Neo Jeep J10 `Honcho`

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Neo Jeep J10 `Honcho`

Post by Galaxy Gaz » Sun Mar 19, 2017 1:21 pm

The Jeep Gladiator (or Jeep Pickup) is a full-size pickup truck based on the large SJ (Jeep Wagoneer) platform that was built and sold under numerous marques from 1962 to 1988.The Gladiator name was dropped after 1971, after which the line was known simply as the Jeep pickup. The pickups were designated as J2000 and J4000 models (the 3000 series was dropped in 1971) until 1973, then as J10 and J20 models from 1974 to 1988.

The AMC 360 cu in (5.9L) was offered in 1971 and through 1988. In early versions it produced 175 hp and 245 lb·ft of torque. Later 360s produced 195 hp and 295 lb·ft of torque. The AMC 401 cu in (6.6 L) was offered from 1974 through 1978. These engines are known for their toughness and excellent power output. The 401 produced 225 hp and 320 lb·ft of torque.
The model designations were simplified for 1974, with the J-2000 becoming the J-10 and the J-4000 changed to J-20. Larger brakes were made standard and the turning radius reduced. The Quadra-Trac system was now available with all engines.

The Honcho was a trim package on the J10 pickup, offered from 1976-1983. It consisted of bold striping and decals, and was offered with factory extras such as the Levi's interior or a roll bar. The content of the Honcho package varied from year to year, but always included the wide-track look of the Cherokee Chief.

The model is from Neo and is beautifully made . Detail is good and the paintwork and graphics are fantastic. I do have a couple of issues with it however , and that is because Neo got the year wrong. They list it as a 1975 model but it clearly is not. The early models had a raised `brow` on the front edge of the cab above the windscreen which was changed in 1980 to a smoother look cab which this Neo model has. It therefore makes it a post 1980 truck. I have also read that the `Honcho` graphics were only available on the stepside and short bed trucks , but this seems to be a long bed version.
Other than that , I am very impressed with the model .




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Re: Neo Jeep J10 `Honcho`

Post by Tom » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:25 pm

It looks really well-finished and detailed. Shame Neo didn't do their research properly, but that's not unique. The graphics make it stand out.

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Re: Neo Jeep J10 `Honcho`

Post by JSB33 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 5:20 am

I am unsure on the shape of the grille, it seem to protrude a bit but I can't say I have a great recollection of these, its been 35+ years since I have been around one. :lol: Still, there is no doubting what it is and I think its cool that they made it and did a good job.

I did a quick search and found a long bed Honcho.

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Re: Neo Jeep J10 `Honcho`

Post by Jager » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:32 am

Looks stunning, even if it does seem more post-1980 than pre-1980.



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Re: Neo Jeep J10 `Honcho`

Post by IFHP » Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:10 am

The earliest that it could be with that grille is 1981 (this ad is from 1982).

Image1982 Jeep Pickup (USA) by Michael, on Flickr

It is a nice model, but to my eyes, the grille has too much of a "prow" to it, the wheels are non-Honcho spec. I see that Neo also offers a non-Honcho version of the Jeep Pickup and I guess they didn't want to make a new cast to get the Honcho wheels correct.
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