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Old March 28th, 2006, 10:42 AM   #1
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Default Weird Jeep History: CJ-10a Flightline Tow Tractor

In keeping with my usual Jeep "weirdness factor", I thought I'd give a quick "Jeep History" lesson on my latest purchase - a Jeep CJ-10a Flightline Tow Tractor (or tug). I will be heading down to Virginia in April to haul it back to Michigan.

The '10as were built in the '85-'86 timeframe, exclusively for the military. (NOTE: There was also a full-size CJ-10 truck built for export, but there are extremely rare.)

From the Yahoo Groups CJ-10List:
This List is dedicated sharing information from owners and fans of the unique Jeep CJ-10 models. Some of these short-lived Jeeps blurred the line between classic SWB CJs (Junior Jeeps)and the Full-Size Jeeps (Senior Jeeps). With a true 7 ft bed, 119" wheelbase, and seperate "CJ-like" cab, many of them had the best of both worlds. Another model more commonly found is the CJ-10A Flightline Tow Tractor. They are shortened, 80 inch wheelbase, "Bobtail" version of the pickup trucks. The Tugs were used on Military Air Base tarmacs for pulling around aircraft, munitions trailors, and other ground support equipment. These Jeeps have the unique 10-slot grilles and fender mounted headlights found only on the CJ-10s.
Current estimated build run totals:
810 CJ-10 Trucks (export)
2188 CJ-10A Tow Tractors

Some CJ-10a Specifications:
Overall Length: 170 inches
Width: 94 inches
Height: 78 inches
Curb Weight: 6060 Lbs
Ground Clearance: 6.5 Inches
Fuel Tank: 20 Gallons
Engine: Nissan SD33 6Cyl Diesel
Transmission: Chrysler 727 Automatic
Transfer Case: NP 198 or 208 Locked in low range "No shift fork for high range"
Front axle: Dana 44DF "Dead Front steering, non-drive"
Rear axle: Full floating Dana 70 Limited slip 4.88 gearing
Wheels: 16.5X6.75
Tires: 8.00X16.5 "D" Load range


The 1/2 tub is essentially the same as any CJ; CJ/YJ doors, front clip, windshield, dash, etc. could be easily swapped on. Conversely, the CJ-10 front clip can be swapped onto any '76-'95 Jeep CJ/YJ. While the door openings are the same as a CJ/YJ, they are unique in that they use the "World Cab" style door that has square corners on the rear portion of the window frame. The rare Alaskan Postal Scrambler is the only other vehicle that used these doors.

While the tub is basically "CJ", the frame is actually a shortened Wagoneer (FSJ) frame. Therefore, a 4WD conversion is a swap-in ordeal using a Waggy Dana 44 front axle. In my case, I'll also be using a Wagoneer plow setup on mine (see photo below).

I'll be using this as a plow vehicle, as my Scrambler is probably going to be a couple years in the works. Don't worry though...it won't see salt. I'm just using it for my own driveway, and it should remain rust-free for many, many years. In addition to using this as my personal plow vehicle, I could probably contract out my services for moving houses, towing semis, etc.

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How mine will eventually look (minus the camo paint):
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Old March 28th, 2006, 11:00 AM   #2
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Seen quite a few of those... now, dig up a CJ-7 World cab, and I'll be impressed...
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Old March 28th, 2006, 11:02 AM   #3
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Cool...and it has square lights!
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Old March 28th, 2006, 11:12 AM   #4
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We hada bunch of those on the Base I was stationed at. They do about 35mph tops. But can tow lots of wieght.
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Old March 28th, 2006, 11:24 AM   #5
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My advice:

Get Help. Soon.
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Seen quite a few of those... now, dig up a CJ-7 World cab, and I'll be impressed...
Ooohh...oohhh...a new challenge for me. Yeah, I forgot about seeing a pic of a CJ-7 World Cab setup a while back. Thanks for the catch. I also forgot to mention the Australian Overlander (similar to the Alaskan Postal, only with windows in the top). CLICK HERE for more info on the World Cabs.


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We hada bunch of those on the Base I was stationed at. They do about 35mph tops. But can tow lots of wieght.
Yeah, some folks rework the t-case to get it into high range, but there won't be a need in my case. It won't be licensed for road use.


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I don't know if I could ever find the strength to get "back on the wagon". I'm OK with that, though.


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Well, I'm picking up this '-10a in Virginia this coming weekend. If anyone in West Michigan is interested in checking it out in person, having a and talking Jeep stuff, e-mail me after the weekend.

I'm hoping for an uneventful trip home. This little guy weighs 6K lbs.

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Front axle: Dana 44DF "Dead Front steering, non-drive
I'm curious about this.. Is it a D44 pumpkin with no gears in it and just the knuckles? or just a straight tube? What makes one a dead front steering non-drive axle?
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I'm curious about this.. Is it a D44 pumpkin with no gears in it and just the knuckles? or just a straight tube? What makes one a dead front steering non-drive axle?
I'm not an expert, but it's just a straight tube with 4WD knuckles/outers (8-lug pattern). They did this for extra strength over a traditional 2WD steering setup. I'm anxious to get a closer look at the front axle myself, and will be in the market for a NT Waggy D44 axle very shortly.

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Craig, Are you using the Roady to pick this up?? That would be scary, but if so I need pics!!
I'll have to see this thing up close.
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Craig, Are you using the Roady to pick this up?? That would be scary, but if so I need pics!!
I'll have to see this thing up close.
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Uhhh, no. We'll probably be taking my father-in-law's full-size Chevy truck down (he uses it to pull their 5th wheel, so it's plenty stout).

That would be a sight, though. :tonka:

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Well, we got this thing home from Virginia in one piece. It is a serious pig at 6000 lbs., and we definitely felt it when towing it home with my father-in-law's Chevy 2500 (3/4 ton).

The good news is that it's definitely as clean as it looks. It's completely rust-free, with the exception of a small spot of surface rust on the very top of the grill, and a couple small pinholes on the front of the hood (it's a standard CJ hood, though...I have a couple spares if I don't want to repair this one).

It has an onboard air setup (tanks under driver & passenger doors & hook-ups on front & rear of vehicle) that I still need to figure out. My understanding is that they were used to control the air brakes on the aircraft that it was towing.

My plan of attack:
  • Replace the disassembled steering column with a spare auto column I already have in one of my parts CJs.
  • Try to get the vehicle running. Everything is still in-tact in the engine compartment, with the exception of a missing power steering pump belt.
  • Swap in a Waggy Dana 44 front axle in order to convert it to 4WD. It'll be a "hybrid" axle, as people usually swap Chevy outers to maintain the 8-bolt lug pattern. I'll also have to regear the front to 4.88 to match the gearing in the rear.
  • Buy/install a plow.

Anyway, here are a couple better-quality pics that I took after I got it home. More pics in this directory.

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sweet man, your ability to find/buy randomn jeeps never ceases to amaze me...keep it up
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[*]Swap in a Waggy Dana 44 front axle in order to convert it to 4WD. It'll be a "hybrid" axle, as people usually swap Chevy outers to maintain the 8-bolt lug pattern. I'll also have to regear the front to 4.88 to match the gearing in the rear.
j-20's have 8 lug outers.
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j-20's have 8 lug outers.
Good point, Daryl. I just found the Chevy outers reference when digging through old posts on the CJ-10 mail list. I'm not sure why I didn't see any references to the J-20s. I'll have to do some more research.

BTW, I e-mailed JCR today with a question about another possible project. Can you or Brian take a look, and get back with me at your convenience? Thanks!


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That is a Sweet tug! We have a 1982 cj10 that is number 12 off the line.
It has taken 7 years to restore it and proud to say it's done.. now we want to sell it. We also just found out thats it is very rare because it has side marker lights on it. There is only three that we know of, two in the UK and the one that we have. The two in the UK are NOT restored. So if anyone wants to buy it please email us @ dpoole9999@comcast.net.
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The air system wasn't used on aircraft brakes, It was used on different types of equipment that it towed around, like gaint A/C systems used to cool important aircraft.

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The air system wasn't used on aircraft brakes, It was used on different types of equipment that it towed around, like gaint A/C systems used to cool important aircraft.

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Cool Don. Thanks for the correction. Of course, you speak as if you were actually in the military, and have first-hand experience with these things. :tonka: Thanks again for your previous service to the country!

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Old May 2nd, 2006, 01:35 PM   #20
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Its not alot bigger then a regular SWB it seems... does it have weights in it to make it weigh 6k?
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