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401 V8 Powered: 1976 Jeep J10 Honcho

Pickups come in all shapes and sizes. Americans love the utility and freedom that owning a pickup provides. This 1976 Jeep J10 Honcho truck is a bit unique and one that you don’t see everyday. The J series pickup was built from 1971 to 1988 with the J10 and J20 designation starting in 1974. It is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is listed here on Craigslist. The seller states that this is an unmolested original and it appears to be well used. The asking price is $9,950.

The bright blue Levi’s Jeans interior is kind of a shocking contrast compared to the red exterior. The seller says this is original but it is obviously well worn. The truck appears to have aftermarket gauges under the dash. The “Honcho” trim package was offered by Jeep from 1976 to 1983. It included exterior decals and striping and the Levi’s interior. A roll bar was also optional. The Honcho package included the wide track look offered on the Cherokee Chief. It was available on stepside and short wheel base models only. Over the course of its production, 1,264 Honcho package trucks were manufactured.

The most unique feature of this truck is that it was built with the large 401 cubic inch V8 engine. The 401 cubic inch V8 engine was rated at 330 horsepower and 430 lb ft of torque. This engine was offered from 1974 to 1978 and was considered a powerful and yet reliable motor. This example has an automatic transmission but a manual transmission was also available. This truck is equipped Quadra-Trac and automatic hubs as well as power steering and power brakes. Quadra-Trac was a full time 4 wheel drive system.

The seller states that this Jeep Honcho J10 runs and drives. However, it is not considered roadworthy. The body has plenty of dents, faded paint and some rust. The wheels look new or refinished. Do you think this is a collectable Jeep that will rise in value?


  1. Lincoln B Member

    Has the heater been removed? I’m not an expert on these trucks but it is AZ.

  2. alphasud Member

    Yes it looks like the heater was removed. Also the HP for the 401 engine was 215HP due to emissions and its 8.25:1 compression ratio. That is a desirable engine for the performance guys due to extra casting around the main bearing caps. Block could be fitted with 4 bolt mains. Cool truck for someone but ask your friends to chip in for gas money.

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  3. Cadmanls Member

    This one is a nicer specimen than one that was featured earlier. Got that Buick torque with the auto. Clean south western body with the iconic Levi’s interior. Quite a nice starting point.

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    • Jay McCarthy

      AMC used 727 Torqueflights

      • Steve S

        And TH400 trans when they started Quadratrac. The Torqueflite used Selectrac.

  4. Stan

    330hp/430ft/lbs ? Seems way high.

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      That’s when the 401 was first introduced in 1971. As someone else said by 1976 the H.P. and torque decreased considerably

  5. Lowell Peterson

    Strong engine tolerates horsepower increase well. 727 strong as anything.

  6. P Mar

    no heater core? thats like buying a house without a furnace

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