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Blake Shepherd: 1978 Jeep J-10 Honcho

Posted in Ultimate Adventure: 2011 on November 1, 2011
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Photographers: 4 Wheel & Off-Road Staff

Driver: Blake Shepherd
Co-Driver: Krystal Hardman
Stomping Grounds: Longmont, CO
When most of us think of a classic Jeep, CJs and flatfenders often come to mind. And while rumors of a Jeep pickup have excited Mopar enthusiast for years, many forget about the fullsize Jeep trucks that used to fill dealer lots across America. These J-series pickups have huge potential. So when Blake Shepherd and his girlfriend Krystal Hardman decided to build a Jeep together, they made a great choice with the classic ’78 J-10 platform. While the J-truck now sports more tubing than sheetmetal, plenty aspects of the classic Jeep are still intact. Fitted with some extremely tough parts, the Honcho worked great throughout the week. The only thing better than the Honcho’s performance was the couple’s positive attitude and willingness to have fun no matter what.


  • Engine: 360ci, HEI ignition, Holley carburetor
  • Transmission: NV4500
  • Transfer Case: 4-speed Atlas (1:1, 2.7:1, 3.8:1, 10.34:1)
  • Front Axle: Dana 60, Detroit Locker, 5.38 gears
  • Rear Axle: 14-bolt with disc brakes, Detroit Locker, 5.38 gears


  • Springs & Such: Spring-over axle front with 2-inch BJ’s Offroad lift springs, 63-inch Chevy rear springs out back with custom spring mounts and TeraFlex shackles
  • Tires & Wheels: 42x14.50 Goodyear MTRs on 17-inch H2 wheels
  • Steering: Hydraulic assist


  • Custom cage, toolboxes, and bumpers; Champion winch; York onboard air; 1410 driveline U-joints

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