Thinking of buying a Scrambler have a few questions
First a little background... I have owned an 85 CJ7, 91 YJ, several TJ's, an XJ, a ZJ an LJ and now a 2012 JK. All have been modified by myself and with the help of others... I do know how do do basics and have friends who can weld...
So my questions...
I would like to find a Scrambler in decent condition (little to no rust), running etc. and the rest (interior, tires) does not matter too much to me.
I would like to pay under 10K and under 8K would be better. Is this possible?
What factory engine options were offered?
I live in California so if I do an engine swap I think I may have a tough time with the smog ref?
Where is the best place to find them? I checked craigslist but in Cali they seem to fetch a premium... I found a few in AZ.
I have seen some with two rows of bench seats behind the driver, is this normal? an option?
Any major differences between the various years?
Hardtops and half cabs? Doesn't matter to me as I will run a soft top or no bikini top...but are they worth more with those options?
Factory engines were the 2.5, the 4.2 and the 304 V-8
From what I have seen restorable ones with minimal rust are selling for 10-15k, rust buckets for less. In 1982 I bought a brand new Laredo with the chrome package,hardtop 6cyl auto and air for 12.2k. There were no major differences thru the years. They were not strong sellers so few were made so I have seen restored ones go for 20k.
95 YJ 2.5 5 speed 33" Mud Rovers SOA
A frustrating WORK IN PROGRESS
Lol... Well the LJ has some definite upgrades, fuel injected from factory and has coil susp.... But the CJ8 is cooler!!!
Haven't made up my mind yet. It sure is hard to find Any Scrambler around so cal.
I used to have one. They are the best Jeep made ... IMHO The Jeep Scrambler is a limited edition classic! There were only 27,792 produced from 1981 to 1986.
AMC built the CJ-8, a 103-inch-wheelbase pickup with lots of rear overhang as an upgrade to the CJ-6.
The CJ-8 came in hard- or soft-top models. The Scrambler was a very modest seller, but an upswing in popularity in the 1990's has turned the old CJ-8 into a very hot item with lots of room for trick modifications.
From the windshield forward, the Scrambler is all Jeep in appearance. In soft top form it is America's only roadster pickup. In most of its essential mechanical components, the Scrambler is a twin to both the CJ-5 and CJ-7. The standard engine was the Pontiac-built 82 horsepower 4 cylinder 151 cubic inch engine, optional engine was the 110 horsepower in-line 6 cylinder 258 engine. The AMC 304 and 360 were not given as a factory option.
The CJ-8 had a $7288 price tag in 1981, $7922 with HT and options. In 1983 it went up to $7563/$8392.
The last 2 years of production saw price drops as each successive year, fewer Scramblers were produced.
Production Totals: 1981; 8355 / 1982; 7759 / 1983; 5405 / 1984; 4130 / 1985; 2015 / 1986; 128
Wheelbase: 103.5 in. Overall Length: 177.3 in. Front/Rear Tread: 51.5 in./50.0 in. Overall Height: 67.6 in. (Hardtop: 70.5 in.) Width: 68.6 in. Front/Rear overhang: 23.5 in./50.3 in. Tailgate width and height: 34.5 in. x 16.4 in. Ground Clearance: 6.9 in. Load Space (cargo) 61.5 in. x 55.8 in. x 16.4 in. (30.4 cu.ft.) Fuel Tank: 15 gallon (optional 20 gallon).