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What is the Scrambler?

A Timeless Tale of Adventure and Versatility



In the world of off-road vehicles, few names evoke the spirit of adventure quite like the Jeep CJ-8.  A unique and versatile pickup truck.  The Scrambler captured the hearts of off-road enthusiasts and casual drivers alike during its production run from 1981 to 1986. Lets take a look into the history of the iconic Jeep pick-up. We will explore its features, and share some interesting facts that make this classic Jeep an enduring icon of the automotive world.

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What is the Scrambler?



The Jeep CJ-8, also known simply as the Scrambler. It is a pickup truck version of the popular Jeep CJ-7. It features a longer wheelbase than the CJ-7 and a small pickup bed. This makes it a versatile and practical choice for those who wanted the off-road capabilities of a Jeep with the added utility of a pickup truck.


History of the Scrambler



The Scrambler was introduced in 1981 as a response to the growing popularity of small pickup trucks in the United States. It was based on the CJ-7 platform and featured a 103.5-inch wheelbase, which was 10 inches longer than the CJ-7. This allowed for the inclusion of a small pickup bed, which made the Scrambler a more practical choice for those who needed a vehicle for both work and play.

The Scrambler was available with a variety of engines and transmissions, including a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, a 4.2-liter inline-six, and a 2.8-liter V6. It could be equipped with either a manual or automatic transmission and was available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations.

Features of the CJ-8

One of the most distinctive features of the Scrambler is its unique styling. It features a removable half-cab, which allows for an open-air driving experience. The pickup bed is also removable, which makes it easy to customize the vehicle for various tasks.

The Scrambler’s off-road capabilities are also noteworthy. It features solid axles and a leaf-spring suspension. The high ground clearance makes it well-suited for tackling rough terrain. Additionally, its compact size and nimble handling make it a joy to drive both on and off the road.


Interesting Facts

  • The 1983 film “Blue Thunder” featured the Scrambler, the vehicle driven by the protagonist, Frank Murphy.
  • One notable appearance was in the 1981 movie “The Cannonball Run,” where a CJ 8 Scrambler was used by the character played by Dean Martin. The Scrambler was modified for the movie and featured a custom paint job, roll cage, and off-road tires.
  • The CJ 8 also made an appearance in the television series “The A-Team,” where it was used by the character B.A. Baracus in a few episodes. The Scrambler was modified for the show with a custom paint job, off-road tires, and a roof-mounted machine gun.
  • Former President Ronald Reagan owned a Scrambler and used it on his California ranch.
  • The name “Scrambler” comes from the fact that the vehicle is a combination of a Jeep and a pickup truck, or “scrambled” together.
  • The Scrambler was only produced for five years, making it a relatively rare and sought-after vehicle among collectors.
  • A full-length steel hardtop Scrambler was made for the Alaskan Postal Service, using right-hand drive and automatic transmissions. Instead of the rear tailgate, the steel hardtop used a hinged barn-door opening to the back. Only 230 were produced and sold in the U.S.

The Jeep Scrambler is a blend of off-road capability, practicality, and style creating an enduring icon of the automotive world. Whether you’re a fan of classic Jeeps or simply appreciate a well-designed and versatile vehicle, the Scrambler is a timeless tale of adventure and versatility that is sure to inspire and delight.

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