SOLD: 1977 Jeep Cherokee Chief


Status: Sold
Make: Jeep
Model: Cherokee Chief Sport
Year: 1977
Color: Beige w/ Black roof
VIN: J7A17MZ083416
Title: Clean (MT)
Mileage: ~91,000 shown, TMU
: AMC 360 V8, w/ .030 Bore
Transmission: 4 spd. auto
Location: Bozeman, MT
Shipping: Yes, buyer’s expense
Revo Summary: Well presented and well cared for Cherokee, the original SUV
Price: Sold


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'77 Jeep Cherokee

Long before Ford stopped selling sedans, long before “SUV” became a part of the car buying lexicon, and long before Porsche became a “truck” manufacturer.... There was the Full Size Jeep ("FSJ"). Body on frame, big V8 power, 4x4 via transfer case, and room for the entire family complex. The FSJ came in Wagoneer form (marketed to families) and Cherokee form, for those with more sporting intentions than school drop off (“SJ”). The Cherokee was offered in several different trims over the years, and the example here is a “Cherokee Chief Sport,” which was more than just an appearance package, offering a wider track with wider fenders to accommodate wider tires all geared to garnering wider grins off road. 

This example has not been subject to a full restoration, but has received the attention that it deserves from successive owners with consistent maintenance, refinishing, and upgrades.  The result is a solid driving, great looking example with a very original feel. The paint shows very well in a two tone beige body with black above the belt line. There is minor corrosion showing through the paint on the back left fender, around the inside of the tailgate, as well as underneath the hood (all carefully depicted in pictures, below). The front fender wells have been trimmed to accommodate the larger tires. Upon visual inspection the frame is sound and solid with surface rust on some components. 


The interior was refreshed by the current owner shortly after purchase.  The work was done by Stans Upholstery in Eugene, Oregon. The seating is clean and intact with new seat upholstery in two tone tan and brown with black piping.  The carpeting shows as new in tan/beige. The dashboard is free of major cracks or blemishes. There is a modern aftermarket single DIN head unit installed. Three additional gauges are installed below the console showing water temp, manifold pressure, and battery voltage. The door cards appear to be original and are in tact but not perfect.  The headliner is ready for replacement but functional. It sags and has blemishes but does not interfere with the driver or passenger.


This motor was born as a small block AMC 360ci V8. A prior owner rebuilt the motor, including refreshing the cylinder walls with a 30 over bore (which also adds some displacement), new pistons, rings, a low end oriented cam, headers, electronic ignition, aluminum intake and a Weber carb.  The engine bay has also received a replacement radiator, heater core, and brake master cylinder. The fuel tank has also been replaced. The hose between the fill spout and fuel tank is in need of replacement. The odometer shows ~96,000, total mileage is unknown.

The stock transmission in the Cherokee Chief was a three speed automatic, with a 4WD transfer case.  The front wheels are fitted with manual locking hubs. The transmission shifts smoothly and appropriately.  The ‘77 Cherokee Chief was fitted by Jeep with a “QuadraTrac” four wheel drive system. The transfer case in the present example locks in 4WD properly.

The truck rides on aftermarket front and rear leaf springs made by Rough Country with an extended shackle providing modest suspension lift over stock.  Aftermarket dampers are fitted and show no signs of leakage, excessive porpoising, or wear.


The truck is fitted with aftermarket 15 inch  aluminum wheels, with oversized 33x12 50R15 Cooper Discoverer STT tires.  The tires show good tread depth and do not show any signs of premature wear or dry rot.  The wheels are true but show some pitting and minor corrosion.

A video of the truck starting, turning, and accelerating is shown below.

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