Jeep has recently rolled out a Wrangler-based pickup prototype, but
the idea isn't new. This 1982 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler is proof of
concept thirty years ago, and is dressed in a fantastic
high-quality color scheme that works perfectly with the
all-purpose, do-anything Scrambler's personality. With this 4x4,
you can go anywhere, carry everything, and do it in style!
The CJ8 was a longer version of the CJ7, which had both the benefit of increasing cargo capacity and improving the on-road ride. Only a handful were built during six years of production, and the numbers in 1982 didn't even break 3000, so finding one this nice today is quite unexpected. It has been neatly maintained and refinished as needed during its life, and the gorgeous gunmetal gray paint it wears today has an awesome look that is a lot shinier than you'd expect for 1982. The doors and hood fit well, correct Scrambler decals have been updated and reinstalled, and there's a removable hardtop and steel doors for all-weather comfort. This Jeep also features a gray spray-in bedliner in the cargo bay (it's strictly a two-seater) and aggressive rubber flares for the fenders which allow oversized tires and protect the bodywork when you're off road. A heavy-duty bumper with grille guard and fog lights, LED headlights and taillights, a roll bar, a rear-mounted spare, and tubular steps give it a no-nonsense look that suits it rather well.
Like all CJs, the CJ8 Scrambler is basic inside, catering to the guy who understands that playing outside is a dirty affair. Fortunately, comfort and simplicity can live together in the form of supportive two-tone gray vinyl bucket seats from BesTop over a floor protected by a spray-on bedliner. Have fun, get dirty, hose it all off and do it again, it's the Jeep way. Factory gauges work with the big, round speedometer in the center of the dash where it's lived for decades, and there's a modern Kenwood AM/FM/CD stereo head unit. An aftermarket center console provides some weatherproof storage and a pair of cup holders (good luck with those on the trail!), and there's a grab bar for the passenger. You'll also note there are three pedals on the floor and a 5-speed manual transmission, making this a Jeep that runs like a much more modern machine.
To go with its added capabilities, this CJ8 Scrambler carries Jeep's utterly bulletproof 4.2 liter inline-6 under the squared-off hood. With plenty of torque to move this 4x4 over any terrain, it makes pleasant six-cylinder noises and is the perfect partner to the 5-speed transmission, making climbing around off-road a low-stress proposition. Nicely detailed with a few shiny bits, it remains almost entirely stock, which is exactly what you want in your off-roader. It also offers power steering and brakes to help out when the going gets tough, and a soundtrack provided by a correct single exhaust system underneath. Manual-locking hubs provide the ultimate in reliability and traction, and the undercarriage shows the results of a lifetime in a warm, dry climate because it's in fantastic condition. Blacked-out Fuel aluminum rims have a butch look and carry oversized 32x12.5-15 all-terrain tires.
A neat footnote in Jeep history that's suddenly back in fashion, this Scrambler is also a great collectable that can still go anywhere, and you just won't find a nicer one than this. Call today!
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