Vigilante 4×4’s 1966 Jeep® Gladiator Resto-Mod Is The Truck Of Our Dreams!

392 HEMI-Power, Modern Suspension, & Class Looks...

Custom Jeep® builder Vigilante 4×4 has recently introduced a new offering in its lineup of resto-mods. The Johnson City, Texas company, specializes in full-size Jeep (SJ) models built between 1964 and 1991, and its latest creation is a stunning 1966 Jeep Gladiator pickup.

Vigilante 4×4 1966 Jeep® Gladiator J-2000. (Vigilante 4×4).

While several companies out there specialize in restoring SJ vehicles, Vigilante 4×4 sets it apart from the competition by using modern-day powertrains. Some of which are capable of producing up to 1,000 horsepower. While the original SJ chassis was never designed to handle that amount of power, Vigilante 4×4 has created its own chassis using 3D scans of original bodies to ensure proper mounting.

This 1966 Jeep Gladiator J-2000 4×4 is powered by the same 6.4-liter (392 cubic-inch) HEMI® SRT V8 found under the hood of the 2023 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. Producing 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque, the HEMI outpowers the original AMC 327 cubic-inch V8 that could be found in the Gladiator in 1966. That engine only made 250 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque.

Vigilante 4×4 1966 Jeep® Gladiator J-2000. (Vigilante 4×4).

In addition to the HEMI engine, Vigilante 4×4 also installed a modern suspension and brake components to ensure the truck drives just as good as any new Ram 1500 off the dealer lot, if not better. The truck now features a four-link suspension with Eibach coil springs, FOX™ dampers, and 6-piston Baer brakes.

However, this is just the beginning of the resto-mod process at Vigilante 4×4. After sandblasting and coating the original body, it is rebuilt with either the original components or replicas. The Empire Blue exterior of this resto-mod conceals a cream interior upholstered in high-quality leather and Alcantara. The truck also features replica badging, with a unique twist with the new displacement of the HEMI engine laying in the engine bay.

Vigilante 4×4 1966 Jeep® Gladiator J-2000. (Vigilante 4×4).

For those looking at customizing their SJ, Vigilante 4×4 offers a range of powertrain options, ranging from the entire lineup of HEMI® Mopar crate engines. Customers can choose a powertrain that best suits them and their driving style. This includes a choice between manual and automatic transmissions. This particular Gladiator features our pick, a 6-speed manual.

But while Vigilante 4×4’s builds look amazing, they aren’t necessarily cheap. And that is because you pay for what you get. These beautiful, tough, and modern powered pickups start at around $295,000. Of course, that cost can vary based on the number of customized options performed for your build.

Vigilante 4×4 1966 Jeep® Gladiator J-2000. (Vigilante 4×4).

For more information, you can check out Vigilante4x4.com. Or to see more of a deep dive into the building process of this particular truck, you visit its dedicated page.

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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 the 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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That is one handsome truck, when I win the lottery I will get one.

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