Custom Jeep Cherokee with a Turbo HEMI V8

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

This Jeep Cherokee is owned and built by Greg Huizenga. He started the project in 2010 when he decided to take a 1983 Jeep Cherokee WT body and install it over a 1971 Chevrolet C-10 chassis. The frame was shortened 17″ to give it a 110″ wheelbase. The body had to be notched in a few locations to clear the chassis.

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

One of the first planned engines was going to be an AMC 401 V8 with an Indy 401-3 intake, Ford Motorsports 80 lb injectors all controlled by a Megasquirt ECU. Backing that up would be a built TH400 and Ford 8.8 rear end with 4.10 gears.

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

At the end of 2012 Greg switched from building it for drag racing to building it for road racing and autocross.

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

The next engine choice was a 454 V8 built by Herman Lewis. The motor came with a 4″ Moldex crank, Hemi Adkins heads, solid roller, Mondello flexplate, HLR intake, and C&S Dominator carb. This combo produced 712 horsepower on a dyno.

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Greg settled on using a 5.7 L Gen 3 HEMI V8 sourced from a 2010 Dodge Challenger RT. This was connected to the factory TR6060 six-speed transmission taken from the same Challenger.

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

The 5.7 L HEMI produces 375 horsepower from the factory but Greg wanted more. So he installed a Bullseye S366 turbocharger which should help the engine produce around 500 horsepower to the wheels on a modest 5 psi of boost.

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Making sure the power gets to the ground will be a custom driveshaft from The Driveshaft Shop and a Moser 9″ full floater rear end.

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

The steering rack was taken from a 2004 Dodge Ram V8 4×4 truck. This allowed for a quicker ratio and works with the HEMI’s high pressure steering pump. The steering shaft was made from a 1973 Jeep column and a 1979 Jeep shaft.

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

After six years of hard work Greg is finally able to enjoy driving it. I am sure the Cherokee keeps a permanent smile on his face and turns heads everywhere it goes.

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Custom 1983 Jeep Cherokee on a C-10 chassis with a turbo 5.7 L HEMI V8

Source: IFSJA (build thread) and/via BangShift

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