Survivor Scrambler: 1982 Jeep CJ-8 SR Sport

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For five years, Jeep manufactured the CJ-8, which was a long-wheelbase version of the CJ-7 with a removable top and a pickup style rear bed. Many featured the “Scrambler” appearance package, such as this 1982 Jeep CJ-8 SR Sport that is available here on eBay.

This Scrambler is available in Pendleton, Indiana with a clean title. It features the SR Sport package, which adds power steering and power brakes, a 6-cylinder engine, air conditioning, a trailer hitch, a spare tire carrier and more to the CJ-8. Additionally, it is one of 7,759 CJ-8 trucks manufactured for the 1982 model year.

The seller mentions that the Jeep does have some modifications from previous owners, such as chrome wheels, fog lamps, tinted windows, and a vinyl tonneau cover, but the paint is original and there is no bedliner in the rear area. They also disclose rust in areas such as the floorboards, but luckily, the frame and most of the truck’s body are free of serious rust issues.

Inside the cabin, the interior is in mostly good shape. There is a small tear in the driver’s seat, but all of the factory option gauges are in working condition, and the air conditioning system supposedly only needs a recharge to function again.

Since 1990, this Jeep has only traveled just over 3,000 miles, with a total of 46,200 miles on the truck. This CJ-8’s drivetrain consists of a 4.2-liter 6-cylinder engine and a 4-speed manual transmission, with the seller claiming that the truck runs and drives well.

At the time of this article being written, bidding is at $12,300. Would you add this low-mile, survivor-quality Scrambler to your collection?

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  1. local_sheriff

    I’ve always respected Jeep for not messing up the original concept inherited from Willys. The cj-8 is somehow comparable to the later TJ unlimited, however I think they missed their train on the -8 by having that wall between the driver’s compartment and bed excluding the possibility for a 2nd seat.

    Bought an almost new ’01 TJ that served as my commuter for 10 years until I got fed up with my spouse’s whining about its ride quality(?!).I put on some 130k miles through those years, and considering the minimum maintainance it received it was indeed a high quality reliable vehicle

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    • Jim in FL

      I agree with you sheriff, about the partition between front and rear. I bought a yellow one of these off the wholesale line at a dealer who was a friend of my dad in 1993 for $1500. He couldn’t give it away, even though it was perfect. I drove it for a year with a long soft top on it and flipped it for $2500 after nothing more than a tune up and compound/wax. It was great for hauling my mountain bikes, but wasn’t super practical for passengers. Started my chain of several CJ-7s after I sold it.

      These are fun and simple, are they overpriced? Probably for what you get, but I won’t be surprised if this hits 14-16k.

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    • LastCJ

      The bulkhead between the cab and bed is easily removed. It just bolts to the floor and the half cab top. Additionally, Scrambler beds are factory drilled with threaded holes (captured nuts under the bed) for the standard CJ rear seat. Once you have the bulkhead removed and your seat installed, you then need a full top. Jeep (through Whitco) manufactured a full soft top that was a factory option but did not produce a full hard top (for sale in the US). Several other companies did manufacture turnkey full hard tops as well as full soft tops. There are numerous configuration options for Scramblers.

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      • Jim in FL

        Goes to show you what young me knew. I just assumed the divider was welded, even after I bought a full soft top. I think mine was a bestop.

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      • local_sheriff

        LastCJ;that was some interesting intel on the -8 probably not well known unless one is into the Jeep crowd. Though a rear seat in a CJ/YJ/TJ isn’t much to brag about, it’s still a rear seat!
        On my last voyage in the British Columbia/Washington/Idaho area many years back I even overnighted in a TJ rear seat at a couple occations…and I’m 6ft4…

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  2. CCFisher

    Nice Scrambler. Always a favorite of mine. I had hoped the new Gladiator would be a worthy successor, but it’s not. With four doors, it’s almost as long as a full-sized truck, and the price is insane.

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    • Mountainwoodie

      And the bed is useless :). Price up to 15 K plus, but if you have the money to blow and compare it to the new Gladiator, it seems a no brainer.

      Think about how many modern Gladiators they could sell if they could just produce a simple version that more closely tracked the original and didnt cost 40 grand.

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  3. chillymost1

    I had one of these. An ’81 with an iron duke 4 cyl. Great truck. Bought for $1200 in 1986 and sold it for $2500 in 1999. $12,500?? Wow!

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  4. chrlsful

    only heep ta own in my mind – engine, wheel base, still a lill tippy…
    5 speed (lower 1st, OD on the top), discs upfrnt…ideal. But –
    I’d stop @6 or 7K $. Guess I stay w/ my ’70bronk…

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  5. leiniedude leiniedudeMember

    Ended: Aug 16, 2019 , 8:58PM
    Winning bid:US $17,000.00
    [ 20 bids ]

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