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Old 02-06-2003, 11:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jeep CJ with 40K tow capacity????WHOA!

You're thinking..."yeah right" but a friend spotted this for sale. 1985 Jeep C10A Military Tow Tractor, Nissan SD33 I6 diesel, TF727 trans with NP208 t-case, D70 rear with 4.88 posi, 2wd, 40k tow capacity for $2500. Here's the
LINK to the add. Eventhough it's only 2wd, I'd like to snag the drivetrain alone out of it, plus I think it's a cool little rig. Anyone know anymore details about these?
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IIRC those are used to tow airplanes. They come up for auction fairly frequently.
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I dunno why it would be 2wd since it has a transfer case, I guess they just use the low range from it. Does it have a front differential, or just an axle tube?

If this was handbuilt, it probably was built out of post 1980 J10 parts (NP208 & TF727) and that diesel is what comes out of Nissan Patrols.

Body sure does look a lot like this thing though.

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they run an empty axle tube on the front springs. cake to make it 4wd.
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I dunno why it would be 2wd since it has a transfer case, I guess they just use the low range from it. Does it have a front differential, or just an axle tube?

If this was handbuilt, it probably was built out of post 1980 J10 parts (NP208 & TF727) and that diesel is what comes out of Nissan Patrols.

Body sure does look a lot like this thing though.
These are not handmade. They were made for moving airplanes and there are a bunch of them around.
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most likely AF surplus unit.

I'd still love one.
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I dunno why it would be 2wd since it has a transfer case, I guess they just use the low range from it. Does it have a front differential, or just an axle tube?

If this was handbuilt, it probably was built out of post 1980 J10 parts (NP208 & TF727) and that diesel is what comes out of Nissan Patrols.

Body sure does look a lot like this thing though.
The link to the tan J-10 is cool, I like it. But the one on Ebay is fugly.

Did the tan J-10 shown actually come with the pickup bed? If so these most of been export only versions? Anbody know?
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The link to the tan J-10 is cool, I like it. But the one on Ebay is fugly.

Did the tan J-10 shown actually come with the pickup bed? If so these most of been export only versions? Anbody know?
From what I gather, most were for export, w/ diesel engs. I saw one down here on the road, chased the guy down for about 5 miles to ask if he wanted to sell t. He said no. Ain't seen another since then.
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Anyone know some specs on that engine at all? HP/Torque, weight....
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Anyone know some specs on that engine at all? HP/Torque, weight....
I think it's the same ones used in the Scouts in the late 70s
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A buddy of mine has over here that he bought off the USAF base locally. Fixed it up, added LPG so its dual fuel. Its really nice.




Heres his specs:
1985 Jeep CJ10a 'Flightline'
Ex USAF Jeep converted into a unique off roader

These push it forward

Chevy V8 Camaro Ď350í engine, headers and custom non cat system

TH350 Transmission with B&M 'Megashifter'

NP203 'Full time' Transfer case

LPG and Petrol



These keep it on the ground and going where I want (some of the time)

Dana 30 Front axle with Warn shafts, fused locking hubs & ARB locker

AMC 20 Rear axle with 1 piece Moser shafts and ARB locker

4.56 final axle ratios

33 x 9.50 BFG MTís



Helping it work in all conditions

Custom lifts - suspension equiv to 3" and body 1"

Heavy duty Radiator

External trans. oil cooler

Twin Kenlowe electric fans with internal cab overide

Custom snorkel and external 'Green' air filter

Warn Series 9 'commercial' winch with radio remote and Master-pull plasma 'wire'

Powermaster 140 amp altenator Hand throttle

Steering damper



These just make it look cool and functional

Custom rear bed and tonneau

Custom dash

Corbeau 'Forza' seats, 4 point TRS harnesses

Alloy tube bumpers

Custom Stainless roller fairlead

Smiths Gemini II alloys



Is it finished - of course not........

Wish List:

Upgrade to 35" BFG tyres

SOA and associated lift/body changes

Ranch RS9000 or better shocks

Fit Edelbrock 600cfm Carb (currently sat on bench)
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Those are used to tow small airplanes in the AF, they are also used to tow aerospace ground equipment (AGE). The diesels are really durable, they get abused. Top speed is about 45 mph. We call them bobtails in the airforce. You should see the dodge 3500 and the ford F350 bobtails we have now, They would make awesome cab trucks since they are so short. The AF is slowly phasing out the jeep C10 bobtail so look for them at military surplus auctions and DRMO.
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