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Unread 12-03-2005, 06:15 PM   #1
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Scrambler-what to look for?

Can you guys tell me what the big advantages are in wheelin with a Scrambler and how rare they really are. I've heard alotta stories about 20K made and 10K sent overseas??? The size of the interiors are obviously bigger and better as is the wheelbase. Are the gas tanks larger? I just sold one of my CJ-7's today and I'm lookin for something different........

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Unread 12-03-2005, 06:48 PM   #2
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I really like the Scramblers, wish I had one, but I don't see them as being all that rare. There arn't as many of the 8's as the 5's and 7's, but you can find a bunch of them on Ebay everyday. Maybe not the best (cheapest) place to get one but they are around. I've never wheeled one, but the interiors look smaller than the 7's if you've got a cab top on it. Still wish I had one and I'm watching the roadside everywhere I go to find that rare bargain.

I found one maybe 2 years ago in NH that was in great shape, 1 owner (only drove it to church (thru deep mud bogs)) and he only wanted $1800 for it. It did have a 4 cylinder but that could be changed. I had my 7 torn apart in the garage and needed my $$ to finish it so I had to pass. There's alway tomorrow
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Unread 12-03-2005, 07:00 PM   #3
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Do some reading over on http://www.cj-8.com/forum/ . It's the best site for Scramblers. They are the same as a 7, only longer. You can change the top and use either a half cab, full top (hard or soft) or no top. The divider is removable that makes it a half cab. CJ back seats are a bolt-in, you can even fit 2 rows in there. Once you go longer, you won't go back. For trail riding, you'll drag the tail occasionally, which is why they're refered to as 'taildraggers', but you'll love the extra room. I'm not too biased....am I? And yes, I've owned 5s, 7s and now an 8; plus full size, a J-10 and Grands.
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Unread 12-03-2005, 08:47 PM   #4
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John biased , never
But yeah as John said go over to cj-8.com and look around. A wealth of knowledge and a great group of guys
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Unread 12-03-2005, 10:58 PM   #5
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Thanks John that was very informative...I am obsessing a lil bit not like I'm alone in that problem. I like what I see and what got me started was seeing a full hard topped CJ-8 at a local Jeep graveyard. They are so cool looking. They arent that rare apparently but they are going for more moolah. Damn and I thought I was gonna stay with one Jeep. This will be hard to pass up. Those CJ-8's are bad ***...still cant fit my quad in it...oh well The Toyota seats look great in the back too
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Unread 12-04-2005, 08:47 AM   #6
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Even if the Scrambler in the boneyard is wasted, grab the full top. It'd be fiberglass and fixable, even if it's damaged. Full tops, again not super rare, are expensive and not too easy to find, if you want one. Usually pretty saleable too. Then you've got one when you find the right Scrambler, but it has a half cab.
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Unread 12-05-2005, 10:30 AM   #7
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I had restored my 7, and it was sweet. But I got the 8 itch, and found it would not go away, so I bought one, and had to sell the 7. Yes, with the half top on, it's smallish inside, yes the bed is too small to be truly usefull for a lot of things (but plenty good for other stuff), but damn its cool. And while I've had to (and am no where near done) fix nearly everything on it, I think I have found my "forever" CJ. Rare is relative, but they are unique, and, I think, make for a more practical toy compared to a 7. The only thing I miss is the ability to turn around in a tiny area.
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