Jeep Truck Returns
Jeep's main street display had the previously shown Gladiator concept in it, where it remained roped off. But the J-T (Jeep Truck) concept was a genuine driver, went everywhere, and got as many thumbs-up as the others combined.

Sporting classic Jeep pickup lines and ultra-low-impact style, the J-T is one of those concepts that begs comments like "ya gotta build this" and "it's a no-brainer." Hearing-aid beige (why couldn't this be the color's official name?) covers almost all of it including the solid steel wheels, and it even has a rendition of the round "4-Wheel Drive" badge painted on the tailgate.

The J-T is built on a Wrangler Unlimited chassis using existing side bodywork from military applications; you could do the same with a four-door by welding the back doors shut but you wouldn't have the flat-floor five-foot bed of the J-T. The removable top is fiberglass and leaves plenty of space for tall occupants in the standard Wrangler seating positions. As testament to the dumpster-diving involved with these projects, the J-T uses right-hand-drive-market H4 headlights.

Bolt-on parts include a three-inch Superlift kit, 35-inch mud tires, Mopar rear bumper and rock rails, and Ramsey 9500 UT winch. The simplicity stood out, even when parked next to a J20 or Commando.

While the J-T hadn't even been seen by most Jeep executives, V.P. of Jeep/truck design Ralph Gilles did visit Moab with it. Production queries elicited the standard "no comment," but Gilles did allow that the J-T was getting "lots of love" as it cruised the trails around Moab. If you weren't in Moab and want to share the love, go to www.jeep.com and tell them what "no-brainer" means. If you can make the business case for them, they'll build it.