was my first Jeep. I purchased the truck in
1989 for $3900. It was only 6 years old and it had about 80K
miles. The previous owners took very good care of
I liked was its original condition; it still looked like it did when it
left the factory. I had a soft spot for Scramblers
This specimen had the 258 6 cylinder with the T-176
The ride was really nice especially when compared to shorter wheelbase
CJ-7s. But it had 2.73 ratio axles which made for a pretty
acceleration situation, and the gearing was pretty bad off
The crawl ratio was 25.17 to 1. Pathetic! (My
ratio is 65.92 stock) But I did use it once in a while off road in
Upton State forest in MA. The truck turned out to
daily driver for a couple of years in it's stock form. On a
to Cape Cod one summer, I vowed
in a V-8
Besides the swap to a V-8, I didn't do too much to it.
very minor surface rust around the door hinges, bought a set of trim
rings, painted the rims rally silver, and put on a set of Cooper Mud
tires (wow did they look and sound and handle awesome!)
Jeep, more than any other I've owned, got alot of looks from people,
even non-Jeep people. I remember kids especially used to hoot and
holler about it when driving by. Apparently "they understood"
Jeep thing. Of course it being super bright RED and nice
tires had something to do with it too. I sold the truck in
1992 to help finance my first house. Wow do I regret doing
I used to take off the spare to lighten it up and for looks.
Notice there is no CJ-8 moniker; it only had "Scrambler" tags on the
sides of the bed. I don't see that on many Scramblers I
see. But then again, they only made 5,405 Scramblers in
If I find some more of my Scrambler pics, I'll post 'em.