The Jeep® CJ-Sixty Six (CJ66) Concept was a fascinating blend of classic and modern Jeep elements, showcasing the endless possibilities of Mopar aftermarket parts. Combining a Jeep Wrangler (TJ) frame with a 1966 Jeep CJ body and incorporating Wrangler (JK) components, the CJ66 Concept demonstrated that Mopar applications can excel on the street and on challenging off-road trails.
Under the hood, the narrow-bodied CJ66 Concept packed a punch with a Mopar 345 cubic-inch (5.7-liter) HEMI® V8 engine paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. The 345 HEMI was equipped with various Mopar aftermarket upgrades to enhance its off-road performance, including a cold-air intake system and a cat-back exhaust system.
To easily tackle rough terrains, the CJ66 Concept boasted a set of Mopar Dana 44 crate axles at the front and rear, providing the necessary crawling power over rocks and boulders. A two-inch lift kit and 35-inch BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KO2 tires mounted on 17-inch beadlock wheels sourced from Mopar’s Jeep Performance Parts (JPP) catalog further enhanced the vehicle’s off-road capabilities. The beadlock rings were custom-painted in body color, tying the vehicle’s aesthetics together.
Not only did the CJ66 Concept excel in performance, but it also turned heads with its striking Copper Canyon paint job. The 1966 Jeep CJ body received oversized fender flares, protecting it from debris and accentuating the vehicle’s aggressive styling. Adding to its unique appearance were custom matte-black CJ66 graphic stripes running along the sides of the hood, while the hood, bezel, and latch were also finished in matte black. The iconic seven-slot grille, fitted with headlights from the Wrangler (JK) model, completed the CJ66’s distinctive front-end look.
The CJ66 Concept showcased Mopar’s attention to detail, with additional features to enhance off-road capabilities. Mopar LED amber fog lamps and a Mopar Warn winch with a fairlead adapter were added to assist in challenging situations. The vehicle was also equipped with a custom race car-inspired fuel filler cap, further accentuating its rugged and adventurous character.
Inside the cabin, the CJ66 Concept blended sportiness and functionality. Custom seats borrowed from the Dodge Viper, complete with concept seat risers, added a touch of performance-inspired style. Surrounding the cockpit was a custom-built roll cage, expertly bent to match the windshield surround. To shield occupants from the elements, a bikini top netting was installed. The centerpiece of the interior was the custom steering wheel, featuring the 50th Anniversary Moab Easter Jeep Safari logo, which commemorated the vehicle’s unveiling at the event. The interior also incorporated a Wrangler (JK) center console, shifter, Mopar instrument panel gauges, and all-weather mats.
Overall, the HEMI-powered CJ66 Concept was a remarkable demonstration of the possibilities that arise from combining different generations of Jeep vehicles and utilizing Mopar aftermarket parts. Its fusion of classic design and modern off-road capabilities made it a truly unique and attention-grabbing concept. The CJ66 Concept served as a testament to Jeep enthusiasts’ adventurous spirit and the Mopar brand’s boundless creativity.
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