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
Mallory Promaster coil
HID fog lights and secondary set of fog lights on winch mount
All glass is good
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
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
Fire extinguisher holder
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.
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.
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