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Jeep CJ-6

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A utility vehicle produced by Willys & Jeep from 1955-1975. CJ stands for Civilian Jeep.

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The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Jeep CJ page on 12 September 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

The CJ-6 was a stretched version of the CJ-5 with a 20 in (508 mm) longer-wheelbase (101 in, 1955-1971 / 103.5 in, 1972–1981). The extended chassis allowed a variety of configurations, including adding a second row of seats. Introduced in 1953 as the M170 military version, the civilian CJ-6 made its debut in 1955 as a 1956 model. Never very popular in the United States, most CJ-6 models were sold to Sweden and South America. It was also assembled in South Africa, by Volkswagen's local subsidiary. The U.S. Forest Service put a number of CJ-6 Jeeps into use. American sales ended after 1975, with the introduction of the CJ-7. Just 50,172 had been made when the series went out of production completely in 1981. Just as in the CJ-5, the V6 and V8 engine choices appeared in 1965 and 1972.

The M170 military version shared many of the features of the M38A1 (Military CJ-5), but had the passenger-door opening extended back to the rear wheel well. Most were used as front-line field ambulances, able to carry four litters. A few were also used as radio units.

The Brazilian Willys factory developed a version of the CJ-5 very similar to the CJ-6, offered with either two or four doors. Called the "Willys Jeep 101", it shared the chassis of the local Rural, a redesigned Willys Jeep Station Wagon. Like the Brazilian-made CJ5s, the 101 has square rear-wheel openings. This version was introduced in 1961, but was not retained after Ford's takeover in the fall of 1967.


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DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
23 March 1967NHTSA Recall 67V030000
Jeep CJ-5, Jeep CJ-6
Service Brakes, Hydraulic:Foundation Components:Hoses, Lines/Piping, And Fittings
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page


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