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Dry Montana Truck: 1977 Jeep Cherokee S

This 1977 Jeep Cherokee S is said to be western truck that never left the dry state of Montana, and the body’s condition certainly lends credence to that. The vulnerable edges of the fenders and lower sills show no signs of rot, and the paint looks incredibly consistent up and down the sides. The seller notes that the Jeep is equipped with the 360 V8 paired to a four-speed manual transmission. Find it here on eBay where bidding is at $8,200 with the reserve unmet.

The SJ Cherokees came in a few different flavors, from two doors to four doors to six-cylinders and eight cylinders. They were all enormously capable vehicles right out of the box, and the inline six-cylinder powerplant is the stuff of legend in terms of sheer reliability. The two doors tend to command more price-wise, but there’s nothing wrong with a clean four-door like this. The burnt orange paint is a great look, and the body is wrapped in a complimentary stripe decal.

The interior isn’t perfect, with a tear in the driver’s seat cushion and aftermarket speakers installed in the door panels. The seller claims it is in good condition, which is by and large is, but there are still some issues to sort out. The good news is the carpets appear to be in good shape with no heavy stains, the backseat looks mint, and the dash and gauges present well. With over 82,000 miles on the clock, it looks quite tidy for the age and miles.

The pairing of the 360 V8 with a manual gearbox sounds like a winner to me, even if brand loyalists will tell you the inline-six is the weapon of choice for a Jeep that will run forever. The engine bay is as clean as the rest of the Cherokee, and the seller claims the eight-cylinder mill runs well with the transmission shifting smoothly through the gears. Overall, an unadulterated Cherokee S wearing great colors with a rare manual transmission – hard to go wrong with that.


  1. Avatar photo Howard A Member

    GAK! And here’s my “Cherokee S”, only mine was an automatic and a 6, and the main reason I bought it, was because I thought it WAS a Kaiser. And don’t get all huffy, I know many had great luck with these, my PARTICULAR truck, would send anyone screaming into the night. Again, I liked the truck, even though the “Quadra-Trac” control in the glove box hissed, but didn’t seem to do anything, and in a last ditch effort to get some sort of gas mileage( even with the 6 it got low teens) and not understanding how it worked, put lockouts on the front, and it wouldn’t move. Every known device on the truck broke, or became inoperative, and rust, like most, finally killed it. It’s a nice truck, but unlike the Kaiser, you’ll get to know the Autozone person on a 1st name basis, trust me.

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  2. Avatar photo Mitchell Gildea Member

    I thought this generation of Cherokee was two-door only. Turns out I was wrong

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  3. Avatar photo Rick BB

    Looks like a different orange color on the firewall and the driver’s door post?

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    • Avatar photo Rob

      Same color there, you’re just seeing sunlight on those, but there is a little paint mismatch here and there on hood, Rf fender. Very nice truck though, considering we abused these things to death, plowing through drifts, sliding into ditches, feeding stock. They were amazing solid trucks and would go through anything.

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  4. Avatar photo Todd Zuercher

    Well known seller in the truck world – looks like she didn’t get anywhere near what I’m guessing she wanted for it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see it on BaT soon.

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    • Avatar photo Michael Abate

      BaT probably denied it.

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  5. Avatar photo Howard A Member

    I think Geomechs might take a slight offense to that statement. If you want to pick on anyone, pick on Wisconsin, who, year after year, gets the most recognition for being #1 in drunk driver arrests in the nation. With a baseball team named the “Brewers”, what a surprise. Coming from Wisconsin and a non-drinker, I’m not particularly proud of that fact.

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    • Avatar photo Kman

      Ray L. That just means the law enforcement in Wisconsin does their job. Drinking goes on everywhere.
      Convid has NEVER been isolated or visualized. How can they say you have it if they don’t know what it looks like?

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