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post #16 of 26 Old 05-02-2021, 11:12 AM
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I love stories like this, unfortunately these kinda things are hard to substantiate without someone with first hand knowledge, to bad no one documented his story before he passed. If true (I believe it) this could be very rare find. These things did/do happen all the time by the auto manufacturers, R&D vehicles were/are a good way to test out ideas before it went into production. Jay Lenos Garage had a whole segment on factory "projects". I would contact Collins Bros and tell them the story and see if they have any insight on this.

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post #17 of 26 Old 05-04-2021, 05:32 PM
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Join Glass City Crawlers on FB. They are the ones that started Jeepfest in Toledo. Lots of employees. Ask on that group, someone may know some old timers

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I love... "You can't do that!!" stories! -- You have the Best One, DRT1 !!

My 89 XJ now has a 96 fuse panel, steering column, and brake booster/master cylinder (from my cannibal-vehicle.) With some 'custom-fitting', I figured out how to make the parts work.
The 'upgrade' to 96 front brakes was easy. The only snag was that front hubs for the right "year[-group]" are needed for 96-[group] rotors. The splines fit the 89 Dana-30 parts/yoke, but the centering-hole for the rotor is a slightly different size.
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Great thread...very interesting!

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I'm guessing '74 or '75. I think those two years had Wiper motor mounted outside of windshield. Yeah my 350/350 turbo trani has a way short drivedhaft. Yeah bars keep the axle from torquing and beating up the U joints

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post #21 of 26 Old 05-07-2021, 03:42 PM
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They did have tailgates, black top and black dash pads!!
I personally know of and have seen in person at least a dozen actual SJs with D5596 on the VIN tag and own one of them. None have tailgates, all have white dash pads and visors. I said nothing about soft tops. These were replacements for Renegades when they Kelsey Hayes ran out of aluminum wheels. The 72-75 Renegades were also a solid rear panel, no tailgate.

Every piece of documentation I've seen agrees with these characteristics, so I'm not going to believe a magazine cover, being the one exception, is the rule. They very well could have put stickers on a non-SJ. It doesn't have the correct front bumper either.

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I'm guessing '74 or '75. I think those two years had Wiper motor mounted outside of windshield.
That windshield frame was used from mid 67 through 75.
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I owned and restored a 1973 304 V-8 Super Jeep in the early 2000's and did a lot of research on them. They were only made in 1973, did not have tailgates (like the Renegades), could be ordered with 6-cylinder or 304 V-8, had chrome bumpers (like yours) and had custom 2-tone bucket seats. Here's a few pictures of my 47,000 mile Super Jeep that was sold to a collector in Italy.

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That is definitely an authentic Super Jeep you have there but I can't explain the Turbo 400 automatic. AMC did a bunch of weird stuff back in the day that was not well documented, as a few have noted per above. It would definitely be worth looking into. Cool find....let us know what you discover!
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post #23 of 26 Old 05-08-2021, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks to Fairlane Phil's referral to the Glass City Crawlers facebook page. The word got out to the right person. I have been contacted by a gentleman who's father worked with Mr. Houston as Production Managers. He knows about these (what he called) pilot Jeeps. Before anyone chimes in that these are not Super Jeeps, they are not, not like you are accustom to seeing. One could respond,, yes they are,,,, unlike any that have been seen, tailgate, different stripe color combinations, automatic transmission, they were just not suppose to exist and only one still does. Nothing about this Jeep is wrong, it is exactly how they built the pilot. Hopefully this gentleman will find this thread and share some history. Like i said opening this thread, "Everybody likes a good Jeep story!"
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post #24 of 26 Old 05-09-2021, 06:30 PM Thread Starter
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The family found more pics of the 4 door truck and the CJ, (orange/white stripe on white). Also thought i would share Hr. Houston's old Jeepers Jamboree jacket . The truck was actually an earlier build than I thought. The pictures have a develop date of Jun 73'.
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This magazine cover is interesting b.
I wonder what the shocking 1973 truth was about shocks?

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post #26 of 26 Old 05-10-2021, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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I wonder what the shocking 1973 truth was about shocks?
If I find a copy of the magazine, I will let you know!!
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