This 1982 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler recently received an extensive body-off restoration 2011-2014. Starting with a very clean original Scrambler body this Jeep was placed on a rotisserie and stripped to bare metal and painted in stunning Black. With its straight panels, factory correct body decals, and chrome accents, this Scrambler looks better than the day it left the factory. Photos and Receipts document the build out on this amazing Jeep.
Under the hood is a Novak 5.3L LS engine conversion utilizing a 23k mile, 2007 fuel-injected GM 5.3L LS engine. This conversion gives this Scrambler true seat of the pants modern performance. Well executed, the engine bay is clean and tidy with a fresh black painted firewall and all wiring in order. The entire drivetrain from radiator to rear axle is new and was installed less than 1000 miles ago. The install included a new AX-15 5-speed manual transmission (regarded as the best five-speed transmission ever installed into a Jeep) new clutch, motor mounts, wiring harness, ECM computer, aluminum radiator, bell housing as well as new drive accessories on the front of the motor for reliability.
The Scrambler chassis is straight, rust-free and includes a new limited-slip Dana 44 rear axle installed to handle the modern V8. The factory front axle was completely rebuilt, with a new steering box and ball joints added to insure tightness. This Jeep is also equipped with a Dana 300 four wheel drive transfer case with dual selectors allowing the driver to shift front and rear axles independently and into low and high ranges. New disc brakes were installed and use full-size Ford SUV pads and rotors for easy sourcing. Both axles received 4.10 gear ratios on new carriers. A 4" Skyjacker Softride leaf spring kit and Skyjacker shocks were installed, while chrome wheels and fresh BF Goodrich Mud-Terrain T/A tires enhance the trucks look. Locking hubs on the front axles help reduce driveline wear when in 2WD.
Over $12,000 was invested in the powertrain alone.
The factory-style interior presents a polished utilitarian look with black metal dash, and painted surfaces. All rubber components were replaced and present nicely. Doors were disassembled and painted, then rebuilt with new latches and rubber. The original front seats are in great condition. Driver's side seat has a small tear on the side bolster while the rear seat is new. Modern shoulder harness belts were added for safety. All gauges, lights and electrics work well, with a few gauges replaced for 100% functionality. New Dakota Digital Tach and Clock was also added. The Jeep has new carpet and Matts throughout. The heater core was replaced as well as the heater control cables. There is no radio, rather a blanking plate is installed instead. A radio of your choice can be added at any time. The new fold-down front windscreen is a great feature on the trail as well. The Interior is really impressive and makes for extremely comfortable cruising experience.
This is definitely one of the nicest Jeep Scramblers on the Planet. With this Jeep you get the best of both worlds. A Jeep restored to look just as it did the day it rolled off the factory floor but equipped with a modern power plant to take you anywhere you want to go with power to spare.
You won't be disappointed in this incredible 1982 AMC Jeep Scrambler.
Billed as Americas first small 4X4 pick-up the CJ8 Scrambler was produced from 1981-1985 and competed in the market place against Ford Ranger and the Chevy S10. Fewer than 28000 scramblers were produced over this period with 7,759 produced in 1982. CJ8's were known for their comfortable ride vs the shorter CJ7's of the day due in large part to their longer wheel base. Today those attributes make the CJ8 highly coveted in the 4X4 community. Surviving examples are very sought after.