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Unread 09-16-2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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Jeep two letter origins

Being new to the Jeep community I'm curious if there is any rhyme or reason behind the many 2 letter designations for Jeep models. Does anyone know, or at least make up a great story, how that came about?

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Unread 09-16-2013, 05:18 PM   #2
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Chrysler's body platform design is what the letters stand for. You try to keep up with all 4 generations of the Grand Cherokee, alone.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 05:29 PM   #3
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Yeah, i know all the jeep ones by head, but the other chrysler ones i tend to forget. When we bring up a car in dealerconnect/techconnect it lists models by body codes. When i was with rover, jag, maserati they all had alphanumeric codes too-most manufacturers do.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 05:40 PM   #4
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Started for civilians as "CJ" Civilian Jeep. A few others have letters that go with the Jeep but most don't.

I think this is all if not most.



Bantam Pilot Model - 1940
BRC-60 - Bantam model - 70 produced
BRC-40 - American Bantam Jeep for military
BRC-40/4WS - Bantam 4 wheel steering Jeep model
BRC-40 Checker - Checker's take on the Bantam design
Quad - Willys design prototype - 1940
Pygmy - Ford's design prototype - 1940
CPJ - Chevrolet entry proto for the Military design group
Mark II - Bantam production 1940-1941
MA - Willys production Jeep for the military 1,553 produced - 1941
GP - Ford's Jeep that the military ordered 1,500 of eventually 4,456 were produced - 1941
BRC-40 - Bantam's Jeep turned into the military 1,500 but in the end 2,605 were produced - 1941
MB(1) - Willys second generation Jeep design (the model produced in 1941 had a welded grill and 25,808 were produced)
MB(2) - Willys second design that incorporated the Ford designed stamped grill - 335,531 were built
GPW - Ford's Jeep built on Willys design specs, the breakdown of the designation is "G" Government, "P" Ford's designation for 80" wheelbase "W" Willys design 277,896 were built from 1941 - 1945
GPA - Ford's Amphibious Jeep 12,778 were built from 1942 - 1943 "A" fpr amphibious
M-38 - Willys gov design of the CJ-3A from 1950 - 1952 only 61,423 were ever produced
M-38a1 - Willys government design that would mostly resemble the CJ-5. 101,488 were produced from 1952 - 1957
M-170 - Long wheelbase Military Ambulance
M-151 - MUTT ("Military Unit Tactical Truck") built from 1959 - 1978
M-718 - Ambulance version of the M-151
M-422 - Mighty Mite. Aluminum Marine Corps Jeep, air cooled V4 lightweight
M-422A1 - Longer wheelbase version of the Mighty Mite
M-606 - The Jeep M606 was a military version of the Jeep CJ-3B, built 1962
M-606A1 (12v) and M606A2 (24v), M606A3 Designed after the CJ-5 both for US Armed Forces and Export from 1965 through 1982
M-676 - FC truck the M676 (or type I) was a two door pickup which differed very little from a stock FC-170
M-677 - FC truck The M677 (type II) was a four door crew cab pickup having the same 103" wheelbase and thus a shorter pickup box
M-679 - FC Marine Ambulance
M715 - Kaiser-built military pick-up truck, similar to the Gladiator J2000 - J4000 trucks
M-725 - military field ambulance
CJ-V35 - Military custom order. Cross between MB, M38, CJ-3A.
CJ-V35/U 1000 modified CJ-3As were produced for the U.S. Navy as the underwater vehicle
XM-170 - Experimental cousin of the CJ-4
CJ-2 (Agrijeep) - Willys first commercial bid for the gen public, mostly in farm use
CJ-2A - Willys second production Jeep for the gen public, 214,202 were built from 1945 - 1949
CJ-3A - Willy third design, this Jeep had 131,843 produced from 1949 - 1953
CJ-3B - Willys design this was much like the CJ-3A only the hood was much taller. To accommodate the F-head. 155,494 were produced from 1953 - 1968
CJ-4 - The missing link as some would call this one, it is an early design of what would become the CJ-5, only one is known to still exist
CJ-4 (Mahindra and Mahindra) - a long CJ-3B built in India
FC 150 - Jeep Forward Control Truck, based on the 81" wheelbase CJ-5 initially.
FC 170 - Longer wheelbase (103.5) Forward Control truck, used Super Hurricane I6
CJ-5 - Willys (Kaiser) made from 1955 - 1970, then AMC took it from there and built them till 1983 when among criticism about getting tough on high rollover risk AMC reluctantly decided to drop the short base model form its lineup. in the end over 600,000 of them were produced
CJ-6 - Willys (Kaiser) 1956 - 1970 and AMC 1970 - 1981, this one has a 101" wheelbase. From 1976-1981 they were export only. The only production number I have is 50,172 which sounds awful low to me for that many years
CJ-5A/CJ-6A - Kaiser Elevated the Tuxedo Park package to a separate model in 1964 ended ?
CJ-7 - Built by AMC starting in 1976, this Jeep had 93.4" wheelbase and had many offspring to its design
CJ-8 - this AMC design was known as the Scrambler, it has a 103" wheelbase and with the half top took on a truck type look. built from 1981 - 1985 27,792 were built
CJ-10 - 3/4 ton CJ Truck, export mainly to Australia
CJ-10A - Aircraft Military Tug in the United States
DJ-5A - Jeep built 2 wheel drive for mostly Postal delivery, they did also built a DJ-8 similar to the CJ-8
YJ - Wrangler, Started by AMC in 1986 and taken over by Chrysler in 1988, 632,231 were built up until 1995
TJ - 1997 - 2006, Jeep Wrangler
TJ-L - Long wheelbase TJ available for overseas military use
LJ - 2003 - 2006, Wrangler Unlimited
KJ - Jeep Liberty
XJ - Jeep Cherokee
VJ - 1948 through 1951 original 2WD Jeepster
ZJ - Jeep Grand Cherokee 1993 - 1998
MJ - Comanche - 1984-91 - compact pick-up
FC - Forward Control Jeep Van Trucks
FJ-3 and FJ-3A - Fleet Vans
FJ - Eagle Talon
WJ - Jeep Grand Cherokee 1999 - 2004
WK - Jeep Grand Cherokee 2005 - 2009
WKII - Jeep Grand Cherokee 2010- present
SJ - Denotes the full size Grand Wagoneers and Trucks 1963 - 1993
XK - Jeep Commander
JK - Jeep Wrangler, 2007 - present
MK - Compass/Patriot (2007-present)
KK - Liberty (2008-present)
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Unread 09-16-2013, 09:40 PM   #5
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Hey gcjeeping. Now that's a list! Thanks.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 06:25 AM   #6
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WJ - Womans Jeep
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Unread 09-17-2013, 08:25 AM   #7
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Go to www.jeep.com/en/history/ to see pictures/years of various Jeeps.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 10:48 AM   #8
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Good link. Thanks!
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Anybody know if the jeepster commando has a 2 letter designation?
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I have an uncle who used to have a Cj-8 "Scrambler". The transmission was garbage, and him being the kind of talented person he is, it ended up with a Ford 5.0 engine in it. It even had the "5.0" badges from a mustang on it.

I think I've seen two other scramblers, ever.
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Anybody know if the jeepster commando has a 2 letter designation?
I believe it does. I can't remember for sure, but I think it has a “v" in it or maybe c104. Something like that. Possibly vj (not trying to sound perverted).

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Anybody know if the jeepster commando has a 2 letter designation?

VJ - 1949 through 1951 original 2WD Jeepster


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VJ - 1949 through 1951 original 2WD Jeepster


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Well, specifically a 1970 commando
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