Junkyard Find: 1979 Jeep Cherokee
I spent a lot of time crawling around this ’69 Dodge A108 van during the last couple of weeks, picking up much-needed parts for my ’66 Dodge A100 Hell Project, and so I became quite familiar with the A108’s junkyard neighbor: this ’79 Jeep Cherokee.
This yard, being a typical Colorado self-service operation, has many Malaise Era Cherokees in stock. We saw this ’79 Cherokee Golden Eagle not long ago, and several more await my camera.
While this Jeep doesn’t have quite the style of the Golden Eagle, but it does have some timeless— i.e., extremely dated even when new— touches.
AMC didn’t have much in the art budget by the late 1970s, so they stuck with the “indian beads” tape stripes for a long, long time.
The giant “Quadra-Trac” selector knob adds a certain industrial charm to the cabin. You didn’t want to lock that center differential until things got serious!
The good news is that plenty of these trucks still roam the streets in these parts.
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