The Sport/Ute Before Sport/Utes
We don't know why we don't see more fullsize Cherokees on the trail. They make a great wheeling vehicle with a perfect wheelbase and good weight distribution, they can be found under $1,000 (stock), and they come loaded with some really nice drivetrain parts. And the Cherokee Chief Jonny Herron traded a quad for came as one screaming deal. Usually, early Cherokees come with a stout 360ci engine, TH400 tranny, a Quadra-trac transfer case, and Dana 44 axles (a great package already). But Jonny got way more than what you'd normally bargain for. His '78 Cherokee came loaded with Dana 60 axles and an LT1 engine!
We caught up with Jonny in Moab this past Easter Jeep Safari and mentioned shooting his Jeep, in which he replied "Man, it's only got an LT1 in it." Only?! Whoa, ya gotta wonder what kind of engine it takes to impress a guy like that!