Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Truck Of The Day: September 26, 2012

Today's car of the day comes from craftymore's collection and is Hot Wheels' 1983 Jeep Scrambler CJ-8.

The Jeep CJ-8 was a long wheel-base version of the CJ-7, introduced in 1981. It featured a 103-inch (2,616 mm) wheelbase and a removable half-cab, creating a small pick-up style box instead of utilizing a separate pickup bed. Only 27,792 were built in the five years of production before being replaced by the similarly sized Comanche.

CJ-8s used the traditional transfer case and manual front-locking hubs to engage the four-wheel drive. Most had a four- or five-speed manual transmission, but a three-speed automatic transmission was an option.

Many CJ-8's were equipped with the "Scrambler" appearance package which included tape graphics and special wheels.

A full length steel hardtop CJ-8 was made for the Alaskan Postal Service, using right hand drive and automatic transmissions. Instead of the rear tailgate, the steel hardtop utilized a hinged barn door opening to the back. There were only 230 produced and sold in the U.S. It was also widely sold in Venezuela and Australia as the CJ8 Overlander, with small differences including full length rear windows on the Overlander. Steel hardtops used on these postal Scramblers and Overlanders were known as "World Cab" tops.

HWs sold more copies of the Scrambler than what Jeep has. They produced this issue in 1988. This was a recent purchase from Pegers.

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