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Bucket, the 1981 CJ8 frame off.

Grendel

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Hello Everyone,
New to the forum not to Jeeps, CJ8's or forums.

I've had a few Scramblers, including an uber rare 86, that was validated, but put into a telephone pole and crushed.

For years, I've wanted another one and even built a few for customers (I own a restoration shop).

So, this one's named Bucket, because the 51 year old version of me can build the "bucket Jeep" my 20 something version of me could not. I typically don't name things, but the people around me insist they have names, so usually mine are funny or facetious.

I got this from a friend who traded for it. It's a roller, without engine or trans and an aftermarket steel body of unknown to me make.

The plan, is to do silver with the 81 decals that are on it.

Since it's already had the frame patched (have to clean up welds and repaint the frame) as well as an aftermarket body, I really don't mind modifying this how I want to.
I have a GM LH6 modified to about 400hp/tq, a 4L60E with a Dana 300 on the back of it, but starting to think 6L80E instead,

EDIT 11/16/2023 - Axles are a Chevy 60 front, cut 4.5" and a HP 60 rear at 61.5" wide. Disk brakes on all four corners, locked with 4.56's.

Should be a little hot rod and Ice Cream getter. I don't wheel anymore, so plan to use it as a run about for the business.


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Grendel

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So in the next few weeks, I will weld in the Dave's Unlimited engine mounts, stab the LH6 in, figure out which trans I am going with. I have to swap on a shorter engine oil pan. Once I have the roller where I want it, bring it in for some sexy silver paint, then black and gray graphics.
 

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Grendel

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I have a Centech wiring harness for it. I do need to find a new bulkhead and install it, before paint.
 

Chamba

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Welcome. Sounds like a great build other than only having only two pedals😉. The 53 year old version of me totally understands your motivation for the Jeep build.

This forum is a great resource for these rigs; present company excluded. We have guys on here who know more about them than AMC even knew.

Is that your red K15? Beautiful!
 

Grendel

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Thanks for the welcome.

Not my K15, but we have built em.

If you're curious:


I am building "Bucket" at home.

...and it will have paddle shifters :) I have them on the shelf from another project, so free to me.
 

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ag4ever

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Pictures of the ‘86?
 

ebertf

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Nice project looking forward to seeing mor pics and it sounds like a great plan
 

Grendel

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Nice project looking forward to seeing mor pics and it sounds like a great plan
Thanks, I guess I need to buy a membership to post more than one photo.

I also may make some changes, as I found an early Bronco 9" I may use in the rear.
 

Chamba

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I need to find them, but also not really germane to this build thread.

I had some on my old website, from the late 90's when I used to be on the Jeep-L email list.
Completely germane. You mentioned it in the second paragraph of your introduction, thus making it totally fair game here amongst Scrambler addicted nutjobs like ourselves. Moreover, by mentioning it where you did, it obviously played a role in your present quest: thus I'd go so far as to say it is crucial to this thread.

Plus there were only a few hundred (maybe) made and few have ever laid eyes on one.
 

Grendel

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I'll see what pictures I can dig up.

I've been known as Grendel on most 4x4 forums (including Pirate, where I used to Admin), but search for the way back stuff is lacking.
 

Grendel

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Back to this, if you look at other build threads I've done elsewhere, nothing's really solid until the parts are in and working.
So this CJ8 is being built with:

1946 all aluminum CJ2A that is more 2018 Corvette than CJ2 (including engine, suspension brakes) that is a "Jeep Rod" style build.

1968 IH TravelCrew on a late model Chevy chassis, with a Duramax, 6 Speed Allison, divorced Ford 205 and 2019 Ford SD F350 axles and suspension.

1988 YJ, SBC,700R4, Ford 8.8 on 35's.

1988 Chrysler Conquest that is getting an L33/4L60E combo at 400rwhp.

1986 Porsche 928S that is getting a 744rwhp LS7 and 6 speed transaxle.


Why do I list these? Well, sometimes parts don't work as planned and get moved around. I also tend to lose interest in my own personal projects... and we do about 35 frame offs a year, plus another 35 rodsterations. Like the LH6 going into this was originally built for a Cherokee Chief that my son wanted and then didn't.
I may yank the 4L60E behind the LH6 to go into a 88 Wrangler with a Sniper'd 383 SBC and go with a 6L80E that's with my trans builder now.

I also found a Ford 9' from a 69 Bronco that I may build.
 

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Welcome, what front axle are you planning on using? I would certainly vote for the 6l80 vs 4l60. It has great ratios and since you mentioned paddle shifters... a trans brake is just programming away.
 

Grendel

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Thanks. I have a few choices of front and rear axles. Not sure which yet.

I have to mock up front drive shaft clearance, I know the 4L60E has issues, never seen a D300 on the back of a 6L80E.
 

Belizeit

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Grendel. When I was a kid we had a couple of early to mid 1960s IH Travelalls. What was the TravelCrews ? Was that the King Cab version of their pickup ?
 

Grendel

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Grendel. When I was a kid we had a couple of early to mid 1960s IH Travelalls. What was the TravelCrews ? Was that the King Cab version of their pickup ?
Before paint.
A Travellette is a light duty truck, up to 1ton in line with your TravelAll. This is a TravelCrew cab, from their medium duty line and is a 34K GVW truck.
 

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Belizeit

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Thanks that’s what I remembered, but it’s been 50 years probably since I have seen one. They were pretty popular up in Oregon for logging operations to move guys around with.
 

Grendel

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Thanks that’s what I remembered, but it’s been 50 years probably since I have seen one. They were pretty popular up in Oregon for logging operations to move guys around with.
It's my tow rig. This Scrambler will be a run about.
 
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