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If I was going to have a pick-up this would be it. But since I'm a poor old man of 77 #1: I couldn't afford it. #2: I don't need one to haul anything or to compensate for my insecurities.
If I remember correctly, the lug nuts on one side were right hand, the other were left hand. We thought about getting one, and half the lugs were twisted off. It was pretty roomy inside, though. I liked it, dad didn't.
Many of the 4x4's from that era had that feature on the LH front axle. My old Scout 800 and 3/4 ton IH pickup certainly did. I guess they may still do it on large trucks. I've read that it's due to the way the rotational direction of the wheel tends to either tighten or loosen the lug nuts. A tendency to loosen can be overcome by using the correct torque to tighten it. A tendency to tighten can be a real bitch to undue if the wheel has been mounted for a while and driven a lot.
More pics at https://www.hemmings.com/auction/1968-jeep-gladiator.CW, I enjoy your blog thanks to LL.
You're right about the horns: the tips should be out about the fenders. - lol