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Model:CJ8 Scrambler


Transmission:T150 (soon to be T18)

Transfer Case:D20

Front Axle:D30 w/Lockright

Rear Axle:AMC 20 w/rebuilt Tracloc

Axle Gear Ratio:3.55

Suspension:Reverse shackle YJ RE 4.5" front, Iron Rock XJ 6.5" rear

Tires:Old 36" Buckshot Radials

Wheels:Steel wagon

Future Modifications:TeraLow D20 3.15 gears, new tires, winch

Built from two donor CJs - a '76 CJ5 and '78 CJ7 hence the 304, T150 and D20 drivetrain. TDK frame ordered with reverse shackle YJ front springs and XJ rear springs. Despite the tall stance, it has a great ride. Willys-Overland tub. List of parts and mods:

-TDK frame
-Willy-Overland tub
-Home fab'd tube fenders
-Rebuilt 304
--9.0 compression
--Ported heads with 1.94 and 1.5" Chevy valves
--Howards 214*/220* duration cam
--Stock 2bbl intake with rebuilt MC 2100 (from a late 60s Mustang)
--Hedman Elite headers into full 3" single exhaust
--HEI distributor
-Complete rebuilt drivetrain - T150/D20/D30/AMC20
--Front disk brake conversion
--Lockright front and Tracloc rear diffs
--1-piece AMC20 axleshafts
-Power steering conversion
-Power brake conversion
-'78 CJ7 front sway bar
-Flaming River tilt steering column and steering shaft
-Grant steering wheel
-Summit heater and "custom" heater/defroster system
-Stock replacement speedo and VDO gauges
-Corbeau seats on modified CJ7 seat bases (to correct seat angle and height)
-Modified CJ5 rollbar to fit CJ8 mounting
-Sprayed in Duplicolor Bed Armor bedliner
-35 gallon Aerotank gas tank
-Stainless steel brake lines with braided brake hoses
-Currently riding on a set of old 36" Buckshot Radial Mudders and steel wagon wheels. Going to new tires (35" or 36") on a set of Summit 16x10 AL rims
-Bestop Supertop and bikini tops, YJ half doors
-JVC CD radio and Kicker speakers

Every part, nut and bolt on this beast was rebuilt, modified, turned, or tightened by me during the build this summer. Built it for my youngest daughter who is now driving the Scrambler every day to school and around town (had to learn to drive a manual trans first). Fresh engine runs great, it has a great ride and steering, and stops straight. Suspension works fantastic on and off road and is the best riding leaf sprung CJ I've ever been in. Not done yet, just picked up a Ford T18 and looking for the best value on a TeraFlex D20 low gearset to swap in this Spring. This one will be a family heirloom, passed down through the generations.


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