Looking for a vintage 4x4 with serious off-road cred? Room for friends, but don't want another Bronco or Blazer? Then this custom 1986 Jeep CJ-6 should serve you nicely. Part CJ-6, part Toyota 4-Runner, and even part 4-door Wrangler (at least in spirit), this bespoke 'JeeYota' is one of the coolest 4x4s we've ever featured. With modern Quicksand paint, a Toyota 3.4 V6, and a go-anywhere custom chassis and suspension that's ready to tackle the Himalayas, this one-of-a-kind Jeep is a staff .....
favorite. So, you better make haste because we might take it home before you ever get the chance.
If you're wondering how something this unique was ever conjured up, let alone executed, then we recommend you check out Team Witt Customs here in Tennessee. Those pros know how to build just about anything, and when it came time to make a Jeep/Toyota hybrid with a vintage design and the heart of a modern SUV, they were more than up to the task. Life for this rugged Frankenstein started off as a CJ-6, but that wasn't enough to catch this owner's fancy. Just last year (2021) the Jeep got a brand-new steel tub that was converted into a 4-door, and then combined with the full chassis/drivetrain from a 1999 4Runner " arguably the most dependable SUV ever. The results speak for themselves, and with the tan paint, a lifted body, and open roof, it looks like it's waiting to go on Safari. Quicksand is one of Toyota's modern colors that you see adorning new Tacomas, and it makes sense why " it's an amazing shade. It's a perfect choice to match the Jeep's hard-nose, bruiser presentation, and it was professionally applied to a very high standard. The quality of the paint and bodywork alone make this CJ-6 stand out, and when coupled with blacked-out fender flares, heavy-duty bumpers, and long nerf bars at the flanks, the two-tone look is off-the-charts. The familiar CJ grille and round headlights up front are instantly recognizable all over the world, punctuated further with a pair of KC lights and winch mounted atop the bumper, while the removable hard doors, multi-point roll cage, and Bimini top mean this Jeep can go al fresco in seconds.
Thanks to this CJ's marriage to a late-model 4Runner, there's plenty of room inside where you'll find a brand new interior with seating for five. Captain's chairs up front were covered in gorgeous black hides with intricate white stitching, a full-size bench was upholstered to match out back, and the finished center console and door panels add a big scoop of civilization. The builders didn't go overboard though, wanting instead to keep the look and feel of a vintage Jeep very much alive, so the dash is a steel piece with limited frills and the inside of the tub was also left uncovered. However, all the exposed steel was painted to the same level as the exterior, so not only does it all show off how straight and beautifully put-together this custom 4x4 is, it's another reminder of how nice the paintwork is, too. A simple all-in-one circular Jeep gauge reflects the mileage since the build was completed " a paltry 30 miles " and it's joined by simple switches and the controls for the Vintage Air A/C system that was neatly added during the build. There's also leather-rimmed, three-spoke steering wheel mounted atop a tilt column, extra storage via a Tuffy box incorporated into the 4Runner's reworked center console that was dropped in between the seats, and shoulder-harness seatbelts fore and aft provide better safety than any Jeep could ever imagine in 1968. We already mentioned the multi-point roll cage, which stiffens the body and makes the Jeep trail-ready, but we failed to mention how cleverly it was added so as to leave plenty of leg room for passengers and enough storage space behind the rear bench to haul all your gear. And as a lovely finishing touch, the floors are protected with heavy-duty, indoor/outdoor style floormats.
Power comes from a torquey 3.6L 5VZ V6 swapped-in from a 1999 4Runner " an uber-reliable workhorse designed to handle 300K+ miles with only routine maintenance. It was fitted with an all new timing belt and fresh tune-up parts (the only things a quality Yota ever needs) before it was installed, so it's ready to outlast us into the next century if it's well cared for, and it's nestled inside the engine bay like it was born there. If you're familiar with this legendary V6, you'll know that it was so good Toyota used it for 10 years across several truck and SUV models, and even though the 4Runner version of the 5VZ was slightly detuned (183HP and 217 lb-ft torque in the 4Runner vs. 200HP and 220 lb-ft torque in the trucks), the torque band was specifically engineered to be delivered early so that the heavier 4Runner chassis got moving quicker. What's all that mean? It's perfect for off-roading, and can handle the modern roads with great aplomb. Fitted with a cold-air intake system and big cone filter, an aluminum radiator complete with an auxiliary electric fan, and options like power steering and power front disc brakes, it's a great runner that's been built to drive daily. The entire drivetrain was swapped-over, so the 5-speed/OD automatic transmission, transfer case, and 4x4 axles all came along for the show, so anything the 4Runner can do, this Jeep can do, probably better. A modern suspension and lift kit allow this CJ to conquer just about anything you put in front of it, and the rolling stock sits atop flashy Method Race Wheels wrapped in meaty 285/75/16 General Grabber A/Ts.
This is an awesome custom build with fantastic off-roading abilities and a unique look. Jeep guys and gals will think it's cool, and for the rest it's great way to join a group that prizes going anywhere, anytime. Call now!