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1983 Jeep CJ8 Scrambler 4WD T176 4.2L AMC

189460 MILEAGE
4.2L 258c/i inline 6 cyl. ENGINE
Gasoline FUEL

1983 Jeep CJ CJ8 Scrambler Description:

1983 AMC Jeep CJ8 Scrambler 4WD general specifications:

Approximate mileage: 189,460, new engine at 182,831 miles

Engine: AMC 258-cu.in. 4.2L Straight inline-six

Transmission: Four Speed Manual T-176

Transfer Case: Dana 300 with manual front-locking hubs

Axles: Dana 30 Front / AMC 20 Rear

Wheelbase: 103.5 in

Included accessories:

  • Set of five 35x12.5xR15 tires
  • Custom overhead rack - Fully and easily removable
  • Custom made heavy-duty trailer hitch cargo carrier with cover
  • Ramsey 9000lb winch
  • Roll bar spare tire mount
  • Rear seat
  • Locking heavy duty center console with Sony Marine CD player and Polk speakers
  • Wooden side rails - mild termite damage (barn find)

My history:

I have owned this Scrambler since the fall of 2007. I have the owner's manual, clean Texan title, and a two-inch thick folder of service and parts records dating back to 1992 ready to go.

The previous owner restored the tub. I had the frame and everywhere else addressed during the frame off restoration in 2008. Durabac lined everything for ultimate protection and it has never seen snow since the restoration. Also rebuilt the transmission, Ramsey 9000lb winch, Tom Woods custom drive shaft, Painless wiring harness, power steering gearbox, and a heavy-duty rear tire carrier. This Jeep is solid steel with the only fiberglass being the half hard top. I have pictures (film, not digital) of the restoration process.

Had a mechanical overhaul in 2013 at 182,831 miles. S&J remanufactured long block engine, clutch, flywheel, Weber 32/36 carburetor, aluminum radiator, FAL fan, water pump, thermostat, starter. All work was performed by an ACE master mechanic at a local shop with receipts.

Only 6500 miles in the past 5-1/2 years since its mechanical over haul seems to be a good reason to sell it. This is a 35-year-old Jeep and is not perfect. Mechanically, it starts every time without failure and can do 70-75 all day straight as an arrow. I am very accustomed to its looks and antics, so I likely overlooked something, I will be happy to answer any questions via email, phone/text (512) 777-8192. Everything pictured is included in the sale. I have more pictures available by request.

Notable maintenance not already discussed:

  • Flat black paint 11/2018
  • Rear glass 11/2018
  • 2 new Haida Puma HD 818 tires - 31x10.50x15 - 11/2018
  • Interstate battery 10/18
  • Rear brakes & wheel cylinders 5/2017
  • Fuel sending unit 2/2017 @ 187,913
  • Front windshield glass and cowl 5/2016
  • Complete MSD Ignition system 6/2012
  • Transfer case seal, motor mounts, rear main seal @ 161,969 miles
  • Alternator @ 161,793

Known issues:

  • Driver's seat is rough
  • Blower for heat doesn't work
  • Windshield washer fluid doesn't spray
  • Windshield wipers work on both high and low but not intermittent
  • Sometimes the parking brake light comes on and off
  • Jerry can linkage on rear carrier
  • Homer fabricated connection for 1/2 hard top to the windshield frame


Item location:Austin, Texas, United States
Trim:CJ8 Scrambler
Engine:4.2L 258c/i inline 6 cyl.
Drive type:4WD
Vehicle Title:Clear