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V-12 in a 1977 Wagoneer! Out of the Bill Harrah Collection after he died.

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  • V-12 in a 1977 Wagoneer! Out of the Bill Harrah Collection after he died.

    "And the stamp comes in ways subtle -- and not so subtle. To me, the most obvious and whimsical example of Harrah, the legendary casino tycoon who died in 1978 at age 67, is the Jerrari -- a combination Ferrari and Jeep Wagoneer. It's on display in a corridor between some of the museum's galleries.
    The story was that Harrah asked Ferrari to make him a four-wheel-drive vehicle because Harrah was having trouble getting over the hill to Lake Tahoe in style. (Harrah was not one for plebian transportation.) Ferrari said no. So Harrah had his mechanics stuff a V12 Ferrari engine into the engine bay of a 1977 Wagoneer and got himself a unique four-wheel-drive. Or almost unique. Although the museum's curator had no record of it, it appears Harrah had another Jerrari created from a 1969 Wagoneer. That one had the long sloping hood, the grille and the front fenders of a Ferrari 365 grafted onto the Wagoneer and, yes, it does look weird. The car cropped up recently on the Web site of Barrett-Jackson, the big Arizona auto auction firm."

    I don't think it would be a good Rock Crawler or Trail Rig!
    900 plus pictures not in any order taken during restoration. (Plus a couple of assorted pictures that down loaded.)

  • #2
    Originally posted by H Callaway
    I don't think it would be a good Rock Crawler or Trail Rig!
    Sure it would!
    -Jonny B.
    1979 Cherokee Golden Eagle - UNDER CONSTRUCTION
    7" Alcan springs, BJ's HD shackles - 35x12.5x15 BFG Mud Terrains
    AMC 401 - Pro-Flo 4 EFI
    NV4500/NWF BB/NP205 - Triple Stick'd
    F D44 - 4.10, Eaton E-Locker
    R M23 - 4.10, Detroit Locker

    1979 Cherokee Chief - Parts
    1979 Cherokee Chief - Parts
    1979 Wagoneer - Sold
    1981 Cherokee Chief - Cubed


    • #3
      It just goes to prove with a big enough budget and pry bar you can shoe horn anything into an engine bay.
      "Crom" 76/75 Cherokee/J20 Hybred,

      Originally posted by Gambler68
      congrats...that's the first post on here I have absolutely no effing clue how to comment on.
      How you behave toward cats here below determines your status in Heaven.
      Robert A. Heinlein
      The birth of CROM is recorded here


      • #4

        impress me. I want to see a tank engine in a FSJ :P
        1979 Chero S "Sundog" 1979 Chero S "Hammer"
        1968 327 J3000 1978 J10SWB
        The Edge... there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.
        Hunter S. Thompson .


        • #5
          Originally posted by Gambler68

          impress me. I want to see a tank engine in a FSJ :P
          thinking it may be easier to just scab the body panels of the fsj around the tank!
          "There's an inner idiot in us just waiting to climb out and romp about in unabashed stupidity, but most people retain just enough wit to keep the idiot bottled up."
          Gary Harmon-writer for Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (newspaper)

          Phil (or Flip, Dragon)
          Draco-79 Cherokee 360/QT-4" lift-pretty much stock and trying to fall apart


          • #6
            Good idea! I'm pulling the engine outta my Ferrari next weekend!

            Seriously though, I wonder how the drivetrain held up...
            1987 Grand Wagoneer, bone stock 360/727/229, 44s w/3.31s front and rear


            • #7
              That has to be one of the fastest fsj's ever.
              76 Cherokee Camo(Parts)
              76 Cherokee Camo 401/TH400/Dana300/HD44/14bolt/36s
              77 Cherokee blue 360/T18/D20/33s
              1969 AMC Javelin SST 390
              1968 AMC Javelin SST 290 (Parts)


              • #8
                the reason it all happened was that ferrari used the TH400 in the America. i am not sure if they used the world pattern bellhousing, or if they had a dedicated one. if they used the world pattern (like the early FSJ th400's rolls royce, and others) then it is basicallly a bolt-together deal. if they had a dedicated bell, then you drop the FSJ mainshaft into the ferrari case (ala caddy or late BOP cases)

                as far as the drivetrain holding up.... a 3 liter ferrari is a sight (and sound) to behold, but they do their thang at higher RPM, and would never make enough torque to actually hurt anything.....

                There is no way to rule innocent men.
                The only power government has is the power to crack down on criminals.
                Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them.
                One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.


                • #9
                  i remember seeing this one at the Autorama in Sacramento many moons ago....


                  • #10
                    The rubber bumper on the driver side hood stop is missing. All that money...

                    87 GW "Big Bear"
                    76 J20 project "Ox"
                    90 GW parts rig "Velma"
                    77 J10 parts rig "NoMo" (as in "no more Jeeps, Corey!")
                    94 YJ "Coop"

                    88 GW "Hercules" (had to sell in '08, curious who has it now)
                    83 Wag parts rig "Shaggy" (used to build Herc, then scrapped)
                    73 J4000 (had to sell due to PCS in '07)
                    75 Cherokee "Jerry Lee" (sold in '13 because I'm an idiot)
                    74 Cherokee "Dino" (used to build Jerry Lee, then scrapped)


                    • #11
                      Looking at the thing let me know this man was serious...liked 'em fast, big and with "boobies"

                      Sorry couldn't resist

                      Wayne S
                      My license plate says "Crazy" not stupid

                      1971 J4000 Buick 350/TH400 "Terra"
                      *STATUS Down as a summer project*


                      • #12
                        Now yer talkin Wayne... and with a QT too.
                        Ran when parked.
                        88 GW, 401/727/208, 5" lift, D44s/4.10s/locked up, 35s with a few Evil Twin & TT's Fabworks mods
                        76 401 Wag, 77 401 Wag, 77 401 J20


                        • #13
                          Jag used TH400's for years behind their V-12. Find yourself a nice clean late 70's Wag and a rusty XJ-S and have fun. Or, if thats too much work, send me a nice clean late 70's Wag and a rusty XJ-S and I'll take pictures.
                          There are 2 rules to success in life...
                          Rule #1: Don't tell people everything you know.

                          1971 J-4700/Buick 350 Stage 1/TH400/D20/D44/D60/Koenig PTO Winch
                          2005 LJ Rubicon Pretty close to stock


                          • #14
                            wow, i didn't think it possible.... something that actually made eggcrates cool
                            Jeff - 74 Cherokee S 401/400/QT - basically stock


                            • #15
                              I was recently thinking of doing the same thing with a Jag V-12. I'm sure you could cam the torque range/rpm down. They are such a smooth motor, but hot.

                              *** I am collecting pics and info on any factory Jeep Dually trucks from the J-Series at the new Jeep Dually Registry.
                              ***I can set you up with hydroboost for your brakes: