Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: Vancouver, WA, near Portland, OR
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Re: Hurst Commando
The Hurst production #'s varies depending on the source. Nothing concrete was ever documented, or at least saved and made public. To say the least, they are quite rare, but really, the differences are only cosmetic, (stripes, tach and air scoop in hood, Hurst shifter and wide tread tires). The Hurst could be configured with either automatic or manual. The auto had the Hurst Dual Gate shifter and the manual had a Hurst T-handle shifter. If you're interested in its' value of being a Hurst, you need to keep it bone stock with the 225. If it's worth restoring or in good enough of shape to restore, then it might be a sin to build it into a wheeler. If it's in less than very good shape, then build away and enjoy it as any other Jeepster. If you want to drop in a V-8, the Buick 350 will bolt-up to the tranny and engine mounts you have now. You will need a larger radiator and move it forward to accomodate the additional bank of cylinders. For more info, jump over to the Jeepster-American Jeepster Club board here at ORC.
'66 Jeepster Commando w/Buick 252/4.1L V-6
'70 Wagoneer w/Buick 350 V-8
'76 Wagoneer w/AMC 401 V-8 (sold)