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For Sale: 1985 Jeep CJ in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Sometimes an item is so good that its trademarked name becomes a generic term for an entire category of products. Many of us say Kleenex instead of tissue, Xerox instead of copy, or Band-Aid instead of bandage, despite knowing the proper term. The off-roading world finds one more example in the storied Jeep. To many, the word Jeep defines an array of capable, feel-good fun machines that can be found in all the places we'd rather be, from the mountains and the woods to the beaches and the dunes. And classics like this beastly CJ-8 are an excellent reminder why!


The beneficiary of a detailed, 6-figure restoration, this buff Scrambler marries superbly solid sheetmetal to ruggedly robust appeal. Quality bodywork, which includes a snubbed bed that's a full 13 inches shorter than factory fodder, looks great behind vivid orange 2-stage. To keep that pigment straight, the truck's form has been supplemented with a tough exoskeleton. At the front of those tubes, a color-keyed bumper centers a familiar hitch beneath a polished grille and a big Warn winch. At sides of that grille, plated fenders hang tame Xenon flares opposite a chrome-trimmed hood that's finished with a small scoop relocated reflectors. That scoop fronts a modified cowl, which founds decaled glass beneath polished hinges, polished wipers and a custom cloth top that's seamed with body-matched piping. That roof shades a shortened, "Jeep" branded profile, which slams chrome-trimmed doors between polished mirrors, plated rockers and two more tame wheel flares. And those flares frame plated corners, which float caged taillights at the sides of a chrome-trimmed gate, color-keyed exhaust and a second color-keyed bumper that's centered on a second hitch.


Most serious trucks employ some form of 8-cylinder technology, and this CJ-8 is no exception. As you might imagine, the pickup's power source has been upgraded in accordance with its appearance, with a reliable Chevy 350 presently occupying the engine bay. As we all know, the venerable Chevy small block is a fairly common swap that, especially in this fuel injected form, is both utilitarian and efficient. And for the sake of simplicity, modifications remain minor, with a K&N air filter and a Holley throttle body joining Belden plug wires, block hugger headers and a Be Cool radiator that's stacked with an electric pusher fan.


Crawling under this Scrambler reveals a high-riding chassis that appears ready to conquer the toughest trails. Power flows through a reliable Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed, which, thanks to a 2-speed Atlas transfer case, twists torque to either a front Dana 60 that's finished with locking Warn hubs, or a rear Dana 60 that's finished with quality Dynatec axles. That drivetrain hangs in a heavily upgraded suspension, which stretches fluid RockRam power steering around massive Alcan Springs and serious King shocks. Stops are provided by four power-assisted discs. Exhaust flows through large-diameter pipes and throaty Flowmaster mufflers. And at the corners of the floor, polished wheels twist eight lugs inside 19.5/44-16.5LT Super Swamper TSL Boggers.


When you step up to this level, trucks are all about combining the best elements of comfort and utility. That's why it's so refreshing to hop in the cab of this purposeful but nicely appointed Jeep. The stars of the show are hi-back bucket seats that form soft cloth around bright, body-matched piping. In front of those thrones, a polished dash hangs sporty AutoMeter telemetry amid custom accessory switches and controls for modern air conditioning. Beneath that dash, a short Lokar shifter fronts a small Tuffy Security Console, which protects a crisp Blaupunkt CD player that powers a nice mix of Excursion and Profile speakers. And this Scrambler's driver rules the road through a polished and leather-wrapped steering wheel, which laps a modern, tilting column.

This Jeep started life as an off-roader that was tougher than most and ended up a show-stopping stunner that's now nicer than most. If you're ready to enjoy a serious ute with serious chops, don't miss the chance to claim this awesome CJ-8!


The beneficiary of a detailed, ground-up restoration

350 cubic inch fuel injected Chevrolet V8

Turbo-Hydramatic 400 3-speed automatic transmission

Atlas 2-speed transfer case

Dana 60 axles front and rear

Modern air conditioning

RockRam power steering

4-wheel power disc brakes

Customized cloth interior / Modern audio

Heavily upgraded suspension / Warn hubs

13-inch shortened body / Custom cloth top

Polished wheels

44-inch Super Swamper tires

Warn winch

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Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1228530
  • Price:$39,900
  • Location:Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Year:1985
  • Make:Jeep
  • Model:CJ
  • Exterior Color:Orange
  • Interior Color:Gray
  • Transmission:Automatic
  • Odometer:2474
  • Stock Number:136407
  • VIN:1JCCE88E4FT121679