Junkyard Find: 1972 Jeep J-4000, Used-Up Snowplow Edition

Murilee Martin
by Murilee Martin
junkyard find 1972 jeep j 4000 used up snowplow edition

Most ’60s and ’70s Detroit cars I see in big pull-yer-own-parts wrecking yards show signs of having spent a decade or more sitting in a yard or driveway. This is not the case with pickups, because just about any pickup that can be made to work at not-too-great expense will be kept on the road. A 45-year-old long-wheelbase Jeep pickup with a snowplow will earn its keep pushing the white stuff around until something really expensive fails.

Here is such a truck, spotted in a Denver yard.

The lack of an area code on the phone number and BIG SKY COUNTRY mudflaps indicate that this truck may have been a recent Colorado transplant from single-area-code Montana.

The plow hardware is gone, no doubt transferred to a youthful Dodge or GMC from the mid-80s.

There’s Bondo. There’s rust. There’s a driver’s door from a different-colored truck. How many miles are on this thing? A half-million?

The base engine in the ’72 Jeep pickup was the American Motors 258-cubic-inch straight six, an engine family used in Jeeps well into the current century. This one has the optional AMC V8, either a 304 or a 360 (and if you can tell the two apart from this photograph, let us know). You can only wring 175 horses from the 360, but that was plenty for plowing with the no-doubt-crazy-short gearing in this truck.

AMC found a particularly gruff-sounding hired voice for this in-house 1973 Jeep truck ad. Coming on stronger and tougher than ever!

[Images: © 2017 Murilee Martin]

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  • CobraJet CobraJet on Jan 30, 2017

    Growing up, my best friend's dad had a 1964 Jeep pickup. It had a camper shell that we rode many miles in. We thought it was fun back then. That body style didn't change for over a decade. His truck had an odd 6 cyl engine made by Kaiser, I believe.

    • Drzhivago138 Drzhivago138 on Jan 30, 2017

      Engine in question was the Tornado 250 Six. "Road tests of the new Jeep Wagoneer by Car Life magazine described the OHC six as 'commendably smooth and quiet.'" Besides the Gladiator and Wagoneer, the six was also used in some Industrias Kaiser Argentina and Renault Argentina vehicles, most notably the IKA Torino.

  • Doug-g Doug-g on Jan 31, 2017

    The promo film talked of turning "suspects" into buyers. LOL!

  • ToolGuy "Mr. President, no government agency, no think tank, and no polling firm knows more about the automobile customer than us. We talk to customers every day. As retail automotive dealerships, we are agnostic as to what we sell. Our business is to provide customers with vehicles that meet the needs of their budgets and lifestyles.”• How many lies can you fit into one paragraph?
  • Spamvw Three on the tree, even Generation X would have a hard time stealing one of those.
  • ToolGuy This trend of cyan wheels needs to end NOW.
  • Kwik_Shift Interesting nugget(s) of EV follies. https://x.com/WallStreetApes/status/1729212326237327708?s=20
  • SaulTigh I've said it before and I'll say it again...if you really cared about the environment you'd be encouraging everyone to drive a standard hybrid. Mature and reliable technology that uses less resources yet can still be conveniently driven cross country and use existing infrastructure.These young people have no concept of how far we've come. Cars were dirty, stinking things when I was a kid. They've never been cleaner. You hardly ever see a car smoking out the tail pipe or smell it running rich these days, even the most clapped out 20 year old POS. Hybrids are even cleaner.