A parking lot is a parking lot—unless it’s the Summit Racing parking lot. On any given day or time, the lot outside a Summit Racing store can turn into an impromptu mini car show, depending on who’s stopped by the store. On Wednesday, we often share a notable parking lot find—another benefit of being powered by Summit Racing Equipment.

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While the new Jeep Wrangler JL is a technological marvel, it’s sometimes nice to be reminded of a time when an “entertainment center” was a box of Creedence tapes, “climate control” meant roll-down windows, and your GPS system consisted of a tattered map in the glovebox.

That’s exactly what this Jeep J10 gives us in today’s Lot Shots.

The truck’s utilitarian silhouette is a far cry from 19-inch alloy wheels and heated leather seats. And that’s what makes it great.

This particular J10 has been tastefully modified too, wearing a brand new paint job, a set of blacked-out steelies, and a rugged bumper with a winch. Out back the J10 boasts a ladder rack and toolbox.

No doubt about it—this truck is ready to work.

But what’s really curious is the Cummins badge on the Jeep’s tailgate, which hints at a diesel swap. We tried to find the owner for details, but alas, we couldn’t find them milling about the Summit Racing retail store in Tallmadge, OH.

Jeep never offered a diesel motor in the J-series trucks. Though we’re not completely sure, this truck’s grille and round headlights indicate a 1972-78 model. In those years, you could get a trio of AMC V8s (the 304, 360, or 401), or opt for the nigh-bulletproof 258 AMC inline six—the same I6 that would evolve into the legendary Jeep 4.0L.

This Jeep is also wearing lockout hubs, which is an easy indicator of four-wheel-drive capability.

All told, this Jeep is about as “truck” as it gets. And though it may not have 15 cupholders or a fancy touchscreen display, we’d gladly hop in and amble down to the trail with it.

Jeep J10 Truck Tailgate

In the lower corner of the tailgate, you can see the Cummins badge. We desperately tried to find the owner and learn more details on the diesel swap, but couldn’t find them.

Jeep J10 Truck Grille

The grille style and round headlights tell us that this is a 1972-78 model.

Jeep J10 Truck AMC Badge

American Motors owned the Jeep brand from 1970-87, when Chrysler took over.


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Author: Paul Sakalas

Paul is the editor of OnAllCylinders. When he's not writing, you'll probably find him fixing oil leaks in a Jeep CJ-5 or roof leaks in 1972 Corvette ragtop. Thanks to a penchant for vintage Honda motorcycles, he spends the rest of his time fiddling with carburetors and cleaning chain lube off his left pant leg.