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VIGILANTE BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO VINTAGE JEEPS

Words: STAFF

Photos: STAFF

Vigilante 4×4 specializes in restoring and modifying vintage Jeeps and has released a new custom build of the 1966 Gladiator. The truck has been completely restored and upgraded with modern features, including a powerful engine, a comfortable interior, and a performance suspension.

The Gladiator is a classic two-door truck that is known for its off-road capabilities. Vigilante has enhanced these capabilities by installing a 6.4L HEMI SRT-8 engine that produces 485 horsepower. The engine is paired with a 6-speed heavy-duty Tremec gearbox that provides smooth and precise shifting. Vigilante also offers a 707-hp 6.2L supercharged Hellcat HEMI engine, and clients can choose between a 6-speed manual transmission or a 4-speed automatic.

To improve the Gladiator’s road-going handling and overall drivability, Vigilante installed a 4-link modern suspension with Eibach coil springs and Fox 2.0 dampers. These upgrades help to soften the ride and improve handling, while still allowing the Gladiator to tackle off-road terrain. BAER 6-piston calipers provide dramatic stopping power, and large 17×8-inch wheels further improve braking and performance.

Vigilante pays meticulous attention to detail in the construction of each of their customs. This attention to detail extends to the vehicle’s badging, logos, and emblems, which are all highly stylized and offer a new look. This Gladiator was painted in Empire Blue and off-white exterior, and the interior is handsomely appointed in rich tan leather and Alcantara. They also fabricated a new, slightly smaller 15-inch steering wheel with an embossed Vigilante logo from CNC-ed aluminum. This steering wheel provides a tighter, sportier driving experience. Vigilante also developed a gauge cluster that looks stock but is fully modernized, with electronically controlled gauges that provide accurate readings of battery voltage and oil pressure.

The new Vigilante 1966 Gladiator custom starts with a full 3D scan of the body to validate fitment over its new platform. This process includes removing the exterior body and stripping each part for media blasting and preparation for complete restoration. This is a crucial step to ensure the body’s integrity remains intact while developing the custom chassis. The body is then artfully restored using old-world heat and quench methods of metal shaping, with minimal use of Bondo and body filler. The vehicle undergoes an intensive plasma-based metalizing process that protects the body from rusting in the future. Countless hours go into reverse engineering the vehicle to make the Vigilante Gladiator suitable for modern-day driving. The Gladiator is repainted by Vigilante and rests on their re-engineered new chassis, with modern suspension and Dana 44 and Dana 60 axles.

The Vigilante 1966 Gladiator is a truly unique vehicle that combines the classic styling of a vintage Jeep with the performance and comfort of a modern car. It is the perfect vehicle for anyone who wants a stylish and capable truck that can handle anything you throw at it while also turning heads wherever it goes. 

“We are excited to launch our new 1966 Gladiator custom,” said Daniel van Doveren, Co-Founder and CEO of Vigilante. “This Jeep is a true work of art that combines the best of the past with the best of the present. We are confident that our clients will love driving this Jeep as much as we enjoyed building it.”

All Vigilante builds start at $295,000. For more information on the Vigilante 1966 Gladiator and to inquire about vintage Jeep custom commissions, please visit the Vigilante website or email info@vigilante4x4.com.
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