Vigilante 4×4 Unveils 1975 Jeep Cherokee S Restomod

Vigilante 4×4 has unveiled its newest build: a 485-hp, 392 HEMI-powered 1975 Cherokee S.

Handcrafted to exacting detail, the new two-tone Jeep is highlighted in Brittany Blue streaked with a Glacier White stripe accent. Built on a 1975 Cherokee S sourced in Texas, Vigilante reengineered the 1975 Cherokee into a one-of-kind vehicle.

As with all Vigilante builds, the Cherokee S started with a complete strip-down of the original body to its bare metal. The builder then incorporates CAD design work based on a complete 3D scan of the original vehicle when developing each new custom-built chassis, allowing Vigilante to accommodate the vehicle’s modernized upgrades.

Under the hood of the new Vigilante 1975 Cherokee S is a 6.4-liter HEMI 392 MOPAR Gen III crate engine—providing 485 hp and 475 lb.-ft. of torque—joined to a Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission, the company said. Vigilante then installed an Advance Adapters Atlas-II transfer case alongside a Dana 44 front axle and Dana 60 rear axle.

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The custom Cherokee S is outfitted with Baer six-piston brake calipers operating in concert with a Hydratech hydroboost brake assistance system, as well as a Borgeson Street and Performance series power steering box makes the Cherokee S, the company said.

The custom build also incorporates a purpose-built high density aluminum radiator with an 850W Vintage Air brushless electric fan that serves as the truck’s primary cooling system. Mopar cast iron high flow exhaust manifolds are joined with a set of Borla stainless steel mufflers. A vented 26-gallon powder coated black stainless steel fuel tank with a large, easily serviceable fuel filter is also engineered into the Cherokee S, Vigilante said.

Inside, Vigilante added interior appointments designed to recreate 70’s-era style with Moore & Giles leather throughout the cabin embossed in a subtle flower pattern. Other upgrades include a Vintage Air Magnum V climate control unit, and a JL audio system combined with the original Jeep AM/FM/CB radio that offers Bluetooth and HD-radio capabilities with an amplifier and a loop of six speakers.

Vigilante 4x4 Unveils 1975 Jeep Cherokee S Restomod | THE SHOP

A.J. Hecht

A.J. Hecht is the managing editor of THE SHOP and host of the In Gear with THE SHOP podcast. Have an idea, a tip, or a question you’d like to see answered? Contact A.J. at ahecht@cahabamedia.com.

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