Chevy-powered 1982 Jeep Scrambler Demands Attention
This classic Jeep pickup hot rod has won nearly every car show it has ever entered, and we can see why.
While scrolling through the Jeep listings on Barrett-Jackson’s website, we came across this gorgeously unique 1982 Scrambler Custom ½ Cab. While it packs a Chevrolet V8, this classic Jeep pickup contributed to the demand driving the upcoming Wrangler pickup.
If you are somehow unfamiliar with the Jeep Scrambler, here is a quick history lesson. The CJ-8, known better today as the Scrambler, was a long wheelbase version of the Jeep CJ-7 that was offered from 1981 through 1986. This model featured a removable half-cab design that, when removed, turned the CJ-8 into a small pickup truck.
The CJ-8 was offered with a variety of engines with the biggest being a 304-cubic inch V8 from American Motors, but regardless of the powerplant, the Scrambler was a great off-roading pickup.
The popularity of the CJ-based pickup led to the larger Comanche pickup that was based on the Cherokee, but the success of both of these trucks has played a role in the upcoming Wrangler JL pickup.
Custom Chrome Scrambler
The 1982 Jeep Scrambler on the Barrett-Jackson website is a beautifully-restored show piece and while there are only two pictures, we don’t need to see much more.
The body is a two-tone bronze and gold theme with unique flames and chrome on the bumpers, wheels and side step bars. That chrome treatment is taken to the next level under the hood, where pretty much every piece of the supercharged, 383-cubic inch small block Chevy stroker has been mirrored.
That supercharged V8 is said to make more than 500 horsepower, with the power being sent to all four wheels via a TH400 automatic transmission and new 3.31 front and rear differentials. With all of that power, this classic Jeep has got to be incredibly quick on any surface, while the unique exterior finish allowed the original owner to take first place in “Best Engine,” “Best Use of Chrome,” and “Best in Show” in most of the custom car shows its entered.