Whenever you hear about an old Jeep pickup truck, you’re likely rewarded with seeing a Gladiator or maybe a Jeep Comanche. You probably won’t see someone pull the cover back on something like this — a CJ-10. According to Fouwheeler, the CJ-10’s platform is based on its half-ton Gladiator brother but was “altered considerably” by the time it hit production.
American Motors planned for two CJ-10 varients — 5,900 GVW and 6,700 GVW, effectively meaning a medium-duty and heavy-duty version. The CJ-10 also had the choice of three engines — a 151 cid I4 gas engine, a 258 cid I6 gas engine and a 3.3-liter I6 diesel built by Nissan.
These odd pickups saw use around the world but weren’t a runaway success. The Jeep CJ-10 even served time as an aircraft tug, in two-wheel-drive form, until total production stopped in 1986. During its short production run, 1981-86, the CJ-10 bounced around to different factories. The CJ-10 started its production in South Bend, Indiana, before moving south to Vehiculos Automores Mexicanos in 1983. The two-wheel-drive tugs were assembled in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.