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Inside Design: The HEMI-Powered Jeep® CJ66 Concept:

HEMI-Powered, Retro Looks, & Ready For The Trail...

What happens when you take a Jeep® Wrangler (TJ) frame, hang a 1966 Jeep CJ body on it, add in Wrangler (JK) elements and fuel it with a bunch of Mopar parts goodies? You get the Jeep CJ-Sixty Six (CJ66) Concept. The unique cocktail of three Jeep vehicle generations demonstrates that new Mopar applications can also be taken to the trail and not just to the street.

Jeep® CJ66 Concept at the Las Vegas Neon Museum. (Jeep).

The narrow-bodies Jeep CJ66 Concept harnesses horsepower from a Mopar 345 cubic-inch (5.7-liter) HEMI V8 paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 345 HEMI features a load of goodies from the Mopar aftermarket bin, like a Mopar cold-air intake and Mopar cat-back exhaust system to bump up it’s off-road performance. The CJ66 Concept also features a pair of Mopar Dana 44 crate axles front and rear, to help the SUV crawl over rocks and boulders.

Jeep® CJ66 Concept. (Jeep).

The eye-catching Copper Canyon paint pops on the 1966 Jeep. The CJ66 Concept rides high on a set of 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2s with a two-inch lift kit. The wheels are straight from Mopar’s Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) bin and are 17-inch beadlocks that assist the rubber in tackling off-road obstacles and feature custom body-colored painted beadlock rings to tie the vehicle together. 

Jeep® CJ66 Concept. (Jeep).

A concept onboard two-way air system allows off-roaders to quickly air up or air down tires to their desired pressure. Oversized fender flares not only offer protection from rocks and other debris but add to the aggressive styling of the CJ66 Concept. Additional production is added by a set of Mopar 10th Anniversary Wrangler (JK) bumper kits, JPP skid and front bumper plates, as well as concept JPP rock rails that are custom cut to fit the CJ’s body.

Jeep® CJ66 Concept at the Las Vegas Neon Museum. (Jeep).

The Copper Canyon paint is highlighted on both sides with a custom matte-black CJ66 graphic stripe that runs along the side of the hood. The concept hood, bezel, and latch are also colored matte black, along with the Jeep’s iconic seven-slot grille. The headlights are fitted with units that fit in the Wrangler (JK) model. Mopar LED amber fog lamps, as well as a Mopar Warn winch with a fairlead adapter to guide the winch cable, also add to the CJ66 Concept’s off-road capability. A custom race car-inspired fuel filler cap was also added.

Jeep® CJ66 Concept. (Jeep).

The vehicle’s windshield was cropped two-inches to give a sleeker appearance. While the interior was given a sportier look thanks to custom seats from the Dodge Viper that featured concept seat risers. The cockpit was surrounded by a custom-built roll cage, which was bent to match the windshield surround. A bikini top netting offered shade and cover from the elements. At the center of the custom steering wheel, is the 50th Anniversary Moab Easter Jeep Safari logo, which was the event the vehicle was originally unveiled at. A Wrangler (JK) center console and shifter were also graphed into the interior, along with a series of Mopar instrument panel gauges and Mopar all-weather mats.

So what do you think of the HEMI-Power CJ66 Concept? Leave your comments below.

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Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only a Co-Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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