Jeep Wagoneer/Commando/Cherokee 1957-1983 Repair Information



The first Wagoneer-type Jeep was introduced in 1962. There were six versions of this body style available: 2- and 4-door, 2WD and 4WD station wagons, and 2WD and 4WD panel deliveries. All of these vehicles came equipped with the 6 cylinder, 230 cu in. overhead cam engine, with the 327 cu in. V8 an option in 1965. All vehicles were equipped with a standard 3-speed manual transmission or with the Turbo Hydra-Matic® automatic transmission, available in the Wagoneer station wagon only. The most distinguishing characteristic of these vehicles is the rather large, square radiator grille. The square-grilled Wagoneer station wagon was made until 1965; the panel delivery until 1967.

In 1965, the Wagoneer station wagon underwent a styling change. The large, square grill was changed to a low, wide grille that extends the full width of the front of the vehicle. The vehicle was available in either 2WD or 4WD with a 232 cu in. 6 cylinder engine or 327 cu in. V8 engine up until 1967. In 1968, a 350 cu in. Buick V8 engine became available with 4WD only. This engine was used until 1971. A Super Wagoneer with 4WD and the 327 cu in. V8 was available from 1965 to 1968. The Super Wagoneer package included deluxe interior and exterior trim, including bucket seats, console shift and tilt steering wheel. All of the Wagoneers from 1965 on were available with either a 3-speed manual transmission or a Turbo Hydra-Matic 3-speed automatic transmission.

Since 1965, the Wagoneer has remained basically the same in physical appearance. Different power train combinations have become available since the Kaiser Jeep Corporation was taken over by the American Motors Corporation in 1971; the 304 cu in. V8 being made available in 1971 and 1972; also, the 360 cu in. V8 and 258 cu in. 6 cylinder engines were made available. In 1973, Quadra-Trac® full-time 4WD was added to the Wagoneer.

In 1974, a 2-door version of the Wagoneer was introduced called the Cherokee. The Cherokee has all the equipment and options of the Wagoneer, including automatic transmission, 401 cu in. V8 and Quadra-Trac.

The Jeep Pick-up, known as the Gladiator was introduced in 1962 and is, essentially the same as the Wagoneer and later, Grand Wagoneer. Some exceptions are the fact that it is available only in 4-wheel drive and is available in GVWR up to 1 ton. The pick-up was designated initially as the 2400 and 3400 series vehicle, but later became known as the J-10 and J-20 series.

The first Jeepster Commando was introduced in 1966. Pre-1971 Commandos were equipped with either the F-Head 4 cylinder or the 225 cu in. Buick V6 engine. In 1972, all Commandos came with either the 232 cu in., 258 cu in. inline sixes or the 304 cu in. V8. A standard or automatic transmission, coupled with 4WD together with convertible, station wagon, roadster or pickup body styles, made the Commando a very versatile vehicle. All pre-1971 Commandos have the square, vertically slotted grille, while Commandos manufactured after 1971 have the wide, bright metal grille that extends fully across the front of the vehicle.

Since its inception, the Commando has been called by three names: Jeepster, Jeepster Commando and Commando. For the purpose of simplification and clarity, all of these vehicles will be referred to as the Commando.

The FC-150 and FC-170 forward control trucks were first introduced in 1957 and continued unchanged through 1964, when production was discontinued. They are cab-over-engine trucks, with 4-wheel drive only, and both 6 and 12 volt electrical system availability. The FC-150 was a short wheel base model, equipped with the 4-134 F-head engine. The FC-170 was a long wheel base model, equipped with the flat-head 6-226 engine.