trendiest amongst the J10 models. It was named after the CB (Citizen's Band) trucker craze back in the 1970's. An optional CB radio and trucker style body graphics were prominent on this particular model.

  • A lot of parts from different vehicles were donated to the Jeep J10 later in its production. This includes a Chevrolet transmission mount, a General Motors steering column, Motorcraft ignition, and a Ford air conditioning unit.

  • The Kaiser Jeep M715 shared the mold of the Jeep Gladiator or the J10. Several of its variants included the M726 (Telephone Maintenance), M724 (cab/chassis), M725 (military ambulance), and the M715 (troop carrier). The Kaiser Jeep was deployed during the Vietnam War and at the Korean De-Militarized Zone (DMZ). It's also known as the "five quarter ton truck".

  • Mopar, Chrysler Group's automobile parts service arm, designed a concept vehicle in 2010. It was called the Jeep NuKizer 715 and it was a tribute to the J10's military cousin, the M715.

  • In 2003, a smaller version of the J10 was developed. Called the Jeep Scrambler pickup, it was briefly shown at the 2003 North American Dealer's Association before it was prematurely pulled out.

Jeep J10 Articles

  • Jeep J10 Common Problems 17 January 2013

    Carrying the legacy of its older brother, the Jeep Gladiator, the J10 J-Series pickup truck was offered in three trim packages: the Golden Eagle, 10-4, and Honcho. The Jeep Honcho became the most popular among the J10 model series line, which featured a Levi's Jeans interior and a roll bar. The Jeep J10 was powered by a 304-cubic inch V8 engine that could give out 210 horsepower. A lot of Jeep enthusiasts loved the J10 for its mean stance and all-around rugged functionality. Just like most vehicles, Jeep J10 owners should be aware of their vehicles common problems, and prepare themselves if they encounter these issues.


    Manual Transmission

    One of the most common problems with the Jeep J10 is its manual transmission. Offering a 3-speed auto and a 4-speed manual transmission, the J10's manual transmission often failed to engage when placed in the first gear. According to reports, the original production lubricant provided wasn't adequate enough to protect the transmission's first gear. Owners had a hard time shifting gears which lead to gear failure for some.

    In 1982, Chrysler recalled more than 13,532 J10 Jeeps to fix the problem with the manual transmission. Owners were advised to bring their vehicles to the dealers, while dealers were instructed to replace the original production lubricant at no charge to the J10 owner.


    Fuel System

    The Jeep J10's fuel system also had several problems-specifically the 1981 year model. There were some Federal-Mogul aftermarket fuel pumps sold under the brand names of Parts Master, Parts Depot, TruFlow, NAPA, Carter, and AccuFlow which were either inadequately tested or improperly installed, causing the fuel pump to leak. The above-mentioned aftermarket fuel pumps were shipped between August 2006 and July 2007.

    In 2007, more than 34,000 units were affected by Federal-Mogul's advisory. A notification campaign was launched by Federal-Mogul advising owners to contact their company for a fuel pump replacement-free of charge-to avoid creating a potential fire hazard due to the defective fuel pump.


    Vehicle Speed Control

    Another common concern encountered by J10 owners was the faulty vehicle speed control. The cruise control module didn't respond accordingly, and was inconsistent at times. The faulty module needed to be replaced because the driver may lose control of the vehicle, leading to an accident.

    In 1987, a total of 3,996 Jeep J10's were affected by the vehicle speed control problem. Owners were advised by Chrysler to bring their units to the dealer to have the module replaced.