Jeep is planning a Wrangler-based pickup in the next few years, but don't let them tell you it's the first time it's been done. This 1984 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler is its direct ancestor, offering the same CJ off-road goodness with a bit of practicality and a slightly longer wheelbase, all of which make it a lot easier to live with than a standard Jeep.
This particular Scrambler was completely restored in 2008 and has been driven very seldom since it's thorough face-lift. The bright white paint works well with the period-perfect red, orange, and yellow decals to keep it from looking dated, and the finish quality is such that it looks like it should cost thousands more than it does. The familiar Jeep sheetmetal is flat and smooth, even in the trouble areas above the rear wheel arches and in the corners of the bed, suggesting that it's led an easy life in a warm climate. The removable doors swing on well-oiled hinges and latch without a hard slam, showing that someone really cared about lining them up just right; even the factory didn't do it this well! Up front, there's a standard steel bumper with two tow rings, there are step plates to help you climb aboard, and a heavy-duty rack holds the full-sized spare out back, all of which give it a very Jeep-y look. The decals look new and that blinding white bed is almost too nice to use for hauling stuff these days.
A red vinyl interior is a very pleasant contrast to both the white paint and the usual black or tan upholstery you see in these trucks. It all appears to be new, from the correct reproduction seat covers to the matching door cards. The cozy cab feels more civilized than the open-top CJs, although there's still a bare floor (with burgundy floor mats) and the hardtop is removable for the open-air experience. The three-spoke steering wheel is in good condition and the center-mounted gauges are all working properly. You'll also note that there's under-dash A/C that's fully functional thanks to an R134a upgrade, and a newer Pioneer AM/FM/CD stereo head unit. The transmission and transfer case shifters have proper knobs and a locking center console gives you a place to stow valuables out of sight.
AMC's familiar 4.2 liter inline-6 lives under the hood and remains quite stock. Of course, when your hammer works as well as it does, why change the design? Keeping the stock hardware also ensures reliability when you need it most and there's plenty of torque on tap where you need it: down low. It's been nicely maintained and shows plenty of care, needing only a quick detail to be as sparkling as the rest of the truck. It starts easily with that gruff Jeep rumble from the exhaust, which still features a catalytic converter, so it's legal everywhere. A 5-speed manual transmission is a nice find in any Jeep, making this one far more usable as a daily driver than you'd expect, but with a 2-speed transfer case and heavy-duty axles at both ends, its off-roading credentials are unaffected. The underside is quite clean with no evidence that it's ever been on anything rougher than a gravel driveway and the shiny aluminum wheels look new, as do those big 265/75/16 Bridgestone off-road tires.
A desirable CJ that's in absolutely fantastic condition, ready to enjoy. If you've been looking for one of these, you aren't going to find many that are better. Call now!