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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 fewer than 600 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.

Here is a template to correctly locate your Jambo badge. If you need adhesive to reattach your badge, 3M Plastic Emblem and Trim Adhesive works well.

If your badge has been lost, stolen, or damaged, please contact us (jambo152@82jambo.com). We have a set of never-installed badges that can be used to rebadge your Jambo. These numbers will not overlap any other Jambo numbers and is as close as you can get to having an original factory-issued number.

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.

We have a set of never-installed badges that we can use to rebadge your Jambo. This is as close as you will ever get to having a factory-issued Jambo badge. This service is ONLY available to confirmed Jambo owners.

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 that sold on eBay in 2017.

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

This is an NOS badge 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 badge held by The Jambo Registry.
This is NOS badge was found in a old Jeep dealership in Michigan. We believe the highest number installed on a Jeep at the factory as part of regular Jambo production was #0698. Therefore, the badge was left over. It is now held by The Jambo Registry.
This is an amazing story! This set of 12 NOS badges was discovered in May 2018. They were held by Jack Bunting of Toledo, Ohio. Jack delivered supplies to the Jeep Toledo plant during the 1980s.

In 1986-87 he was delivering some shop towels to the plant. He was in a room that he described as being off the production line. He said the room was very clean and had what looked like drawing tables. We don't know what this room was, but Jeep historian Jim Allen speculates that it might have been a room used by the special equipment organization that dealt with special models such as the Jambo, Silver Anniversary, etc. 

When Jack asked where they wanted the towels, he was told that he could put them in a cabinet that was in the room. When he opened the door, he noticed a bunch of badges scattered on the shelf. When he asked what they were, a guy told him they were left over from something they had done a few years ago and was asked if he wanted some. Jack said yes and the guy reached in a grabbed a handful. In all, Jack was given 13 NOS Jambo badges (these 12 and #0725 below). Jack thinks he was given fewer than half the badges that were in the cabinet.

Using a statistical method known as "maximum spacings" we estimate that this cache contained about 37 leftover badges with numbers ranging from around #0705 through #0743. These numbers make sense! Previously, we have estimated that the highest number installed on Jambo at the factory was around #0698 (#0699 badge is above). This collection of badges appears to be the remaining stock of unused Jambo badges. We don't know what happened to numbers above #0743 and why they weren't in the cabinet. This was in 1986-1987. Perhaps the higher numbers were thrown out (or given away) before this time.

We are using this stock of unassigned Jambo badges to issue new numbers to Jambos whose badge has been lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair. If you need help, please email us (jambo152@82jambo.com).
This is the 13th badge that Jack Bunting was given in 1986-87 directly from the Toledo factory (see above). Jack installed this badge on his tool box, where it remains to this day.
Amazing! Check out this badge number: #2226. This badge was owned by a gentlemen that worked for Jeep for many years. This badge was never installed. 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.
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.
This is an NOS namplate for a Laredo. Notice the green backing, just like on the NOS Jambo badges.  
   

Scrapped Badges

Scapped badges have been listed for sale on eBay and we have been able to buy a few and remove them from circulation. Please do not try to use a scrapped badge to fake a Jambo. The number needs to match the VIN and fake Jambos will not be registered. If you are missing a Jambo badge from your Jambo, email us. We have a stock of NOS badges that can be used to rebadge confirmed Jambos.

A #0025 badge was reported as being 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.

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.
This is a badge off scrapped Jambo #0489 and is held by a Jambo owner.
This is a badge off scrapped Jambo #0493 and is held by a Jambo owner.
This is the badge off Jambo #0558, which was scrapped to feed #0100. This badge is held by The Jambo Registry.
This badge was found on a 1979 CJ-7 that was in rough shape. It appeared that someone had removed a Jambo dash and installed in in the 1979 CJ. The badge was removed and is now held by The Jambo Registry.
This is the badge off scrapped Jambo #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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