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The Jeep CJ-8 was a long wheel-base version of the CJ-7, introduced in 1981 and manufactured through 1986, 27,792 were manufactured. It featured a 103 in (2,616 mm) wheelbase and a removable half-cab, creating a small pick-up style box instead of using a separate pickup style bed. The CJ-8s used the traditional transfer case with manual front-locking hubs to engage the four-wheel drive. Most had either a four or five speed manual transmission, but a three speed automatic transmission was an option.

The Name "Scrambler"

"Scrambler" comes from an appearance package that many CJ-8's were equipped with, that included tape graphics and special wheels. spacer
Scrambler CJ-8 Scrambler CJ-8

Use by the Alaskan Postal Service

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 used a hinged barn door style 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

Scrambler CJ-8 - Alaskan Postal Service Scrambler CJ-8 - Alaskan Postal Service - Rear Barn Door