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Jambo Parts -- Plaque

Special Jamboree Commemorative Plaque on I.P. Serialized 1 to 2,500
The Jambos were all numbered via a commemorative plaque on the instrument panel. Jeep planned to produce 2500 Jambos and they included four digits in the numbering. We now know that Jeep only produced about 650 Jambos. So, all Jambos have a leading "0". Interestingly, the chromed plastic housing used for the plaque was made by Ford.
The Jambo plaque or badge was a part like any other and could be ordered. The 1981-1986 Parts Catalog treats the plaque just like the Laredo nameplate, but with a different part number (J576 3560).

Here is the page from the parts catalog.

Background

The Jambo is the only AMC Jeep that was every serialized. Recently, the 2005 Sahara LJ was numbered.

Jeep seems to have made all the badge numbers, from #0001 through #2500. We know this because The Jambo Registry holds badge #2237 (see below). However, as detailed on the Production page, Jeep only produced Jambos through about #0702. We do know of #0751 but suspect that it was either rebadged or specially numbered. We have long hoped that Jeep destroyed all the unused badges. This seems plausible given the fact that the only high number that has shown up since we started searching in 2006 is #2237. Perhaps this badge was stolen from the factory back in 1982.

The only other AMC vehicle that was serialized was the AMX. You can read about the AMX badging here. The AMX story is interesting in that it is very much like the Jambo story: early numbers were held out for latter production, numbers were skipped, badges were lost and stolen out of the factory. What does seem different in the case of the Jambo is that we are able to relate the badge number to the VIN.

An interesting fact is that the chrome plastic frame that surrounds the Jambo badge was made by Ford! Below is a picture of back of the badge off of #0558. The part number is E0TB-9850398-A.R1. Here is what the digits mean: E = 1980s, 0 = 1980, T = Truck or Bronco, B = Body or Electrical, 98 = Bronco, 50398-A = Top and Roof Group. So, the frame was also used on the 1980 Ford Bronco. It is some type of emblem frame used on the top or roof. Note, the badge for #0558 is unique. It appears to have been affixed with posts instead of adhesive.

In fact, the frame was borrowed from the 1980 Ford Bronco XLT emblem! The pictures are below. So, Jeep took the Bronco XLT emblem, cut off the posts, put in the Jambo badge, and affixed it to the dash with adhessive. You can see the cut off posts on removed Jambo badges. #0558 above has longer posts. We are guessing it was removed at some point then then reaffixed with longer posts.

 

The R1 and R2 are for the different sizes. One was likely used on the tailgate and one on the hardtop hatch. R1 (the larger one) was used for the Jambo. Here is a picture of the XLT emblem on a Bronco tailgate.

Left Over or Scrapped Badges

The fact that the Jambo badge was a part number means it could be ordered. The fact that it could be ordered, must mean Jeep made extras. We don't know how/if Jeep confirmed ownership before selling badges. Below we include some pictures of Jamboless badges that we are aware of.

Do not try to fake a Jambo by using an NOS or scrapped badge. This can be easily determined using our VIN database and fake Jambos will not be registered with The Jambo Registry. Rebadged Jambos will be identified as such if the rebadging was not undertaken in conjunction with The Jambo Registry.

If you have a badge, The Jambo Registry would be happy to buy it. Our goal is not to make money, but only to preseve the Jambo stock. We will remvoe the badge from circulation.

NOS Badges

This is an NOS (new old stock badge) held by a Jambo owner. Interestingly, we also have #0101 as a confirmed Jambo in the Registry.

This is an NOS held by a Jambo owner. Notice the green plastic backing. This is the same backing as used on the Laredo nameplates (see below).
This is an NOS held by The Jambo Registry. Notice the green plastic backing. This is the same backing as used on the Laredo nameplates (see below).
This is an NOS was found in a old Jeep dealership in Michigan. It is now held by The Jambo Registry.
Amazing! Check out this badge number: #2237. This badge was never installed and was found at a flea market May 7, 2017, in Flat Rock, Michigan. Flat Rock is about 40 minutes from the Toledo plant. We long suspected that Jeep made all the badges in advance, but never used numbers above about #0700. We had hoped that all the higher numbers had been destroyed. It could be this badge was stolen from the factory back in 1982.
This is an NOS namplate for a Laredo. Notice the green backing, just like on the NOS Jambo badges.  
   

Scrapped Badges

A #0025 badge was sold on eBay in 2014. The backing was removed and, thus, we believe the badge was removed from a Jambo. However. #0025 has been confirmed. Jeep likely made duplicate badges.
No. 0025 picture is not available.

Jambo #0171 has been scrapped, but the badge still remains. Do not try using this badge to fake a Jambo. It will not be registered with the Jambo Registry.
No. 0171 picture is not available.
This badge was for sale on eBay along with the VIN tag and certificate of authenticity. This is why we declared #0239 scrapped. We do not know the location of this badge.
Jambo #0315 has been scrapped, but the badge is still held by the owner.
Jambo #0346 has been scrapped. Badge is held by a Jambo owner.


No. 0346 picture is not available.
This is a badge off a scrapped Jambo (#0489) and is held by a Jambo owner.
This is the badge off of #0558, which was scrapped to feed #0100. This badge is held by The Jambo Registry.
This is the badge off scrapped #0633.  
This is the badge off of #0670, which was scrapped. This Jambo was found by Chuck Longwell in a junk yard. The badge is held by The Jambo Registry.
   
 
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