If you want a tough workhorse of a vehicle, then you have to get a Jeep. These vehicles made their mark in history as they were the main four-wheel-drive transport of choice by the Allies during the Second World War. Since then, these vehicles have made the transition to civilian use and are now under the Chrysler Group. Known as civilian jeeps or CJs, these vehicles basically have the same specs as their military counterparts but with the added comforts and accessories. One of the brand's best examples would be the Jeep Scrambler or Jeep CJ-8, a 2-door pickup truck that was manufactured from 1981 up to 1984. There might be some confusion to its name as it was also sold as the CJ8 Overlander overseas but it was essentially the same vehicle with only minor cosmetic differences.
Only 27,792 Jeep Scramblers were made during its five year production run before it was replaced by the similarly sized Jeep Comanche. It's actually a rare vehicle in North America as there were only 230 of them produced and sold in the U.S. while the rest were sold in Venezuela and Australia. If you're from Alaska though, you might recognize the Jeep Scrambler as the vehicles that the Alaskan Postal Service used during the 80s and late 90s. As the name suggests, the CJ-8 is an improvement over the previous designs under the CJ series.
Unique Jeep Scrambler parts included a removable half-cab that allowed it to carry small cargo without the need for a separate pickup bed. It also used a traditional transfer case and manual front-locking hubs in order to engage the four-wheel drive. Owners had the choice of getting a four to five-speed manual transmission system or a 3-speed automatic. Although it's a rare vehicle in the US, you can still find various aftermarket parts for the Jeep Scrambler online.
Six Ways to Keep your Jeep Scrambler in Great Shape
They say the Jeep Scrambler is an underrated Jeep model. It is a limited edition model manufactured in limited numbers in a span of only five years (from 1981 to 1986). Its being rare makes it special and precious, so if you own one, consider yourself lucky. You make it bear the toughest conditions on the road, so it deserves the best care you can give. If you maintain it consistently, it will serve you for a long time. Below are some of the tasks to keep in mind to keep your prized pickup truck in great shape at all times.
- Park your truck in the garage.
This one is basic but a lot of pickup owners fail to do. Parking a truck in a garage or any covered area will make it more enjoyable to drive and last longer. Why is that so, you might ask? Your Scrambler needs protection from elements that cause corrosion and damage such as road salt, mud, grime, dust, and moisture.
- Make regular maintenance a priority.
No matter how busy you are, make time and effort to regularly and thoroughly check your Scrambler for any sign of wear and tear and to do preventive and corrective maintenance tasks according to the recommendations in your owner's manual. Detecting signs of damage early on can save you from more serious problems and expensive repair costs. If you really do not have much time for a regular DIY upkeep of your truck, then have it inspected by a mechanic.
- Check your driving behavior, too.
Your pickup is not the only one that needs checking—your behavior on the road does, too. It may not be directly related to maintenance, but your driving habits can shorten or lengthen your Scrambler's life span. Aggressive driving behaviors such as short, sudden stops and fast takeoffs can put the condition of your brakes, engine, and sensors in jeopardy.
If you think dust and mud cakes all over your truck will make it more rugged and manly, think again. Laziness is not, and will never be, an excuse not to clean your vehicle. Damage- and corrosion-causing elements will build up on your truck and soon, your formerly pristine rig will look like it went through a lot. Wash it at least once a week and wax it several times a year—your Scrambler will thank you for it and reward you with long years of service.
- Keep your tires correctly inflated.
You do it periodically not just for aesthetic reasons but more importantly, for practical purposes. It can save you money on gas and keep your tires performing at their best. Consider the impact of incorrect inflation on your tires. For example, underinflation lowers fuel mileage by over one billion gallons of gasoline every year. Underinflated tires can also compromise your safety, as it makes your vehicle harder to control, especially in severe weather such as heavy rain and snow.
Heavy loads can dent and scratch your truck bed. Consider investing in a truck bed liner to keep it safe from damage.